Shelly Wiseman

Materials Manager
Bristol, VA

“I am honored to receive the 2023 Outstanding Woman in Manufacturing award in the Management category. I am excited that organizations like SVAM are empowering women to lead their companies and narrowing the gender gap in the manufacturing workforce. I feel humbled to have been nominated by Strongwell and recognized for the 26 exciting years I’ve had the privilege to work for them.” – Shelly Wiseman


Shelly Wiseman was nominated by her coworker, Tekai Shu, Social Media and Business Development Manager at Strongwell. He had the following to say about Shelly:

Shelly has a voracious appetite for learning, leadership, and mentorship. These traits have driven her to undergo numerous Kaizen, Six Sigma, professional development, and Supply Chain courses. She is currently enrolled in the Supply Chain Optimization program through the Virginia Economic Development Program.

Shelly has progressed into her role as a leader within the organization; she helps and guides others within her group at becoming proficient within their roles and leads by example to grow their leadership skills as well.

With over a quarter century of continuous service to Strongwell, Shelly is a team member who understands the ins- and- outs to our production operation. Her long-term tenure at Strongwell means that she has accumulated and shared silos of legacy knowledge with team members.

She started her career with Strongwell as a contract employee. Her desire to lead and learn was reflected in her career trajectory. Her first full time position was that of an Administrative Assistant within one of internal departments. Eventually, her mastery of ISO documentation protocols advanced her into the position of ISO Document Controller.

Her knowledge of pultrusion machine operations, shipping and delivery logistics, plant loading, and inventory elevated her to the positions of Planner and Master Scheduler for our Virginia Operations group.

Over time, that knowledge grew into procurement knowledge where she led the Purchasing Department as a Purchasing Manager. Those varying responsibilities have guided our team members and our business model.

Shelly’s passion for manufacturing didn’t happen by chance. Her father was a manufacturing manager for a company in SWVA and that gave her key insights into the potential of the sector.

In previous sections, we provided data and Shelly’s history with the Strongwell brand and organization. Outside of normal hours, her commitment to others highlight service above self. Shelly’s direct reports have always shared how she practices empathy with her leadership. She puts faith above all in her drive to success.

When not at work, she is an active member at Highlands Fellowship Church. Her smiles are infectious and that’s why she fits right at home as a greeter and leader within the first impressions ministry. For years, she served as a Board Member and Past President with the FRIENDS (Friends, Reaching, Inspiring, Educating, Neighbors About Down Syndrome) – a Down Syndrome Support Group of the Tri-Cities Tennessee / Virginia and supported initiatives by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She is also a Board Member of the Special Need Group, Tri-Cities Champions.

In an effort to provide Drake, her son, who has Down Syndrome, with a full baseball experience, Shelly became one of a few host families to house three minor league baseball players from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and the state of Georgia within the Appalachian League system. By the end of the season, Drake had become one of the team’s biggest fans and the players became bigger fans of Drake.

At the end of the season, the Wiseman household became a family extension for each of these young ball players. Everyone left learning a little more about baseball, but a lot more about family.

Shelly isn’t just an outstanding Woman in Manufacturing, she is an outstanding mother, employee, friend, mentor, manager, leader, coworker, and advocate for those who need it the most.


*All information taken from submission nomination form.