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Feb 2010Present

Director of Mechanical Engineering

Shure, Inc.

Selected to improve the quality, flexibility and efficiency of an already talented team of mechanical engineers and designers. Provide leadership, guidance and mentoring to staff of 15+ engineers and designers domestically, and oversight to mechanical output of the ME team in China.Actively engage project managers to ensure their satisfaction with the mechanical team contributions to their projects.

Jun 2008Jun 2009

VP Operations

Bjorksten | bit 7 (formerly BIT7)

Selected to direct and execute strategies to increase billable hour rate, incorporate process improvements, and develop organizational structure to increase technical consulting revenues, standardize procedures, and garner staff buy-in to corporate mission. Provided guidance and mentoring to staff of 30+ engineers, industrial designers, researchers, scientists, and technicians. Actively engaged clients to determine effectiveness of business-building initiatives. Provided ongoing reports to the executive management team on project and process improvement status.

Selected accomplishments:

·Reduced proposal turnaround time approximately 25%, increased communications between sales and project teams, and garnered insight / buy-in from management by devising and implementing improvements to Proposal and Project Management processes.

·Improved estimate accuracy 15% and reduced overhead 66% by incorporating a comprehensive project tracking system.

·Developed written position descriptions and initiated brief, effective one-on-one weekly project reviews to ensure accountability of project managers, track projects against goals and key deliverables, and maintain consistent view of project status.

Doubled number of completed client evaluation forms, which produced feedback that drove further process improvements.

Sep 2003Apr 2008

Engineering Director

Charles Industries

Recruited to rebuild the OSP Engineering team and drive company revenues by formulating effective design and manufacturing processes, identifying technology trends, and forecasting future business and resource needs by analyzing competitive landscape to meet market demands. Estimated costs, development time, tooling investment, and ROI to determine feasibility and profitability of projects. Oversaw design, inventory management, build, and testing of new products. Developed budgets / schedules / product roadmaps, staffed product development projects at appropriate levels to meet technical requirements timelines, and kept project teams on task. Provided field support to sales team at customer sites. Served as primary contact with Telcordia and RDUP regulatory agencies.

Selected accomplishments:

·Developed 5 totally new OSP product families over 4 years, which produced almost $45 million in revenue and $22 million in profit.

·Resurrected Patent Process Committee, which more than tripled prior patent activity, resulting in 6 issued and 7 published patents.

·Generated $37 million in revenue and $20 million in profit in first 2.5 years after introduction for the CFDP2 Fiber Optic Pedestal product line by ensuring design team met very aggressive program cost and timing goals. Recognized by senior executives as most profitable and successful product in 40+ years of company existence (84% profit margin).

·Saved company $350,000, reduced production time 75%, slashed production downtime 50%, and doubled yield for CFDP2 molds by outsourcing mold build to China. Required utilization of US mold standards and components to ensure trouble-free domestic molding.

·Contributed OSP and large plastic part design technical expertise to design of new non-metallic CP2 Distribution Pedestal product, which ensured first-time compliance to industry specifications and accounted for $6 million in revenue and $2 million in profit since introduction.

·Led Engineering effort for AdrenaLine ADSL Rate and Reach Extender product, coordinating all technical activities, including initial product lab testing with electrical engineers, outside compliance testing, obtaining extensive customer input and feedback from early adopters, and participating in early field trials, resulting in approval at several IOCS and revenues of $1 million.

·Served as a member of the RoHS and WEEE evaluation and implementation team.

Apr 1997Sep 2003

Engineering Director

Marconi Communications/RELTEC Corp (Now Emerson Network Power)

Selected to serve as a proactive thought leader and engineering expert, tasked with managing numerous large scale product design / development programs and overseeing work efforts of 16 engineers in 1 domestic and 2 international locations (Mexico City / China). Staffed projects effectively to ensure adherence to schedule and cost targets. Forecasted resource and tool capability growth ahead of needs, and prepared organization for next technical onslaught by remaining current on trends and garnering “voice of the customer” input. Developed / administered $4 million annual budget.

Selected accomplishments:

·Instrumental in producing $100 million in revenue and $35 million in profits over a five-year timeframe.

·Submitted and achieved 5 issued patents and 4 published US and International patents during employment tenure.

·Contributed to achieving $40 million in sales revenue and $15 million in profit, saved $1.3 million by outsourcing mold building to Taiwan, and displaced competitor’s product by leading hugely successful ProFORM 2 Distribution Pedestal program ($2.7M mold program), which encompassed coordinating proprietary plastic material formulation and regulatory certification to yield a product with below market pricing.

·Conceptualized, co-invented, garnered approval, and deployed the MXONU Vented Pedestal product for BellSouth that uniquely satisfied requirement for effective passive cooling of overheating electronic equipment, which generated $14 million in revenues and $5 million in profits on a $100,000 investment, and preserved a key market for the company.

·Drove completion of robust and unique URLS connector program, which enabled successful domestic and international deployment and produced revenues of $5 million and profits of $2 million.

·Spearheaded Modular MDF framework, cabling design, and installation effort in support of British Telecom (BT) planned £500M Central Office (CO) consolidation effort in London over a two-year period.


