TMA names Steve Rauschenberger as president

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    Steve Rauschenberger

Scott McPherson
Updated 5/19/2015 4:12 PM

Schaumburg- The Technology & Manufacturing Association recently announced that Steven J. Rauschenberger has been named president.

Rauschenberger replaces Brian P. McGuire who resigned after a five-year tenure to head the Associated Equipment Distributors.


Rauschenberger, 59, currently on leave from Rauschenberger Partners, a firm he founded after retiring from public office, served for 15 years in the Illinois State Senate, holding various leadership positions, including Assistant Republican Leader and chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

"We are extremely pleased to have someone of Steve's stature take the reins at TMA," stated TMA Chairman Fernando Ortiz Jr. "Steve's business acumen, combined with his public policy expertise makes him exactly the right person at the right time for our association as we continue our expansion of member services and hands on training for individuals seeking careers in manufacturing."

Rauschenberger is a past president of the National Conference of State Legislatures, where he also served as co-chair of the Taskforce on Telecommunications and Electronic Commerce. He represented the organization throughout the United States and internationally; concluding two cooperative agreements between NCSL and regional parliaments in Europe, and leading a senior delegation to India. Steve served as faculty instructor to the Algerian Parliament for the U.S. State Department Middle East Partnership Initiative. And assisted in a survey of the Niger and Senegal parliaments as part of a MEPI initiative.

Prior to his tenure in government, Rauschenberger was president of Ackemann Brothers, Inc., which owned and operated three retail furniture stores. Before taking that position, he was a partner in the Rauschenberger Furniture Company, a third-generation family furniture retail business. A graduate of the College of William & Mary with a BBA, he serves on a number of professional and legislative boards.

About TMA: 8 small manufacturing companies who thought they could better themselves by associating with one another founded TMA in 1925. Through the years, members established programs and services that would help their businesses grow and prosper, train their employees, and provide medical and retirement benefits. As a result of these efforts, TMA has grown into an almost 1,000-member nonprofit organization representing more than 30,000 employees of precision manufacturing and supplier companies throughout Illinois.