Kelley Platt
President and CEO
Thomas Built Buses
High Point, NC

“Manufacturing is a critical part of our nation’s economy, providing solid jobs, an excellent career path and thriving communities.  It’s absolutely possible to be a successful manufacturer in the U.S.   You have to be smart about it, embrace lean manufacturing, and have a passion and a dedication to making it work.”

Kelley serves as President and CEO of Thomas Built Buses (TBB) an icon in the school bus segment and industry leader in sustainability.

A prolific mentor, Kelley has been instrumental in shaping her company and the women who look up to her.  Her mentees value Kelley’s irreproachable character and commitment to personal growth. She encourages mentees to be avid learners and develop themselves through cross-functional opportunities and training. 

Kelley has cultivated a company culture where employees are inspired to achieve excellence in all aspects of their business. The pursuit of excellence, refusal to stop developing, and adherence to principal make Kelley an inspiring woman in production, a respected leader, a valued community member, and a tremendous asset for Daimler Trucks North America. 

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