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Ambassador Program

Workshops for Warriors’ Ambassador Program is an active and passionate community that spreads the word about our organization and helps activate other community members. Our ambassadors are volunteers who want to show their commitment to Workshops for Warriors by promoting our vision. Ambassadors have an important role advocating on our behalf at conferences, meetings, other events, and with their personal networks.

Ambassadors may be asked to:
  • Give presentations to interested audiences (if the ambassador is comfortable with public speaking)
  • Network/advocate through their personal network
  • Actively promote Workshops for Warriors through online channels (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)
  • Suggest and actively seek out opportunities to promote Workshops for Warriors

Scroll down to read about our current Ambassadors and how you can become an Ambassador too.

Current Ambassadors

Paul Ingham

Paul has over 40 years in sales and sales management. He is one of the leading Sales Reps with Sandvik, becoming a key member of the team developing the Sandvik Sellavision Course. This course took best practices of the top Sales Reps within the Sandvik Coromant organization and combined them into videos and course materials to teach other salespeople how to recognize opportunities, handle objections, and close deals.

Bill Lavelle

Bill is the former Director of Sales Development of Sandvik Coromant. He has successfully led teams that developed and implemented plans to consolidate Sandvik Coromant’s global bandsaw and hole saw manufacturing into a “purpose-built state-of-the-art” production unit in the Sheffield, England area.

He was one of the original pioneers that proposed, developed, and implemented the standardized global Sandvik Leadership & Management training program. While serving on Sandvik’s Leadership & Management training program, Bill acted as a Senior Facilitator.

Jeff Metts

Jeff Metts is President of Dowding Industries, a certified woman-owned manufacturing business; and Astraeus Wind Energy, a manufacturer in Eaton Rapids, Michigan that specializes in heavy equipment, rail, automotive, and wind energy components. Jeff has worked for Dowding industries for over 17 years and is pioneering Michigan’s renewable energy frontier. In recognition of his dedication and role as an active leader, he was awarded the Business Leadership Award by the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association.

Ed Miller

Ed is Director, Corporate Accounts, of SOLIDWORKS, a solid modeling computer-aided design and computer-aided engineering computer program published by Dassault Systèmes. He has worked for Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation for over 19 years. Through his work, Ed supports the DoD and top defense contractors that support our military and leads the SOLIDWORKS Corporate Accounts team’s sales initiatives, including Federal and Named Accounts.

John J. Petry

John has broad experience as an international executive having lived and worked around the globe. He specializes in leading organizations through significant change. Mr. Petry has served in several interim leadership roles and currently serves as a director on several company boards. He retired after serving more than 30 years with Sandvik AB.

How We Select Our Ambassadors

To be selected as a Workshops for Warriors (WFW) ambassador, you must have demonstrated a passion for promoting and networking in support of WFW, actively shared our social media content and events, and have a history of financial support for our programs and students. Those with a strong network in either the San Diego, advanced manufacturing, or military community are our strongest ambassadors.

Before being selected as an ambassador you will need to tour our facility and meet with WFW Founder & CEO Hernán Luis y Prado to discuss what you may contribute to the role. Please email info@wfw.org for more details.

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