Automation Alley recently hired two new directors to support the association’s commitment to its members and dedication to its mission. Bruce Legge, director of defense, and Nancy Smith, director of membership and sales, report to Automation Alley Executive Director Ken Rogers.
As director of defense, Legge oversees Automation Alley’s efforts to assist local companies looking to diversify into the defense industry. Automation Alley’s relationship with defense industry leaders provides multiple access points for companies to approach the industry, including the Department of Defense and defense-sector original equipment manufacturers. In addition, Automation Alley partners with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) to find innovative, high-tech companies with capabilities related to ground vehicle technology.
Legge retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994 as a lieutenant commander. He joins Automation Alley with more than 35 years of hands-on and management experience leading people and highly technical project teams.
Most recently, Legge served as program manager and manager of business development at Alion Science and Technology, where he provided technical and programmatic oversight and engineering expertise to projects being performed at Alion’s Warren, MI, site, and interfaced with vehicle OEMs, government vehicle program management offices and TARDEC. Prior to joining Alion, Legge served as director of business development for Maryland-based Sotera Engineered Solutions and also worked for General Dynamics Land Systems in Sterling Heights, MI, as a senior manager of technology and business development.
Legge holds a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the United States Naval Postgraduate School and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Illinois State University.
As the new director of membership and sales, Smith is responsible for managing and growing Automation Alley’s membership portfolio, which includes nearly 1,000 businesses, educational institutions and government entities in Southeast Michigan. Smith is also in charge of enhancing the overall member experience by identifying new trends and best practices to improve Automation Alley’s membership offerings.
Smith comes to Automation Alley with extensive business experience, having worked most recently as national sales manager at Global Office Solutions in Novi, MI, one of the largest independent providers of office supplies and services in Michigan. Prior to that, Smith held senior sales positions at large corporations including Sprint-Nextel and Xerox.
Smith earned her bachelor’s degree in communication arts from the University of Detroit (now Detroit Mercy) and her master’s degree in organizational communication from Wayne State University in Detroit.