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MAGNET Announces New CEO, Ethan Karp

May 05, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET) announced Monday, May 4 that they have selected a new Chief Executive Officer to replace Dan Berry, who is retiring in June. Dr. Ethan Karp, currently serving as the organization’s Vice President of Client Services and Marketing, will assume the CEO role starting May 15, 2015. "We tremendously appreciate how Dan has positioned MAGNET for increased social and economic impact over the last five years. Built on new investments in staff as well as a wealth of deep partnerships like those with WIRE-Net and Jumpstart, we fully believe that Ethan will take MAGNET to new heights," said Felix Brueck, Chairman of the MAGNET Board and former McKinsey Director. "Since Dan announced his retirement in February, the Board has actively interviewed potential candidates for his replacement. While there were many qualified candidates, none had the business acumen, technical know-how, ability to build partnerships and teams, and clear vision for MAGNET that Ethan brings." Dan has been given the title of President Emeritus and will join MAGNET’s Board of Directors while continuing to consult with MAGNET. "We are fully confident that Ethan will continue to lead MAGNET by increasing the organization’s impact on Northeast Ohio’s

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5 Things Obama Learned About Product Innovation That Inspired Him

April 10, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

In his recent visit to Cleveland this past March, President Barack Obama stopped by the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET) facilities to see what products were being created and developed by local manufacturers in Northeast Ohio. Obama was pleasantly surprised to see how these start-ups were creating innovations in a wide variety of fields, from medicine to aviation, right in the heart of Ohio. Here’s what Obama learned in his visit: Whiskey is being made faster than ever     Obama spoke with Tom Lix, CEO of Cleveland Whiskey and creator of a method that combines temperature and pressure control to make bourbon within six months (rather than the usual eight to 12 year period) that tastes just as good as the competition. "I love Kentucky bourbon, but apparently this gets made a lot quicker," Obama noted about Lix’s product. He couldn’t taste test Cleveland Whiskey then as he had a speech to deliver later that day, but he made sure to get his own bottle to take home.     The human skull can be repaired via prosthesis It isn’t typical for the U.S. President to handle a human skull, but in this case Obama was shown how

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MAGNET Thanks President Barack Obama for His Visit and Support of Manufacturing

March 18, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

President Barack Obama visited the offices and workshop of MAGNET: Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network on Wednesday, March 18. "This was a fantastic opportunity for us to show the President first-hand how the state and federal investments in the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program are helping manufactures grow in Northeast Ohio," said Dan Berry, MAGNET’s President and CEO. "A sitting President has never visited an MEP affiliate, and it was exciting that MAGNET was the first host of such a visit." Since the President’s focus was on the Manufacturing Extension Partnership’s impact on local manufacturers, MAGNET asked the CEO’s of four local client companies – OsteoSymbionics, Vadxx, EcoChem, and Cleveland Whiskey – to meet the President and describe their new products and processes. Ethan Karp, MAGNET’s Vice President for Client Services, was the President’s tour guide. "The President was thoroughly engaged with all of the companies' CEOs he talked with, and expressed multiple times how what MAGNET was doing was very important and interesting," said Karp. "Each CEO talked about their exciting technology, and how MAGNET has assisted them in bringing their products to market. He was excited about the past, present, and future of manufacturing in Northeast Ohio." During

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MAGNET Names Matthew Fieldman Vice President of External Affairs

February 12, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

The Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET) today announced that Matthew Fieldman has joined the organization and its senior management team as Vice President of External Affairs. In this role, Fieldman will help shape and implement MAGNET’s fundraising and public relations efforts. "We’re pleased to have Matt on our team," said MAGNET President and Chief Executive Officer Daniel E. Berry. "His diverse fundraising and non-profit management experiences will be a great match for MAGNET as we strive to become the premier provider of services to help Northeast Ohio manufacturing companies grow." "I’m excited to join MAGNET, where I feel confident I can help take the organization to the next level," said Fieldman. "With its 30-year history of helping manufacturers to grow in Northeast Ohio, the organization is well-positioned to help even more manufacturers succeed, and accelerate manufacturing as the principal driver of Northeast Ohio’s economy." Fieldman was recently a senior account executive for the digital marketing agency Fathom before launching his own digital marketing agency, Rockit Results. Fieldman is also co-founder and Board President of EDWINS Restaurant and Leadership Institute, Cleveland’s first non-profit restaurant where formerly-incarcerated men and women are trained for careers in fine dining. Fieldman holds a Bachelor

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Dan Berry to Retire as President and Chief Executive Officer of MAGNET

February 02, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

Daniel E Berry, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET), today announced his retirement from that organization. MAGNET is a service provider for the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership program, supported in part by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The MAGNET Board of Directors has begun a search for their new President and CEO and Berry has agreed to remain on staff until his replacement can be found and a successful transition can be made with the new MAGNET President and CEO. Berry has served as MAGNET’s President and CEO since May 2010 after serving as interim CEO for several months on loan from the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP). Berry had been the executive vice president at the GCP since its founding in 2004 and prior to that held executive positions at the Greater Cleveland Growth Association and The George Gund Foundation. "I’m honored to have contributed to MAGNET’s tradition of providing high quality services to the Northeast Ohio’s manufacturing community in areas like workforce development, lean and innovation. I am especially proud of the work that the MAGNET team has done in advancing our Partnership for Regional Innovation Services to Manufacturers (PRISM) initiative

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