Maintenance/Reliability Manager

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About Me

I have worked in a Production & Maintenance management environment in an industrial setting for the last 40 years. No matter the industry, I can deduce what is holding your business back and create solutions to boost both production and profits. Change is one of my core beliefs; there are always ways to move forward through improving both your business and yourself. If you stop to take a breath your likely to be run over by your competition. Through my work, I have the opportunity to teach others how to improve their processes. I fell in love with teaching while serving as a Nuclear Power electrician and instructor in the US Navy. In addition to making a positive impact at my work, I have also volunteered as a school board superintendent, helped out at church, and educated people on investment strategies.
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Deducing Need

One of my favorite aspects of my work has been finding errors or potential areas of improvement within a manufacturing system. I have had great success locating needs and strategizing transformative solutions. Through my analysis, California Kitchen Cabinets went from $20M per year to $60M per year, with one-third less staff and a reduced five-day work week.

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Changing the Culture

In addition to changing the process of a company, I also work to transform company culture to produce efficiency and increased satisfaction for both the customer and the personnel. In the case of Maples Industries, I took them from a company that was lagging on order fulfillment to a strong competitor that could bid on time-constrained jobs. I increased dye house production by over 50% and reduced rework from 25% to under 3% through product flow change. 

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Future-Casting

I don't just work to make business good enough. I want others to look at your business as a model to follow in process and culture. I excel at showing business leaders where their business should and will be in the near future, making my strategies tangible and easy to follow. Through analysis and finely planned improvements, I can cast vision and follow through on those goals.

Experience

  • 2012 - 2016
    Principal Field Engineer
    Emerson Electric/ Automation and Reliability Group
  • 2008 - 2012
    Process Improvement Manager
    Maples Industries
  • 2004 - 2008
    Maintenance Manager
    Fresh Express
  • 2006 - 2008
    Vice President Special Projects
    California Kitchen Cabinets
  • 1976 - 1984
    Electrican Mate 1st Class E-6
    U.S. Navy

Skills

Skill Years of Experience Personal Ranking
SPC Statistical Process Control

Years of Experience:

30
Personal Ranking:

Expert

PLC Programming

Years of Experience:

30
Personal Ranking:

Expert

Teaching/Training Others

Years of Experience:

30
Personal Ranking:

Expert

Presentation Skills

Years of Experience:

30
Personal Ranking:

Expert

Project Management

Years of Experience:

20
Personal Ranking:

Expert

Personnel Evaluation

Years of Experience:

30
Personal Ranking:

Expert

Culture Change Advocate

Years of Experience:

20
Personal Ranking:

Advanced

Cost Analysis

Years of Experience:

30
Personal Ranking:

Advanced

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