Board Member - Michael Hissam

Employer info:   Delphi-A Ciudad Juarez, Chih., Mexico
Service dates:   1975 - 2009   33.5 years

Brief Work History:

  • Regional director communications Mexico: 1993-2009
  • Senior staff assistant, Communications, Packard Electric: 1979-1993
  • Adjunct professor: Mass Media Arts and Journalism, Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  • Owner/President of Trans-National Executive Communications since 2009; communication consultant, executive

Brief Volunteer History:

  • DSRA Board member, media and internal/external communications - 2010-current
  • Producer, DSRA On-the-Line audio/video updates
  • El Paso Foreign Trade Association – Board Member 1995-2009
  • Advisor, School of Marketing and Business – University of Texas at El Paso
  • Paso del Norte Group - member (communications committee)

Specific Skills:

  • Communications strategist; media relations, internal communications media; media awareness training; podcaster; writer
  • Issue analysis; key message development
  • Government relations – messaging
  • DSRA internal and external/media communications; On-the-Line audios/videos producer

Other Qualifications:

  • Internationally recognized for communications innovation, leadership
  • Executive communications coaching


Michael J. Hissam

Michael J. Hissam, president and founder of Trans-National Executive Communications, leads a bilingual, multi-faceted large- and small-business consulting and executive communication skills team based in El Paso, Texas.  Prior to forming his own enterprise, Hissam directed public relations, communications, and regional media relations departments for General Motors and Delphi since 1979, with an emphasis on Mexico and border trade issues.  During that period, he served as an instructor and consultant for corporate executive communications skills development. He has served as news director at several radio stations in Cleveland and northeastern Ohio.

In addition to his work for GM and Delphi, Hissam was an associate professor of journalism and mass communications in the Kent State University system in Ohio.  He earned three “Gold Quill of Excellence Awards” from the International Association of Business Communicators, as well as more than a dozen awards for internal and external communication initiatives from General Motors.  Additionally in Ohio, he taught Spanish for continuing education programs for five years.

Based in Ciudad Juarez/El Paso and New Mexico since 1993, he worked with or was interviewed by many leading U.S. and international news media.  He addressed governmental (cabinet, congressional, gubernatorial, presidential candidate, defense) and non-governmental economic development organizations, as well as labor and activist groups regionally and in Washington or Mexico City concerning the maquiladora business model.  Additionally, he served 15 years as a director of the Foreign Trade Association and as a resource for the tri-national Border Trade Alliance.

Hissam graduated from Cleveland State University with a business degree specializing in finance and economics.  He graduated with a master’s degree in Mass Media and Journalism from the Clarion University of Pennsylvania.  He completed the advanced leadership program through the Center for Creative Leadership.  He has developed executive and business communication courses concerning media, issue management, and presentation skills — in English and in Spanish.  His company also provides internal, external and governmental communication planning services to align communications to business strategies.  Hissam may be contacted via webmail or phone/text.


Board Member - Tom Rose

Employer info:   Delphi Chassis Systems, Dayton, Ohio
Service dates:   1969 - 2008   39 years

Brief Recent Work History

  • Plant Manager at Delphi Thermal Plant in Dayton, Ohio – 1,600 employees.  Led final year of production and plant closure.
  • Last job assignment was at Delphi Chassis Needmore Rd plant, Dayton, Ohio, helping with plant closure.

Brief Volunteer History

  • Helping build a Wright B Flyer modern lookalike aircraft to flying status
  • Youth baseball coach for 7 years
  • Managed high school hockey team
  • Swim/Tennis Club Board President (300 families)
  • Coordinated volunteer efforts to help reelect DSRA ally Congressman Mike Turner in Dayton, Ohio
  • Accepted multiple roles helping DSRA since 2009 to regain our pension:
    • Continuous coordination with Congressman Turner for 11 years
    • DSRA Fundraising
    • Coordinated various efforts for rally’s, Congressional hearings, including testifying at two Congressional hearings

Specific Skills

  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Multiple leadership positions in U.S. Army and GM/Delphi
  • Learned to manage things and lead people
  • Good organizational and communications skills
  • Willing to take on multiple roles as needed to help DSRA
  • Will pull my fair share+ to accomplish DSRA mission

Other Qualifications

  • Eagle Scout at age 13
  • Graduated college with Mechanical Engineering Degree
  • From ROTC, served two years in U.S. Army, including one year as platoon leader in a Combat Aviation Battalion in Vietnam
  • Many different leadership positions in 39 year career with GM/Delphi


Board Member - Bruce Gump

Employer info:   Delphi Electrical/Electronic Architecture (Packard), Warren, Ohio
Service dates:   1976 - 2009    32 years 7 months

Brief Work History

  • Sr. Engineer in Advanced Engineering 1994-2009
  • Sr. Engineer in Ignition Systems Engineering 1983-1994
  • Sr. Contact Engineer 1979-1983
  • Reliability Engineering 1976-1979

Brief Volunteer History

  • DSRA Board, since 2011, Chair 2021 - present
  • DSRA Warren OH Legislative Group, Chair
  • Trumbull County Historical Society Board of Directors, 2021-present
  • Boy Scouts of America – Committee Member Troop 101, Warren OH
  • North-Mar C&MA Church – Deacon
  • Calvary Presbyterian Church – Deacon and Elder
  • Board of Trustees, Trumbull New Theater

Specific Skills

  • Senior engineer with good skills in organization and presentation of complicated material
  • Good computer skills
  • Public speaking:  I have testified at 5 of the 7 senate and congressional hearings on DSRA issues

Other Qualifications

  • Dedicated to our cause
  • No fear of contacting and speaking with political and community leaders
  • Lots of experience and I enjoy working with groups


Board Member - Ron Beeber

Employer info:   Director, Delphi Corporate Affairs Staff, Troy, MI
Service dates:   1969 - 2009     40 years exactly

Brief Work History

  • Delphi Corporate Affairs Staff, director of Corporate and Government Affairs (1998-2009).
  • GM Industry-Government Relations Staff (1978-1998).  Held managerial positions dealing with PAC, grassroots lobbying, federal research and policy development, and state government relations.  Registered GM lobbyist in Washington, D.C. (1983-1985)
  • GM Public Relations Staff (1969-1978).  Assistant regional PR manager based in Cleveland (1974-78).

Brief Volunteer History

  • Past Board Member, Community Foundation for Oceana County, MI
  • Hospital Volunteer
  • Pentwater Historical Society, Pentwater MI
  • Pentwater Service Club
  • Pentwater Chamber of Commerce
  • Pentwater Lake Association

Specific Skills

  • DSRA Board Member and Treasurer 2011 - current
  • Considerable government relations and communications experience