Top 20 Media & Industry Influencers of 2020, Part 2



To say 2020 was a tough year is a massive understatement. Simply put, it was a year of loss, lessons, and growth.

Industry—especially the maintenance, manufacturing, and reliability sectors—found a way to rise to the challenge and, in many ways, keep all of us moving forward.

Part 2 features the final 10 our 20 industrial and media influencers from the year 2020 that you should follow in 2021 . Check out Part 1 in case you missed it!


11. Charli Matthews

Charli is the founder and CEO of Empowering Brands — including Empowering Women in Industry — and Empowering Pumps & Equipment. Charli holds a bachelor’s degree from the Culverhouse College of Business at the University of Alabama and has worked in the media industry since 2005. She is a known for building brands and growing online networks for the industrial sector and content marketing. Drawing on her experience, Charli empowers engineers and operators to network with professionals to grow their knowledge, brands, and businesses through digital media. She helps companies transition from traditional media to the ever-changing digital space.

Charli is heavily involved with the Fluid Sealing Association, having  served as vice chair of membership and marketing chair for the organization. She is also the host of the  Empowering Industry Podcast.

You can find Charli on LinkedInFacebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

12. Scott McKenzie

Scott is an industry-renowned keynote speaker, author, and host/founder of  the Voice of Industry Podcast and the Safety with Purpose Podcast. Scott is the first to admit that he lives and breathes his passion for industrial growth and success. He got his start as a lathing contractor and certified journeyman/lineman, earning the necessary field credentials to understand industrial challenges.

His MBA and post-grad education opened the door to lead a team onto the NASDAQ while serving as president of a multinational terminaling corporation. Today, he leads a team of dedicated professionals ready to serve the industrial market with excellence and innovation.

You can find Scott on LinkedIn and Twitter.

13. Chris McNamara, Smart Industry Editor

Chris is the editor-in-chief of Smart Industry. In this role, he oversees print and digital content for the publication, serves as a digital marketing strategy builder, and hosts the brand’s podcasts and webinar series.

A Chicago native, Chris established himself as a leading digital content expert in roles including social media marketing analyst for the Follett Higher Education Group, social media specialist for ISACA, freelance journalist for the Chicago Tribune Media Group, and new media manager for the Lincoln Park Zoo.

You can find Chris on LinkedIn and Twitter.

14. Terrence O’Hanlon

Terrence is the CEO and president of Reliabilityweb.com, as well as the publisher of Uptime magazine. He is widely known for his work developing the Uptime Elements Reliability Framework and Asset Management System, which as a cultural change management methodology, has been used by thousands of organizations for the past 10 years. He has trained more than 30,000 professionals on the use of the Uptime Elements Framework since 2013.

Terrence is the co-author of 10 Rights of Asset Management, a popular industry standard for Asset Lifecycle Management; the cofounder of the Institute of Asset Management USA Chapter and the Association of Asset Management Professionals; and the Executive Director for the not-for-profit Reliability Leadership Foundation.

In addition, Terrence is a keynote speaker and presenter at numerous industry conferences, including The Reliability Conference & International Maintenance Conference and MaximoWorld.

You can find Terry on LinkedIn and Twitter.

15. Jesse Osborne, Processing Editor

Jesse is the editor-in-chief of Processing and P.I. Process Instrumentation magazines. He previously served as the editor of Food Manufacturing. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, he manages the print and digital content for both Processing and P.I.

In addition to content management, Jesse moderates all the webinars and Industry Briefs for both brands.

You can connect with Jesse via Processing’s Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

16. Nancy Regan

Top 20 Industry and Media Influencers of 2020 Nancy ReganNancy is the founder of RCM Training Online. She has more than 20 years of experience with hands-on practice facilitating RCM analyses, conducting RCM training, and assisting her clients in implementing RCM programs. With RCM, she helps organizations achieve goals such as reducing maintenance costs, identifying the cause of chronic failure, and shifting from a reactive to a proactive maintenance environment. Nancy also helps people overcome the organizational challenges that are in the way of creating an effective Reliability Culture. Nancy is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering.  She is the author of The RCM Solution, A Practical Guide to Starting and Maintaining a Successful RCM Program. She also presents at numerous industry events.

