Craig Van den Avont is the President of GAM Enterprises, a US manufacturer of robotic and servo-gearboxes, servo couplings, and other precision mechanical products used in robotics and factory automation technology. Proving US manufacturing can succeed, GAM has a had a double digit compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) for over 20 years. Craig is also the Board Chairman for the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC), the official Illinois representative of the MEP network under the US-Dept. of Commerce, NIST. Prior to GAM Enterprises, Craig was the Chief Engineer at Rexroth-Indramat (now Bosch-Rexroth), a German manufacturer of servo-based motion control systems used in factory automation. He also Design Engineer at McDonnell Douglas, where he worked on the DC-9/MD-80 aircraft. Van den Avont holds a BS in Aeronautical-Astronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois, and an MBA from DePaul University.