CAMT names Tom Bugnitz new CEO, refocuses on NIST MEP mission

By: Steve Friday August 31, 2012 0 comments Tags: CAMT, Coolerado, Florine Raitano, Tom Bugnitz

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DENVER - The Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology (CAMT) has named Tom Bugnitz its new chief executive officer.

Bugnitz will lead CAMT in providing strategic services and programs designed to strengthen Colorado's manufacturing sector with an emphasis on spurring innovation growth, CAMT said.

Bugnitz has hands-on experiences in the manufacturing sector, most recently serving as a senior executive for Coolerado, a Denver-based manufacturer of leading-edge, green air-conditioning systems.

During his tenure with Coolerado, the organization grew from a five-person company to employing more than 60 workers. He is also the co-author of "From Business Strategy to IT Action," a widely-read book on business strategy and capital planning for technology.

"Tom brings over 25 years of broad experience in strategic planning, operations and financial oversight to CAMT," said Dr. Florine Raitano, CAMT board chair. "We look forward to his leadership as CAMT re-focuses on its core programs under the NIST MEP program."

NIST is the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
"This is an exciting opportunity, and I am happy the boards of CAMT and NIST have chosen me for this challenge," Bugnitz said.  "The Manufacturing Extension Partnership from NIST and the Space Act with NASA are important assets for the state of Colorado. Our job at CAMT is to work with all of our partners in the state to leverage those assets for the benefit of the manufacturers and people of Colorado."

CAMT has been the state affiliate of MEP since 1994 and is committed to the core MEP programs focused on technology acceleration, continuous improvement, supplier development, sustainable practices and workforce development for the manufacturing sector, the public-private organization said.

CAMT convenes government, not-for-profit and industry resources to offer comprehensive expertise to Colorado manufacturers to help them be top competitors in the global marketplace.

In addition to hiring Bugnitz, CAMT said it will be expanding its size and scope to widen industry and geographic representation.

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