Kristi Thoman
Senior Manufacturing Engineer
John Deere
East Moline, IL

“Manufacturing is the heartbeat of any company. It’s a fast pace environment that enables teams to reach their true potential. This drives commitment and excitement as individuals see their hard work come to fruition. Manufacturing strategies keep companies competitive and creates a rewarding environment that drives a passion for success.”

Kristi is the lead manufacturing engineer for a $3.6M project for process control torque tooling. As part of the business strategy to increase torque process controls, Kristi analyzes current joining processes and tool capabilities, considers new tool technologies and control concepts, leads tool procurement, and successfully integrates technologies into the assembly business. She continually demonstrates outstanding people and project management skills as she communicates with the design, facilities, and manufacturing teams to successfully introduce 850 new tools, develop more than 2,800 process controls, and complete more than 2,700 tool capability studies over a nine-month period. 
Excellent leadership and communication skills drive Kristi’s success. She has excelled at bringing together a cross functional team, challenging conventional thinking, and forming fresh perspectives and approaches. She brings strong logical thinking and compelling business cases into her conversations which adequately address concerns, enabling crisp decision making. 
Kristi actively serves as a mentor, both formally and informally, for the engineering team at Harvester Works. Beyond the formal mentor/mentee relationships, Kristi displays candid and unselfish managerial courage in assessing, communicating, and developing manufacturing engineers outside of her reporting structure.
She is also active with local charities in her community. Kristi’s leadership and volunteerism clearly demonstrate her commitment to growing the community she and her family live in. Among others, Kristi has been active in participating in project work with the Oakwood Neighborhood services, Habitat for Humanity, and United Way Day of Caring events. 

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