Elliot Forsyth

Vice President of Business Operations

Elliot Forsyth is Vice President of Business Operations at the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (The Center).  He joined the organization in July 2014 and is responsible for leading practice areas that include technology acceleration, cybersecurity, marketing, market research and business development.

The Center has been selected to play a lead role in coordinating and streamlining technology-related services to Michigan’s established industries and to assist Michigan’s business to diversify into new and underserved markets.

As a National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) affiliate, The Center has developed a state-of-the-art cybersecurity service for companies in the defense, aerospace and automotive industries. Over the past two years, Elliot led this effort and expanded his expertise in cybersecurity, supporting Michigan companies to safeguard their businesses and maintain regulatory compliance. As a result, Elliot has been quoted and interviewed by print, broadcast and online media outlets, as well as presenting at numerous conferences and events. Elliot also has been instrumental in the roll-out of cybersecurity to the MEP National Network, assisting centers in several states with the launch and expansion of their practices. 

Prior to joining The Center, Elliot had more than 20 years of broad, global business experience with an outstanding record of leading Operations, Strategy, and HR functions. He also has extensive operational experience including enterprise-wide Lean Six Sigma initiatives which led to world-class operations,  exceptional customer service and employee engagement results.

Professional Experience
Elliot was the Senior Vice President of Business Services at ProQuest LLC. While at ProQuest, Elliot played a key role in leading nine successful acquisitions and transforming the company into one of the most respected technology organizations in the world.  ProQuest was consistently recognized for being one of Best Places to Work in Michigan as well as one of the Top Innovative Companies in the World.  

Elliot was also Director of Human Resources/Quality for Rubbermaid Home Products.  He was instrumental in the turnaround of the Company’s largest plant to a world-class manufacturing facility as well as the successful acquisitions/integrations of five international companies based in Japan, Mexico, France, Luxembourg and Eastern Europe.  

Education
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Mount Union and certificates in Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, TAKT Time, Total Quality Management and Innovation.  

Professional Memberships/Certifications
Elliot serves as the Michigan State Board of Directors’ Chair of the March of Dimes and on the Board of Directors for Focus: HOPE.  He is a former board member of Ann Arbor SPARK and the Washtenaw Workforce Development Organization.  Finally, he is a member of SHRM and ASTD, and he serves on the State of Michigan CISO Advisory Group, the Wayne State University Cybersecurity Advisors Board and the Board of Directors for the American Society of Employers.

PUBLICATIONS

Defense Contractors: Is Your Information Protected?
Get a Peek into the Factory of the Future at Integr8
Facing the Talent Shortage Head On with Apprenticeships
Manufacturing Education Gets a Face-Lift with LIFT
Revised NIST Standard Might Impact Your Compliance
Cyber-Attacks Are Here to Stay - Here's What You Can Do to Protect Your Business
Risky Business
MANUSEC: IT, OT and the Human Factor
MODERN MACHINE SHOP: Manufacturing Groups Collaborate on Cybersecurity
INDUSTRY TODAY: National Cybersecurity Initiatives Aims at Manufacturers
AUTOMATION ALLEY: Helping Manufacturers Work Smarter
AUTOMATION ALLEY: IIoT & Manufacturing at the Speed of Change

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