VP Industry Strategy and Events
Debbie Holton joined SME in 1990 and currently serves as the vice president of events and industry strategy. In her role she leads the team responsible for 20 manufacturing tradeshows and conferences, including industry leaders like FABTECH, RAPID + TCT and EASTEC. SME events connect manufacturers with leading technologies and applications and advance business relationships. Holton collaborates with major manufacturers, suppliers and industry organizations to identify key manufacturing challenges and convene the vast SME network of members and technical experts to develop potential solutions. From 2012 to 2013, Holton served as acting deputy director of technology transition for the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (now America Makes). Holton is on the executive committee for America Makes, as well as a member of the National Defense Industries Association and SAE.