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Sessumes named new state director of TMAC

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 • Media Contact: Herb Booth

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Mark Sessumes, metroplex regional director, was selected as TMAC’s state executive director.

Sessumes has been with TMAC since its inception in 1995, having held positions of field staff and metroplex regional director. He has practical experience fulfilling TMAC’s mission and working with manufacturers of all sizes and industries.

Mark Sessumes

Mark Sessumes

With host institutions across the state, TMAC’s mission is to improve the global competitiveness of the Texas economy by working to grow the extended manufacturing enterprise. TMAC is the official representative in the state for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership or MEP National Network, a program that the National Institute of Standards and Technology or NIST and the Department of Commerce created in the late 1980s.

The MEP National Network focuses its expertise and knowledge, and those of its partners, on providing U.S. manufacturers with information and tools they need to improve productivity, assure constant quality, accelerate the transfer of manufacturing technology and infuse innovation into production processes and new products.

TMAC’s regional centers include The University of Texas at Arlington, Beehive Fund, Southwest Research Institute, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, Texas Tech University, The University of Texas at El Paso and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

“Knowledge, initiative and dedication in the name of manufacturing are the characteristics that make a great TMAC leader,” said Duane Dimos, UTA vice president for Research. “Mark has these characteristics which will take TMAC to a whole new level of growth and success for not only manufacturing in the Metroplex, but for the entire Texas economy.”

Sessumes has 30 years of operations, management and consulting experience working with organizations to accelerate their profitable growth using innovation, productivity, technology and management systems best practices. 

Sessumes received his master’s degree in business administration from The University of Dallas, and his bachelor’s degree of business administration in production/operations management from North Texas State University in Denton.

As statewide executive director of TMAC, Sessumes has profit/loss and related performance responsibilities including market and sales strategy and execution, product portfolio innovation and management, engagement execution and management, and operations and administration management.

“The success of TMAC is measured by the success of our customers,” Sessumes said. “For manufacturers all across the state, TMAC is focused on improving their organizational performance, sales revenues, profitability, competitiveness and overall business value.  Manufacturing is essential to the Texas economy in numerous ways, not the least of which is providing 850,000 high-paying jobs. Our passion is working with Texas manufacturers to grow profitably, faster and with less risk while contributing to the prosperity of hard-working families all across the state.”

-- written by Cheryl Rybka