AMT is led by a staff of seasoned and experienced professionals. The management group, led by Chairman and CEO Ram Thukkaram, has over 20 years of diverse manufacturing experience, primarily focused on meeting and exceeding the needs of our customers in both automotive and non-automotive business segments. AMT promotes an entrepreneurial experience that allows each company associate to be accountable for decisions that are made in the organization. We hire well-trained and seasoned professionals that are passionate about the jobs they perform.
Management And Principal Members
AMT has assembled an experienced management team to foster a stable, long-term growth oriented culture focused on quality. One of the core strengths of AMT is the continuity of the management team; the majority of the management team have worked together for more than 20 years.
P. Thukkaram, Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Thukkaram has more than 30 years experience in manufacturing. He previously built an automotive supply company from 18 employees to 800 employees. His basic experience is die-casting and machining. He has work experience in manufacturing companies in India, Denmark, Germany, Canada and USA in varying capacities, all the way from design engineer to CEO. He has written handbooks on die casting, as well as numerous technical articles on tool design and casting design. He is a practitioner of continuous improvement and has developed an individual improvement proposal system, which is being practiced at AMT. He has an Engineering degree from the University of Madras and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin. In 1992, Mr. Thukkaram received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and was named by President Bush as one of the country’s eight outstanding Asian American Citizens.
San Santharam, President And Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Santharam has worked in the metallurgical, chemical, mining and casting industries for more than 35 years. He has a strong background in manufacturing, quality and supplier development. He has previously been Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for a $100 million company, and is a Certified Quality Engineer and a Certified Quality Auditor. He was a member of Technical Committee ISO/TC176, which was responsible for developing the ISO 9000 Standard. Mr. Santharam, along with Gateway Technical College, developed the Quality Technician Associate Degree Program. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Engineering and an MBA from University of Wisconsin – Parkside Campus.
Cary Van Sluys, Vice President Of Sales & Marketing. Mr. Van Sluys has over 16 years experience in the aluminum die casting, sand cast, permanent mold, machining, assembly, leak testing, and manufacturing industries. He has a wealth of experience in plant operations, materials, engineering, quality control, international commercial and program management activities, cost estimating, sales and marketing. He has negotiated new business contracts with the Automotive, On-Highway and Off Highway Diesel, Commercial, and Hydraulic industries. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technologies from Northern Michigan College.
Richard Nelson, Director of Operations. Mr. Nelson has 24 years of experience in machining, robotics, programmable logic controlled equipment, leak testing, and assembly throughout various fields of manufacturing. He has experience in the automotive, hydraulic, generator, and oil industries. He works directly with customers to enhance product design for manufacturability and enhanced processing.
Craig Bayer, Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Bayer has more than 25 years financial management experience, and has a strong background working with middle-market companies in a manufacturing environment. He has conducted value-adding financial analysis that pinpoint the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for growth in mergers, acquisition and divestiture initiatives, business operations, financial risk scenarios, insurance and services options, and systems upgrades and process improvements. He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He has been a CPA since 1989.