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AWT Speakers Bureau

AWT Speakers Bureau

The AWT Speakers Bureau has been established to heighten awareness and excitement about manufacturing careers in Northeast Ohio! If your school, business or community organization would like to schedule an AWT Speaker please fill out our form here.

(This section is always under development and changing!)

Speaker Bios

RogerRoger Sustar
8990 Tyler Blvd.
Mentor, OH 44060

Roger J. Sustar is the owner of Fredon Corporation – a manufacturer of precision machined parts and assemblies located in Mentor, Ohio. He became involved in the Machine Trades Industry with his first job – at Non Ferrous Metals Fabricating – in 1965 and became owner of Fredon in 1969.

Fredon Corporation has been considered a pioneer in youth training programs. The company became the area’s first Boy Scout’s of America Explorer Post 2600 to offer an opportunity in the Machine Trades Industry. This award winning exploring program, called ”The Cannons of Fredon,” has inspired many companies throughout the United States to start similar youth programs. Over 350 students have gone through the Cannons of Fredon program since its formation in 1992.

Roger Sustar was named one of the 150 ‘names to know in Northeast Ohio’ by Crain’s Cleveland Business(November 2010) and has been referred to as a “manufacturing maven” by the publication.

If more companies encouraged young people to experience modern machining and metalworking, there would be no shortage of skilled trades in America.

Roger Sustar

Jennifer Weinbrecht
Component Repair Technologies
8507 Tyler Blvd.
Mentor, OH 44060

Jennifer Weinbrecht is Vice President of Compliance at Component Repair Technologies, Inc. (CRT), a Mentor company that overhauls turbine engine components for airlines and engine shops from around the world.

Jennifer has worked in the turbine engine component repair business since 1979 in various positions, including inspection, NDT, quality assurance, training, and HR. She has an Associate Degree from Lakeland Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree from Cleveland State University. She has been involved in many projects with local schools over the years, including KAPOW (Kids and the Power of Work), career days, job fairs, mock interviews, job shadowing, shop tours, Lakeland Tech Prep projects, Capstone projects and internships.

Jennifer has given many talks on the basics of how jet engines work, and on the skilled careers that support turbine engine repairs, especially machining, welding, thermal spray coating, and inspection, to kids from 4th to 12th grade. She has also served on panels and workshops on work readiness and the career process with high school juniors and seniors.