OUR STORY

leaders

Our leadership is the top in the industry, but our greatest pride is that many of them have risen through the Dakkota ranks, making contributions throughout the organization.

OUR STORY

leaders

Our leadership is the top in the industry, but our greatest pride is that many of them have risen through the Dakkota ranks, making contributions throughout the organization.

Andrea Rush

Andra Rush

Chairwoman

Andra Rush

Founder and CEO of The Rush Group, one of the largest Native American and woman-owned enterprises in the United States. She is also a nationally-recognized changemaker, committed to improving the quality of life for future generations.

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Lori Rush Lancaster

Vice Chairwoman

Lori Rush Lancaster

Lori Rush Lancaster is the Vice Chairwoman of Dakkota Integrated Systems, one of the largest women and Native American-owned and led manufacturing companies in the United States.

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Aaron Rivers

Aaron Rivers

Chief Executive Officer

Aaron Rivers

Aaron Rivers is the Chief Executive Officer of Dakkota Integrated Systems. With a focus on innovation, operational excellence, and sustainable growth, he is dedicated to advancing Dakkota’s position as a leading manufacturing company in the automotive space as well as adjacent markets.

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Gary Caldwell

Chief Financial Officer

Gary Caldwell

Gary Caldwell is Chief Financial Officer of Dakkota Integrated Systems and is responsible for all monetary and fiscal functional areas, including finance, accounting and information technology.

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Matthew Bloom

Matthew Bloom

Executive Director of Information Technology

Matthew Bloom

Matthew is an accomplished information technology professional with over 26 years of experience in software development and systems integration.

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Suzanne Hicks

Suzanne Hicks

Executive Director of Human Resources

Suzanne Hicks

Suzanne M. Hicks is the Executive Director of Human Resources at Dakkota Integrated Systems. She is a highly accomplished human resources leader with a proven track record of effectively aligning HR programs and policies with business objectives.

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Bill Tomcala

Director of Operations

Bill Tomcala

who joined Dakkota Integrated Systems in 2015, is director of operations, and is responsible for material management, industrial engineering, and transportation and logistics, including advanced planning and launch activity.

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Jeff Cicala

Jeff Cicala

Director of Operations

Jeff Cicala

Jeff Cicala is the Director of Operations at Dakkota. He is responsible for providing senior leadership in team building, lean thinking, and quality system integration. He is recognized as an operations liaison, converting corporate vision and goals into reality.

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Jeff Brooks

Jeff Brooks

Director of Material Planning and Logistics

Jeff Brooks

is responsible for material
management, transportation, and logistics, including advanced planning and launch activity.

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Eric Huck

Director of Program Management

Eric Huck

Eric Huck leads the Dakkota Program Management Department and cross-functional teams in execution of internal and external program deliverables including new program planning and…

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Nick Hammond

Director of Business Development

Nick Hammond

Nick Hammond is our Director of New Business Development . His responsibilities include leadership of the New Business Development team and Diversity Team along with customer relationship development and identification of new opportunities in automotive and non-automotive markets.

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Robert Kipp

Robert Brimm

Director of Quality and Business Operating Systems

Robert Brimm

Robert Brimm is our Director of Quality and Business Operating Systems. A 30-year veteran of the automotive industry, he has extensive production knowledge of exterior and interior
components with an emphasis on quality and processes.

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Tracey Johnson

Director of Commercial Management

Tracey Johnson

Tracey Johnson is our Director of Commercial Management. She joined the company in 2012 after 26 years at Magna International, Inc., Dakkota’s joint venture partner.

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Chris Lilly

Director of Operations and Continuous Improvement

Chris Lilly

Chris Lilly is Director of Operations and Continuous Improvement. He has been plant manager of three plants and also has extensive experience in operations management.

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Steve F. Schultz

Director of Advanced Manufacturing and R&D

Steve F. Schultz

Steve Schultz is a founding Dakkota team member, and the director of advanced manufacturing and research and development.

