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Wes Kelly

Wes Kelly

Center Director/ Business Advisor 

Wes.Kelly@usd.edu
Phone: 605-201-1484
Southeast SD / Sioux Falls Office

Before joining MTS, Wes Kelly was the Senior Business Advisor III at Dakota Manufacturing Extension Partnership. Wes provided effective business assessments as well as designed, developed, and delivered services specific to customer needs. Since September of 2010 Wes has been part of the MTS team as a MTS Manager for the southeast region of South Dakota. Previously, Wes has also been project, operations, and production control managers bringing 33 years of manufacturing experience. 

 

Keith Deibert

Keith Deibert

Senior Business Advisor

Keith.Deibert@usd.edu
Phone: 605-202-0641
Southeast SD / Sioux Falls Office

Keith Deibert is a Business Advisor for South Dakota MTS providing consulting services for South Dakota's Manufacturers. He is a graduate of South Dakota State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Throughout his career he has been an electronic design engineer, Plant Manager, Vice President of Operations, Corporate Director of Lean, President and has done consulting. He has focused his efforts in helping organization become Lean Enterprises.

 

Brad Fischer

Brad Fischer

Business Advisor

Brad.A.Fischer@usd.edu
Phone: 605-202-9118
Western SD / Rapid City Office

Brad Fischer is the MTS Business Advisor for the western region of South Dakota providing consulting services for South Dakota's Manufacturers. He is a graduate of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering. Prior to joining the SDMTS team, Brad had also been Plant Metallurgist, Quality Control Manager, Tool and Die Manager, Engineering Manager, Technical/ Sales and Marketing Director, Director of Operations and Regional Manager with nearly 30 years of experience in manufacturing.

 

Kellie Ecker

Business Advisor

Kellie.Ecker@usd.edu
Phone: 605-228-0414
Northeast SD / Aberdeen & Watertown Office

Kellie Ecker is a Business Advisor for South Dakota MTS providing consulting services for South Dakota's Manufacturers in North Eastern South Dakota. She received her undergraduate degree from Northern State University. She has a masters degree in business administration and a certificate in grant writing. Throughout her career she has worked in sales, marketing & public relations in both the healthcare and financial industry, and most recently as the executive director for a workforce training and education organization. Kellie’s focus will be in coaching, corporate training and development, Technology Driven Market Intelligence (TDMI), Technology Scouting, Lean Office, and in delivering services specific to customer needs.

Don Cuperus

Business Advisor

Don.Cuperus@usd.edu
Phone: 605-212-5679
Southeast SD / Sioux Falls Office

Don Cuperus is a business advisor for South Dakota Manufacturing & Technology Solutions in addition to providing business development services for the entire state. He is a graduate of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Don has spent his professional life working in the South Dakota manufacturing industry as a production engineering manager, engineering manager, process improvement manager and corporate trainer, and now as a business advisor.  He specializes in long-term business relationships by focusing on: Strategic planning, Hoshin/catch ball, value stream mapping, lean techniques, people and cultural development, problem solving and PDCA.

 

Wes Kelly

Jackie Runge

Business Operations Administrator

Jackie.Runge@usd.edu
Phone: 605-367-5757
Sioux Falls Office

Jackie Runge is the Business Operations Administrator for South Dakota Manufacturing and Technology Solutions office in Sioux Falls.  She has extensive knowledge in administrative duties and is a great asset to the team.  Her role helps keep everyone organized and informed. Throughout her career, Jackie has worked in both the private and public sector. She loves building relationships with clients and connecting others to valuable resources. With an enthusiastic and genuinely friendly attitude, Jackie continues to ‘make things happen’ and add value to the organization.

 

Sara Byre

Marketing Specialist

Sara.Byre@usd.edu
Phone: 605-731-6995
Sioux Falls Office

Sara's focus at South Dakota Manufacturing & Technology Solutions is marketing. She is responsible for maintaining the company’s social media platforms, promoting events, and building client relationships.  In this role, she is also responsible for managing the “What’s So Cool about Manufacturing?” student video contest.  Sara loves the variety of each day as well as the meaningful relationships she builds.