The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance has named Kinnee Tilly as its vice president of business development and operation. This position coordinates a field staff of 20 with offices in communities across the state, while developing relationships with numerous sponsors, partners and stakeholders.
“Along with a deep knowledge of the manufacturing industry, Kinnee brings an enthusiasm and energy that will help move our organization forward,” says Dave Rowland, president of the Manufacturing Alliance. “Kinnee is uniquely qualified to help us build collaborative relationships and advance our economic development mission.”
Tilly earned a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. Most recently, she served as Interim CEO and President of the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development corporation. Previously she served the organization as senior vice president of economic development. Before that, she was vice president of business retention, expansion and small business for the Tulsa Regional Chamber.
“The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance is working to raise the standard of living in communities all over Oklahoma,” Tilly says. “I’m excited to support the manufacturers that support our economic growth and build a strong manufacturing ecosystem.
“Maintaining competitiveness amid global challenges is a big issue for many firms, especially small and medium-sized manufacturers. Companies need to invest in technology, deploy data analytics, and embrace emerging tools like 3-D printing and robotics. Those that do this will be able to compete while others get left behind.”
The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance is a not-for-profit economic development organization. Each year, the Manufacturing Alliance works with hundreds of companies on thousands of projects. The economic impact is extraordinary, totaling tens of millions of dollars in new sales and significant high-wage job creation. The organization is distinctive in its ability to utilize the programs developed through the national Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance along with the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, i2E, and OSU’s New Product Development Center forms the Oklahoma Innovation Model. It is an integrated solution for innovation. OCAST funds qualified research, i2E then delivers concept validation and secures growth-stage capital. The Manufacturing Alliance helps ramp innovation from the concept or startup-stage to full-scale manufacturing implementation. Together, the partnership provides the best return on investment, especially in traditionally underserved rural areas of the state.