MANA’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that two highly qualified candidates have been elected to MANA’s Board of Directors for a two-year term starting May 1, 2017.
Michelle Jobst, CPMR, owns manufacturers’ representative firm Jobst Incorporated. Jobst has been a MANA representative member since 1989. Charlie Ingram is Vice President, Sales & Marketing, for Eriez Magnetics. Eriez has been a MANA manufacturer member since 1990.
Michelle is the first woman to join for MANA’s Board of Directors, and Charlie is the first manufacturer on the Board. MANA’s bylaws require that at least six of its seven Directors be manufacturers’ representatives, and allows one Director to be elected who is not a manufacturers’ representative.
Michelle and Charlie will assume the seats of Ken McGregor and Tom Hayward, both of whom end distinguished terms of service on April 30, 2017. Thank you Ken and Tom for your long years of service to our profession and also for your keen insights and strategic mindset.
MANA Director John Beaver assumes Ken’s role as Chairman of the Board on May 1, 2017.
Michelle is the second generation owner of the rep firm her father launched in 1978. She believes that deep, long-term relationships that focus on the customers’ needs and connecting with people to create innovative solutions have been her road to success. Michelle has over 20 years of experience in technical sales and a degree from the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN, in Speech Communications and International Business Economics. She earned the Certified Professional Manufacturers’ Representative (CPMR) designation from the Manufacturers’ Representatives Educational Research Foundation, lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota and has two daughters.
Charlie came to Eriez in 1994 after serving as Manager of International Marketing at Chicago Pneumatic Tool and also as General Manager of Chicago Pneumatic Tool’s Canadian affiliate. Charlie has been Eriez’s lead company representative for MANA since 1994, and has served as presenter, panelist, and author for MANA at events like Keystone, MANAFest, Teleforums, and Manufacturer Seminar, as well as in Agency Sales magazine. In 2013 he launched a one-year Eriez-sponsored membership for all Eriez reps.
He has degrees in Political Science and History from Denison University, Granville, Ohio, and a certificate in advanced management from the University of Tennessee. Charlie and his wife Emily live in Fairview, PA, and have two adult children living in the Chicago area.