Keynote: Honda’s Journey Through 40 Years of Manufacturing in America

Understanding how Honda’s corporate culture and corporate philosophy shapes the way we do business
Looking back at the where, why, and how Honda began manufacturing cars in the United States
Showcasing how investing in our people, processes, and technologies has built and continues to maintain a world-class organization
Offering lessons learned along the way. What should other manufacturers take away from Honda’s experience establishing, optimizing, and growing its American, North American, and global footprint?
Discussing the road ahead: What does the future look like for Honda’s American manufacturing operations?

Tom Shoupe
EVP and Chief Operating Officer
Honda USA

Tom Shoupe is the executive vice president of production at Honda of America Mfg., Inc. (HAM). In addition, he is also a regional function leader of the company’s human resources and staffing deployment across the company’s North American operations.

Prior to assuming his current role, Shoupe was executive vice president and chief operating officer at Honda. He was also a co-leader of Honda’s auto manufacturing and engineering functions in North America and a member of the company operations committee, a senior leadership team that establishes business strategies for the company’s operations, which include four plants in Ohio.

Shoupe joined Honda in 1988 in corporate planning. In 1990, he was named manager of two departments: government and community relations; and foreign trade zone and customs (production control). Shoupe was named senior manager of Honda of America’s North American task group in 1993, and served a two-year assignment in Japan where he focused on production control and new model development.

He returned to Ohio in 1995 and was named senior manager of the company services group, followed by assignment as senior manager of the manufacturing planning group at Honda’s East Liberty Auto Plant. He was named plant manager of East Liberty in 1998.

In 2000, Shoupe was promoted to vice president and plant manager of Honda of America’s Marysville Auto Plant. During his tenure at the Marysville Auto Plant, he oversaw the plant’s “innovation project,” which replaced major weld systems and reorganized the assembly line to increase production flexibility, efficiency and quality.

In 2006, Shoupe was named senior vice president of Honda of America Mfg. and a member of the Honda of America operations committee, a top management team focused on establishing and executing company strategic direction.

From 2011-2014 Shoupe spent three years at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC (HMA) in Lincoln, Alabama, as the company’s president and chief executive officer responsible for all HMA operations. HMA manufactures Honda light truck products and engines

Before joining Honda, Shoupe served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Representatives Thomas N. Kindness and Michael G. Oxley. Shoupe earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Shoupe is currently a board member for Columbus 2020, an economic development organization for the 11-county Columbus, Ohio Region.

Shoupe and his wife, Lisa, have three children.