SVAM staff

Executive Director
Lennie Gail Mitcham is the Executive Director for The Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing, Inc. (SVAM). Since 2013, Lennie Gail has worked to fulfill the mission of SVAM by working with manufacturers to promote the sustainment and advancement of manufacturing in southwest Virginia. Along with working with manufacturers directly, Lennie Gail also engages in regional opportunities to improve the perception of manufacturing in southwest Virginia. Lennie Gail Mitcham is a veteran of the United States Army National Guard. Lennie Gail Mitcham has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and a Master’s of Arts Degree in Community and Organizational Leadership from Emory & Henry College.
Program Assistant
William Carty is the Program Assistant for The Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing, Inc. (SVAM). William is a native of Southwest Virginia and lives in Bristol with his wife & children.

board of directors


Jeff Dunnack

General Manager of Supply Chain Management

Somic America, Inc.

Vice Chair

Melinda Roberts

Human Resources Manager



Steve Barrett

Color & Compounding Manager

Universal Fibers, Inc


Jennifer Scott

Plant Controller

Amcor Rigid Packaging USA, LLC

Stacy Street

Human Resources

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company

Larry Wyatt

Plant Manager

Innovative Millwork Technologies

Alan Freeman

Global Safety Manager

Mitsubishi Chemical Group

Alex Lupi

Director of Operations

Tempur Production USA, LLC

Fred Vermeer

President & CEO

Hapco Pole Products

Steve Thorogood

Vice President

Wolf Hills Fabricators, LLC

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