2017 Nominees

The nominees for the American Manufacturing Leadership Award are:

Miguel L. Ascaso Miguel L. Ascaso
Vice President Manufacturing Excellence

Johnson Controls

Miguel is Vice President of Manufacturing Excellence for Johnson Controls, based in Milwaukee, WI since 2014. In this leadership role, he is responsible for driving excellence over 130 global facilities, ensuring effective deployment, capabilities, integration and advancement of the enterprise Johnson Controls Manufacturing System (JCMS) to achieve the company’s vision of becoming the most operationally capable company in the world.
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The plants that have made the greatest progress adopting JCMS have demonstrated outstanding improvements in safety, quality, productivity, and delivery, resulting in greater customer satisfaction and employee engagement.Miguel has been with Johnson Controls since 2001, most recently serving as the Vice President of Global Operations of Power Solutions. Prior to that, he held roles of increasing responsibility in Power Solutions as Vice President of Operations in Original Equipment, Vice President of Operations in EMEA, based in Hanover, Germany, and Vice president of Operations in Latin America, based in Monterrey, Mexico. Prior to that, he served as General Manager in Spain and Plant Manager. Before joining Johnson Controls, Miguel worked at Exide Technologies for 13 years, and he held various leadership positions in manufacturing, program management, engineering and Plant Manager roles.He holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from ETSIIZ, Spain and attended the ESADE Business School of Management

Mark Gams Mark Gams
Senior Vice President, U.S. Supply Chain and Operations
ACCO Brands

Mark Gams is the Senior Vice President of U.S. Supply Chain and Operations at ACCO Brands with responsibility for manufacturing, distribution, planning, transportation, supply chain, and customer service.
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Prior to joining ACCO, Mark worked in senior positions at several companies, including Master Lock and Roadway Express. Notable is his leadership in the planning and execution of ACCO’s investment and expansion project in Booneville, a project that is a great example of the role of public/private partnership in expanding local employment.
Mark is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. Married to Diana for over 35 years with two grown children, Mark enjoys, travel, golf, gardening, and rooting for the Green Bay Packers and the University of Wisconsin Badgers.

PeterKarausch Peter Karausch
Plant Director

Peter trained for one year at the Toyota Production System (TPS) at the NUMMI Fermont Plant and has 45 years of automotive experience in several manufacturing positions at Chrysler, GM Corporations and now Aymesa. Some of his positions include Project Manager, Plant Manager and Vice President of Quality and Engineering.
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His major projects and achievements include:

  • A $100 million plant expansion at GM Venezuela
  • National Quality Award in GM Colmotores, Colombia
  • Chairman’s honor GM Corporation 1998, GM Venezolana Plant
  • Operations, cars, trucks assembler with KIA, Hyundai, Volkswagen brands
  • Main award “Orden al Merito en el Trabajo” in First Class, Venezuelan Government
  • For a few years leaded the state of Carabobo as the Scout State of Commitioner

Peter has worked in Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico USA, Colombia and now since 2006, Ecuador. He has a Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration education and completed high level training in Strategic Business Planning at IESA Venezolana. He also completed Leadership Perspective Training in (CCL) Centre for Creative Leadership in Colorado USA.

Over the past four weeks you’ve been voting for the winner of the American Manufacturing Leadership Award 2017. We have now announced the winner, who will be giving his acceptance speech at the American Manufacturing Awards Dinner on October 30 in San Diego.

Click here to find out who it was