Bartles Continues NSBA Board Leadership

CEO committed to promoting the interests of small businesses

CLEARWATER, FL — Dean Bartles, Ph.D., FSME, FASME, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Manufacturing Technology Deployment Group (MTDG), headquartered in Clearwater, FL, is returning to serve on the National Small Business Association (NSBA) Board of Trustees for 2023. NSBA is the nation’s oldest small-business advocacy organization and operates on a nonpartisan basis. Dr. Bartles, a recognized leader in the small-business community, has been an asset to the leadership team in promoting the interests of small businesses to policymakers in Washington, D.C.

“I look forward to continuing my work with NSBA to ensure small business has a seat at the table,” stated Dr. Bartles. “It is critical that Congress and the administration do everything in their power to support small businesses as we face whatever economic challenges encountered down the road.”

After serving as a board member of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) since 2010, Dr. Bartles was named President and CEO in 2019. In 2020, he formed the parent organization of MTDG where he currently serves as President and CEO. He is a past President of the National Tooling and Machining Association, the North American Manufacturing Research Institute, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Previously, he was the Director of the John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center at the University of New Hampshire and the founding Executive Director of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) in Chicago. Prior to DMDII, Dr. Bartles worked for General Dynamics Corporation for 31 years setting up and running manufacturing operations in Egypt, Turkey, and the U.S.

Dr. Bartles has been active with NSBA for several years and has been an exemplary representative of small business issues in the US. In addition to his leadership role with NSBA, he is involved in various local and regional organizations and has been an outspoken advocate for small-business issues with elected officials.

“I am grateful for the vision and insight Dean has provided to NSBA as our community is making its way out of the pandemic,” stated NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken. “Dean has been an asset to our leadership team, NSBA members, and the American small-business community. I look forward to another impactful year together pushing policymakers to seek and support pro-small-business policies.”

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