ArtArt Sneen, Founder, started the Manufacturers Alliance in 1990. He has 40 years of experience including positions as General Manager, Manufacturing Services Manager, and Industrial Engineer at small and medium manufacturers. Art has trained for Twin City manufacturing firms, and taught seminars for St. Thomas University and local Technical Colleges. He holds degrees in Industrial Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.


Kirby Sneen Manufacturers AllianceKirby Sneen, Vice President, has led the Manufacturers Alliance in developing a community of 500 manufacturing member companies over the last 15 years. He continues to form and facilitate benchmarking peer groups, and develop educational seminars and workshops for the purpose of guiding members to create a culture of continuous improvement. He has degrees in Audio Engineering from Hennepin Technical College, Marketing from Metropolitan State University and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. Contact him at



Tammi Tammi Dorion, Director of Learning and Development, has 17 years of leadership experience in areas including sales, marketing, continuous improvement and manufacturing, holding such positions as Voice of Customer Manager, Director of Continuous Improvement, and Director of Manufacturing. She holds a bachelor's degree in Organizational Administration from University of Northwestern and an MBA from Bethel University. For questions related to completing your certification project contact her at


Jim Drennen, Peer Group Director, has enjoyed a business career spanning 37 years in various management positions including Vice President/General Manager, Division Manager, Marketing Director and Materials Manager. Jim earned his B.S. from Heidelberg University and an MBA from the University of Toledo. He serves as adjunct faculty at The College of St. Scholastica, teaching courses in strategic leadership for change, Internet marketing, and marketing strategy. Jim is certified CPIM through APICS. For questions regarding membership in a peer group contact him at 


Sue Moldenhauer, Event and Marketing Manager, has 29 years' experience working in continuing education, most recently with the University of Minnesota. Sue holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and has completed her Lean Practitioner Certification and Supervision Fundamentals Certification. For questions regarding our workshop or educational program schedule, contact her at 



Monica Smith, Training Services Manager, has 18 years of experience in manufacturing as Account Manager, Customer Services Manager and Director of Customer Experience. Monica holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stout in Graphic Communications Management. For questions regarding Certifications, Onsite Training or Sponsorship opportunities, contact her at



Andrea Gortze, Accounting and Office Administrator, has a background in small business accounting and customer service. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. For accounting questions, contact her at