GLTAAC staff is experienced in all aspects of business operations and management. Our staff can help you assess your current state and tackle crucial issues in production efficiency, sales and marketing, cost accounting, financial analysis, and management coaching.

Scott Jacobs, Director

Photo of Scott JacobsScott has been Director since 2001. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of GLTAAC. Before becoming Director, he served as a researcher then Project Manager with GLTAAC. During this time he worked with management at dozens of companies, conducting industry analyses and helping firms develop and implement recovery plans. Before joining GLTAAC in 1998, Scott worked in several applied economic research positions, focusing on manufacturing and healthcare issues. He holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan with concentrations in domestic policy and quantitative methods.



Paul Crossley, Senior Project Manager

Prior to joining GLTAAC in April 2018, Paul operated his own manufacturing and supply chain consulting business. He has worked as a consultant for QP Group on supply chain and procurement projects. Paul also worked at the adult beverage company Diageo PLC for 10 years in the areas of Engineering, Production Planning, Supply Chain Operations, and Project Management. Paul holds a BS in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MS in Engineering Management from Eastern Michigan University. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP), certified through Project Management Institute (PMI).



Kevin Rucinski, Senior Project Manager

Kevin RucinskiKevin joined GLTAAC in June 2017, bringing a wide range of abilities and industry experience to the team.  Most recently he was VP/General Manager of Douglas Electric Company.  He has extensive experience in manufacturing, including the application of Lean Manufacturing principles to eliminate waste, increase through-put and create competitive advantage. He has held positions as President, General Manager, Operational Excellence Champion, and Engineering Manager.  He has experience in business turnarounds, start-ups, and independent consulting.  Kevin holds a BSME degree from UMass Lowell, an MBA from Bryant College, is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and a Registered Professional Engineer.



Carey Schoenig, Project Manager

CAS 2016 picCarey joined the Great Lakes TAAC in 2013. She has a background in Marketing and Product Management, with experience in online information systems, life sciences, engineering, and non-profit settings.  At GLTAAC, Carey’s responsibilities include program promotion, client support, and administrative functions.  She holds an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.  A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Carey is pleased to be part of a team that supports regional manufacturing.



Jani Hatchett, Project Manager

Jani joined the Great Lakes TAAC in January 2020. Jani is a Project Manager for GLTAAC focusing on outreach. Prior to joining GLTAAC Jani worked in finance, environmental consulting and she co-founded a reputation management company that dealt with clients globally. Her passion includes assisting companies with all aspects of growth from company outreach to infrastructure. Jani has a strong natural talent for creating common ground, prospecting, and closing client leads.