OMEP Announces New Officers for Statewide Board

Portland, Ore. – The Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP) announces a new slate of officers for its board representing top small and medium manufacturing companies around Oregon. The statewide board includes members in central and southern Oregon as well as the Willamette Valley. New officers are:

  • George Fay is the new president of the OMEP board. He has served on the board two years and is president of G. M. Fay Engineering in Lake Oswego.
  • Carl Cox is board vice president and president-elect and has been on the OMEP board for one year. He is executive vice president of operations and chief financial officer of Lightspeed Technologies, Inc., located in Tualatin.
  • Jean Ohman Back is board secretary/treasurer.  She is an employment lawyer with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt in Portland and has served for two years on the OMEP board.
  • Adrian Polliack is past president of the OMEP board and is president of SAM Medical in Wilsonville. He has been on the OMEP board for five years.

OMEP provides consulting and support to manufacturing companies across all industries—assembly-type as well as process-type companies. While OMEP has had a long-term focus on helping companies launch and execute “lean” processes, the organization is increasingly focused on assisting small- and medium-sized manufacturing businesses with supply chain management, leadership development, new product development and research, and business transition planning issues.

“Our new slate of officers on the OMEP board represents an impressive spectrum of manufacturing companies in Oregon, either through their own successful companies or the businesses they represent,” said Chris Scherer, OMEP president. “We believe this is a great team to lead our board through the next years of innovation and growth that Oregon manufacturing companies are beginning to experience,” Scherer added.

About OMEP

OMEP is a not-for-profit team of business and manufacturing professionals – one of more than 60 Manufacturing Extension Partnership resource centers nationwide – that aims to make Oregon companies more competitive. OMEP provides Lean Enterprise training/implementation assistance and industry-driven best practices to a wide variety of industry sectors. A partner of choice for the economic development community, OMEP’s emphasis on strengthening and transforming companies creates a ripple effect of positive sustainable impact on the business, the workforce and the community. For more information about OMEP, please find us at