Distefano’s Mark McCormick recognized by Dream It Do It Nebraska


Mark McCormick (center) was recently recognized by Dream It Do It Nebraska as a mentor for young people entering the manufacturing field. Pictured with T.R. Raimondo (left), Chairman of Behlen Mfg. Co., and Governor Dave Heineman (right).

Distefano Technology & Manufacturing’s Mark McCormick was recently recognized by Dream It Do It Nebraska as an official mentor for young people entering the manufacturing career field.

Brian Turner here at Distefano has high praise for Mark and his history at Distefano T&M, saying, “Mark has been able to adapt to our growing business . . . He has a great grasp of what we do, how we do it and the type of customers we deal with.”

On Mark’s recent recognition by Dream It Do It, we asked him a few questions about this particular honor and his plans for future mentorship.

1) How did you become involved with Dream It Do It Nebraska?       

A couple of individuals suggested that I investigate the program and apply.

2) What do you hope to contribute to Dream It Do It as a new mentor?

To support and encourage teenagers and young adults to always look for ways to improve their skill-set and advance their career whether it be a one-on-one talk . . . or if I was invited to a pep-rally with a similar focus that aligns with the purpose of Dream It Do It Nebraska if I had the opportunity.

3) What kinds of learning opportunities does the mentoring program offer young people?

I would say the most rewarding opportunity that the mentoring program offers for young people is a reassurance of hope through perserverance and hard work! This program also offers different venues of information on various opportunities specifically in the manufacturing businesses of Nebraska.

4) What are some of the most important things young people should know about the manufacturing field?

The manufacturing field has a wide range of opportunities for all to be involved! Manufacturing is the backbone of America’s economy. The more we (USA) make, or manufacture, the larger profit we will obtain in the end. In anything in life, a good philosophy to apply is, “The more you put in to something, the more you will get out of it!”

5) What is your manufacturing background?

Actually my background is design-based rather than manufacturing. I currently hold a BSAE (Bachelor of Science of Architectural Engineering) from UNO. I am currently working on my MAE (Master’s of Architectural Engieering). I would say that this is an example of whatever degree/certification that you get doesn’t mean you have to be tied down to it. The key is to take what you learn from all experiences and apply them to the situation or career you find yourself in!

Photo courtesy Distefano T&M

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