Christian is the Director of Workforce Development and Pro-Action Education Networkfor the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program. NJMEP is a private, not-for-profit organization that has served manufacturing agencies for over 20 years; helping to reinforce a competitive edge to bolster profitability and competitiveness of New Jersey manufacturers. Backed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), NJMEP enables organizations to enhance their productivity and efficiencies, reduce costs, and improve employee performance.
Before joining NJMEP, Christian served as the lead in diverse and dynamic roles in higher education focusing on adult and continuing education, undergraduate and graduate programming/services, faculty development and support services, innovative operations and organizational development, and strategic planning.
Christian is a highly effective goal strategist targeting reducing cost, enhancing quality, with a no blame thought leadership approach. Over the last 15 years, Christian’s ability to effectively assess and implement progressive workforce development and skills proficiency offerings and developing career road maps with corporate entities have allowed for sustainable pipelines with industry and communities. These pipelines have brought to fruition the support of economic growth initiatives by providing industry identified and nationally recognized credentialling which have led to industry job growth. To further support state and county initiatives in economic development and growth, Christian has written, secured, and partnered with subject matter experts and industry leaders to assess, develop, and implement innovative strategies and programming; crafting focused solutions and training to enhance overall diversity and quality solutions to county and state-wide industry partners.
Christian’s highly effective contributions and support for the success of the manufacturing industry have spanned from the east cost to the west coast and brought in manufacturing team members from across the oceans, ranging from South America and Europe.
Christian holds a Masters Degree in Management Information Systems from Kean University and is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
F. Christian Mdeway
Director of Workforce Development and Pro-Action Education Network
Larry Banks is the Operations & Business Development Specialist for the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP), a non-profit organization focused on the development and success of the manufacturing industry across the state of New Jersey.
Before joining NJMEP, Larry served as the Events and Government Affairs Manager for Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, a unique network of businesses committed to improving and advancing the cause of free enterprise in the Garden State.
Over the last decade, Larry has dedicated his career to cultivating powerful business relationships across the state as well as establishing innovative collaboratives with multifaceted business partners, community leaders and industry thought leaders.
A pundit in program and event management, Larry has been responsible for the curation and development of some of New Jersey’s largest business conferences, educational programs and political and philanthropic fundraisers.
Larry holds a B.A. in Communications and Public Relations as well as a minor in Sociology from William Paterson University.
Manager, Pro-Action Education Network & Workforce Development
Veterans & Community Recruitment, Pro-Action Education Network & Workforce Development
About Robert Mazzuca
Robert is a Business Development Executive and Strategist for the Pro-Action Education Network under the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program. NJMEP was created by the State of New Jersey and is backed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NJMEP enables organizations to enhance their productivity and efficiencies, reduce costs, and improve employee performance.
Prior to joining NJMEP, Robert served as Chairman of Economic Development with a Science & Technology Congressional Research Compact created by The Presidents’ Science Advisor/ Director of the White House Office of S&T Policy (OSTP). The organization is a bipartisan collaboration among U.S. Congressional Members (8 Senators & 39 Congressmen).
Robert’s formal background is in the Aerospace & Defense Industry with over 20 years of experience. His tenure was with Fortune 10 companies: RCA Corporation, GE Aerospace, Martin Marietta Missiles & Defense and Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space. During that time, he developed disciplines in High Reliability Manufacturing, Spacecraft Systems Integration & Test, Concurrent Engineering Development and Lean Process Improvement.
Many of the credentials Robert has earned during his Aerospace Career are valuable services that NJMEP offers. These methodologies are critical for growth and apply to any manufacturing business. Robert’s objective is to partner with New Jersey manufacturing companies and deliver a comprehensive strategic growth plan that helps them become more globally competitive and profitable. A partial listing of accreditations include:
Total Quality Management (TQM)
NASA Standard NHB5400.3
MIL STD 2000, 2000A Category D & E
Continuous Flow Manufacturing
Lean Manufacturing Principals
OSHA 1910.120 Hazardous Materials
ISO 9001 Certification
Camden County Technical School – Industrial Electronics
Drexel University – Electrical Engineering
GE Aerospace Institute – NAS1 Advanced Manufacturing
Camden County Historical Society – Board of Trustees
Delaware Valley Stroke Council – Board Member
Business Development Lead – South Pro-Action Education Network