Eileen Patonay & Gary Tompkins Appointed to OpExChange Board

Patonay and TompkinsThe OpExChange of South Carolina is delighted to announce that Eileen Patonay and Gary Tompkins were selected to serve on the OpExChange advisory board.

Eileen works for the South Carolina Department of Commerce serving Georgetown, Williamsburg, and Horry counties. She participates on several boards, advisory councils, and committees guiding organizations for industry, education, and workforce on both local and state levels. Eileen has a rich history working both with industry and education. She has been recognized locally as South Carolina Career Specialist of the Year and internationally as Global Career Development Facilitator of the Year.

Gary is the President and CEO of The Kidder Group in Greenville, South Carolina. He holds an extensive background in manufacturing and in connecting both people and organizations. Gary served over a decade on the board of directors with both the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS), including roles of APICS President and Chairman for upstate South Carolina.

“We are delighted that Eileen and Gary are joining the OpExChange advisory board,” said Mike Demos, OpExChange Coordinator. “They both bring substantial diversity of experience with them, which will help guide the OpExChange. Both are passionate and unwavering in furthering economic development in South Carolina and helping our local industry to be the best in the world.”


OpExChange is a unique peer-to-peer network of companies dedicated to achieving greater levels of operational excellence. Through shared learning and collaboration, member companies exchange ideas, expertise and advice in areas such as lean manufacturing, Industry 4.0, and leadership to accelerate their pace of change, increase their competitiveness, and maintain the gains. Participation in OpExChange provides game-changing opportunities for improvement, growth, and renewal. The OpExChange is a non-profit program within the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP).

If you are interested in joining the OpExChange, contact Mike Demos (mike@opexchange.com) or visit the OpExChange website to see other planned events: www.OpExChange.com.

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