Please welcome NIDIA’s new Chairman, Col. David Augustine
Effective October 20, 2014, Retired Col. David Augustine will act as the new Chairmain for the Northeastern Indiana Defense Industry Association. At the combined Northeast Indiana Industry Association (NIDIA) and Fort Wayne Base Community Council (BCC) luncheon, Mr. Scott Maddox, the Treasurer for NIDIA announced that the Executive Board, under the leadership of Mr. Jeff Uhey, has selected Col. David Augustine (ret) as the new Chairman effective Oct 20th, 2014. Jeff Uhey quoted “Col Augustine is the right leader, at the right time and the right place to take NIDIA to new levels. His passion for the military and defense industries in Northeast Indiana is unprecedented.” In addition to NIDIA, Augustine will also begin his new position as the Senior Vice President of Business Development for Stryke Industries on Oct 20th. Stryke Industries is a defense firm committed to growing companies that are devoted in making quality products for the warfighter. Augustine quoted, “Stryke Industries is a perfect addition to NIDIA. My goal is to bring significant growth to Northeast Indiana defense firms and the tools that Stryke brings to the table are unprecedented.” Col. Augustine is excited to also garner increased involvement from local colleges and universities to ensure we are producing Hoosiers with the skills necessary to capitalize on significant defense opportunities. In addition, Augustine is interested in significantly expanding research and development within academia. To learn more about Augustine and the NIDIA Board, please visit the NIDIA Board of Directors Page.
Mark Cooper, Director, U.S. Department of Commerce/International Trade Administration presented at the NIDIA Steering Committee meeting, held at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center on June 19th, 2014. Please find useful resources in the links below:
AM General is seeking diversity-owned businesses to support the next phase of the U.S. Army JLTV program. If you are a diversity-owned business with capabilities in these areas:
- Electrical (wire harness and/or cables)
- Stampings/Metal Fabrication
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Thank you for attending the Spring 2014 All-Member meeting on May 16th at IPFW. It was a huge success with excellent speakers, networking, attendance and over-all energetic atmosphere! A special thank-you to Gil Perry of the Fort Wayne office of the Indiana PTAC for organizing the event and scheduling the Lt. Governor, Sue Elspermann as the Keynote speaker, to Sean Ryan, Director of University Engagement for scheduling Brooke Pyne, the NSWC Crane Manager of the SBIR/STTR programs and Reggie Joslin, the Manager of NSWC Crane Small Business Programs, and to John Sampson, President of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership for sponsoring the buffet lunch.
Stay tuned for the announcement of our Fall 2014 event. If you have any suggestions for special topics and/or speakers, please send me a note (email@example.com).
Please find the Spring 2014 attendance list and presentations attached for your reference.