Daniel E. Berry
President and Chief Executive Officer
Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET)
Daniel E. Berry is president and chief executive officer of MAGNET, the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, located in Cleveland Ohio. MAGNET’s purpose is to help manufacturing companies become more competitive and to grow. The organization provides consulting services to companies on top line growth issues and bottom line efficiencies. It is also working with others to building a service infrastructure to support manufacturing competitiveness in the State with a focus on northeastern Ohio. MAGNET is a contractor with the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership program, funded in part by the National Institute of Standards.
Berry joined MAGNET on a permanent basis in May 2010 after serving as interim CEO for several months on loan from the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP). When he left the GCP, Berry was executive vice president for strategy, membership and marketing. Previously, he was senior vice president, strategic integration, for the Greater Cleveland Growth Association, which he joined in 1995 as vice president for workforce development. While with the Growth Association, he helped manage and conclude the merger negotiations with Cleveland Tomorrow and the Greater Cleveland Roundtable that created the GCP in 2004. In his capacities at GCP and the Association, Berry led planning for the creation of organizations such as Team NEO and MAGNET.
Prior to the Growth Association, Berry spent 13 years with The George Gund Foundation and was serving as associate director when he left the organization. In that capacity, he oversaw the foundation’s economic development and civic affairs grant making and was involved with helping build organizations such as Neighborhood Progress Inc. and the Great Lakes Science Center. Berry previously worked with The Charles F. Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio where he was an urban affairs program associate from 1979-1981 and helped manage two national demonstration programs, the Negotiated Investment Strategy and City Council Capacity Building project.
Berry holds a doctorate in management from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and earned his B.A. and M.A., both in political science, from Kent State University. He has served on the boards of numerous civic and public sector organizations. He is presently a trustee of Vocational Guidance Services, a member of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Workforce Investment Board, a special trustee of Team NEO, a member of the Cleveland State University Research Corporation Board of Directors, and is the current chair of the Edison Centers Directors Council.