Senior Engineer

Sunbeam Corporation

Enlisted to incorporate visual design tools and rapid prototyping methodologies to increase efficiency of engineers and decrease time to market for products as part of a newly rebuilt team in the McMinnville manufacturing facility. Selected as ProENGINEER Super User and System Administrator.

Selected accomplishments:

·Designed and delivered first new personal trimmer product line in five years into full commercialization within 13 months, utilizing design for manufacturing and design for assembly principles to enable use of first LEAN manufacturing work cell implementation at facility.

·Incorporated ergonomic features in unique product styling, which resulted in issuance of a US Design Patent.

Sep 1994May 1995

Senior Project Engineer/CAD System Manager

Branson Ultrasonics

Senior Project Manager / CAE System Administrator

Conducted and led mechanical design initiatives for new plastic front bezel and touch panel assembly for next generation ultrasonic welding equipment controller / power supply unit. Managed all project phases, including scope, timelines, deliverables, and testing requirements.

Selected accomplishments:

·Spearheaded first-ever use of 3D customer data for downstream analysis by replacing Cadra 2D CAD with ProENGINEER 3D CAD.

Jun 1984Aug 1994

Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

Norden Systems (Now part of Northrop Grumman)

Sr. Mechanical Design Engineer

Tasked with directing and executing the mechanical development of electronic systems for utilization in airborne radar and ground-based military equipment for Secret, Top Secret, and Special Access Programs. Handled all mechanical project and program management functions and performed mechanical engineering and design tasks, in addition to managing other engineers, designers, drafters and contractors. Identified and implemented systems to improve development cycles while complying with military standards.

Selected accomplishments:

·Pioneered use of ProENGINEER 3D CAD and rapid prototyping, which reduced overall product mechanical design and development cycle by 25% with some parts reaching 50+%.

·Designed first plastic parts used in Norden electronics systems, resulting in 90% cost reduction versus existing metallic assembly.

·Researched and proposed novel uses of advanced composite materials for high heat dissipating electronics chassis



Attended classes at night after work.


Mandarin Chinese
College level beginner class taken during Fall, 2009
Stephen Minister
A caregiving ministry, wherein I meet with a (male) care receiver for one-on-one, privately and confidentially, to provided Christ-centered support during a time of crisis.
Professional Skills Summary
•New Product Development •Research & Development •Program / Project Management •Plastic / Composite Part Design and Process •Rapid / Virtual Prototyping/CAE Simulation Tools •Production Support / Cost Reduction •Executive-Level Strategic Planning / Risk Management •Mentoring Personnel / Developing Leaders •Financial / Operations / Change Management •Patent / IP Knowledge •Telecom & Military Standards Compliance
Public Speaking
I have prepared material for, and performed Master of Ceremonies duties, for several retirement parties and anniversary celebrations.  I have also prepared and presented numerous project reviews and design reviews to internal and external customers, spoken on radio and television, and been the talent for a 60 second commercial that ran nationwide in 1999.
ProENGINEER User and System Administrator
I began using ProE in 1991 at Revision 7, and stopped using it regularly for design work at Revision 19.  Over that time, I installed ProE into 3 different companies.  This included the software, hardware (UNIX workstations--SUN and Silicon Graphics), training and peripherals; I was the system administrator in two companies.


Results-oriented, process-driven Engineering Executive with demonstrated success in uncovering industry needs, devising strategic and tactical plans, and designing products with a “voice of the customer” focus which move organizations forward and contribute to enhanced revenues. Proven experience in devising and executing internal / external process improvements, forecasting industry trends and financial ROI, and maintaining a balance between company goals and customer requirements. Innate ability to guide companies in gaining a competitive edge in current and exploring markets through creativity and innovation. Recognized as an expert in new product development, existing product customization and cost reduction, product support, engineering management, rapid / visual prototyping, design for manufacturability and design for assembly (DFM / DFA), and sustaining / value engineering. Extensive experience with plastic part design and production processes, and electronic packaging; knowledgeable in metal manufacturing and finishing processes for harsh environments. Reputation as a passionate, honest, integrity-driven, empowering team leader utilizing a holistic approach for building, leading and motivating creative development teams to design innovative products that meet demanding requirements. Held Secret and Top Secret DoD security clearances; worked on Special Access Programs. At the end of the day, I'll always be an engineer, with a love for solving problems and creating innovative designs.


Society Affiliations

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) – Member Since 1984

Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) – Senior Member, Board of Directors – PD3 Division

Product Development Management Association (PDMA) – Member

Project Management Institute - Member

Articles Authored

Author - "Using Rigid-Flex PC Boards in an Airborne Radar System" (two-part article), Connection Technology (TM) magazine, August and October, 1991

Co-author, "Rapid Prototyping Pilot for an Electronics Chassis", included in the Proceedings for the 1993 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) International Electronics Packaging Conference

Author / Presenter, "Using Pro/ENGINEER Software in the Design and Documentation of Injection Molded Plastic Parts” at 1998 Society for the Plastics Industry (SPI) Applied Plastic Technology & Design Conference.Presentation is included in the Proceedings for this conference.



Sep 2009Present

Six Sigma Green Belt Trained

Chicago Deming Association – Six Sigma Masters Program, Naperville, IL

Top Secret/SCI