Chris Houseman comes to the Economic Growth Institute and Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program (DMAP) from the automotive and defense industries, and has many years of management consulting and practical experience in discreet manufacturing, information technology and telecommunications, advanced and emerging technology, and high-tech start-ups. He has authored a number of industry level studies and benchmarks, and conducted numerous consulting engagements with clients in areas such as strategy, business performance, product development, lean manufacturing, supply chain management, sales and marketing, merger and acquisitions, due diligence, and strategic partnering. He has completed projects for public and private organizations including industry associations, state governments, defense organizations, private equity and investor groups, and has held strategy and business development positions at the Robert Bosch Corporation, the Automotive Consulting Group, Deutsche Telekom (T-Systems) and Lockheed Martin. A native of Michigan, Chris has been dedicated to supporting clients within the Midwest and across the U.S. commercial and defense industrial base, and has worked on several state and national manufacturing councils and think tanks, including the Project for National Security Reform in Washington D.C. He is a graduate of the United State Military Academy at West Point, and the international dual masters program at Eastern Michigan University (MBA) and the Export-Akademie Baden Württemberg (MIM), at the FH-Reutlingen (ESB) in Germany.