As Director of Nevada Industry Excellence, Mark Anderson is continuing his career passions: strengthening the manufacturing industry and economy by advancing the skills and knowledge of employees. Anderson was the first U.S. employee for Panasonic Energy, a partner in the Tesla Gigafactory, the world’s largest factory located outside of Reno, Nevada. As General Manager of Human Resources and General Affairs for Panasonic, Anderson helped shape the Gigafactory’s innovative and collaborative culture.
Born and raised in Carson City, Nev., Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree in Japanese from Brigham Young University and an MBA with emphasis in Human Resources and Organizational Behavior from Indiana University. His business experience and strong, spoken Japanese language and culture skills led him to management roles with several companies. Before returning to Nevada, he was with Tsuchiya Automotive Systems US, a Toyota supplier, for 22 years where he led implementation of the Toyota Production System across five North American operations, an effort that contributed to the 10 most profitable years in company history.
Nevada Industry Excellence is a statewide resource hosted through the University of Nevada, Reno for small and medium-sized companies in some of Nevada’s most important industries: manufacturing, engineering, logistics, mining, and construction. Part of a national network of Manufacturing Extension Partnerships through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, Nevada Industry Excellence helps businesses improve productivity, profitability and competitiveness. Nevada Industry Excellence is supported by a number of education and industrypartner organizations from across the state. For more information, visit www.nevadaie.com.