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Robin Follman, Orange County’s Singing CEO, named Chief Operating Officer of Markall

SANTA ANA, Calif., Aug. 6, 2015 – Robin Follman-Otta – sometimes known as Orange County’s Own Singing CEO, a nickname earned during her former career as a world-class opera singer – is leading the family-owned manufacturing business, Markall, Inc., into new markets and industries with the goal of growing the business and jobs in Orange County.  Markall was named #24 on Orange County Business Journal 2015 Annual List of Woman-Owned Businesses in its July 6 Special Report.

“In just under 2 years, Robin has become Chief Operating Officer of Markall, one of many companies owned by the Follman family,” said Robert Follman, Chief Executive Officer & President, Markall, Inc.  “Robin has transitioned her knowledge, skills and experience into the manufacturing world with the same finesse, discipline and stage presence that she used to become a success in the arts world.  She has kept this manufacturing business alive, even during this economic downturn, and is now strategically positioning it to diversify into new markets,” he added.

“Markall Inc. has been an intricately woven part of the Southern California manufacturing landscape.  For over 60 years, we have been deeply integrated in the aerospace, defense and energy sectors,” said Follman-Otta.  “As many manufacturing facilities have fallen by the wayside in California, we have successfully navigated the constantly evolving sector demands.  We continuously expand our production envelope as we identify new markets to explore globally.  Additionally, we anticipate significant growth in 2016, which will ultimately support the Southern California economy, small local businesses, job creation opportunities, and the communities where we live and work,” she explained.

Born and bred in Orange County, Follman-Otta is a Chief Operating Officer, wife, mother of two, an opera teacher, and an entrepreneur.  She has been nominated for the OCBJ Women in Business Award and has received other awards, including Artist of the Year from Arts Orange County; and Outstanding Contributions in Education Through the Arts from the Orange County Department of Education.  Follman-Otta performed for more than 30 years in Orange County and throughout the world, and is one of the primary leading ladies to come out of Orange County.  Deeply committed to education in the arts, she led the Orange County School of the Arts as Artistic Director; and the Voice Conservatory as Director from 2000-2009, where she actively worked to mentor aspiring young artists; create strategic partnerships with leading arts and educational institutions; and to develop long-term educational programs and funding to support the visual and performing arts.

Taking advantage of Orange County’s educational resources, Follman-Otta in 2015 earned an Executive MBA degree from Chapman University, and now serves on the Board of Counselors for the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University.  She continues to support the arts community by serving as CEO of the Follman-Young Foundation for the Arts, a 501(c)3 a public charity; being an active member of the Segerstrom Center of the Arts support group,  Angels of the Arts; as well as acting in an advisory position to Pacific Symphony’s Opera Support Task Force.

Markall, along with its manufacturing arm, RA Industries, LLC, is a privately held, woman- and minority-owned full-service engineering and fabrication completion center that has operated in Santa Ana, Calif., for three generations, spanning more than 60 years.  Markall is one of the top fabrication and repair centers in North America with highly refined experience in machining precision parts using exotic raw materials, including cobalt, nickel, Inconel, beryllium copper, titanium and thermoplastics.  Markall owns and occupies a 70,000 square-foot campus in Santa Ana that incorporates onsite specialized manufacturing facilities and an international repair center.  The company also has a presence in Houston, TX, New Orleans, LA and Anchorage, AK.