Strategic Business Advisor, Region 3S-Hileman

As Strategic Business Advisor for the NWIRC Northwest Region, Susan Hileman assists manufacturers with business growth opportunities who are located in Mercer, Venango, Forest, and Clarion Counties, along with Titusville.

Susan joined the NWIRC in March of 2006, is trained as a Galliard Small Business Advisor, and is an Innovation Engineering Green Belt. She previously worked as the Director of Development for Precision Manufacturing Institute, an organization which serves the manufacturing sector in northwest Pennsylvania with specialized training. Serving as Project Manager, she was instrumental in securing more than $4.5 million in grants and low-interest loans for PMI’s new state-of-the-art regional training facility for manufacturing as well as more than $500K in training grants for local firms.

In addition to nearly 20 years of experience in the private sector, she was also the Director of Employer and Training Services for the Northwest PA Workforce Investment Board and played a significant role in their foundational development under the newly instituted Workforce Investment Act. Susan has degrees in Business Management and Speech Communications from Clarion University, is a Master’s degree candidate in Organizational Leadership, and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.


Meadville Office
764 Bessemer Street
Meadville PA 16335
Phone: (814) 572-2077