IMING – Indy Manufacturing & Industrial Networking Group

Co-Founded in 2016 by Chris Lehrman of INOHVA and Kelli Bastin of Snavely Machine, the Indy Manufacturing & Industrial Networking Group (IMING) is meant to provide a mix and mingle networking event for manufacturing and industrial professionals in the Indianapolis area. Chris and Kelli are big believers in the power of networking and were looking for opportunities to harness that power.  At the time, they were both relatively new to their current roles and weren’t aware of any groups focusing in manufacturing/industrial in the Indianapolis area. So, they formed IMING.


From a sales perspective, everyone has a list of accounts they’ve been trying to get into but haven’t had much success.  While you may not have had any luck with that customer, the same account could be a major account for another salesperson and vice versa. What’s great is that IMING is not just for salespeople.  Perhaps you work in purchasing and get introduced to a vendor at an IMING event that better fits your needs.


Fundamentally, it’s all about connecting & helping people.


Typically, events are held every other month with the next one on Thursday, April 13th @ Ruth Chris in downtown Indy from 4:30 pm – 7 pm.  There is currently no fee to attend an event (except for any drinks/food you decide to purchase).  The events are very casual, with the bulk of time devoted to allowing attendees to mingle with others.


If you are interested in attending an IMING event, you can contact Chris Lehrman at or Kelli Bastin at  You can also find the IMING group page on LinkedIn.


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