Andy is the Chairman and CEO of Parkdale Mills, Inc. Since 1916, Parkdale has strived to be the premier yarn spinner in the world. The company's vision for the future revolves around a perpetually changing supply chain that demands faster response, superior service, and enhanced speed to market.
The Parkdale family of companies also includes US Cotton, a leading health and beauty aide cotton products company, as well as Parkdale Advanced Materials which makes bio-degradable polymers.
Andy holds a business degree from The Citadel. He also is a graduate of the Harvard Business School's Management Development Program and the National Cotton Council's Leadership Program. Andy serves on several boards including the National Council of Textile Organizations, National Cotton Council, and Schweitzer-Mauduit. Andy has been inducted into the Citadel Business School Hall of Fame. He has won numerous awards including the Cotton, Inc. 2002 Achievement Award; Honorary Doctor of Business – The Citadel; and Man of the Year – US Textiles 2002.
Andy is committed to rebuilding US manufacturing and fighting trade cheating. He resides in North Carolina with his wife Pamela where they raised 2 children. He enjoys skiing, mountain climbing, hunting and deep sea fishing.
Zachary Mottl is the fourth generation of his family to own and operate Atlas Tool Works, Inc., a world class precision manufacturing facility that offers a broad array of metal manufacturing services. Atlas Tool Works is involved with the Defense and Aerospace, Medical, Telecom and Electronics, and Industrial products industries. Zachary also focuses on operational alignment within Atlas and the family's related businesses including Accushim Inc. and Abet Industries.
Zachary has also obtained a substantial amount of success in the state. At 35 he is the youngest chairman to serve on the TMA Board of Directors. He served two terms on the TMA Board of Directors and in 2013 served as TMA's 76th Chairman.
As well as serving on the TMA Board of Directors, Zach was also elected to serve a 4-year term as Director of Governmental Affairs for the Illinois Defense & Homeland Security Association (IDHSA) in 2005. He was also a Manufacturing council member from 2015-2016 serving the US Department of Commerce.
Zachary received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Benedictine University.
While Bill Parks is the Founding Director of SalesFactor.org, his professional achievements rank far and wide. Mr. Parks is a highly successful entrepreneur and business professional as the founder and president of NRS (a highly respected brand in the outdoor industry). Mr. Parks ensured NRS legacy and future by making NRS a 100% employee owned company in 2013.
Before creating NRS, Mr. Parks was a professor of finance at the Universities of Idaho and Oregon. He started NRS and proved his academic knowledge was highly applicable in the real world. Even though he retired from teaching to focus on NRS, Mr. Parks continued to share his insights on business and finance, and used his combined academic and practical experience to find solutions. He devotes much of his time to educating people about tax inequality in our corporate tax system. Mr. Parks has spoken in front of the Tax COOP of the World Bank, and other various forums. His articles can be predominately found in the highly respected Academic Journal, Tax Notes. However, some of his works can be found in more accessible publications such as USA Today and Forbes.
Stan Sorscher is Policy Advisor for the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), a union representing 80,000 workers around the country. Stan has a PhD in physics from UC Berkeley, and lives in Seattle WA.
He served on the Executive Board of the Washington State Labor Council, and is currently President of the Washington Fair Trade Coalition. He represented organized labor on the Puget Sound Regional Council Economic Development District Board. Stan was appointed by the Governor of Washington to the Washington Council on Aerospace, the Board of the Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington, and the Future of Work Task Force.
Stan has been active on trade policy, immigration policy for high-tech workers, workforce development, and has advocated for manufacturing strategies and industrial policy to rebuild US industrial capacity.
John Hansen is president of the Nebraska Farmers Union, first elected President in 1989, and has been re-elected ten times since. Hansen also serves as the Chairman of the Legislative Committee for National Farmers Union, and on the National Farmers Union Executive Committee. Before moving to Lincoln to serve as President in 1990, he operated a diversified grain and livestock operation in Madison County, NE.
