Mars Mashburn has worked in the cookware and housewares industry for nearly 20 years. After graduating from Virginia Tech with an Industrial Design degree, he initially worked as a consultant and handled product development for a global design firm. Mars joined Tramontina USA, Inc. in Sugar Land, Texas in 2004. In his current role as Chief Commercial Officer - EVP, he is responsible for the company's integrated commercial strategy including marketing, sales, product development and procurement. He joined the board to advise the VTID program and to help support and engage its students.