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Work experience

2005Present

Continuous Improvement Facilitator

Daimler Trucks North America

Mentoring employees involved with Continuous Improvement Workshops.

With the teaching scope of: 

Value Added vs. Non-value Added, Waste Elimination, POKA YOKE (mistake proofing), Development ofStandard Work Instructions, Value Stream Mapping, Process Mapping, Root Cause Analysis, 5-S Techniques and several other Lean Process Tools

Additional responsibilities:

  • Planning and facilitating of Continuous Improvement Events
  • Assemble cross-functional teams to address improvements impacting multiple areas and processes
  • Identify product improvements and work with engineering on revision changes
  • Document employee suggestions and assist in implementation 
  • Quantify cost improvements 
  • Communicate successes using practice sharing techniques 
  • Assist managers in achieving their goals
  • Perform weekly audits on lean manufacturing tools and provide action items for moving forward
20012005

Team Leader, Finished Cab and Cab In White

Daimler Trucks North America
  • Responsible for leading a team of 20 material handlers in their day to day operations
  • Training of team members in the tools needed to perform their tasks including the functioning of appropriate equipment, utilizing computer systems and problem solving techniques
  • Conducting team meetings to focus on concerns of team members and supervision
  • Working with management to implement and reinforce company goals and policies
  • Interdepartmental communication to address issues affecting the daily operations including purchasing, engineering and quality assurance
  • Planning daily labor balancing to deal with attendance deficiencies
  • Helping team members with decisions that are out of the scope of their responsibility
  • Inventory adjustments according to inventory audits
  • Tracking and ordering shop controlled parts
  • Follow up on all shortages leaving my area
19932000

Materials Expediter

Daimler Trucks North America

  • Worked with production team leaders in addressing the needs for my responsible area

  • Accountable for finding and stocking parts for production lines

  • Working the shortages assigned to each truck

  • Report to any unresolved difficulties to appropriate supervision
19901992

Production Planner

SAPA Extrusions
  • Responsible for scheduling aluminum extrusion orders in accordance with available press capacities
  • Implementing better utilization of computer systems to organize and document scheduling
  • Direct interaction with Engineering, Customer Service, Production, Quality Assurance, and System Manager
19861990

Shop Floor Planner I

Sony Trans Com Inc.
  • Responsible for planning the daily work load for 2 assembly lines
  • Duties included scheduling, expediting materials, purchasing and work order variances
  • Worked closely with Engineering, Accounting, Customer Service, Quality Assurance and Contract Department
  • Member of the Material Rejection Board to evaluate vendor discrepancies with 

Education

References

Gerry Messenger

Gerry was been my Continuous Improvement Coordinator since 2005 to 2010. We have worked together on numerous projects at many different levels. He has helped me define my goals and taught me many skills needed for training others in Lean Manufacturing Processes.

Kevin Nagle

I've worked with Kevin in many capacities over several years. 

Rob Elsen

I've worked with Rob Elsen on many Continuous Improvement Events to help him and his staff in reaching their goals.

Team Projects

Summary

  • Facilitate training classes on Continuous Improvement Tools
  • Several successful years of managing, waste reduction, and cross-functional leadership of groups ranging from 10 to 15 employees
  • Directed numerous cost improvement workshops totaling several hundred thousand dollars in savings
  • Responsible for conducting audits related to established metrics and communicating results to management with action items for improvement
  • Promotion of employee suggestion program and quantifying employee cost improvements

Travel Experience

Daimler’s North and South Carolina manufacturing facilities                    

  • Benchmarking trip 
  • Identifying best practices

Philippines                                          

  • Volunteer work
  • To help assist a local school with promoting local involvement 

France, Brazil, Venezuela and Guatemala                                  

  • Spent 6 weeks in South America visiting family
  • Traveled across France for 5 weeks with a friend

Mexico                                                

  • Volunteer work on a construction project for a school/church
  • Traveled several times on pleasure