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Management Biographies


Wayne FrostWayne F. Frost, CMfgE, retired as a production system project manager and product quality systems auditor of John Deere Waterloo Works after a successful 37-year career. He has served at the international and former region and chapter levels. Frost served two terms on the SME Board of Directors from 2004-07 and two terms from 2008-12. Currently, he is the president-elect of the Executive Committee, a member of the Audit and Finance Committees, and is a membership consultant for senior chapters in northern Iowa. Frost previously served as vice-chair of the Region Chairs Committee and as a member of the Certification Oversight & Appeals Committee. He served the former Region 9 as chair, chair-elect, treasurer, secretary, leadership training coordinator and certification committee chair. His many positions with Waterloo Chapter 186 include chapter chair, student chapter liaison, honor awards, certification and recruitment/retention committees. Frost has received the Award of Merit, President’s Award, Region 9 Olin Simpson Award, the Waterloo Chapter 186 Kurt E. Lear Award and the John Deere General Manager’s Award. He holds certifications as an ASQ-certified quality auditor and is an Institute for Supply Management certified purchasing manager. Frost received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Northern Iowa. Member Since 1983

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Chief Executive Officer 

Jeffrey KrauseJeffrey M. Krause joined SME as executive director and chief executive officer in December 2014, and is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization, while leading day-to-day operations and working closely with customers and stakeholders to enable growth. Prior to SME, Krause served as vice president of automotive aftermarket and business development for Intraco where he was responsible for the global automotive and heavy-duty aftermarket business, ensuring that key objectives are achieved related to growth, service delivery, branding and profitability. Krause began his career with General Motors in 1977 and transitioned to Delphi in 1999. He has extensive experience in many facets of the business and has served in key leadership positions, including general management, business development, sales and strategic planning at the product line and corporate levels. Krause served as vice chairman of the General Motors Foundation and has led several acquisitions and divestitures for GM and Delphi. Krause holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial administration from Kettering University and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University.

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Interim Managing Director of Workforce and Education

Jeannine KunzJeannine Kunz is the interim managing director of workforce and education at SME. Here, she leads a team dedicated to the ongoing education of the manufacturing workforce. Kunz is a recognized authority on professional development and training for the manufacturing community. Her vision and passion have put her at the forefront of workforce management issues — providing innovative solutions for companies, academia and individuals. Today, Kunz is focused on solving the skills crisis for advanced manufacturing. She led SME's acquisition of Tooling U, the leading provider of online training for manufacturing. Kunz also spearheaded the launch of KnowledgeEdgeSM — an online book and video resource. She is frequently asked to provide her insights at conferences, events and caucuses across the country. Kunz also offers her expertise as a regular contributor to IndustryWeek, NPR Marketplace, Gear Solutions, and many others. She recently joined the Industry Advisory Committee for the College of Technology at Pittsburg State University. Kunz earned a bachelor's degree in business and marketing with a concentration in economics from Eastern Michigan University and has served on EMU's Alumni Board. She is also a member of ASTD and the U.S. Tennis Association. Member Since 2008

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