As President and CEO of Conexus Indiana, Steve drives the organization’s mission to grow and promote Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics sectors and prepare Hoosiers to succeed in those industries. Joining Conexus Indiana in 2009, he brought with him extensive experience in manufacturing and supply chain logistics and a personal concern for the region’s employee development.
A native Hoosier, Steve served as President of Rolls-Royce Defense North America and later as President and Chief Operating Officer of Rolls-Royce Corp., where he led more than 4,500 employees in the company’s largest U.S. manufacturing site. Previously, Steve served in leadership roles with AlliedSignal, a $200 million company that he helped to nearly double its volume. Steve’s 30 years in the aerospace and defense industry give him extensive knowledge of lean manufacturing concepts, continuous improvement programs and comprehensive internal control systems.
In the community, Steve has served on numerous boards and advisory councils, including the National Board of Directors of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR), Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, the 500 Festival, United Way of Central Indiana, Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (GIPC) and the Advisory Board of Directors of Langham Logistics.
In June of 2017, Steve received the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash award.