Meet the Team Behind Peak Performance
Our talented and experienced collaborative team has a can-do attitude that delivers results for your workforce development training needs.
President & CEO
Denise Rice is president and owner of Peak Performance, Inc. She also serves as a Manufacturing Consultant to the Tennessee Manufacturers Association, a division of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Previously, she was an Operations Executive with a career spanning more than 25 years with Corning, Inc. and their subsidiaries holding positions including Director of Operations, Plant Manager, and Engineering Manager. Under her leadership, Cormetech, a joint equity venture between Corning and Mitsubishi, was awarded Tennessee’s Business Recycler of the year, Gold and Platinum awards for their BEST (Business and Education Working Together) Program with Cleveland High School and was nominated for the U.S. Department of Defense Freedom Award for their support of military veterans.
Product Development & Marketing Manager
Ryann Norman is a business and marketing professional with more than 15 years’ experience in the Engineering and Manufacturing industries in the Nashville and Chattanooga, TN area. Prior to joining Peak Performance, Ryann spent 12 years with CLARCOR Inc. (now Parker Hannifin), a global holding company for a diverse range of top filtration companies.
Ryann has held various positions in HR, Sales and Marketing, progressing into the role of Corporate Business/CRM Analyst, overseeing the implementation of a corporation wide Customer Relationship Management system, streamlining processes and significantly improving data accessibility for 500 sales and marketing personnel.
Mary Beth Hudson
Executive Director of Smart Factory Institute
Mary Beth Hudson has 32 year’s experience working in the chemical industry. She has managed supply chain, production, engineering, EHS, HR, sales, and business services. Before joining Peak Performance, Mary Beth was Vice President of Wacker Chemical Corp’s Polysilicon Division and Site Manager of its Charleston, TN manufacturing operations. She was inducted into the University of Kentucky College of Engineering Hall of Distinction in 2019.
Throughout her career, Mary Beth has collaborated with industry, government agencies, and educational partners to increase business growth. This experience will allow her to promote workforce development and create economic opportunities for the region.
PEAK Workforce Training Center Specialist
Amanda McCann is a sales professional who comes to Peak Performance with more than 10 years of unique experience in sales, education, and manufacturing. Throughout her career, Amanda has built an exceptional ability to assess market conditions, competitor movements and complex client strategies while leveraging knowledge into tangible results. As a skilled sales leader, she has a proven record of success driving new revenue growth for SaaS and education technology. From 2017 - 2020, Amanda grew new business by an average of 120% each year and maintained customer retention at 97% or higher.
Amanda’s passion for educating others can trace back to her college internship where she worked with mainly Spanish-speaking families to help with their job search, resume development, and workplace readiness skills. While Amanda’s first language was English, she is also fluent in Spanish and enjoys connecting with individuals from other cultures.
Director of Instruction & Training
Angela Leamon is a manufacturing leadership professional with over 24 years in appliance manufacturing driving continuous improvement opportunities by reducing process variability and cycle time through Six Sigma and Lean methodologies. During her tenure at Maytag/Whirlpool, she held management positions in a variety of departments – including Lean Six Sigma, Manufacturing, Purchased Parts Warehouse, Quality, and Purchasing.
As a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Lean Six Sigma Manager, and throughout her career, she has led Lean Six Sigma training and events with over 300 Greenbelts, Yellow Belts, White Belts, Process Owners and Champions trained and more than 70 Kaizen events conducted.