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 benchmarked 100's of MN manufacturers, 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, Marketing and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. Contact him at 763-557-8007, or



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. Tammi has trained over 200 people in Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement tools and techniques. Contact her at 763-533-8239 or


Jim Drennen, Marketing 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.


Sue Moldenhauer, Event and Marketing Manager, has 28 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 763-383-9445 or


Kristin Ross, Peer Group Coordinator, has over 5 years of experience in medical manufacturing. She has a wide array of manufacturing experience including document control, production planning, inventory control and project management. Kristin holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities along with her Project Management Certificate. For questions regarding Peer Groups or to host a Peer Group, contact her at 763-533-8239 or