Debbie Holton Joins ASME as Managing Director of Industry Events

Feb 12, 2019

NEW YORK (February 12, 2019) – Debbie Holton has joined the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) as managing director of industry events, reporting to Chief Operating Officer Jeff Patterson. Holton is responsible for managing the organization’s industry events portfolio and transforming ASME’s business development strategy as the leader of its technology advancement and business development team.

A business development and events expert, Holton has a proven track record of growing revenue, impact and results in the manufacturing technology arena. Most recently, she was vice president of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ (SME) events and industry strategy, and led the team in doubling gross revenue, launching successful new products and executing strategic partnerships for leading industry events in North America. She built corporate strategies for emerging technologies including additive manufacturing and 3D printing, led industry collaborations including the U.S. Department of Defense award-winning Aerospace Automation Consortium, and has driven innovation and growth as acting director of technology transition and outreach for America Makes.

“Debbie has strong technical knowledge of industry needs and a history of cultivating relationships with leaders of companies, associations, universities and government agencies where her input is sought out and respected,” says Patterson. “Her experience and innovative approach will help ASME accomplish its objectives with existing technologies as well as in strategic growth areas.”

“I’m excited to help ASME bring industry together to solve our toughest challenges, advance technology and build a better quality of life worldwide,” says Holton.

Last year, Holton was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business in its list ofNotable Women in Manufacturing. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of Michigan and expects to receive a Master of Business Administration degree from the University’s Ross School of Business in May 2019.

About ASME
ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world. For more information visit

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American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

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