Industry 4.0 and the NMC Learning Lab
NMC along with Networks Northwest, GTAMC, and MMTC were recipients of an Industry 4.0 MEDC grant. This grant will promote Industry 4.0 in the area and serves as a stepping stone as advanced manufacturing technologies are deployed throughout Michigan. Specifically, the learning lab will be designed to allow manufacturers to experiment with technology, educate their workforce and collaborate, increasing efficiencies in their own companies.
Jason Slade – Director Tech Division, NMC
Jason Slade oversees 8 disciplines and 12 specializations as Director of the Technical Academic Areas at Northwestern Michigan College. Prior to this role, he was a faculty member in the engineering technology program teaching courses in electronics and electrical systems. Before coming to NMC, Jason was a program coordinator at Mott Community College and an electrical engineer in the automotive industry. He is passionate about connecting students to high-demand careers in technology.
Rob Dickinson - Regional Director of Business Services, Networks Northwest
Ryan Schulz – Chief Operating Officer, M R Products
Ryan Schultz is a community-driven business leader in Northern Michigan who has a horrible habit of saying Yes! Ryan is the Chief Operating Officer of M R Products, the volunteer CFO of the Wexford County Civic Center, Treasurer of Cadillac YMCA, Vice President of Cadillac Area Manufacturers Association, Networks Northwest board member, Assistant Cadillac Varsity Baseball Coach, and District 7 Assistant Hockey Coach (Go United!). Along with his many volunteer activities, Ryan also enjoys the outdoors and can be found on his tractor most weekends prepping his deer hunting lands for the fall. His three children, wife, and four dogs love assisting him in his endeavors and never ever complain about planting another 100 spruce trees.
Kent Wood - Principal, Borealis Strategic, LLC
Kent Wood has over a decade of experience working in and around Michigan’s legislative system. Prior to forming the government relations consulting firm Borealis Strategic, LLC in 2019, Kent was the government relations director and lead lobbyist for the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce (now called Traverse Connect) and before that the Michigan United Conservation Clubs. He also served on legislative staff for two members of the Michigan House of Representatives.
Through his career, he has helped organizations and clients develop policy, change laws, navigate the appropriations process, lead coalitions, and become action oriented advocates.
Kent has a J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law, and a B.A. from Albion College. He resides in Traverse City, Michigan with his wife Glenna and their four children.
Rich Wolin – Regional V.P. & Director, MMTC
- Regional Vice President, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-Northern Lower office.
- Certified Lean Office Champion Trainer (U of M)
- Hoshin Planning and Deployment, (Lean Learning Institute)
- Certified Human Performance Technology Consultant (ISPI)
- Certified Professional Business Advisor (NIST-MEP)
- Creator of the Active Learning Model (ALMTM) system
- Myers Briggs Qualified Facilitator
- Innovation Engineering Black Belt (NIST-MEP/Eureka Ranch)
- Toyota Kata Coaching, U of M
- MBA dual majors in Finance and Marketing (WSU)