Michael Carter, Scot Ortman represent manufacturing, agriculture
KOKOMO, Ind. — Two Kokomo area leaders have been named to the Ivy Tech Kokomo Region Board of Trustees.
Michael D. Carter, manufacturing manager at FCA US (formerly Chrysler Group), and Scot Ortman, president and CEO of Kokomo Grain Co., Inc., were appointed to three-year terms by Ivy Tech’s State Board of Trustees and will represent the areas of manufacturing and agriculture on the seven-member regional board.
“We are very pleased Mike Carter and Scot Ortman have joined the Kokomo Region trustees,” said David Bathe, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo and Lafayette Region. “They bring a wealth of experience and community connections and their input will be important as we work to better serve our students and meet the needs of the businesses and industries in the Kokomo Region.”
Members of Ivy Tech’s 14 regional boards have four essential responsibilities. These include analyzing educational needs and opportunities in the region, approving regional programming and recommending to the state board a plan to provide education and workforce development programs for the region, approving the region’s budget, and recommending methods for acquiring facilities and equipment needed to deliver regional programs.
Carter, a graduate of Mt. Vernon High School in Hancock County, joined Chrysler as a process engineer in 2000, after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University. Through the last 15 years, he has progressed through various roles including production supervisor, maintenance supervisor, engineering manager, and department business unit manager before taking on the role of program manager for the launch of Chrysler’s $753 million 9-speed transmission program in 2013. He has been in his current role as manufacturing manager, responsible for a total of 58 product lines in two transmission programs with 800 employees across multiple shifts.
Carter; his wife, Lara; and their three sons, Rob, Cory and Brendan, moved from Fishers to Kokomo two years ago. Rob is in the National Guard, Cory is a senior at Western High School, and Brendan is in the fifth grade. Carter is active in the FCA Group Community partnerships with Habitat for Humanity and the Kokomo Women’s Shelter along with volunteering in youth sports for his sons.
Ortman graduated from Northwestern High School in Kokomo in 1980 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from Purdue in 1985. After beginning his career as a grain buyer for Continental Grain in Minneapolis, Minn., he joined Kokomo Grain in 1988 as a futures/options trader and grain merchandiser. He managed Kokomo Grain’s Edinburgh, Ind., facility from 1993-2001. He became the company’s chief operating officer in 2001 and was promoted to his current position as CEO/president in 2003.
Ortman’s civic and professional service includes membership on the boards of the National Grain and Feed Association, the Central Indiana Soaring Society, and Security Federal Bank & Trust. He has served as chairman of the boards of the Indiana Grain and Feed Association, the Agribusiness Council of Indiana, and St.Vincent Kokomo Foundation and as a member of the Purdue School of Agriculture Dean’s Advisory Council and the Indiana University Kokomo Chancellor’s Advisory Board.
Ortman and his wife, Lisa, reside in Bringhurst, Ind., with children Tyler, who attends Culver Military Academy, and Hannah, who attends Carroll Junior Senior High School.