Faustson VP Heidi Hostetter Named One of BizWest’s 2018 “Women of Distinction”
BizWest recognizes eleven exemplary local women for achievements at Northern Colorado Women of Distinction Awards
Loveland, CO – Heidi Hostetter, VP of Faustson, is one of eleven women honored for their achievements in business, philanthropy, and government at BizWest’s Women of Distinction Awards in the program’s 10th year on April 18th, 2018.
The eleven women honored have all made considerable contributions in leadership, time, and philanthropy to the Larimer or Weld county communities. This year, nine women won awards for nine different business, government, or philanthropic categories, along with a “Leading Lady” Award and an “Outstanding Mentor” Award. Hostetter was honored in the Business and Business Services category.
Hostetter has been a leader and fearless innovator in the Colorado manufacturing industry for more than twenty years. She leads two successful companies and is the visionary and a founder of the Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT) Center for additive manufacturing research. She sits on the state’s Advanced Manufacturing Accelerator review board and has led teams that earned a number of honors, including Manufacturer of the Year in 2016.
Along with her role as VP of Faustson, Hostetter is CEO of H2 Manufacturing and Board Chair of Northern Colorado Manufacturing Partnership, and chairs its annual tradeshow this year (NOCOM 2018) on April 12 at The Ranch. She has put in substantial hours of volunteer service and support for both profit and non-profit organizations, including Child Safe—which provides services for women and children affected by sexual abuse and Respite—a center for the terminally ill. She’s served in a professional capacity a number of leading organizations, including Ball Aerospace, Woodward, Neo Tech, and others. She also works for the state as a volunteer and business leader on its transition boards in Global Business Development. She has three grown children and a seven-year-old at home, who she calls her “greatest joy.”
BizWest’s profile of Hostetter says:
Ask Heidi Hostetter, vice president of Fauston Tool, for her elevator speech and her reply is, “I’m a Jill-of-all-trades.”
The extended-play version of the elevator speech tells an interesting story. Hostetter runs a five-axis manufacturing company based in Jefferson County that focuses on the defense and aerospace industries, with aeronautics, energy, medical and semiconductor clients thrown in.
Hostetter heads a Weld County-based consulting business, H2 Manufacturing Solutions, which “tries to make the trials and tribulations that manufacturers face a little more manageable and a lot less frustrating,” she said. H2 is another set of eyes that assesses processes on the floor and in the office suite and then makes recommendations that build in new operational efficiencies.
On top of that, she works with the governor’s office, looking at infrastructure projects and programs from an altruistic standpoint that have positive community-wide impact. She is one of the founders of ADAPT (Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies), a research lab at Colorado School of Mines. In lay terms, ADAPT looks at the characteristics of materials used for 3-D metal printing and then looks at the next product development steps based on manufacturers’ needs.
There’s also a top-secret technology readiness project being developed in Northern Colorado. It’s very hush-hush right now because of NDA documents with Hostetter’s signature, but should be announced in about eight months. “It’s going to be super fun,” she said.
She’s a board member for Northern Colorado Manufacturing Partnership and ADAPT. She volunteers at a Boulder County respite program, spending time every week with one of the organization’s clients. She is a donor for ChildSafe in Fort Collins; H2 sponsors many of its events.
Hostetter’s career started as a program manager in electronics manufacturing, which led to a dedication to keeping manufacturing in the United States and especially Colorado. It’s not a typical career path for a woman, given that manufacturing is a male-dominated industry. For other women who want to enter the field, she has sage advice: “You can have it all.”
“Every time I give a career development talk at the college level, someone says, ‘Oh, my gosh, and you have a family, too?’ It comes up 100 percent of the time,” said Hostetter with a certain amount of frustration in her voice. She’s the mom of three boys — a 7-year-old and two sons in college. “Yes, yes I do. It doesn’t have to be a choice. You can have it all. You can want it all. And you can add a whole lot of value in pioneering as a woman in manufacturing technology.”
Hostetter’s advice: Be gender neutral at the conference table. Appreciate the content and value that people — women and men — bring to the table, and nothing else.
She plays just as hard as she works. She skis, mountain bikes and cuddles with her little boy while they watch movies and read books. “This is an incredible state we live in,” she said, “and I want to enjoy every bit of it.”
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