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Amy Thomas is the Senior Director, Programs and Development at the Manufacturing Institute, the nonprofit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). In her role, Amy develops and executes operations for transitioning military and veteran career programs, and she is also responsible for securing corporate partnerships to support fundraising initiatives across all program areas.

Prior to joining the Manufacturing Institute, Amy was the Program and Events Development Specialist for Grantham University, in Lenexa Kansas, where she was responsible for developing the institution’s national events platform including the university's commencement ceremony and student and alumni career branding workshops. Amy also specialized in producing programs to assist our nation’s transitioning military members and veterans.

As director of events at the University of Kansas School of Business, she played a key role in the development efforts to build a $70.5 million new business school facility during KU’s $1.6 billion capital campaign. Amy sits on the executive boards for the Honor Flight Network of Kansas City and Greater Kansas City Public Relations Society of America. She is a former executive board member of the Council for College and Military Educators. Amy is a Certified Professional in Catering and Events.

Amy resides and works remotely in Shawnee, Kansas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in business administration from Grantham University. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, riding horses and cheering on the Kansas Jayhawks.


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