Letter From CHAMPION Now® Founder Terry M. Iverson
“As a business owner serving the manufacturing community, I believe there is nothing more important than the young people of this country. The manufacturing industry relies on the next generation of skilled workers, managers, and entrepreneurs to lead this country into a prosperous future.
“CHAMPION Now® exists to change the image of manufacturing from the unrealistic, stereotypical “dark and dirty” industry to one that is filled with extremely technology, advanced innovations, and exhilarating and good paying careers available for the next generation.
“With the CHAMPION Now® message, we have created a platform to move manufacturing forward. Together with the power of the industry supporting us, we will reach the next generation with exciting educational films, presentations, and internships that demonstrate how manufacturing is the foundation of our American economy and offers exhilarating career choices. This effort will only succeed with the enthusiastic support and generous financial contribution from the manufacturing industry to fund outreach into the classrooms, out to the influencers, parents, teachers, and the general public. The CHAMPION Now® team is working with local companies, schools, and the TMA Education Foundation to bring successful young people’s path in their own Illinois manufacturing careers to others. We hope that role models will help inspire others to follow into a passionate career choice in manufacturing.
“Additionally I have recently written a book to be used as a resource for everyone involved. Whether you are a student, parent, grandparent, teacher , administrator, guidance counselor, or industry member there is information for you to read to understand what is possible for our young people in this country with manufacturing careers. In addition to my insight from my 38+ year manufacturing career and my family legacy, there are over 40 interviews that were done to offer insight not only in manufacturing, but also mentoring and parenting. Are you our next Champion? Join us in supporting our exciting & inspirational educational initiatives to change the perception of manufacturing.
Terry M. Iverson
CHAMPION Now® Founder