Based on her commitment to our government continuing as a constitutional republic, Sandy is passionate about protecting our constitution and our freedoms. She is the daughter of a Navy veteran and former Ford UAW skilled tradesman. He worked his way to a leadership role in a mid-size manufacturing company. In parallel, he ran a small party center and catering business with other family members. His influence created her advocacy for strong support for veterans, for retaining manufacturing jobs, and for creating an environment that encourages and supports small businesses. Sandy attended public high school and was the first in her family to graduate from college. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Trine University. While working full time, she was able to graduate with honors from the Michigan State Eli Broad School of Business with a Master of Business Administration. She understands the importance of strong public education that is responsive to the priorities of parents.
Her unique experience of having worked at large automotive companies, running a small company consulting for small and mid-size Michigan companies, and having leadership positions in entrepreneurial firms gives her the perspective for a broad range of constituents. She is a problem solver that has used her Black Belt Six Sigma capability to help companies achieve the highest quality outcomes with the lowest possible cost. Sandy never had the ambition to be in politics. It was what she experienced while living in a socialist country and seeing the history of WWII, that, in combination with the violation of people’s personal freedoms over the last several years, caused her to want to be a part of making a change for the better. Most recently, she is serving as Executive Director for the non-partisan, nonprofit, Election Integrity Fund and Force. The organization’s vision is to unify the United States through transparent and trusted elections, an absolute necessity for a properly operating constitutional republic. Sandy has lived in Michigan for over 30 years with the last 20 years in her forever home in Lake Orion. She will celebrate her 37th wedding anniversary this
year with her high school sweetheart and they have a rescued fur baby.
MORE TO KNOW ABOUT SANDY KIESEL FROM OUR UNITE FOR MICHIGAN Q&A:
Q. If you were not in your current role/endeavor, what would you be doing instead?
A. A career in politics was never my ambition. It is through a series of life events, and the opportunity to get involved with some great organizations and great people that I realized I was being called into service for the people of Michigan. If I was not pursuing this great opportunity, I would focus on leading my consulting company, Go Lean Inc. As an expert in improvement process, I help organizations increase their performance through the application of lean process and six sigma tools. In parallel, I would work along with my husband in our Real Estate investment company to expand the portfolio into new markets
Q. What has been the biggest impact in your industry or life in the last 5 years?
A. In 2018, I had the opportunity to live in Germany during my husband’s expatriate assignment with a German automotive supplier. Living in Germany gave me first-hand experience of a socialist country. It is hard to imagine the limitations that this puts on your life until you have
had the opportunity to actually live with it. I was shocked to see how much our country had changed in the short time I was gone. It motivated me to get involved to ensure our state and country does not follow the same path in reducing freedoms. The Covid restrictions we all experienced have increased my passion and resolve to prevent the liberal elite from taking away our ability to make my own decisions about our lives, our health, and our businesses.
Q. Where do you see yourself or business in 5 years?
A. I think that the fight to maintain our great nation will go on for the rest of my life. I care so passionately about the capitalist system that is the basis for this country. It has given so much to so many that I want to leave this legacy for future generations. My personal life will begin to look a little different in 5 years, as my husband will likely retire from his corporate career. This will give us a chance to spend more time together doing all the thinks that we love to do.
Q. Who do you most admire or are inspired by, and why?
A. My father is my biggest inspiration. He had a tough start as he was abandoned by his parent to an orphanage. Although he never used this as an excuse or talked about it much. He was the star quarterback on the high school football team, and after graduation, he married my Mom and served our country in the Navy. After his military service, he joined Ford as a UAW skilled trades apprentice. He worked his way from Ford to an executive at a manufacturing company. He is a self-made man who loves his country. He was not a victim. He loves his family. At 91, I am blessed to have him in my life.
Q. What organization is top on your list to provide support?
A. Election Integrity Fund & Force is at the top of my list. Transparent and trusted elections are key to unifying our country to believe in our elected officials. Due to my father’s service in the military, I am a strong advocate for our veterans. I strongly support the VFW and the Wounded Warriors to help those that have made such a great sacrifice for our country.
Q. What is the biggest need you face in your business or organization today?
A. The biggest need is an unbiased media that is focused on the facts of our flawed election system. In our most recent effort to execute a partial recount for the results of the 2022 election, the media focused on the narrative of a “big lie” and election deniers. When instead, the focus should have been on the reality that the recount discovered many precincts could not be recounted because the votes do not balance. How could a vote be certified if the precincts could not be balanced? This question was not even asked. This narrative influences our elected officials preventing them from taking action and holding people accountable to the law.