Conexus Rising 30INDIANAPOLIS (May 12, 2022) Conexus Indiana announced the 30 young professionals who have been named to the 2022 Rising 30 cohort. These honorees represent Indiana’s top talent under the age of 30 who will drive Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics industries successfully into the future.

The Rising 30 program is part of Conexus Indiana’s mission to strengthen Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics industries and create pathways for Hoosiers to succeed in Indiana’s largest industry sector.

“The advanced manufacturing and logistics industries account for more than 30 percent of Indiana’s economic output and employ more than 600,000 Hoosiers,” said Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. “Recognizing young professionals who contribute meaningfully to Indiana’s largest industry sectors is incredibly important and helps to shine a light on the many rewarding career opportunities available in advanced manufacturing and logistics. I’m thrilled to join Conexus in honoring these young professionals and eager to see how they lead the industries into the future.”

“This year we are honoring 30 young professionals who not only are doing amazing work now, but who will help our industries lead during a time of dramatic change,” said Fred Cartwright, president and CEO of Conexus Indiana. “This is the second year for Rising 30, and now we can count 60 young industry leaders who will inspire the next generation of talent and be at the forefront of new technologies, such as 3D printing, artificial intelligence and cobots, that define the 4th Industrial Revolution and beyond.”

Rising 30 honorees represent diverse professions, including chief technology officers, business owners, engineers, supply chain and health and safety managers as well as talent development specialists. Honorees also hail from companies located throughout the state including Bloomington, Evansville, Elkhart, Jasper, Jeffersonville, Indianapolis, Columbus, Greensburg, Richmond, Michigan City, Warsaw, Princeton, Lafayette, South Bend and Vincennes.

Conexus Indiana celebrated the 30 young professionals in an evening event on Wednesday, May 11. Honorees will play an important role in Conexus Indiana’s work, serving as thought leaders on subjects ranging from emerging technology, smart manufacturing, public policy and talent development. Rising 30 is an annual event and nominations will be open on November 1, 2022, for the 2023 class.

2022 Rising 30 honorees are:

Jack Anderson

Engineering Manager

PWR North America

Grace Beach

Supply Chain Management Rotational Development Associate

Roche Diagnostics

Brittany Busse

Production Engineer

Cook Medical

Jacob Coffing

Director of Testbed Operations

IN-MaC Purdue University

Matthew Cooper

Group Leader, IPC Engineering

Subaru of Indiana Automotive

Kerry Egan

Chief of Staff

OAI Global

Max Faiman

Product Engineer

Indiana Furniture

Elizabeth Fisher

Supply Chain Supervisor

Kem Krest

Vivian Galey

High School Student

Perry Central Commodore Manufacturing

Gina Gianfagna

External Manufacturing Operations Leader

Corteva Agriscience

Malachi Greb


Elite Automation

Jena Hammonds

Lathe Department Assistant Manager

Konrady Plastics

Kalese Howse

Safety Operations Manager

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana

Kelsey Huelsenbeck

Chief Operating Officer

Antique Candle Co.

Michael Hurst



Kevin Keith

Chief Technology Officer

MITO Material Solutions

Jack Lopez

Graduate Researcher

Purdue University

Henry Lynch

VP of Product


Jessica Meeks

Health and Safety Manager


Charles Messmore

Electrical Engineer


Bryan Ott

Inventory and Production Specialist

California Closets

Jacob Perkins

Manufacturing Engineering Team Lead


Brandon Ruggles

Manager, Strategy and Operations

LDI, Ltd.

Paige Sandel

Corporate Controller

WishBone Medical

Natalie Scott

Industrial Engineer


Alex Topalovic

Project Manager


Christopher Tracy

Junior Environmental Engineer

Heritage Environmental Services

Tommy VanHook

Production Engineering Manager

TBK America

Kyle Varble

Global Commodity Manager


Caleb Wayman

AIM Site Director

Vincennes University

To view bios of each honoree, visit

About Conexus Indiana

For more than a decade, Conexus Indiana, one of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) non-profit initiatives, has been positioning the Hoosier State as the best place for advanced manufacturing and logistics industries to innovate, invest, employ and succeed. By collaborating with industry, academic and public sector partners on a shared vision for an innovative, skilled workforce and stronger business climate, Conexus Indiana has helped to create opportunities for advanced manufacturing and logistics companies, prepare Hoosiers to succeed in the state’s largest industry sectors and maintain Indiana’s competitive advantage. For more information, go to