Success Stories

Roberto Garza Lazo (2016)
Product Engineer, Spartan Light Metal Products
Current Position: My job is to make sure that my designated production lines run at optimum performance. This ensures that our customers get quality parts for their final assembly. Our products are die-casted, machined, and assembled in-house. This enables us to track our process and continuously make improvements as a team.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years: In 10 years, I see myself becoming a working team leader within the engineering department at Spartan LMP. It will be no easy task, considering that I am working with many talented co-workers, but it is a personal goal of mine, a goal I know I can achieve through dedication, constantly learning, and relationship building throughout the manufacturing plant.
How have you been able to use your LDP training in your career: The LDP taught me organizational and time management skills. I have applied these every day, and they have helped tremendously me thus far. Being organized allows you to work at a smooth pace rather than scrambling to find the necessary things to get the job done. As far as time management goes, knowing how to prioritize your day is a huge skill considering there is always something to do. At the end, getting the job done right the first time can definitely help with how much you can achieve.

Austin Caldwell (2016)
Design EngineerAmerican Buildings Company – Nucor, El Paso Illinois
Current Position: My job is to design the safest, highest quality and lowest costing building system for our customer. All of our products are Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings and we provide our customer with a variety of options to meet/exceed their needs and expectations. As a designer, our goal is to engineer each and every project to provide our customer with excellence.
Where do you see yourself in ten years: In 10 years I see myself somewhere in middle management within Nucor. Every successful company needs leaders who care about their people. I truly enjoy building relationships, learning about others, and working in a high-performance team. Although this is an aggressive goal, I believe it can be done. Opportunities are endless with Nucor.
How have you been able to use your LDP training in your career: Public speaking is huge. I gave multiple presentations during my first year and LDP prepared me to do this effectively no matter who the crowd is. I have also been able to apply the soft skills when working with others. Getting to know the people you work with is key and the LDP prepared me to be proactive about developing these relationships. Also, Learn how to sacrifice personal time for the success of your team. If you want to be the best, you have to work like it.

Austin Lewandowski (2014)

INTEGRIS Engineering

Austin Lewandowski has performed as a successful Project Manager in some of St Louis’ harshest heavy industrial work sites , and most recently transferred into an engineering design role.

“I attribute 90 percent of my successes in the real world to the lessons I learned while pushing my limits in the LDP safety net. As a graduate of the Leadership Development Program, I can tell you one thing for certain; this program will change your life and allow you to be as successful as you want to be. It enabled me to land multiple once in a lifetime career opportunities through the development of my soft skills, and has allowed me to excel using the technical knowledge I gained, as well as a certain “grit” I developed while learning under Dr. DeRuntz.”

Coraviece Terry (2012)

US Air Force, 1st Lieutenant Avionics Engineer

“I gained the ability to not only recognize my fears/weaknesses but the tools to face them and overcome them!”




Logan McNear (2011)

Advanced Technology Services (ATS)

Logan McNear is the Site Manager for Advanced Technology Services’ (ATS) location at United States Gypsum’s (USG) paper mill in North Kansas City, MO and has been leading the local team since formation in August of 2014. Logan graduated from SUIC with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and is an active member of the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals. His career with ATS has included managing multi-million dollar contracts, presenting to the Board of Directors for ATS and USG, leading and sponsoring multiple SixSigma, 5s, and Kaizen events, exceeding $500k year-over-year annual cost savings, instituting world class maintenance strategies in factory settings, and building teams of cross-functional professionals. Logan currently lives in Kansas City with his wife, Laura, and is working on a Masters in Business Administration at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

” My participation in LDP has prepared me to remain cutting edge in my field. The LDP can help you become who you want to be through hard work, vision, aggressive goal setting and having a go-getter attitude.”