Dave Tatman is leading the recently-formed Kentucky Automotive Industry Association as their inaugural Executive Director. He also serves WKU as an Associate Vice President for Advanced Manufacturing. Dave is an empowering and thoughtful executive leader with an extensive background and expertise in automotive manufacturing. Throughout his career, Dave has provided customer-focused leadership with an emphasis on increasing production, minimizing equipment downtime/costs, and maximizing overall enterprise-wide potential.
Dave retired two years ago from a 34 year career at General Motors, where he moved through many functional manufacturing leadership positions in 13 different GM locations and headquarters assignments. Most recently he held the position of Plant Manager for the Corvette Assembly Facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Dave co-authored a book on leadership entitled, Building Cathedrals – The Power of Purpose. He holds an MBA in Corporate Policy from the University of Michigan, and a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University.