Board Member - Michael Hissam

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

Brief Work History:

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

Brief Volunteer History:

  • DSRA Board member, media & internal/external communications - 2010-current
  • Producer, DSRA On-the-Line audio 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 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 currently is a master’s candidate in Mass Media and Journalism at 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.  Mr. Hissam may be contacted via DSRA web form or at 814-797-5144.


Board Member - Mary Miller

Employer info:   Delphi AHG Needmore Rd Brake Operations,
                              Dayton, Ohio
Service dates:   1977 - 2008   31 years 2 months

Brief Work History

Organizational Learning and Development & Salaried Personnel Manager, Needmore Road Operations (2004-2008)

  • Managed all aspects of Salaried Personnel
  • Supported implementation of business strategies by delivering effective organizational development leadership and services.
  • Focus areas: organizational learning, leadership development, change management, and implementation of strategic training plan. 

Brief Volunteer History

  • Current Board Member for DSRA
  • Past Board Member for the Organizational Development Network - Miami Valley Chapter, Dayton, OH
  • Past member of Parish Council and Lector at St. Charles Borromeo Church, Kettering, OH

Specific Skills

  • HR leadership and experience. 

Other Qualifications

  • Passionate desire to win benefits for Delphi retirees.
  • Ability to work with others and build collaborative relationships supporting DSRA goals and objectives.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills.
  • Willingness to work in a transparent environment, offering an “open door” to members.


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

  • Vice-chair, DSRA - since January 2011
  • Chair, Warren OH Legislative Group
  • Boy Scouts of America – Committee Member Troop 101, Warren OH, 1999-Present
  • 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 - Den Black

Employer info:   Delphi Thermal, Lockport NY
Service dates:   1964 - 2001   36.4 Years

Biographical Summary

Dennis Black completed an illustrious career with General Motors and Delphi Automotive Corporation. He began his career as a General Motors Institute Co-Op Student with the General Motors Frigidaire Division. Subsequently, Mr. Black held a multitude of assignments that included: 

  • Product Design / Development Engineer 
  • Advanced Product Design Engineer 
  • Engineering Test Laboratory Supervisor
  • Superintendent for Divisional Test Operations
  • Engineering Design Supervisor - Current A/C Compressor Products
  • Manufacturing Manager - A/C Compressor Products
  • Leadership for two major Quality Improvement Initiatives
  • Divisional Technology Planner
  • Chief Engineer - HVAC Business Unit
  • Chief Engineer - A/C Compressor Business Unit
  • Chief Engineer - Advanced Global HVAC Products and
  • Senior Strategist / Futurist / Innovator for Delphi Thermal Division

Mr. Black has a total of six Patents, and is the inventor of the World's First Variable Stroke A/C Compressor for Automotive Applications. This product is currently in mass production at Delphi Thermal's Global Manufacturing Facilities in Dayton, Ohio, Japan, Korea and France.


In recognition of his various creative achievements, Mr. Black has received a variety of prestigious awards which include:

  • The General Motors "Boss Kettering" Award for significant inventions
  • Charter Membership in the Delphi Automotive "Innovator's Hall of Fame"
  • Three General Motors Extraordinary Accomplishment Awards
  • The General Motors Institute Engineering Achievement Award

Mr. Black has a BSME Degree from General Motors Institute, a MSME Degree from Purdue University, an MBA Degree from the University of Dayton as well as continuing studies in the fields of Management Science, Statistics, Strategic Planning, Futures Studies and the Masters Program in Creative Studies offered by Buffalo State University.

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