Heather Meyer
Director, Support Services

“Manufacturing is impactful. It creates a legacy of people that share a vision, collaborate and then create. It bonds individuals that come from different backgrounds, speak different languages and come from different generations. They all come together to be a part of something greater.”

Heather’s lasting legacy to Textron Specialized Vehicles (TSV) and the Augusta, Georgia community is her leadership in the development of Reaching Potential through Manufacturing (RPM). RPM is a unique partnership between TSV and the Richmond County School System allowing at-risk students the opportunity to learn valuable manufacturing experience while earning an income and gaining needed skills to earn their high school diploma. Described by the Richmond County School Superintendent as “life changer,” RPM provides a nurturing environment that addresses the unique needs of the students through mentorship, tutoring, counseling and other family services.

Heather led an implementation team which consisted of multiple functional representatives from TSV and members of the Richmond County School System, and since its launch over a year ago, RPM has helped 40 students graduate with their high school diploma and obtain gainful employment. In addition, Heather takes an active role in mentoring members of Textron’s Leadership Development Program (LDP). She is asked to speak at LDP events throughout the country, providing valuable operational insight from a strategic and tactical perspective.

Heather was nominated by TSV to participate in the 2016 Leadership Augusta class, which revealed her passion for education. Her ongoing commitment to shaping and positively impacting students is evident each time she speaks to audiences about the RPM Program. Most recently, she traveled to speak at the Jobs for America’s Graduates national conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Reaching the Wounded Student Conference in Orlando, Florida. Locally, Heather was the guest speaker for the Augusta Georgia Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business luncheon. Because of her efforts, it was no surprise to her co-workers when Heather was highlighted by a local news station as a woman who goes above and beyond to serve the community and inspires others to give back. 

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