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Judy Nagengast

CEO, Continental Design & Engineering, Inc.

Continental Design & Engineering CEO Judy NagengastPersonal Information & Business Accomplishments:

Judy took over as CEO of Continental in 1987 with total engineering headcount at 4 engineers. She identified, benchmarked and educated herself in the "best practices" for administrative & business growth technologies, which she then applied to Continental through successful Sales, Marketing and Management actions. Evidence of her business capability was seen in the annual expansion of her company (over 30%) for 13 consecutive years (1987 -- 2001), during which time she grew Continental from 4 employees to nearly 400 employees and $40 million in annual revenues.

Business Incubator, Interim Director:

In 2003 Judy was approached by the Board of the Flagship Enterprise Center (Flagship), a Business Incubator sponsored by Anderson University and the city of Anderson, to take on the position of Interim Director on a part-time basis. Judy accepted this position and held it for a year and a half while maintaining her involvement with Continental. The Flagship was started to help create and nurture new businesses in an effort to re-create the economic base of Anderson, which has been hard hit following the closing of many major GM plants and the loss of 30,000 GM jobs in the last 25 years.

During her tenure as Interim Director Judy researched and visited over a dozen world-class business incubators in the U.S. to discover best-in-class practices in their facility design and operation. She then worked closely with K.R. Montgomery Architects to design the new Flagship 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, now completed and opened for business to rave reviews. This facility combines all of the best-in-class facility designs in one building, including a seminar/meeting room to accommodate over 150 people, an exercise room for the busy entrepreneur, fiber optics network connections, flexible office space, and natural light in all areas of the building.

In addition to the facilities design, Judy wrote the grant application to the State of Indiana that resulted in a $1.5 million Certified Technology Park award in 2003 and she hosted a successful Business Plan Contest, which resulted in numerous new start-up candidates for the Flagship to consider. When it became apparent that a full time director was needed, Judy recruited her replacement, leaving the Flagship in very capable hands with a smooth transition.

Community Activities:

Judy, through her company, Continental Design & Engineering, has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce for a number of years and as served as the Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors, which is an Executive Committee position, for the past two years. Judy has been active in the recruitment of new members for the Chamber, including our son, Ben Nagengast, who joined the Chamber with his Paintball business when he was 16 years old. Judy has participated in many Chamber events including the Wake up With Anderson Breakfasts, Women in Business Breakfasts and the Business-to-Business Trade Show.

Judy founded and organized a major new summer event in Anderson, the Anderson Cruis'n and Fly'n, which benefits many area businesses and members of the Chamber. To launch the event, four years ago Judy created a Task Force of area business people and community leaders (Ralph Day, Anderson Visitor's & Convention Bureau; Lori Webster, City of Anderson; Keith Pitcher, Chamber of Commerce; and 4 others) that attended the Detroit Woodward Dream Cruise-In (2 day vintage automobile event). This event was benchmarked and resulted in the creation of the Anderson Cruis'n and Fly'n event one year later, benefiting the Wilson's Boy's & Girl's Club. The event is held in downtown Anderson. This event is in its 3rd year and now and has grown every year.

Judy also created the Madison County Lifetime Achievement Award, which involved several community groups including United Way, the Chamber of Commerce, the Madison County Community Foundation and the Boys & Girls Club. They presented their first award this past year to Jim Ault at an outstanding awards dinner, attended by over 100 community leaders. This event also raised money for the Boys & Girls Club.

Support for the Goals of Professional Women:

Judy is a strong advocate of the goals of professional women in the business environment, and promotes this through public speaking engagements, panel participation, and other community involvements She is currently scheduled as the keynote speaker in October 2005, at the event: Women and High Tech Awards Dinner to be held at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.

Her company, Continental Design & Engineering was designated by the Indianapolis Business Journal (IBJ) as one of the largest Indianapolis-Area Woman-Owned business (#1 in 2001 & 2002, #3 in 2004).

Continental Design & Engineering is registered & certified by the state of Indiana as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE).

Judy has consistently hired women executives at Continental including the past president of Michigan operations, Company Treasurer, Director of Human Resources and Director of Recruiting. 66% of the executives of the company are women and 50% of the Board of Directors are women.

When Interim Director of the Flagship Enterprise Center (see below) Judy mentored a number of potential women entrepreneurs. She organized classes for entrepreneurs through Anderson University and taught one of these classes herself. The class was comprised of at least 50% women.

Personal Information:

Judy is also involved in Real Estate investing and working with several partners, has purchased, renovated and resold over a dozen properties in Madison County as well as invested in a number of other properties out of the area. Along the way, she has mentored several people in this highly successful process.

Judy is continuing to manage her company, Continental Design & Engineering and steer its growth. Currently she is developing a new service arena with the Federal and State governments.

Judy has been married for 27 years to Bill Nagengast and they have two delightful children, Ben (19) and Natalie (17). Judy owns 3 horses, 2 dogs and a cat and lives on a Registered Forest (75 acres) in the Anderson City limits. In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding and long distance bicycling. One of her favorite rides is to take the bike trails from the outskirts of Indianapolis all the way to downtown's White River State Park (25 miles). Her goal is to ride the "Hilly 100", a two-day bike ride in the hills of southern Indiana covering 100 miles.

Some of the Awards Judy has received:

  • 1998 U.S. Small Business Administration, Small Business Person of the year for the state of Indiana
  • 1997 Ernst & Young, Indiana Heartland Entrepreneur of the Year Award -- category of Woman Owned Businesses
  • Indiana University, Kelley School of Business, The Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Growth 100 Awards 1997, 1998 & 1999 (for being one of the fastest growing 100 companies in Indiana)
  • 2000 Madison County Business Hall of Fame Laureate (with Bill Nagengast, sponsored by Junior Achievement)
  • 1999 Richard Lugar Achievement award for Support of Education

Community Activities:

2002 -- Present
Wilson's Boys & Girls Club, Executive Board of Directors. Primary responsibility is Resource Development. Has managed the following fund raising events:

  • Created and Sponsored 2003 Jazz at the Blue Event. Currently planning 2005 event.
  • Created and Sponsors Annual Membership Campaigns 2003, 2004 and 2005 which raised approximately $30,000/year for the Club.
  • Organized & has been Major Sponsor of Charity Golf Outing, 2003, 2004 and 2005 raising approximately $10,000/year for the Club.
  • Created and organized the Anderson Cruis'n and Fly'n in 2003, 2004 and 2005
  • Organized the recent Capital Campaign that raised $180,000 to purchase a former Elementary School, which greatly upgraded the Club facilities.

1999 -- 2003
Techno Plaza Advisory Board for the Anderson Community School District

  • Helped organize and run a fundraising campaign that raised over $500,000 to purchase a state-of-the-art technology plaza for Anderson High School students.

1995 -- Present
InField Counseling Group

  • Volunteers 5 -- 10 hours per week working with troubled teens and others to assist them in getting off drugs, becoming productive and living an ethical life.
  • Wrote a series of booklets to teach young children the meaning and value of being ethical, currently being piloted at a camp for troubled youth. Scheduled for public release in 2006.
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