Dan Mantz is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for the Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation. He is responsible for the strategy, overall organizational structure and fiscal health of the organization.
Mantz is an executive leader with over 25 years of engineering experience, solving complex problems in the software, electrical, and mechanical fields. He has a proven track record of building high performance teams and promoting strong financial growth, while managing corporate development, product development, business operations, marketing, and strategy.
Mantz was previously President of Rack Solutions for four years where he helped increase sales and improve overall profitability. During his tenure, RackSolutions developed hundreds of new infrastructure products for the IT industry including the heralded and patented universal rail system. Mantz also oversaw the expansion of RackSolutions product growth in Europe, Canada, Mexico and Asia. He launched the RackSolutions “Lone Star Racks” product line and let the acquisition and integration of H-Squared.
Prior to Rack Solutions, Mantz spent 19 years in industrial robotics at FANUC Robotics. At FANUC Robotics, Mantz was Director of Paint Robot Systems where he oversaw the global development of industrial painting robots, paint application equipment, linear rail products and robotic electrical products. Before that, Mantz served as Electrical Engineering Manager / Senior Staff Engineer for the electrical division that developed cables, controllers and circuit boards for industrial robots. Earlier, Mantz spent 5 years as a Senior Program Manager where he specialized on developing pneumatic and electrical products and was awarded two patents for the P-500 Paint robot. He started his career at FANUC Robotics developing and implementing controls systems at manufacturing facilities in Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa as well as North America.
Mantz is a well-known and respected leader and innovator in the robotics industry. As such, he quickly appreciated the value that the robotics experience could bring to the education community and to students worldwide. Mantz embraced the world of educational and competitive robotics, mentoring teams and engaging in all aspects of the experience. He understands firsthand that the skills gained through robotics truly will have positive and lasting impact on a student’s educational experience and more importantly throughout their lifetime.
A native of Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania, Mantz is an alumnus of Kettering University in Flint, MI and began his career at General Motors as part of the Kettering co-op program.