Thomas Taylor, Chair
OPERATIONS MANAGER FOR LUDLUM MEASUREMENTS, INC.
Thomas Taylor is Operations Manager for Ludlum Measurements. He has a diverse background in Operations Management with over 25 years of experience in developing teams for manufacturing businesses. During his career Thomas has worked in multiple industries including consumer electronics, commercial refrigeration, and aerospace air-frames and aircraft seating. He is well versed in building processes, systems, and operations staff to help businesses grow. Focused on lean manufacturing techniques, data analysis and the use of metrics, and process improvement projects, Thomas enjoys helping people learn and grow through new challenges. A graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in Manufacturing Engineering he enjoys road-bike cycling, woodworking, and cooking meals with his wife
Richard Williams, Director
CEO, RAM, Inc.
Richard Williams is CEO of RAM, Inc., an Aerospace and Defense manufacturing company located in Cisco, Texas. Richard has led small and middle market companies ranging in size from 1,000 to 7,000 employees for over 40 years. Throughout his career, he has been active in mergers and acquisitions, completing 35 transactions. Richard is passionate about helping young people develop life skills and encourages curiosity, creativity, hard work, and perseverance. Richard is a man of many talents, including being an instrument rated commercial pilot. He lives on a small 90-acre hay farm outside of Brownwood, Texas with his dear wife Kimberly. When not on the tractor, he spends his time on Brownwood lake fishing with his wife. He enjoys golf, fishing, flying, skeet, skiing, and riding his cruiser or speed bike.
Bob Johnson, Secretary / Treasurer
PRESIDENT, BWJ METALWORKS, LLC
Bob W. Johnson has 50-plus years of experience in the metal fabrication industry and is the President/Owner of BWJ Metalworks, LLC, a family owned and operated company located in Abilene, Texas. Bob is a lifetime member of the American Welding Society and a Certified Welding Inspector since its inception in 1976. He and his wife, Peggy, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in December 2018. He is an avid deer hunter and fisherman and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren.
Mark Colman, Director
PRESIDENT, RENTECH BOILER SYSTEMS, INC.
Mark Colman serves as President for Rentech Boiler Systems Inc., Frontier Welded Products, and Rentech Boiler Services. These three companies work together to manufacture and repair industrial steam boilers. Rentech manufactures it boilers in Abilene Texas. Rentech’s products are shipped both domestically and internationally. There is a Rentech boiler operating in thirty-three foreign countries. Mark began his career with Rentech in 2005 as Vice-President of Operations. Mark’s expertise in organizational change management with a focus in the areas of sales, operations, and finance created several years of strong growth for Rentech in both sales and profitability. Prior to coming to work for Rentech, Mark worked for an Industrial manufacturing company located in Cleveland Ohio. Mark held several positions at this company. The positions ranged from manufacturing engineer to Vice President. Mark has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. Mark currently serves on the Board of the Big Country Manufacturing Alliance and is the Vice Chair and board member of the American Boiler Manufacturing Association. As time allows Mark enjoys playing golf and traveling with his wife.
Jeff Grimland, Director
PLANT MANAGER, USG CORPORATION, SWEETWATER
Jeff Grimland is a Plant Manager with two decades of experience in various leadership roles for United States Gypsum Company. He specialized in improving plant performance through increased employee engagement and leadership development. On the weekends he can be found riding dirt bikes with his wife and two children.
Support Partners (Non-Voting Seats)
Mary Ross, Director Workforce Development
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS OF WEST CENTRAL TEXAS
Mary Ross has served as the Executive Director of the Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas Board since January 1997. During her tenure, the Board has been awarded over $600,000 in incentive awards and over $2.5 million in additional, outside funding for outstanding performance, innovative programs, and exceptional service to employers, job-seekers, and the community. Ms. Ross believes in servant leadership, partnership, and innovation. She serves on a variety of business, education and community boards. She is a native of California and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Vicki Hayhurst, Director – Education
CTE SPECIALIST, REGION XIV SERVICE CENTER
Vicki Hayhurst is the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Specialist for Region XIV Education Service Center working with 42 school districts to create and support CTE programs. Vicki specializes in developing partnerships among school districts, business and industry, and Higher Education (local colleges and universities). As an involved board member of the state Career and Technical Association of Texas, she represents Area 12 supporting rural CTE programs. She has served on numerous committees introducing new initiatives to partners to support the ever-changing landscape of CTE. Vicki’s life is a full one, where in addition to her work and community service, she spends time with her husband, family and church activities.
Ray Tipton, Director – Economic Development
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, brownwood municipal development district
Ray Tipton currently serves as the Executive Director for the Brownwood Municipal Development District (BMDD), developing and implementing economic development strategies for the City of Brownwood. He worked at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce for over 8 years prior to his position with the BMDD, serving first as the Marketing Manager and later as the Executive Director. Prior to working for the Chamber of Commerce, Ray was the News Director for BrownwoodNews.com, a local media agency he and his wife owned and operated. He also has several years of experience in real estate sales and has owned/operated several local businesses. Ray currently serves on the board of directors as Board President for the Texas Midwest Community Network (TMCN), a board member of the Big Country Manufacturing Alliance and an ad-hoc board member of the Brownwood Industrial Foundation. Ray Tipton has lived in Brownwood, Texas for 35 years. He is a graduate of Brownwood High School and Howard Payne University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Ray has been married to his wife Lisa for 28 years and they have two grown children.