|Louisville, Ky. (February 22, 2023) – Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI) today hosted the first session of its inaugural Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics (AML) Fellows Program. The cohort of nine is made up of up-and-coming industry leaders who are eager to connect with industry peers, witness innovation and thought leadership they may not encounter in their daily professions, expand their leadership capacity, and improve their business acumen.
The 10-month program will cover an array of topics and niche areas related to the industry including added value agriculture, automation, e-commerce, electric vehicles, aerospace, and more. The cohort will meet for monthly sessions and participants will be exposed to a variety of topics and speakers centered around advanced manufacturing and logistics. Each session will also offer opportunities for networking among the cohort and with industry leaders.
“We are thrilled to offer this new development program for leaders in one of our region’s fastest growing industries that continues to innovate and lean into forward-thinking technologies,” said Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, president and CEO of GLI. “AML Fellows closely models the structure of our successful and long-running Health Enterprises Network Healthcare Fellows program, which has been shaping leaders in the industry for more than 18 years. I am looking forward to working with our AML Fellows and seeing their growth in the coming year.”
The inaugural session was hosted at University of Louisville Innovation Center downtown and featured presentations from GLI leadership, the University of Louisville’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and the World Trade Center. The second session will focus on the region’s bourbon industry and will be hosted at Brown-Forman.
Participants selected for the first cohort include:
- Matthew Zurkuhlen, logistics operations manager, Brown-Forman
- Venkata (Vijay) Kamineni, chief executive officer, Metals Innovation Initiative
- Chad Keeling, vice president, Shippers Solutions
- Chris McCorkle, UPS Airline/ Worldport industrial engineering coordinator, UPS
- Troy L McCullum, aircraft maintenance operations manager and director of maintenance, UPS Airlines
- Caleb Shewman , Kentucky sales manager, Air Hydro Power
- Maria Shore, director of product development and innovation, Rosa Mosaic Group
- Maurice Stallard, II, director, manufacturing and engineering, HJI Supply Chain Solutions
- Tim Vibbert, executive director and plant manager, AP3 Manufacturing Operations, GE Appliances, a Haier Company
“It is great to see a strong group of future industry leaders committed to growing professionally and helping grow the AML industry within Greater Louisville. Over the next 10 months, they will learn about the exciting innovations happening across the industry and brainstorm ways to coordinate and collaborate to make our region the nation’s hub for advanced manufacturing and logistics,” said Dean Schlader, GLI’s vice president of business outreach and investor development.
For more information on the AML Fellows program, click here.