Dan is the President and CEO and just celebrated his first year here at PPS. He says, “it was not an easy transition coming from the for-profit world, but the MISSION here makes all the difference. My job satisfaction has never been higher!” Walking around the Shop floor and interacting with the employees gives him such pride in seeing how much they enjoy the work that they do. Dan claims the pride and self-esteem of a job well done is so evident on the faces of every one of them. His goal for PPS is to double sales and double “targeted” employment in 5 years.
Chief Financial Officer
Elizabeth serves Peoria Production Shop as the Chief Financial Officer. She has held this position since 2008. Her primary roles include financial reporting to the board and stakeholders of the organization, retirement plan administrator and compliance officer. She also serves as strategic partner to the CEO. Beth’s favorite part of working at the shop is the getting to know the employees on a personal level and seeing their successes. She is a mother of four, and enjoys reading and serving as a volunteer in her community. Beth has been recognized as one of WEEK’s 25 Women In Leadership for her work with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program sponsored by the IRS and METEC Housing Counseling and Resource Center. Beth started a free tax clinic serving individuals with disabilities at PPS in 2014, and has done hundreds of returns for PPS employees, their family members and individuals that receive services from EP!C.
Jim is the Operations Manager and has been with Peoria Production Shop for 36 years. His employment with the shop started as a shop supervisor. PPS had 45 employees working two shifts at the time. The company has grown now to around 180 total employees on one shift. The shop’s culture is one of a “family”. The company tries to create an open and friendly atmosphere for all of the employees so that they want to come to work, which is evident in the outstanding attendance records. The employees inspire Jim to do his very best which makes his job very fulfilling. Another item he enjoys about the shop is watching employees strive to do the best they can in their jobs and see their faces when they succeed. Jim has seen the company grow over the years and has been involved with two major facility expansions. He is ready to tackle another so that PPS can continue to provide employment opportunities to more individuals with disabilities.
Director of Human Resources
Pamela is the Director of Human Resources at Peoria Production Shop. She has been employed at PPS since January 2001. Pamela began part time as an agency employee, and is grateful to be given the opportunity to be the first Director of Human Resources at PPS. One of her goals for the company would be for PPS to continue to grow to provide meaningful employment for more individuals with disabilities. Growth and change can be difficult; therefore, an additional goal would be to keep the connection and engagement with the employees a first priority. From her first day, Pamela knew PPS was the place for her. The employees were so welcoming and helped her navigate through the challenges of her new job. Pamela describes the culture as and continues to be one of acceptance and gratitude. After a few months of working here, Pamela told a friend, “this is where I want to work until I retire.” She will be retiring in a couple of years, and it looks like she got her wish.
Business Development Manager
Lisa is the Business Development Manager at Peoria Production Shop. She started in March after searching for her “forever home”. Lisa was on the hunt for a fulfilling role in which she could sell with passion. Lisa says, “PPS found me, I knew that there was no doubt that the role had been created for me and that I needed to be here for a reason!” She wakes up every day, excited to do what she loves most. But most importantly, she is proud that she gets to be a part of a family that is proud to make a difference. Lisa believes the best part of being at PPS, is the fact that she is a part of a helpful and supportive leadership team. This drives her to help take the company to the next level while supporting an amazing mission and creating more positions for such grateful employees.