Lisa Winton is the CEO of Winton Machine Company, founded by her and her husband, George Winton, in 1997. With over two decades in managing the business together in Gwinnett County, she remains the finance and business development mastermind and George continues to be the engineering brains. The mission at Winton is to design and build tube and coax fabricating machinery that adds value to their customers’ bottom line; to provide a stable and healthy environment for all team members; and to be known throughout the industry for delivering systems backed by expert and expedient technical support.
In addition to their team of 35 employees, interns and apprentices, Winton partners with 120 vendors to produce their machinery and 60% are Georgia based companies. Winton builds machinery that makes parts for a wide range of applications most notably including the NASA Mars Exploration Rover with collaborative plans underway for the next generation rover project dubbed Mars 2020; the Raytheon Iron Dome Weapon System which is used to help protect over 8 million people in Israel from incoming missiles and artillery; and mass production of refrigerators being built on General Electric assembly lines.
The Winton company culture is defined by their core values. One of these core values is “to help others.” Team Winton lives out this core value by creating STEM internships and apprenticeships while supporting STEM educational programs. They have mentored over 40 students as of 2019 and hired one of their long term engineering interns and 2 graduates of Maxwell High School of Technology. Winton is currently working with Gwinnett Tech’s new Machine Technology program providing input for their curriculum and hopes to participate in their apprenticeship program.
Winton Machine proudly represented the State of Georgia at the 2018 Made in America Product Showcase held at the White House in Washington, D.C. Winton Machine was recognized by the Gwinnett Chamber as the 2018 Pinnacle Small Business Overall Winner and Best Small Business of the Year: 25+ Employees. And, more recently, Winton Machine received the 2019 Gwinnett Chamber IMPACT Regional Business Award for Small Business. Several other state and local organizations have also recognized Winton Machine for their contributions to Georgia’s manufacturing industry and their economic impact domestically and internationally.
In May 2019, Lisa was appointed by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp as a Board Member for the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) serving as the Seventh Congressional District Representative. Lisa will serve a four year term on the State Board which is responsible for establishing standards, regulations and policies for the operation of the TCSG. As a part of her responsibilities she will serve on the Economic Development Committee.
Winton Machine is a member of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and Lisa has taken an active role in advocacy for trade, education, and workforce development. She has been invited to participate in joint meetings between NAM and White House representatives. Lisa also serves as an industry panelist and speaker on topics covering trade, STEM and the aging manufacturing workforce.
Lisa is also a volunteer leader in the greater Atlanta community. She currently serves as a Chairman’s appointee on the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and Partnership Gwinnett 2nd Chair on Workforce Development Committee. Since 2014, she serves as an advisory board member for the Collins Hill High School cStem Program and Career and Technical Education Committees.
She is a patron of public art and serves as the Suwanee Public Arts Commission Chair. Lisa formerly served as a member on the Gwinnett Shelter Fund Development Committee for Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV) and was inducted into the PADV Legacy Society. She is also a past president of the Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties.
Lisa is a University of Florida graduate with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. She is a Leadership Gwinnett graduate and served as chair for the Economics Day, Behind the Scenes Education, and Outreach and Inclusion committee. She is also a graduate of SBDC Fast Trac, GrowSmart, SBA Emerging Leaders and ExportGA programs.