MAGNET CEO Ethan Karp Featured in Inside Business Magazine
Inside Business’ July/August 2015 magazine featured an article highlighting MAGNET’s new CEO, Ethan Karp, and his vision of MAGNET’s future. Karp, previously Vice President of Client Services, was promoted to President and CEO in May.
In the article, he expresses his continued commitment to MAGNET’s mission to drive growth of small- and medium- sized Northeast Ohio manufacturers. In addition, he discusses the prospect of new initiatives and a continued widening of MAGNET’s regional impact.
Karp draws attention to MAGNET’s significant regional and national partners, which range from local institutions such as Cuyahoga Community College to much larger programs such as NASA Glenn. MAGNET has spent time cultivating these essential partnerships to best serve the region. Karp explains that MAGNET hopes to build upon these partnerships to expand services and address current manufacturing challenges.
One of the new programs in MAGNET’s pipeline is a high school feeder program designed to prepare students for manufacturing jobs, addressing the complex workforce needs of today’s manufacturing landscape. Another goal is to increase MAGNET’s partnership network and geographic reach.
MAGNET’s services have a large, measurable impact upon clients. Some notable clients MAGNET has served recently include Cleveland Whiskey, OsteoSymbionics, Vitamix, and Biolectrics. These companies have received comprehensive services, ranging from workforce consulting to product development services. As Karp assumes his new position, he asserts his commitment to bringing these services to an ever-increasing circle of regional manufacturers.
If you’d like to learn more about MAGNET’s vision for NEO manufacturing or about our services, contact contact Linda Barita at email@example.com or at 216.391.7766.
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