An influential woman in technology and a strategist from a global commercial real estate firm have joined Feyen Zylstra’s advisory board.
Walker-based industrial technology and electrical services firm Feyen Zylstra (FZ) recently announced it added two new advisory board members — Mary Bunzel, executive director of the International Academy of Automation Engineering, and Hiren Thakar, chief strategy officer at global commercial real estate firm Avison Young.
Bunzel and Thakar started their terms in January. They join six others on FZ’s growing advisory board, which is chaired by Ann Harten, CHRO and vice president, global human resources at Haworth.
A globally recognized authority in the internet of things (IOT) space, Bunzel has more than 35 years of experience in global high-tech manufacturing with companies such as IBM and Intel. Her latest work is focused on creating the workforce of the future through education. Her work at the Connected Systems Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee helped transform an empty space into a fully developed center of innovation, FZ said. Her current projects continue to focus on education.
At the International Academy of Automation Engineering, she works to foster an ecosystem of choice for digital manufacturing pioneers with education, certifications and digital round tables. As Intel’s Manufacturing IOT Council leader, she curates conversations with small and midsized enterprizes on advanced innovation collaboration. As academic liaison chair of the Digital Twin Consortium, she supports partnerships between the consortium resources and university research.
She has been recognized as one of the Most Influential Women in Manufacturing by Industry Week and has been named by Analytics Insights as one of the 10 Most Influential Women in Technology for 2021.
At Toronto-based Avison Young, Thakar assists the company with driving growth through M&A, new services, international expansion, capital structure and strategic planning for the 110-office, 5,000-employee firm. He is credited with executing strategies that helped the company grow from 290 employees across 11 offices in one country to 5,000 employees in 110 offices across 16 countries and revenues over $1 billion.
With the addition of Bunzel and Thakar, the company’s board is comprised of individuals from five states and eight industries. The other members include:
- Harten, chair
- Kirk Alter, associate professor, building construction management, Purdue University
- Nate Koetje, CEO, FZ
- Steve Johandes, founder and CEO, 100X
- John Thayer, retired vice president of sales and business strategy, OST
- Ken VanDerWende, COO, Hawaii Care and Cleaning