About Us

Manufacturers often feel frustrated or overwhelmed because they don’t have what they need to solve a problem.

FASTLANE advisors get you to solutions faster to make your life easier.

FastLane is not your typical consulting firm. We are unbiased advisors, measured by your success. 

Meet The Team

 Every member of our team has a background in manufacturing. We understand manufacturing challenges.

Our Story

FASTLANE was born out of the challenge to build and grow the sensor industry within Ohio. In five years the Institute for the Development and Commercialization for Advanced Sensor Technology (IDCAST) had helped create over 325 jobs and a $300,000,000 impact for Ohio.

The success of this University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) program created the opportunity for UDRI to bid on the broader Ohio Manufacturing Extension Program (MEP) contract. UDRI won the contract and in 2012 FastLane was born.

Since then, FastLane has improved the competitiveness of more than 500 Ohio companies.

Phil Ratermann

DIRECTOR OF FASTLANE

Prior to launching FastLane in late 2013, Phil spent more than 25 years in industry at ITW – Hobart Corporation, a global commercial food equipment manufacturer. He spent 17 years in new product development, from which he holds 6 patents, and then served as the vice president and general manager for his last 12 years, with profit and loss responsibility for 3 brands and 5 factories across North America. Phil’s experience developing teams and individuals who deliver business growth allows him to relate quickly with client companies. Phil has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a MBA from the University of Dayton.

 

Email: Philip.Ratermann@udri.udayton.edu

Mary R. Miller

MANUFACTURING GROWTH SPECIALIST

Mary is an unbiased advisor helping manufacturers to be more competitive and quickly identify solutions, leveraging the right resources and removing barriers to deliver results. Mary has more than 20 years of experience in a variety of industries including component and capital equipment manufacturing, professional engineering services, operations management and contracting. She has held positions ranging from application engineer to chief operating officer, allowing her to work with all levels of an organization. Mary has a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from GMI/Kettering University, an MBA and a Small Business Coaching Certification. 

Email: Mary.Miller@udri.udayton.edu

Todd Brown

SR. PROGRAM MANAGER &
MANUFACTURING GROWTH SPECIALIST

 

Todd has more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing with a proven record in multi-site operations including profit and loss responsibility, continuous improvement, project management, engineering and team development. Todd has organizational expertise in operations management, technical management, strategy development, safety, quality, product management, and employee relations. Todd has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a MBA with Project Management focus from Wright State University; he also holds 2 patents and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

 

Email: Todd.Brown@udri.udayton.edu

Tamara Wamsley

MARKETING AND BUSINESS STRATEGIST

 

Tamara’s creative marketing strategies help our manufacturing clients leverage consumer insight, improve communications and grow sales. Her strategic brain loves solving sales challenges by devising innovative solutions. Tamara manages all FastLane marketing, communications and events. In addition, she is also a Gallup certified StrengthsFinder coach and runs team-building workshops to improve employee engagement and personal development. Tamara is known for her natural ability to explain complex concepts in a way that everyone can understand. Tamara has more than twenty years of experience in customer service, sales and marketing. Nine of those years were in manufacturing. Tamara received her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Wright State University, where she focused on behavioral economics and consumer insight.

 

Email: Tamara.Wamsley@udri.udayton.edu

Matt Hoyng

LEAN FACILITATOR &

PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVEMENT SPECIALIST

Matt has over 15 years of experience in manufacturing with a proven record of managing site operations focusing on continuous improvement and the implementation of Lean. As site manager, he witnessed firsthand the improvements lean manufacturing offers. Now, he enjoys sharing that knowledge to help companies succeed by improving their process and culture through lean methodologies. Matt has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology with a minor in Business from Ohio University.

 

Email: Matt.Hoyng@udri.udayton.edu

Judy Stauble

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSOCIATE

Judy’s mission is to help the FastLane team by taking care of the behind-the-scenes activities such as budgeting, reporting, setting up contracts and other various program activities. Judy worked in manufacturing for more than twenty years. She received her associate’s degree from Sinclair Community College, her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Wright State University, and is pursuing her MBA with the University of Dayton.

 

Email: Judy.Stauble@udri.udayton.edu

April Vanover

MANUFACTURING GROWTH SPECIALIST

April has 8 years of manufacturing and supply chain experience. She has experience working with all departments across the organization. April has experience in operations management, process improvement, continuous improvement, and employee relations. April holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in management and ethics.

 

Email: April.Vanover@udri.udayton.edu

Alex Hoffman

MANUFACTURING GROWTH SPECIALIST

Alex enjoys leveraging his 25 years of experience to help manufacturers solve tough problems. His career has focused on manufacturing and capital equipment projects in the automotive, medical device and consumer electronics industries while working in Europe, Asia and North America. Alex recently helped to ramp-up multiple sites for UDRI’s additive manufacturing operations. Alex has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science degree in Engineering Management from the University of Dayton. He also holds 3 patents.

 

Email: Alexander.Hoffman@udri.udayton.edu

Ryan Schulte

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Ryan joins the team with more than ten years of experience in manufacturing. Ryan’s background focused on account management and technical support. He also managed quality control of product repairs in both audio visual and IT product lines. Ryan holds Bachelors in Communications from Wright State University.

 

Email: Ryan.Schulte@udri.udayton.edu

Robert Gillen

PROJECT MANAGEMENT & CYBER SECURITY

Robert Gillen, PE is an electrical engineer with over 15 years of experience in research and industry. He specializes in project management and consulting on cybersecurity and electrical engineering for FastLane. Throughout his career, Rob has worked in sensor characterization, integrated circuit design, data processing, and information security. He has managed projects within academia, government, and industry. Rob has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Wright State University and is currently working on his PhD in electrical engineering at the University of Dayton.

 

Email: Robert.Gillen@udri.udayton.edu

Priscila McCarty

MANUFACTURING GROWTH SPECIALIST

Priscila joins the team with over 10 years of both domestic and global manufacturing experience—all with Fortune 500 companies. From front-end innovation through validation and rollout, Priscila has led groups in all phases of manufacturing. She also has Department of Defense acquisitions experience, making her backgrounds in manufacturing and defense a great fit for the Miami Valley and Southwest Ohio. Priscila received her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Email: Priscila.McCarty@udri.udayton.edu

Mark McCormick

MANUFACTURING GROWTH SPECIALIST

Mark has more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing and process industries, including oil & gas upstream and midstream, industrial refrigeration and food & beverage. He has diverse technology based, solutions selling experience. Mark excels at identifying and winning new business opportunities with established industrial companies and smaller entrepreneurial clients. His background includes senior level technical sales and marketing leadership – involving operations improvement, process automation and digital transformation. He has held leadership positions involving new business start-ups, product launches and market penetration. Mark joined the FastLane team in December 2019.

 

Email: Mark.McCormick@udri.udayton.edu