Burl Finkelstein has worked at Kason Industries for over 34 years in various roles from manufacturing engineer thru VP of engineering and now serves as the Executive VP of Operations and in-house counsel. Burl has almost four decades of technical work that includes product design and manufacturing process design and development. His hands on experiences have nurtured a passion for manufacturing and a drive to make products in the United States.
Mr. Finkelstein has superb business acumen and an uncanny intuitive mechanical ability allowing him to “see” the big picture without loosing the “feel” for the intricate details. He handles general legal work for a mid size private company including outside litigation, IP and contracts issues and has negotiated several positive settlements.
Activities are designing, building and flying all sizes of model rockets, Current prefect of Atlanta TRIPOLI rocket club, shooting professional fireworks displays, representing the national armature rocketry organizations in dealing with ATF, Working with local teachers and scout groups to promote science education. He enjoys playing rock guitar and drums, house remodeling and many craft activities.
Pam Potthoff is the former president of Women Involved in Farm Economics, which is dedicated to improving profitability in production agriculture through educational, legislative, communicative and cooperative efforts. WIFE will continue to work as a catalyst to bring about cooperation between farm organizations.
Pam farms with her husband in Trenton, Nebraska.
Kevin J. Kelley serves as the Executive Director of the Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association.
Previously, he was the Executive Director of High Technology of Rochester, a technology development and manufacturing consulting organization. He has also served as the Senior Vice President of the Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce (now the Rochester Business Alliance) responsible for economic development and government relations.
Bill Jones was appointed President and CEO of Penn United Technologies, Inc. in 2004, succeeding his father Carl, the founding President of the employee-owned company. Prior to this, Mr. Jones served as Manager of Precision Assembly, Automation, and Prototyping and then VP of Tooling Manufacturing. He served on the President's Manufacturing Council of the Department of Commerce from 2007 through 2010 and has remained dedicated to continuing Penn United’s strong support of CPA as one of its founding companies.
Beginning as an apprentice in 1981, Mr. Jones rose through the ranks of Penn United because of his strong moral values and his ability to motivate teams to create new and profitable manufacturing solutions, exemplifying the leadership and innovation that are the hallmarks of this world-class tooling and precision manufacturing corporation. Mr. Jones has led Penn United through several major transitions in the midst of a challenging economy and roiling global markets. This includes acquisitions as well as the introduction of new product lines to leverage the competencies of the company into new markets while maintaining the stability and profitability of the company.
During his tenure, Penn United has received recognition as Healthiest Employer, National Award Winner for Wellness, Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America and in 2013 – Manufacturer of the Year.
He is a husband, a father of three, a Deacon in Westminster PCA Church where he has served as President, and a major supporter of several area Christian schools and ministries. He has served as a Board Member of the local Boy Scouts of America organization.
Marc Fasteau is the founder and has served as chairman of the the American Strategic Insurance Group, a property & casualty insurer with approximately $1.1 billion in premium operating in 26 states. The holding company for the Group, Arx Holding Corp, and its shareholders, have entered into a definitive agreement, expected to close in April 2015, to sell a majority interest in Arx to Progressive Corporation (PGR:NYSE).
Marc is a partner and investor in Sereno Properties, LLC, a developer and manager of small, high design luxury hotels. Fulcrum owns and operates Le Sereno hotel in St Barths and is building a new hotel on Lake Como, Italy in the town of Torno.
Marc was an investment banker in New York for 14 years, and served as a Managing Director and partner at Dillon Read & Co.
From 1979-81, Marc served as Staff Director and Counsel to the Rockefeller Foundation funded Study Commission on US Policy Toward South Africa. The Commission produced "South Africa:Time Running Out", a book length report with policy recommendations for the federal government, US corporations and US non-profit.
From 1963-66, he served on the professional staffs of the US House of Representatives Banking & Currency Committee (now the Committee on Financial Services), US Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield and the Joint Economic Committee.
Marc is a graduate of Harvard College (1963) and Harvard Law School (magna cum laude 1969) where he was an editor of the Law Review.
He is married to Anne Gerard Fredericks, an artist, art historian and former Wall Street professional specializing in the Japanese and other non-US equity markets.