Senior Business Advisor
Reese Forester joins Impact Dakota with more than 18 years of experience in the manufacturing industry. He started his career in aerospace manufacturing during college working as an intern at Goodrich Corporation. Holding the titles of Engineering Technician and Material Acquisition Administrator, he supported programs for Boeing, Airbus, Sikorsky, Lockheed Martin, and General Dynamics aircraft. Taking over the tundra and the mountains, he continued his career at Arctic Cat in design engineering developing and testing world class snowmobiles. During the summer months, Reese directly supported Arctic Cat’s moving production line with multi-level bill of materials used to produce each unit, utilizing accurate and concise communication in a fast paced, high output environment.
Most recently, Reese headed back to the sky to lead suppliers in quality and compliance as the Senior Quality Engineer at Collins Aerospace, a subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies Corporation. He traveled the U.S. visiting sub-tier manufacturers to conduct compliance audits, gap analyses, special assessments, source inspection, and root cause analysis. The experience provided him with a broad understanding of numerous manufacturing processes and techniques. Reese is an experienced AS9100 Aerospace Auditor.
Reese also brings 15 years of experience owning and operating his own business. From this experience, he carries a unique perspective and ability to relate to the challenges and opportunities North Dakota businesses may encounter on their path to success. His belief in the strength of the people of North Dakota supports a commitment to help others overcome obstacles to achieve their goals.
Reese earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and History/Political Science from the University of Jamestown.
In his free time, Reese enjoys traveling, building, designing and fabricating, and spending time outdoors doing activities including mountain biking, water skiing, and exploring on snowmobile, ATV, or UTV.