– About Us –

What We Do

AMBE’s mission is to create a bridge between area businesses and schools to connect our students to the career opportunities in Mercer and Auglaize counties. We expose students to career opportunities in our local communities and help them build career pathways to create a sustainable workforce for the future.

At AMBE, the ‘why’ is more important than the what. And our ‘why’ is developing a workforce for the future so our communities remain strong.

Watch the video below to learn more about AMBE and how we connect students in our community with area businesses.

Who We Are

The AMBE Alliance is a private organization of business, service group and school leaders from Mercer and Auglaize counties working to raise awareness of local careers to create a sustainable future workforce. We are locally supported and funded and serve all schools in Auglaize and Mercer counties.

The alliance formed in 2013 with membership and support continuing to grow each year. Local businesses have shown their commitment through member investments that allow us to work with the schools to build programs that prepare our local students for future local jobs.

Curtis Hamrick

AMBE Executive Director
Curtis Hamrick

Executive Director Curtis Hamrick comes to AMBE with a strong background in both education and business. Curtis looks forward to leading AMBE in building stronger relationships between local schools and local businesses to continue strengthening our local workforce. His mission as executive director is to ensure AMBE is meeting the needs of local schools and businesses.


AMBE Board Members

A volunteer board representing diverse industries oversees the alliance. Our board members are:

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Randy Niekamp, V.P. Human Resources, Crown Equipment Corp.

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Patty Cisco, MBA, Principal, Marketing Essentials

Nick Koesters, Human Resources, Bruns Construction Enterprises

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Alice Rindler, HR Representative Leader, Precision Strip

Jeff Pax

Jeff Pax, Administrative Manager, Pax Machine Works, Inc.

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Jon Dingledine, Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer, Mercer Health

randy hemmelgarn

Randy Hemmelgarn, President, Hemmelgarn Benefits

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Gary Lefeld, President, Lefeld Welding Supplies

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Jenni Miller, Community Outreach Coordinator, Grand Lake Health System

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Nathan Schwieterman, Controller, Coldwater Machine

Barry Hounshell, V.P. Manufacturing, Fort Recovery Industries

chad stolly

Chad M. Stolly, CIC Agent, Stolly Insurance