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Kirk Drennan

Kirk Drennan

Director of Information Technology

Kirk Drennan

Kirk Drennan is the Information Technology Director at Dakkota Integrated Systems, a leading provider of automotive interior and exterior systems.

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Durant Crum

Diversity Manager

Durant Crum

Durant Crum is Dakkota’s Diversity Manager. Currently, he is driving the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through a wide variety of programs with the organization as well as external advocacy.

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Andrea Rush

Andra Rush

Chairwoman

Founder and CEO of The Rush Group, one of the largest Native American and woman-owned enterprises in the United States. She is also a nationally-recognized changemaker, committed to improving the quality of life for future generations.

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Lori Rush Lancaster

Vice Chairwoman

Lori Rush Lancaster is the president of Dakkota Integrated Systems, one of the largest women and Native American-owned and led manufacturing companies in the United States.

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Aaron Rivers

Aaron Rivers

Chief Executive Officer

Aaron Rivers is the Chief Executive Officer of Dakkota Integrated Systems. With a focus on innovation, operational excellence, and sustainable growth, he is dedicated to advancing Dakkota’s position as a leading manufacturing company in the automotive space as well as adjacent markets.

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Gary Caldwell

Chief Financial Officer

Gary Caldwell is Chief Financial Officer of Dakkota Integrated Systems and is responsible for all monetary and fiscal functional areas, including finance, accounting and information technology.

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Matthew Bloom

Matthew Bloom

Executive Director of Information Technology

Matthew is an accomplished information technology professional with over 26 years of experience in software development and systems integration.

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Suzanne Hicks

Suzanne Hicks

Executive Director of Human Resources

Suzanne M. Hicks is the Executive Director of Human Resources at Dakkota Integrated Systems. She is a highly accomplished human resources leader with a proven track record of effectively aligning HR programs and policies with business objectives.

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Bill Tomcala

Bill Tomcala

Director of Operations

who joined Dakkota Integrated Systems in 2015, is director of operations, and is responsible for material management, industrial engineering, and transportation and logistics, including advanced planning and launch activity.

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Jeff Cicala

Jeff Cicala

Director of Operations

Jeff Cicala is the Director of Operations at Dakkota. He is responsible for providing senior leadership in team building, lean thinking, and quality system integration. He is recognized as an operations liaison, converting corporate vision and goals into reality.

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Jeff Brooks

Jeff Brooks

Director of Material Planning and Logistics

is responsible for material management, transportation, and logistics, including advanced planning and launch activity.

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Eric Huck

Director of Program Management

Eric Huck leads the Dakkota Program Management Department and cross-functional teams in execution of internal and external program deliverables including new program planning and…

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Nick Hammond

Director of Business Development

Nick Hammond is our Director of New Business Development . His responsibilities include leadership of the New Business Development team and Diversity Team along with customer relationship development and identification of new opportunities in automotive and non-automotive markets.

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Robert Kipp

Robert Brimm

Director of Quality and Business Operating Systems

Robert Brimm is our Director of Quality and Business Operating Systems. A 30-year veteran of the automotive industry, he has extensive production knowledge of exterior and interior components with an emphasis on quality and processes.

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Tracey Johnson

Director of Commercial Management

Tracey Johnson is our Director of Commercial Management. She joined the company in 2012 after 26 years at Magna International, Inc., Dakkota’s joint venture partner.

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Chris Lilly

Director of Operations and Continuous Improvement

Chris Lilly is Director of Continuous Improvement and Operations. He has been plant manager of three plants and also has extensive experience in operations management.

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Steve F. Schultz

Director of Advanced Manufacturing and R&D

Steve F. Schultz is a founding Dakkota team member, and the director of advanced manufacturing and research and development.

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Kirk Drennan

Kirk Drennan

Director of Information Technology

Kirk Drennan is the Information Technology Director at Dakkota Integrated Systems, a leading provider of automotive interior and exterior systems.

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Durant Crum

Diversity Manager

Durant Crum is Dakkota’s Diversity Manager. Currently, he is driving the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through a wide variety of programs with the organization as well as external advocacy.

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