Detroit, MI (PRWEB) November 10, 2012
New Center Stamping appointed Ric Monkaba as their new President and General Manager effective November 1, 2012. Mr. Monkaba is replacing Mr. Greg Smith, who will remain at New Center Stamping as the Chief Operations Officer. Mr. Smith founded New Center Stamping in 1989, and in 2003, Mr. Ron Hall purchased 51% of the corporation making New Center Stamping a minority certified company. Mr. Hall remains CEO, and he is also CEO of Bridgewater Interiors in Detroit.
For the past 23 years New Center Stamping has supplied Chrysler, Ford and General Motors with past model sheet metal replacement parts including but not limited to fenders, hoods, doors and deck lids. New Center Stamping currently employs approximately 155 people, the majority of which live in Detroit. New Center Stamping is an active “corporate citizen” of the city supporting such organizations as Crime Stoppers, Think Detroit PAL, The Detroit Historical Museum, Covenant Community Care and Cornerstone Schools.
BIO - Richard (Ric) Monkaba: Prior to joining New Center Stamping, Ric Monkaba held the position of Business Coach and Industry Expert for the UEP Detroit Program of the Kauffman Foundation. The focus of the non-profit UEP Detroit Program is to assist minority owned automotive suppliers in the improvement of their business operations and diversification into non-automotive industries. New Center Stamping was approved as a UEP client in 2010.
Before serving 3 years as a UEP Business Coach, Mr. Monkaba had a long career with General Motors Corporation. Over a 35 year period he held a wide range of senior executive positions in manufacturing, production engineering, corporate staff, product development and divisional management. Positions included GM Plant Manager of Truck Assembly Centers in Detroit, Pontiac, Flint and Linden, New Jersey; Director of Quality & Reliability for both Oldsmobile Division and the GM Corporate Staff; and Business Unit Director for the Truck Chassis Products Group.
Ric is a graduate of General Motors Institute (BSIE), the University of Michigan (MBA) and the Harvard Graduate School of Business (Program for Executive Development).