Vice President, Startup Services
As the VP of MAGNET’s Startup Services division, Brandon Cornuke leads the company’s efforts to help innovators turn manufactured product ideas into growing businesses. He specializes in strategy development, business model design, and lean innovation. Prior to joining MAGNET, his professional path included starting a successful consumer products company, building a corporate innovation group at American Greetings, leading a half-billion dollar consumer electronics business at Target Corp, and consulting with Hitachi’s global IT strategy group. Brandon has an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and is also an Adjunct Professor of Design and Innovation at Case Western’s Weatherhead School of Management.
Rahul works alongside Brandon with startups and entrepreneurs to validate and advise on critical assumptions regarding their businesses. Additionally he utilizes his engineering background to help those businesses design and create prototypes if needed. Before joining MAGNET, he worked in the Engine Assembly unit of a Honda manufacturing facility and as the design engineer for a drone manufacturing startup. He graduated from Northwestern University with degrees in Manufacturing and Design Engineering and Japanese Language and Culture.
Senior Product development engineer
Mike Keller brings over 20 years of manufacturing experience from the consumer products, medical equipment and industrial products industries. After receiving his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Trine University, he has worked in a variety of rolls including Manufacturing Engineering and Product Development. Mike’s experience comes from some very well know companies like Swagelok and Little Tikes. As a Manufacturing Engineer, Mike designed, developed and installed a variety of complex fixtures and other equipment for industrial tube fitting and consumer product production. In Product Development, Mike worked closely with Marketing, Design, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, and Finance among others to bring consumer product ideas from the drawing board to market. In 2006, Mike joined MAGNET’s product development team where he began working with local companies and entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to reality. He is presently continuing this effort with multiple companies in various industries including industrial and consumer products.
Product development engineer
Andrew Somrack graduated from Cleveland State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and went on to work over 9 years in the industry before joining MAGNET’s core engineering team as a Product Development Engineer. He has multiple publications and patents under his belt, and brings extensive experience with machine design and development, product development, design for injection, compression, blow and bottle molds, and project management along with a focus on 3D printing development, CAD design, and assembly processes. At MAGNET he continues to apply his experience with machine design, specializing in assembly, process, and machine configuration.
Growth and innovation advisor
Matt Sinclair leads MAGNET’s Growth Toolbox, a program focused on supporting small manufacturing companies through their journey to growth. He specializes in strategic planning and tactical execution, supply chain, lean innovation, and marketing and sales. Prior to joining MAGNET, Matt was a strategy and operations consultant at Accenture in a variety of industries, including resources, products, food and beverage and industrial agriculture. Matt also worked as a financial planning associate at a private wealth management firm in Cleveland, Ohio. Matt has a BA in sociology, economics and business from the University of Michigan and is also the president of Rainbow Babies and Children’s Foundation Associate Board.
Growth and innovation advisor
As the Market Leader for MAGNET South and an Innovation Growth Advisor in MAGNET’s Prism division, Darlyn McDermott leads the Southern Territory efforts to help manufacturers benefit from our services. She also helps build the brand in the market place, often serving as the local leader and boots on the ground for MAGNET. In addition to public speaking, meeting with leaders of manufacturers, delivering client work and building a pipeline, Darlyn also specializes in strategy development, lean, leadership coaching and risk management. Prior to joining MAGNET, her professional path included division and regional leadership for 6 of the top 10 largest insurance companies as well as risk management manufacturing client work for 2 of the largest brokers in the world. Darlyn has a BA in Psychology and holds a Masters in Business in Organizational Management. She is a Bryn Mawr Chartered Leadership Fellow and a Green Belt in Six Sigma.