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AP Manufacturing Leadership

Built on a Passion for the Manufacturing Industry

Meet the AP Manufacturing Leadership Team

A labor-intensive industry like manufacturing is exposed to many risks that are often out of your control. Built from industry insiders, AP’s Manufacturing team has the experience and resources needed to provide insightful strategies and tailored solutions.

Alush Garzon
Alush Garzon
National Manufacturing Vertical Leader

Leadership Profile

Alush Garzon is a Senior Vice President and Manufacturing Vertical Leader. He has real world manufacturing experience as an engineer and has worked in all phases of the manufacturing process including production, quality, inspection, packaging, product development, and product sales. Alush earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degree from The Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and currently holds designations in Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist and Accredited Advisor in Insurance. His education and experience give him a unique and in-depth perspective on managing complex manufacturing risks and developing comprehensive risk management programs for manufacturers.

Jack A. Carra
Jack A. Carra, CIC
EVP, West Des Moines, IA

Leadership Profile

Jack A. Carra is a seasoned insurance professional with 17 years of experience in developing insurance and risk management programs. He holds a BS in marketing from Iowa State University and is a designated Commercial Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist (CLCS). Jack serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Business & Industry and is a member of the ABI Advisory Council. Prior to joining AssuredPartners, he spent over five years at a national brokerage firm in various production and management roles. He has been a partner at AssuredPartners since 2011 and has been recognized as one of America's top Insurance Producers by Business Insurance America multiple times.

Patti Gander
Patti Gander
Loss Control Consultant

Leadership Profile

Patti Gander is a seasoned manufacturing veteran with experience in aerospace, defense, and electronics manufacturing. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and has been employed in both commercial and military manufacturing environments. Patti Gander has both an MBA and a Master of Management with a concentration in Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness. She is a subject matter expert in several areas within the manufacturing and has developed training curricula covering topics in lean manufacturing, business process improvement, and quality best practices as well as in the areas of project management, management, and leadership development.

Manufacturing Blog

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The Value of Lean Six Sigma in Manufacturing
Manufacturing05/20/2024

Manufacturers use Lean improvement and the Six Sigma model to improve processes and eliminate waste. In this article, we'll briefly examine the history of these models to discover how manufacturers...

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Manufacturing03/08/2024

AI is increasingly being integrated into software platforms used in manufacturing to enhance various aspects of production and operational processes. AI’s integration into Enterprise Resource...

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Leveraging Business Intelligence and Data Analytics in Manufacturing
Manufacturing02/22/2024

In today's world, manufacturing companies must leverage business intelligence (BI) and data analytics to gain real-time insights for informed decision-making and efficient strategizing. Data...

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