The Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership has appointed Tim Wiora as director of consulting services. Wiora most recently worked as a senior administrative program specialist for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He replaces Ed Svojse, who left the organization late last year due to health issues.

Prior to his work at UW-Madison, Wiora was senior manager and practice lead for process and technology optimization at Scientific Commercialization in Madison.

Wiora also worked as program manager and strategy consultant for yet another Madison company, Safe Bridge Solutions. In addition, he spent 11 years as associate director of information systems for Kraft Foods in Madison. He also has operated his own information technology consulting operation, Wiora Business & Technical Solutions, which focuses on small and mid-size manufacturers.

“We are extremely pleased to have Tim join the WMEP team,” said Buckley Brinkman, executive director of the organization. “His experience in manufacturing, consulting, and the educational system will be invaluable to our clients and our organization.”

Born in the Chicago area, Wiora was raised in the small community of New Lisbon, Wis., where manufacturing and farming were driving forces in the local economy.

“I was intrigued at an early age by how things get created,” Wiora said, noting that his interest was fueled even more by his father’s involvement in the construction industry.

The WMEP’s mission to assist small and mid-size manufacturers in becoming world-class factored into his decision whether to join the organization.

“The organization is built to help manufacturers have staying power and that feeds into the economy,” Wiora said.

In his new role with the WMEP, Wiora said he wants to be an “enabler” for the organization’s clients and eliminate roadblocks to success.

“I want to move WMEP from being just consultants to trusted business partners,” Wiora said. “We have the ability to do it. Our service lines run the gamut.”

Wiora graduated from UW-Madison in 1987 with a degree in statistics. He currently resides in Madison with his wife Debbie, a certified public accountant at Smith & Gesteland, Madison, and the couple’s cat Mocha, whom Wiora said is a source of home entertainment.

Wiora and his wife enjoy golfing together and attending UW-Madison football and basketball games. Wiora attended the Masters Golf Tournament at the famed Augusta National Golf Club a few years ago, trip that he puts among his all-time favorite travel moments.

Tim and Debbie Wiora also attend numerous events in support of charitable organizations in the Madison area.