RCBI Selects Minnich as August Employee of the Month

Tom MinnichHUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Charleston resident Tom Minnich has been selected as August Employee of the Month at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI), Director and CEO Charlotte Weber announced.

Minnich, who joined the RCBI staff in January 1999, currently serves as director of business and project development. He also is executive director of the RCBI Composites Technology & Training Center at Bridgeport, W.Va.

He spent more than 14 years with the U.S. Department of Defense, including extensive experience as deputy of acquisition in the Program Executive Office for the Naval Air Systems Command’s Assault Special Mission Helicopter Program in Arlington, Va.

A native of Gassaway, Braxton County, W.Va., Minnich earned an undergraduate degree from Marshall University, where he also attended graduate school. He later attended Morris Harvey College (now University of Charleston) and George Mason University, as well as the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

He was appointed as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Mid-Atlantic Technology Center representative for West Virginia in 2000. He also serves on the boards of the Mine Safety Technology Consortium and the West Virginia Governor’s Energy Task Force.

Minnich is the father of two grown children, Kathryn Conti of Philippi, W.Va., and Thomas Minnich of Jane Lew, W.Va. He and his wife, Deborah, have been married since 1999.

In his spare time, Minnich enjoys hunting, fishing and camping.

“Tom Minnich’s experience in the Department of Defense has been extremely valuable to RCBI and, in turn, the manufacturers with whom we work,” Ms. Weber said. “He has been able to help our manufacturers establish connections with DoD suppliers who have need for their quality services, parts, design and equipment. His greatest value, however, lies in his attitude -- his willingness to undertake any task we ask of him and his determination to overcome any challenges he encounters.”

RCBI provides access to cutting edge technology and technical training to manufacturers across the region. Operating from Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers in Huntington, South Charleston, Bridgeport and Rocket Center (near Keyser in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle), its mission includes developing a quality, just-in-time supplier base for the Department of Defense, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the commercial sector.