Growth Advisory Team

Michael O’Donnell
Vice President – Operations

Michael O’Donnell has more than 30 years of experience in engineering and manufacturing consulting. Since joining MAGNET in 2000, he has helped companies with lean, operations, and product development challenges. O’Donnell has also played an instrumental role in developing new consulting methods, training simulations, and workshops for use in a variety of businesses, and he continues to champion continuous improvement and total quality programs across Northeast Ohio. O’Donnell holds a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan as well as an MBA from the University of Richmond.

Specialties: continuous improvement, total quality, employee engagement, talent pipeline, lean manufacturing

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Robert Schmidt
Senior Growth and Innovation Advisor

Bob Schmidt has over 30 years of hands-on experience in diverse manufacturing environments. Since joining MAGNET two decades ago, he has been responsible for the management and delivery of various growth services for NEO manufacturers and fostered rewarding partnerships in Wayne, Ashland, and Richland counties. He was previously employed as an application engineer by Eaton, where he developed and tested new technology for high-performance automobile engines. Schmidt holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Cleveland State University.

Specialties: product development, process innovation, operations improvements

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Ed Nolan
Vice President – Product Development & Design Engineering

With more than 40 years of engineering and program management experience in manufacturing, industrial outreach, and high-tech service industry, Ed Nolan has been instrumental in developing MAGNET’s current product development structure and helped develop the innovation Partnership for Regional Innovation Services to Manufacturers (PRISM) program. Prior to joining MAGNET, he led numerous large-scale engineering programs, including the initiative from Westinghouse Electric Corporation that defueled the damaged Three Mile Island nuclear reactor. In addition to a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University, Nolan earned a certificate in Management and Leadership from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Reed Stith
Senior Growth & Innovation Advisor – Marketing and Sales

Reed is an experienced marketing and strategy veteran that understands the role of marketing and sales in growing manufacturing organizations. As a marketing and sales advisor with MAGNET, he helps small and mid-size manufacturing companies that are not happy with their rate of growth. Reed helps clients conduct market research, develop branding and go to market plans, launch new products and services, create sales structure and accountability, implement CRM systems, and develop new distribution channels. Prior to joining MAGNET, Reed was a partner at Caxton Growth Partners, where he leveraged his 25+ years of industrial manufacturer and distributor experience with companies such as Rockwell Automation, Parker Hannifin, and numerous companies in metalworking, fluid power, welding, electrical, plastics, and construction products. He holds an MBA in Marketing from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management and is a certified Blue Belt Coach for New Product Blueprinting.

Specialties: growth initiatives, sales and marketing strategy, channels of distribution, new product growth, sales process, CRM, sales planning, lead generation, video production, distributor management and motivation.


Matt Sinclair
Growth and Innovation Advisor – Small Business

Matt Sinclair is a growth advisor and relationship development strategist with nearly a decade of experience serving clients. Prior to joining MAGNET, Matt spent seven years with a global consulting and services firm serving global and local clients of varying size. During his consulting career, Matt has served the resources, products and healthcare industries with specific focus in chemicals, mining, forest products, agriculture and food & beverage. He has dedicated his efforts towards operations, manufacturing and digital supply chain, as well as led programs in innovation, third party and contract manufacturing, Lean Six Sigma, digital customer experience and engagement, growth and strategic planning. Outside of MAGNET, Matt actively engages in nonprofit leadership. He is the incoming president of the Rainbow Babies and Children’s Foundation Associate Board and an active partner at Social Venture Partners.


Joe Vinciquerra
Growth & Innovation Advisor

With over 25 years of experience in engineering and manufacturing, Joe Vinciquerra has developed, sold, and delivered various growth and innovation services to companies in Northeast Ohio. Before joining the MAGNET team in 2016, he worked as a sales director and senior application engineer for Water Star Inc., a company specializing in the innovation, development, and manufacture of precious metal coated titanium anodes. Joe is an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer and holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University.



Joe Work
Senior Growth & Innovation Advisor

Joe has over 30 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, working as an engineer, manager, and general manager. An engineer by trade, Joe’s specialty lies in automation equipment and machinery. Joe knows processes and systems and has demonstrated the ability to manage projects from early ideation phases, to prototype development, and into full scale production. Joe is also a strong business manager, having been responsible for setting and achieving business objectives, managing a P&L statement, and managing plant floor operations. Joe holds an MBA from Lake Erie College, and a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Cleveland State University.

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Darlyn McDermottl
Market Leader & Growth Advisor – Southern Region

As the Market Leader for MAGNET’s Southern Region and an Innovation Growth Advisor, Darlyn McDermott leads the Southern Region efforts to help manufacturers benefit from our services. She also helps build the brand in the market place, often serving as the local leader and boots on the ground for MAGNET. In addition to public speaking, meeting with leaders of manufacturers, delivering client work and building a pipeline, Darlyn also specializes in strategy development, lean, leadership coaching and risk management. Prior to joining MAGNET, her professional path included division and regional leadership for 6 of the top 10 largest insurance companies as well as risk management manufacturing client work for 2 of the largest brokers in the world. Darlyn has a BA in Psychology and holds a Masters in Business in Organizational Management. She is a Bryn Mawr Chartered Leadership Fellow and a Green Belt in Six Sigma and is a DBA in Organizational Management.