You can find Nancy on LinkedIn, on Twitter, and on the organization’s YouTube channel sharing her expertise and best industry practices.

17. Adam Stredel

Adam is an applications engineer at LUDECA, Inc. in Doral, Florida. He has more than 13 years of experience in rotating machinery with more than 10 years being in precision alignment and training. He has visited over 60 industrial sites, conducted many alignment seminars and trainings in the U.S. and the Caribbean. Adam has performed numerous field jobs related to alignment of rotating equipment, bore and turbine alignment, geometric measurement, monitoring positional changes, etc. Adam obtained his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2007 and an M.B.A. in 2015 at the Florida International University, Miami, Florida. He is a Certified Reliability Leader (CRL) and holds a Level I Ultrasound Certification.

You can find Adam on LinkedIn and Twitter.

18. George Williams CRL, CMRP

Top 20 Industry and Media Influencers of 2020George is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of ReliabilityX. He has a MS in reliability engineering from Monash University, is a CMRP, and CRL. He has more than 25 years of experience in the Life Sciences industry and food manufacturing. He is a CRL, CMRP, a Black Belt in Reliability, Uptime Award Winner and a CMRP of the Year recipient.

George is a well recognized thought leader, change agent, speaker and teacher within the industry. He also teaches courses in Maintenance Management and Planning & Scheduling at the University of Wisconsin.

You can find George on LinkedIn, Twitter, and the Practical Reliability Podcast.

19. Tom Wilk

Tom is the Editor in Chief for Plant Services magazine. He authors a monthly column for the publication called “From the Editor,” which is an opinion piece on the latest trends and innovations in the world of plant maintenance, reliability, engineering, and production — what really matters to plant managers.

Well-known throughout the industry, Tom is also a frequent moderator and presenter at many trade association conferences and technology provider webinars. In addition, he moderates the Plant Services On-Demand Webinar Series.

You can find Tom on LinkedIn, Twitter, and via PlantServices.com.

20. Chris Wilder

Chris is CEO of SEPCO, headquartered in Alabaster, Alabama. A graduate of Auburn University with a BS in business management, he is a married father of three. He and his family reside in Mountain Brook, Alabama.

A frequent contributor to many trade publications, Chris is a Pumps & Systems editorial advisory board member and active member of the packing and mechanical seal divisions of the Fluid Sealing Association.

In his spare time, Chris is a voracious reader, an enthusiastic cyclist, and an avid outdoorsman. He has served on many local boards, including the Entrepreneurs Organization; is a graduate of Leadership Shelby County; and has been a Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America.

You can find Chris on LinkedIn and Twitter, as well as Seal Connect.


Check out Part 1 for our complete list of Top 20 Industry and Media Influencers of 2020!

About the Author
Anna Claire Howard is a contributing writer and editor for Sealing Equipment Products Co. Inc. (SEPCO) and has been since Spring 2019. She is a full-time freelancer and stay-at-home-mom. Before those two big life changes, she was the content marketing specialist for Fluke Accelix; assistant editor for Grand View Outdoors, publisher of Bowhunting World, Predator Xtreme, Whitetail Journal, Tactical Retailer, and Shooting Sports Retailer; managing editor for Media Solutions, Inc., publisher of Gear Solutions, Wind Systems, and Thermal Processing magazines; assistant editor for MSI; and the editorial intern for B.A.S.S., LLC, publisher of Bassmaster Magazine and Bassmaster.com. In these B2B/B2C roles, Anna Claire developed an appreciation for the industrial sector, as well as the operators and technicians who make up the workforce. You can find her on LinkedIn at bit.ly/ACHowardLI.

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