December 17, 2016

​​Midland Daily News

As Central Michigan University Research Corp. (CMURC) expands into the Great Lakes Bay Region, Daniel Dralle of Nexteer Automotive and Kimberly Norris of Glastender have been named the newest members of its board of directors.

The appointments reflect CMURC’s interest in gaining the perspectives of business leaders from across the region.

“As we move forward with our regional expansion, it is beneficial to have input from leaders across the Great Lakes Bay Region,” said Erin Strang, president of CMURC. “Each of these individuals’ deep professional backgrounds and passionate commitment to the area will bring insightful perspectives to our board, benefitting our entrepreneurs.”

Dralle is the executive director at Nexteer Automotive. He is responsible for strategy and implementation of advanced manufacturing engineering, maintaining adherence to core technology, global automation strategy and products, in addition to implementation of a new MES software system globally. Dralle began his career with GM/Steering Gear in driveline manufacturing engineering in February 1984. He held multiple positions in engineering until being awarded the GM Fellowship to attend graduate school at Purdue University where he graduated as a Krannert Scholar. Dralle also serves on the board of directors of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance and Saginaw Future.

“From concept to development, entrepreneurs can benefit from individuals that have been in industry, Dralle and Norris provide just that,” said Strang. “Between the expertise in engineering and human resources, these individuals will be a great asset to the board.”

Norris is the vice president of administration at Glastender, located in Saginaw. Norris received her bachelor and master of science degrees in nursing from Saginaw Valley State University. She worked in both the hospital and home health care settings until joining her family’s manufacturing company as the human resource manager in 1996. She was responsible for developing the company’s policies and procedures. Her work on a comprehensive safety program earned the MIOSHA MSHARP award in 2011 and 2014. Along with her brother and husband, they have implemented strong business practices allowing employees to become fully engaged and share in the success of the company through a profit sharing program. Norris’ passion for health and wellness also led her to implementing a comprehensive wellness program for the company in 2009.