The Manufacturing Leadership Council team is dedicated to helping leaders in manufacturing accelerate innovation and progress toward Manufacturing 4.0.

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David R. Brousell

Vice President and Executive Director
David R. Brousell

Vice President and Executive Director

David R. Brousell is an accomplished publishing and research executive with nearly 40 years of experience building loyal audiences through prestigious web and print publications, targeted research, and thought-leadership events and conferences.

A professional journalist since 1975, Brousell currently serves as Vice President and Executive Director of the Manufacturing Leadership Council (MLC), a division of The National Association of Manufacturers. He oversees all content for MLC’s website, the Manufacturing Leadership Summit, the Manufacturing Leadership Journal, the Manufacturing Leadership Council, and the ML Awards program.

The Manufacturing Leadership Council’s vision is to create and inspire a global community of manufacturing executives who believe in the proposition that manufacturing is the fundamental driver of economic and social prosperity, and that its growth will lead to a better future and a higher standard of living for all people. The Council’s mission to enable manufacturing executives to achieve transformational growth for themselves, their companies, and for the industry at large through enlightened leadership.

Brousell leads a team of experienced technology and manufacturing professionals that provides thought-leadership content on a member-defined set of “Critical Issues” facing manufacturing, virtual meetings and discussions on those issues, and lives conferences and plant tours. The “Critical Issues” are part of the Council’s focus on Manufacturing 4.0, the next wave of industrial progress based on the Internet.

In his nearly four-decade career, Brousell has served in numerous leadership positions in companies large and small. In the early 1990s, he served as Editor-in-Chief of Datamation Magazine, which was the standard of excellence in the IT magazine field for many years. In the mid to late 1990s, he served as Vice President and Editorial Director at Sentry Publishing Co., in charge of that firm’s Software Magazine, Client-Server Computing Magazine and Sentry Market Research publications. In 1997, he became Vice President of Strategy at Softbank Comdex, the organizer of the huge Comdex technology trade show and conference.

In 1998, Brousell was named Editor-in-Chief of Managing Automation Magazine, part of Thomas Publishing Co. of New York. He later became Vice President & Editorial Director of Managing Automation Media, where he co-founded the Manufacturing Leadership Council in 2008.

Paul Tate

Executive Editor
Paul Tate

Executive Editor

Paul Tate has over 30 years of high-level experience as a ground-breaking senior international business and technology editor, research consultant, and communications specialist focusing on the impact of advanced new technologies on global industries, business, and society.

He helped develop and launch the Manufacturing Leadership Council in 2008 and is directly involved in delivering member content, research projects, live events, webinars, online materials, exclusive Journal cover Dialogue interviews, and other membership activities. He also directs the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Board of Governors, the Council’s annual member-driven Critical Issues Agenda process, and the Manufacturing Leadership Research Panel.

Previous roles include founding Executive Editor of Information Strategy Magazine for The Economist Group in London, Vice President of Communications for global technology consortium X/Open, and International Editor at the computer industry’s bible, Datamation Magazine.

He has also won a number of prestigious business journalism and editorial awards, including the U.S. Jesse H. Neal Editorial Excellence Award for Outstanding Journalism.

Jeff Moad

Program Manager, ML Awards
Jeff Moad

Program Manager, ML Awards

Jeff Moad is the Project and Program Manager of the Manufacturing Leadership Awards Program. He helped to launch and now helps to coordinate the Manufacturing Leadership Summit and the Manufacturing Leadership Journal.

Jeff has worked with leaders in the manufacturing industry for the past 14 years. He combines his passion for manufacturing with a wealth of knowledge about information technology to bring a unique perspective to manufacturing issues. Prior to coming to the manufacturing field, Jeff spent a large portion of his career as an award-winning journalist focusing on information technology news and trends.

A resident of Oakland, CA, Jeff holds a journalism degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a winner of the Jesse H. Neil award and other editorial honors.

Leslie McCaffrey

Membership Services Manager
Leslie McCaffrey

Membership Services Manager

Ryan Gonzalez

Senior Director, Council Development
Ryan Gonzalez

Senior Director, Council Development

After graduating Cum Laude from Valley Forge Military Academy with a National Honors Society and National Scholar Athlete Award, Ryan began undergraduate studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Dayton Beach, FL to study Aeronautical Engineering and joined the USMC Reserves, gaining a scholarship through them to attend. After undergraduate studies at Embry-Riddle, Ryan started graduate studies at University of California, Irvine for Aeronautical Engineering. After receiving a job offer in New York City as an aviation consultant in the private aviation field, Ryan moved to Manhattan to begin his career in the aviation field. After several positions as a Director of Operations and VP of Business Development, Ryan was offered a position at the Manufacturing Leadership Council start up with Thomas to help grow the newly founded organization. After 7 years, Ryan is the Senior Director of Council Development, working with nearly 100 of the top Fortune 500 and small/midsize companies manufacturing products in every sector around the globe with the aim of achieving the most advanced manufacturing concepts and goals in Manufacturing 4.0.

David Van Engel

Director, Council Development
David Van Engel

Director, Council Development

Over 12 years experience of connecting people with people. I find the visionaries & brightest minds within a given field or discipline and provide them access to each other. I consider myself a corporate matchmaker, with the ability to bring senior-level manufacturing executives together enabling them to network peer-to-peer, benchmark their processes, discuss best practices, and grow their business.

Director, Council Development
Manufacturing Leadership Council
My role is to recruit new member companies & maintain relationships with current Council Members.

 

Dan Witherington

Manager, Council Development
Dan Witherington

Manager, Council Development

Dan is the Director of Council Development at the Manufacturing Leadership Council.

Prior to joining the Manufacturing Leadership Council, Dan excelled in new business development & client relationship management working with leading oil & gas producers & manufacturing companies throughout Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Canada & the US in his role as Account Executive & Project Manager for Next Generation Oil & Gas in New York City, which is owned by GDS Group in the UK.  He then applied his interest in markets and global business to a position at a boutique private equity firm focused on real estate investment throughout the Midwest.

After several years of working in New York City, Dan moved to Florida with his family where he now resides in Palm Beach Gardens. Dan received a bachelor's degree in Business Economics & Finance from Ashford University. In his free time he enjoys golfing, travel, wine, beach & spending time with family & friends.

Alyssa Dixon

Senior Event & Customer Service Coordinator
Alyssa Dixon

Senior Event & Customer Service Coordinator