Workforce Updates

RMTMA announces a 2017 Scholarship Program
The RMTMA Scholarship is a financial award to support students seeking training and
education in pursuit of careers in manufacturing. Eligible applicants are limited to employees of
RMTMA member companies and their immediate family members.
  For more information and to view the application (Click Here).
President's Letter June 2017

Summer is here, but before you “check out” for summer vacation take a few minutes to “check out” what’s going on in our association.  In this article I’d like to remind you about some of the upcoming events that we’ve been working on and remind you about opportunities that are available exclusviely to you as a member of NTMA’s Rocky Mountain Chapter.

Summer Sporting Clays Event – Wednesday, July 12th from noon until 4pm.

This summer event is fast becoming a favorite among our members.  The sporting clay event is a great way to reward your team for their hard work or to thank that special customer for their business.  The event is held at Colorado Clays on their renowned sporting clay course.  Bring your own shotgun or rent one from the club.  This event is great fun for all skill levels from beginner to expert.

Southwest Regional Conference – Innovate, Educate, Create - Friday, September 20th – Saturday, September 21st.

Those of you who have attended our previous fall conferences already know that this is one of the industry events in Colorado.  This year the NTMA Colorado chapter is honored to be hosting the entire Southwest Region of NTMA.  We will be joined by members from Arizona, Utah, California, and Texas.

This year’s lineup of speakers is headlined by Holly Green, CEO of Managing Director of The Human Factor.  Holly’s presentation will focus on the necessity of innovation in the workplace.  Our businesses need to constantly innovate or face being left behind by the competition.  Check out Holly's recent article regarding changing organizations here.

Omar Nashashibi of the Franklin Group will join us to talk about the Trump administration and its impact on manufacturing.  Omar and the Franklin Group are the chief lobbyists for NTMA in Washington DC.  Decisions are being made almost weekly that effect our industry including the US exit from the Paris Climate Agreement, scrapping US participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and talk of renegotiating NAFTA.  Omar will help us understand how these and future decisions might impact your bottom line.

Lastly, I would like to remind you about the fantastic opportunity that you have to further the education of your workforce by signing up for NTMA’s cutting edge NTMA-U on-line learning platform.  Many of our members are already advancing the skills of their workforce by taking advantage of this incredible value.  NTMA-U offers courses that are NIMS certified and cover a wide range of topics from basics such as Shop Safety and Blueprint Reading to more complex topics like Shop Math.  There is even a basic Mechanical Aptitude Test that can be used to evaluate potential new employees helping to avoid costly hiring mistakes.  Through special arrangements made by our chapter, members can enroll in courses at a highly discounted rate of just $25 per module.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity…contact Maureen to learn more and sign up now.

Enjoy your Summer and be sure to put these upcoming events on your calendar! We look forward to seeing you soon at an upcoming event.

Randy Breitenbach
Chapter President

Member Spotlight

Focused on Machining

Colorado banking executive Justin Quinn has acquired Focused on Machining, a south-metro machine shop founded in 2008 by Rich and Kim Pollmiller. Stacy Bibik, a well-known industry executive in the Front Range manufacturing community, will lead business development efforts for the Louivers-based job shop.  

Quinn has big plans for the company. “I had the opportunity to bank a lot of manufacturers while I was at Centennial Bank, and it got me really excited about bringing manufacturing back to the United States, especially Colorado,” Quinn said.  “While I was in the Air Force I worked with my hands all the time, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to go back to that.” 

Quinn was born and raised in the Longmont, Colorado area. After high school he joined the Air Force, where he spent his next six years stationed at McChord Air Force Base, and finished his service as a C17 Flying Crew Chief.  After separating, he made his way back to Colorado, and attended University of Northern Colorado, where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Finance. In 2011 Quinn began as in intern at Centennial Bank, and spent the next five years working his way up to Assistant Vice President Commercial Banker. 

While Quinn’s military and banking experiences both lead him to his choice to buy a machine shop, he also has roots in the industry, with three uncles that chose machining as a career.  For his own shop, Quinn has big plans. “Short-term, I am looking to streamline operations and implement new technologies,” Quinn said.  “Long-term, I am looking toward the many machine shop owners that are about to retire, as we grow we will be able to fill in those gaps.” 

The first thing Focused on Machining is doing to modernize machining is updating their website and creating a social media presence to help spread the word about their capabilities and generate business.  As his first hire, Quinn brought Stacey Bibik of Arvada, Colo. to his company to direct sales and develop the business using her connections in aerospace and manufacturing. 

Bibik brings her Bachelors degree in International business, Masters of Business Administration, and twenty years’ experience to the company.  “I have been working with Justin Quinn for nearly two years seeking an opportunity for him to acquire a manufacturing business,” Bibik said.  “When Justin closed on Focused on Machining, I came to work for him immediately.  Rich is graciously helping us learn the ropes and Justin, with his next-generation visions and enthusiasm make my new role in business development well worth the drive to Louviers.” 

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