Senior Vice President
Toyota Motor North America
Norm Bafunno, President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, Inc., has seen tremendous growth at the Princeton company since he was part of the startup team in 1997. At that time, there were 1,300 employees; today, the number of workers exceeds 4,000, and TMMI is a $2.6 billion operation. Throughout his roles at Toyota which have included general manager of production and vice president of production engineering, Bafunno has overseen a variety of manufacturing aspects, ranging from construction and equipment design to process development, safety and environmental support. He also has been responsible for the production, manufacturing planning, administration and quality areas of the organization.
Prior to joining TMMI, he spent 14 years with General Motors in its truck-manufacturing group, where his engineering and management experience included vehicle body weld, paint and assembly operations. Bafunno has served on the boards of The Welborn Foundation, Southwestern Indiana American Red Cross and the Evansville Sports Corp. He also has been active with the Indiana Manufacturers Association, the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra Advisory Board, University of Evansville's Global Enterprise board, the Diversity Lecture Series and the Evansville Regional Business Committee.
In 2014, Bafunno was named the recipient of the Buffalo Trace Council's Distinguished Citizen Award. When he received the honor, he noted that the Scouts' motto, "be prepared," is an impressive skill. Bafunno earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, and he also received a Master of Management degree from Northwestern University.