SME Announces Meet-Ups at IMTS

See Details


Membership – It has value.

I have counseled hundreds of businesses in my years as a consultant and one question I get a lot is, “Should I become a member of the….” Chamber of Commerce, Local Merchant’s Group or Industry Networking Organization? My answer is always the same. “Yes, if you are going to BE a member.” You see one can be counted as “A” member but that is not the same as “BEING” a member. You have to participate. You need to take part in the operations and events of the membership or you are just not getting the most bang for you buck.

Check out this article from a fellow SME member regarding membership…

SME Event Announcement

From Fighting Force to Workforce: How Rebuilding American Manufacturing Starts with Workshops for Warriors
Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 3 p.m. EDT

Join us April 30 to hear from Hernán Luis y Prado, founder and CEO of Workshop for Warriors, as he discusses how the need for manufacturing and manufacturing resiliency in the U.S. has never been greater. According to recent data, America will need to fill 4.6 million manufacturing jobs over the next decade, and 2.4 million of those positions are currently unfilled due to a lack of skilled employees.
Complicating the issue is our over-reliance on global supply chains, which are sensitive to macroeconomic unpredictability, driven by factors such as international political instability, natural disaster, and as we see now, pandemic conditions. To preserve our strong economy, and way of life, we need to unite as Americans and commit to rebuilding an advanced manufacturing workforce across our nation.



Hernán Luis y Prado
Founder and CEO
Workshop for Warriors

Hernán Luis y Prado served in the U.S. Navy for 15 years as a hospital corpsman and then as a surface warfare officer. Prado saw three combat tours of duty In Iraq and Afghanistan and is a graduate of the Navy Surface Warfare Officer School where he completed the chief engineering officer and combat systems officer curricula. His personal decorations include the Navy Achievement Medal and Combat Action Ribbon, as well as various unit and service awards. An accomplished businessman and civic leader, Prado was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change for Workshops for Warriors’ extensive efforts and notable achievements in helping veterans successfully transition from the military into advanced manufacturing careers.