Experienced professionals. Dedicated to a strong manufacturing workforce.
At every level, the leadership of Tooling U-SME brings a level of knowledge, experience and commitment to manufacturing education unsurpassed in the industry. The development of a high-performance, manufacturing workforce – in all its facets – is our highest priority.
Jeannine Kunz is the vice president of Tooling U-SME. Here, she leads a team dedicated to the ongoing education of the manufacturing workforce. Jeannine is a recognized authority on workforce development and training for the manufacturing community. Her vision and passion have put her at the forefront of workforce management issues — providing innovative solutions for companies, academia, and individuals. Today, Jeannine is focused on building the capabilities of today’s and tomorrow’s manufacturing workforce. After helping guide Tooling U in its early days as a board member, she led SME's acquisition of Tooling U, the leading provider of online training for manufacturing. She is frequently asked to provide her insights at conferences, events, and caucuses across the country. Jeannine also offers her expertise as a regular contributor to IndustryWeek, Training Magazine, NPR Marketplace, Gear Solutions, Thomasnet.com and many others. She recently joined the Industry Advisory Committee for the College of Technology at Pittsburg State University. Jeannine earned a bachelor's degree in business and marketing with a concentration in economics from Eastern Michigan University and has served on EMU's Alumni Board.
Chad Schron is the senior director for Tooling U-SME and the Co-founder of Tooling U. Chad grew up in manufacturing. He started his career working in his grandfather’s machine shop, Jergens Inc., and attended his first IMTS show before he graduated from high school. Chad developed the idea for an online manufacturing training school while working at Jergens to combat the manufacturing skills shortage. Today, Chad leads the talented Sales, Learning Services, Client Services, Technology, Content, and Operations teams for Tooling U – SME. Chad graduated in 1999 from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. He was named one of Cleveland’s “Top 40 under 40” by Crain’s Cleveland Business in 2008, and in 2003 & 2004 was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist.
James Vickers is the director of corporate sales at Tooling U-SME and has been with Tooling U-SME since its formative years. James has dedicated his entire career to manufacturing. Starting in 2000, he was the first sales executive for a start-up capital equipment distributor. History repeated itself when James joined Tooling U in 2003. Once again, he was the first sales executive at the then start-up company, prior to the SME acquisition. In 2006, James became the sales leader of Tooling U-SME, his current role. Throughout his tenure at Tooling U-SME, James has helped create and develop the Consultative Sales Team, Business Development Team, and Client Services Team. He also spearheaded several special projects to bolster culture within the organization, including Tooling U-SME’s user conference, tuX, which allows Tooling U-SME customers to collaborate and network in an informal setting. Today, James dedicates his time to developing the sales strategies for the organization, mentoring his sales team, and serving on the board of two Cleveland schools, Lincoln Park and Chapelside Academy. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from West Virginia University.
Bryan Knaack is the director of client services at Tooling U-SME. He leads his team to provide ongoing support and implementation services to Tooling U-SME customers, enabling them to optimize their investment and maximize the overall success of their learning and development programs. By the time Bryan began his career at Tooling University in 2003 as the regional sales manager for the southeastern U.S territory, he already had an impressive track record in the training and e-learning industry as a sales executive. Later, in 2008, Bryan helped develop the Government and Education Group for Tooling U-SME. Bryan earned a bachelor’s degree in human ecology from The Ohio State University.
John Hindman is Tooling U-SME's learning and performance improvement (LPI) leader. Over two decades, John has served as a practitioner of best-in-class Learning and Development techniques for various markets. Specifically, John has performed as a strategic advisor to government, small private businesses, non-profits and Fortune 500 organizations. Many of John’s strategies involve the development of work-centric competency frameworks that lead to the development of career pathways and succession models. These Learning & Development programs produce measurable results that meet Human Capital challenges in employee engagement, growth, and retention. In addition to his project work, John has facilitated a number of workshops on best practices in workforce development, including Training 2013, FABTEC 2013-2014, The Big M 2013, tuX 2012-2014, Oil and Gas Summit 2014 and various webinars. Furthermore, John has been a thought leader in a number of whitepapers discussing the minimizing of the manufacturing skills gap through instructionally-sound Learning and Development programs, working with millennials and proving ROI for learning and development. Currently, John travels the nation facilitating a train-the-trainer program that builds a manufacturing team leader's capability in delivering on-the-job training using best practice techniques. John continues to research and put into practice new techniques on adult learning and the development of a manufacturing workforce.
