Aneesa Muthana is the CEO, president and co-owner at Pioneer Service Inc. and CEO and partner at M&M Quality Grinding, Inc. Muthana got her first taste of manufacturing as a youngster in her parents’ shop, M&M Quality Grinding. At first, she spent her days running machines and bounding over bundles of metal, but soon these tasks gave way to handling payroll, accounts receivable, sales and other duties.
In her early 20s, Muthana left M&M to become CEO and co-owner of Pioneer Service, a small, struggling company in Addison, Illinois. Thirty years later, the company serves a variety of industries, including aerospace, medical and electric vehicle. In 2021, Aneesa returned to M&M as co-owner and CEO, coming full circle while retaining her role at Pioneer Service.
Muthana contributes regularly to Modern Machine Shop, a leading publication and media brand in North America devoted to CNC machining, on a variety of topics. She served on several boards, including National Association of Manufacturing (NAM) and served as president of Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) from 2021-2022.
Muthana has won numerous awards, including the 2017 Manufacturing Institute’s Award, 2019 NAWBO Woman Business Owner of The Year, Crain's 2019 and 2020 Notable Woman in Manufacturing, SWE's “Women Engineers You Should Know” and the CIOGC 2021 Muslim Achiever Award.
Outside of the shop, she advocates for DEI through outreach at various public speaking events. Her core message stakes its claim on hard work, not playing the victim and disavowing the “us vs. them” mindset behind most harmful stereotypes. In her personal life, she always finds time for faith, family and her four grandchildren, who remain the light of her world.