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, 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


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



Megan Dawson, Peer Group Coordinator, has a background in inventory management and supply chain. Megan holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northwestern – St. Paul in Business Management. For questions regarding peer groups, contact her at


Jeremy Blake, Leadership & Development Coach, has 8 years of experience working in manufacturing as a Machine Operator, Continuous Improvement Leader, Operational Excellence Leader, and Quality Manager. Jeremy holds a Lean Practitioners Certification as well as a 6 Sigma Green Belt Certification. For questions regarding certification projects and coaching, contact him at