John Wood, one of the original founders of 80/20 Inc, sits as the board chair for the Don Wood Foundation and is responsible for leading and growing this foundation in a manner that honors the vision of Don Wood.
A machinist himself, John has spent his entire career in manufacturing and is passionate about all things mechanical. Because of this passion coupled with his enjoyment of being able to make a difference in this region and specifically in people's individual lives, he frequently expresses how honored he is to serve in this role.
Outside of the foundation, you can find John spending time outside with his family and grandchildren.
Brian Emerick, Founder and CEO of Micropulse Inc, is the Secretary on the Board of Trustees for the Don Wood Foundation. He also sits on the board for several other organizations including, but not limited to: Parkview Health System, Huntington University, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, Ortho-Vation Center, and AgriNovis.
He is also a co-founder and partner in Restoration Medical Polymers, LLC, Nanovis, LLC and a member of the Regional Opportunities Council. Driven by his desire to pour back into the community he was born and raised in, Brian is passionate about providing opportunities for people to acquire training, increasing the quality of life in Northeast Indiana, and growing local businesses.
Brian knew Don Wood as a fellow business owner and is honored to be a part of the team that gets to carry out Don’s vision of impacting this region and building up the industrial workforce.
Outside of his professional and volunteer work, Brian enjoys outdoor activities including watersports, travel, farming, and spending time with his family and grandchildren.
Gary Gatman is a trustee for the Don Wood Foundation and, with his wife, is also the owner of Room-2-Room. Gary also serves at the Executive Director of the Noble County Economic Development Corporation.
Gary has vast experience in Northeast Indiana’s workforce and leadership development systems through his roles in multiple organizations including, but not limited to: Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Northeast Indiana Works, board member of Noble County EDC, regional facilitator for Career and Technical Education programming, leadership for the Northeast Indiana Adult Education Consortium, facilitating workforce development support of the Northeast Indiana Big Goal Collaborative, and more.
From a young age, Gary was instilled with the mission of lifting others up and as a result, has a heart for the people of Northeast Indiana. He is excited to be a part of the mission of the Don Wood Foundation because it embodies all of his hopes for this region.
In his free time, he focuses on family and his grandchildren and never misses a Cubs game.
Being a third generation machinist, influenced with strong German values in manufacturing, John Haifley has been in Tool & Die and agri-business for 42 years.
Driven to build, design and create, his work is a hobby. Along with manufacturing, John and his wife own an Agricultural Land Company that help family farms create a proper business model and become successful stewards of the ground. Church, travel and passion for Agronomics occupies John in his spare time.
Given a chance as a member of Don Wood BOT, John looks forward in helping others to have enthusiasm in the mission of the foundation.
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