• NIDIA elects board leadership to implement roadmap for growth

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    July 19, 2017 (Fort Wayne, IN) – The Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association (NIDIA) today announced the election Alan Tio to serve as chairman of the organization, which works to grow the defense sector throughout a 20-county region. Tio has served in local, regional, and state level economic development roles in Northeast Indiana and recently joined Michael Kinder & Sons, Inc. as Economic Developer.

    “Alan is the right person at the right time for the Chairman of the Board position. NIDIA is ready to try new and innovative ideas to support our membership and more important, grow our defense sector” said past chairman David L. Augustine, COL (RET), “NIDIA is committed to making sure Northeast Indiana is at the forefront of our statewide effort to establish Indiana as ‘the State that works in Defense!'”

    In addition, the NIDIA board of directors elected Rick Howard, Program Manager at Raytheon as the new Vice Chairman and Bill Busch, Business Consultant at Xcel HR as the new Secretary.  Scott Maddox, Director of Engineering at Riverside Manufacturing, will continue in his position as Treasurer.

    “In recent years, NIDIA’s volunteer board has developed a roadmap called “Why Northeast Indiana for Defense,” said Tio, “Now we must work with our 50+ members to implement the plan in order to grow the defense sector and maximize opportunities to provide the warfighter with the best tools possible.”

    THE NIDIA BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

    Name, Industry Role
    Alan Tio, MKS *Chairman
    Rick Howard, Raytheon *Vice Chairman
    Scott Maddox, Riverside Mfg. *Treasurer
    Bill Busch, XcelHR *Secretary
    David Augustine, Stryke Industries *Past Chairman
    Bill Andrews *Executive Board Member, Independent
    Eric Webster, Harris Corporation *Executive Board Member, Large Business
    Scott Swymeler, BAE *Executive Board Member, Large Business
    Chris Straw, Team Quality Services *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Joe Predina, Logistikos *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Stacey Smith, Prairie Quest *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Gil Perry, Indiana PTAC *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Pat McCammon, SkySight Technologies *Executive Board Member, Small Business

    About the Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association

    The NIDIA (Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association) was formed with the idea to help fuel industry development in our area. Starting in 2010 we worked with community educators to help develop and improve the local defense community’s ability to attract and retain the required talent to effectively execute business and improve interaction between the defense industry and suppliers in the region. In 2015, the board voted unanimously to extend our reach to a 20 county region. For more information about NIDIA, please visit www.nidiaonline.org.

    Media Contact
    Alan Tio
    atio@kinderandsons.com
    260-414-7841

  • Job Fair at IPFW on August 2

    Plan to attend or register your organization today for the IPFW Job Fair, hosted by Indiana Third District Congressman Jim Banks! This is a great opportunity for recruiting, networking, and learning more about businesses in our region. Whether you are a job seeker or an employer, plan now to attend.

    When: Wednesday, August 2nd from noon-3PM
    Where: IPFW International Ballroom, Fort Wayne

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    Please park in Garage P2

    If you are a job seeker, you can:

    • Meet employers who are hiring NOW
    • Network with business owners and other job seekers
    • Visit dozens of employers on the same day at the same location

    If you are an employer, you can:

    • Showcase your business
    • Network with other business owners
    • Interview numerous prospective employees on the same day at the same location

    Join us for an interview training session sponsored by Work One Northeast and learn how to:

    • Skillfully develop conversations to highlight your experience and qualifications
    • Impress employers by making yourself memorable
    • Follow up with contacts after the job fair and build your professional network

    Please contact Congressman Banks’ office at: 260-702-4750 or derek.pillie@mail.house.gov to reserve a booth.

  • TACOM Bus Trip Cancellation

    NIDIA Members,

    The NIDIA bus trip to TACOM scheduled for Friday, June 23, 2017 is cancelled. We are looking into rescheduling this trip and will advise accordingly. Sorry for any inconvenience.

    Thanks,
    Joe Peters
    NIDIA Chairman

  • Don’t forget to Register for the June 1 Working Luncheon

    Greater NE Indiana Defense Industry Team Members, on behalf of the Lt Governor’s new Director of the Indiana Office for Defense Development, Danielle Chrysler and the Director of the National Center for Complex Operations, Major General Cliff Tooley (ret), I am welcoming you to a discussion about growing defense across Indiana, specifically for this discussion, NE Indiana. The event will be held at Greater Fort Wayne Inc. on the 1st of June in groups at the following times (please sign up for your applicable group below):

    1000 – 1030: Social time / Coffee and Water
    1030 – 1130: GFW Inc. Welcome / Meeting with GFW Inc. Team
    1130 – 1pm: NIDIA Working Lunch with Board and Association Members
    1pm – 2pm: Meeting with the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership (NEIRP)/Chamber Team
    2pm – 3pm: Meeting with NE Indiana Local, State and Federal Legislative Teams
    3pm – 4pm: Meeting with the National Contract Management Association (NCMA)
    4pm – Close: Coordinated Follow On Engagements (from the meetings)

    As part of this meeting series, they’d like to listen to your thoughts and challenges and discuss how to turn excitement about growing defense into opportunity for Indiana. The landscape to grow defense is rapidly changing in Indiana in a positive direction under the leadership of these great professionals and the organizations they lead.

    Don’t miss out on this one — please freely share in your organizations to allow everyone an opportunity to sign up. Meeting room size is limited. Sign up now!

    Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indiana-office-of-defense-development-ncco-engagement-meetings-tickets-34718178005

    David Augustine
    SVP of BD, Stryke Industries

  • PTAC Industry Day Registration

    The Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) invites you to learn more about the world of government contracting and Indiana’s resources to support small business growth.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from contracting officers from both government and private industry on how to do business with their organizations.

    Organizations in attendance include: Rolls-Royce, Raytheon, AM General, Allison Transmission, Cummins, Inc., NSWC Crane, Indiana National Guard, Defense Logistics Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Homeland Security.

    FEATURED KEYNOTE SPEAKER
    Brian Peterson, Vice-President, Supply Management – AM General

    DISCOVER
    Hear from industry prime contractors as well as government agencies on ways your company can integrate into the supply chain network.

    CONNECT
    Meet and network with other Hoosier companies interested in expanding their footprint in the government marketplace.

    GROW
    Receive expert advice on growing your business from the Indiana PTAC team and resource partners.

    EVENT INFORMATION
    Thursday, June 8
    8:00 AM – 3:30 PM EDT
    Ivy Tech Community College Culinary & Conference Center
    2820 North Meridian Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46208
    FREE Parking
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    For more information, please contact:
    Vicki Hollanders