March 21, 2018
Get to know a few of our employees who will be attending the National Society of Black Engineers conference in Pittsburgh, PA. Have questions? Come stop by our booth! We are looking forward to meeting all of you!
Titi Sule, Product Manager
Titi Sule is responsible for controls and installation product categories for Trane Supply. This includes developing strategy, new product introductions and inline management (pricing, marketing, etc.). Sule has been with our company for eight years, starting her career as a controls engineer for the Thermo King brand. She has since completed her MBA through our company's MBA program in 2016 as well as Women’s Leadership Program in 2017. Both programs are amazing programs for talent development at our company. Prior to working for our company, she worked at General Electric Transportation.
Sule has a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology from Texas Southern University (TSU), Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Maryland (UMCP), and MBA from Indiana University. While at TSU and UMCP, she was actively involved with NSBE. Sule enjoys spending time with family, traveling and creative arts – music, writing, dancing.
Advice for NSBE Attendees
“Step out of your comfort zone and network with students and professionals, speak proudly of your experience and leadership skills. Have fun!”
Phillip Nwachokor, Accelerated Development Program, Engineering
Phillip Nwachokor is a graduate of both Morehouse College and the University of Michigan where he obtained Bachelor of Science degrees in Applied Physics and Mechanical Engineering. At last year’s NSBE Conference, Nwachokor was recruited into our company's Accelerated Development Program—a program where through rotations and experiences in multiple geographic and business locations, build diverse skill sets and a strong foundation for a successful career with our company. Since then he has worked in his first rotation with Trane in Panama City, FL as a product development engineer.
In his spare time, he enjoys a cooking, socializing with friends, movie going, and a good puzzle, because who doesn’t enjoy one!
Advice for NSBE Attendees
“I would advise all NSBE conference goers to take advantage of the opportunity of having such passionate recruiters at (our) NSBE booth. They are all super enthused about having the chance to recruit more great talent into our company. In addition, I’ll be there and I can’t wait to help someone find the same opportunity I was fortunate enough to get last year!”
Jennifer T. Butler, Commodity Manager
Jennifer Butler is responsible for the polymers and composites supply chain within one of our strategic business units. This includes developing and executing detailed commodity strategy, supplier relationship management, supporting continuous improvement projects, and actively monitoring and mitigating supplier risk. Butler joined our company in 2014 as a member of the Operations Accelerated Development Program (ADP). During the program, she supported the Trane division by leading a team of production associates in meeting daily customer demand as a production leader, co-facilitating rapid improvement events as an OpEx Change Agent, and ensuring continuity of supply as a material planner. After completing her manufacturing rotations, she spent the latter portion of the ADP program on the Steel and Non-Ferrous Global Procurement Team. Prior to joining our company, she worked for Merck & Company, Inc. and Tyco International Management Company.
Jennifer is a member of our company's Black Employee Network and Women’s Employee Network, our company’s Howard University Recruiting Team, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, and the Greater Augusta Black Chamber of Commerce. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s in Supply Chain Management from Howard University. She enjoys traveling, reading, listening to music and volunteering in her local community.
Advice for NSBE Attendees
“One piece of advice that I would give to the NSBE attendees is to never be afraid to ask for what you want and don’t take a no from someone who can’t tell you yes.”
Leandre Adifon, Vice President, Enterprise Systems Engineering & Advanced Technology
Leandre Adifon oversees Programs & Portfolio Management, Product Design Integrity and Advanced Technology for our company. Adifon came to our company after 20 years at United Technologies, where he was vice president of Otis Worldwide Engineering and member of the Otis Executive Committee. He holds advanced degrees in mechanical engineering from Polytechnic of Milan in Italy, and in management and finance technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He also has a MBA from RPI and a certificate in systems design and management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Adifon is a member of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), Global Architecture Forum and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is also a board member of the American School for the Deaf (ASD) in Connecticut and the African School of Economics (ASE).
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