Larry Bograd is Tooling U-SME’s senior content & product strategist. In this role, he brings his two decades of training experience to shape what content and learning solutions that Tooling U-SME offers to the manufacturing marketplace. Before joining Tooling U-SME, Larry worked for such leading organizations as Amazon, the United Nations, Walmart, Ernst & Young, United Airlines, Deloitte, and A.C. Nielsen. Along the way, he was also an Associate Professor of English, specializing in creative writing. His own creative works include more than a dozen books, many produced plays, and two documentary films. It’s this unique blend of learning and creative experiences that gives Larry an innovative and leaner-first approach to shaping the perfect learning solutions for a company or organization.
Dave Ewers is the learning services director for Tooling-U SME. Dave has more than 20 years of experience leading industrial and manufacturing training and extensive knowledge of running effective training in power, oil and gas, chemical manufacturing, electronics manufacturing, and industrial controls and equipment. His background includes working for Honeywell International, Flowserve, Exelon Corporation, and Fuji America Corporation. He has expertise in the design, development, and successful execution of competency-based training functions. He earned a Bachelor of Education in Training Development and Design from Southern Illinois University and an MBA from Northern Illinois University. David’s certifications include Six Sigma Green Belt, Human Capital Strategist, and Strategic Workforce Planning.
Rob Coolidge is the director of business development and sales at Tooling U-SME and leads the Corporate Small Business and Government and Education sales teams and the Business Development team. The teams he leads work with companies and organizations to create a plan to increase existing employee’s knowledge as well as new employees get up to speed as quickly and efficiently as possible. Rob brings with him 15+ years of experience in training, sales, business development, and operations. Prior to joining Tooling U-SME, he worked for leading companies like GOJO Industries, Dun & Bradstreet, and New Horizons Computer Learning Centers. Rob earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Buffalo State College.
Kris Ward leads market intelligence and research efforts supporting Tooling U-SME sales, product, and marketing initiatives as market and business development manager. She leads intelligence efforts to advance Tooling U-SME’s understanding of the manufacturing industry and its unmet workforce development needs. In this capacity, Kris helps shape business development opportunities and informs the development of strategy and direction for learning and development products, services, and markets served. Kris started her career with SME in 1996 holding various positions over the years in marketing and product management. She returns to Tooling U-SME after a brief hiatus to learn about the business of content aggregation for the library market. Kris received an MBA from Wayne State University and a Bachelor’s in Business from Eastern Michigan University.
Kathleen Davis leads a team of content developers and multimedia specialists in creating original TU-SME eLearning classes, assessments, and custom-tailored content. She also leads the content department in maintaining TU-SME’s current catalog of over 500 eLearning classes. Kathleen has worked with recognizable clients such as Lincoln Electric, Kennametal, and MSC Direct. This is Kathleen’s second tenure with TU-SME; she served as part of Tooling University’s original team of content developers from 2004 to 2007. She returned to the team as a senior member in January, 2013, and was promoted to Content Supervisor in 2014. Previously, Kathleen worked in the software development industry, and her responsibilities included developing training and resource materials including online, print, and video. Additionally she served in other roles including business analyst and onsite customer training facilitator. Kathleen earned a Master’s degree in English literature and a Bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. As a graduate student, Kathleen taught composition classes at John Carroll. Kathleen has also studied at the University of Valencia in Valencia, Spain, and after completing her Master’s degree, she returned to Spain to study at a language school in Madrid.