Tom Podesta, vice president and co-founder of Conferos Inc. of Waltham, Mass., has been in the industry for 13 years and has held various technical sales and marketing positions within the plastics industry.
Conferos, which changed its name from BuyPlastics.com last November, hosts an online-collaboration network for the design and development of plastic parts.
Previously, Podesta was vice president of sales and marketing for the contract manufacturing operation of Tech Group, based in Scottsdale, Ariz. Podesta was instrumental in expanding Tech Group's manufacturing reach into global markets as well as value-added assemblies. Expansions during Podesta's tenure included new manufacturing facilities in Puerto Rico, Ireland, Singapore and Mexico.
All of these facilities strategically complemented Tech Group's development and manufacturing facilities located in Arizona, and has helped Tech Group to differentiate its offering for precision manufactured plastic components and assemblies.
In addition to market development efforts and site selection assignments, Podesta played an active role in product development with various Fortune 500 companies. From product design support to manufacturing implementation strategy, Podesta has acquired a diverse background in product development strategies, and a hands-on perspective to product-lifecycle management.
Before joining Tech Group, Podesta was a manufacturing engineer with Boston Scientific Corp., a medical device manufacturer. His focus at Boston Scientific included product design enhancements, management of tool construction, and materials research and selection.
Podesta holds a bachelor's degree in plastics engineering from the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, Mass.
Conferos can be found on the Web at www.conferos.com.