SME's Largest Member Chapter - founded in 1936, celebrating 78 yrs.
SME Local Chapter 5 Board Members
Chairman - Chapter Leader Mark O'Brien BSME, MBA
Mark brings 30 years of manufacturing and distribution management, sales, marketing, operations, engineering and merger transactions experience.
Mark gained extensive manufacturing experience as a cutting tool manufacturing business owner serving aerospace, automotive and woodworking markets. Working through every aspect of the business from engineering, manufacturing, operations, domestic and international sales and marketing, and new product development he gained thorough experience as a manufacturing business owner. After merging the business with and international cutting tool company Mark worked and traveled internationally in business development responsible for integrating cultures, sales and market strategies, manufacturing strategies and new product development.
Mark spent a number of years in management consulting directly with small business owners defining business visions, developing business and transition plans, implementing plans and managing change. One notable machining project was for the DOD’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter challenged with developing an ultra-low force diamond drill for CFRP and aluminum sandwich composites. Working with a Chicago area custom diamond tool manufacturer and Northwestern University’s mechanical engineering manufacturing lab a solution was researched, developed and tested supporting robotic manufacturing plans with the Joint Strike Fighter.
During the recession Mark took on the challenge of growing local Industrial Distributor in the competitive and fragmented Chicago market. Under Mark’s leadership the Industrial Distributor tripled in size over a four year period despite the recession by executing a strategy of growth through both organic sales & marketing, integrated supply and business acquisitions.
Mark earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and an MBA from University of Illinois. Mark holds a patent for a special diamond milling cutter used in aerospace composite applications.
Chairman - Community & Education Outreach - Robert "Bob" Iossi
Bob has over 30 years of experience in the Industrial Engineering Marketplace, having worked previously for end-users in manufacturing, OEM's, Systems Integrators, and as a Machine Builder. Bob's background is in Electrical Engineering and Communciations.
Bob started a Systems Integration and Engineering Division for a very large OEM and grew that business in nine states to a $50M business over a number of years. He is very involved in the Systems Engineering side of the business and enjoys working with customers to solve their problems as a solution provider. Bob has heavy CNC, PLC, Drives, Robotics, and Industrial Machining & Engineering background.
His current position with Parker Hannifin, as a Regional Territory Manager allows him to continue his life long work of solving customers problems with automation solutions.
Bob is the current Chairman, Community & Education Outreach for SME Chapter 5 in Chicago and past Chairman for eight continuois years. He currently lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with his wife Lori.
Jerry has over 35 years experience in managing engineering and construction projects, primarily assisting firms with optimizing their processes, expanding their operations, and planning for change in areas of Facility, Planning, Design and Management, capital program planning and process optimization, lean and construction management.
He is currently working with M+W Group in Chicago as a Sr. Project Manager for design and construction of advanced technology facilities. Jerry also serves as Principal of GDC Planners, Inc., a manufacturing/facilities planning firm. In his past, he has worked for Ford Motor Co, Casting Division in the Rouge Plant in Dearborn, Michigan as a manufacturing and facility engineer.
He has a BS in mechanical engineering from Michigan State, and an MBA in Operations Management from Lewis University. Additional training includes: Industrial Ventilation, Noise Control, Molten Aluminum Processing, Industrial Hydraulics, Manufacturing Cells, Visual Factory, Lean Manufacturing, Ergonomics, Value Stream Mapping, Six Sigma, Quality Function Deployment, and LEED.
He lives with his wife Patti in Bolingbrook, and has 2 grown sons living in the Chicago area.
Educational/Certification Director - Charles "Chuck" GatesCMfgE, CQE, CQM, CSCP, CPIM
Chuck has over 40 years of experience in industry working for Caterpillar Inc., a Fortune 50 company.His work experiences included worldwide manager responsibilities for product design, manufacturing engineering, quality engineering, six sigma, lean, factory operations, training, and management development.Chuck has over 25 years of experience as an adjunct faculty member teaching a variety of technical and professional courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
He has earned the following professional certifications: Certified Supply Chain Professional, Certified in Production and Inventory Management, Certified Manager of Quality, Certified Quality Engineer, and Certified Manufacturing Engineer.Chuck is a certified instructor with APICS (The Association for Operation Management), SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers), and ASQ (American Society for Quality).
Chuck has a degree in Management from the University of Illinois, a Master’s degree in Industrial Technology from Purdue University, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Business Administration.
Arvin, an author and inventor, is President of Arrow Gear Company and a member of the Manufacturing Advisory Board of the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a Senior Member/Board Director of the Society of Manufacturing Engineering (SME Chapter 5 Chicago) and a past officer and board member of the American Gear Manufacturers Association. Arvin has traveled extensively throughout the world assessing the industrial capacity of foreign countries.
Arvin is also a founding member, president and board member of the non-profit organization Citizens for American Manufacturing (CAM). CAM’s mission is to promote the message of manufacturing’s critical role in the health of the U.S. economy.
Mr. Arvin is past Chairman of the Board for IIT's INFACT Government Sponsored Program (Instrumented Factory for Gears). In 2012, Arvin received the “Outstanding Leader in Industry” award by the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Industrial Technology and Management (INTM) Program.
In January 2013, Arvin was promoted to the position of Arrow Gear’s Chief Operating Officer; an addition to his current position as President. Recently, Arvin retired from Arrow Gear to focus his time on CAM and SME working in the industry and giving back to the industry.