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I am an Experienced Innovaton Manger! For the past 20+ years I have been managing teams of R&D professionals in new product innovation with companies such as Alberto Culver, Mary Kay, Amway and Elkay. Most recently I have been involved with iWerks, a new innovation group formed by Elkay to research consumer needs in the home. We built new “Outcome Driven Innovation” and “Voice of the Consumer” consumer research methods to learn what is important to them and what jobs consumers are trying to get done and what are the unmet needs in the home. I started my career as a Chemist in Hair Care for Amway, then in Skin Care R&D for Mary Kay. My experience spans both the Consumer side and Supply side as I established Expertise Centers and Application labs with Hormel and Dow Corning. As I was promoted to leadership positions I was able to cultivate my management skills for Mary Kay as Group Leader of Skin Care and for Alberto Culver as Senior Innovation Manager. My objective is to apply proven leadership skills and career passion for Research and Development to cultivate a vibrant and effective force of technical professionals who deliver robust, novel new products that surpass customer expectations, increase Brand recognition, and contribute to Corporate Sales and the long-term success of the Company. My goal is to utilize 20+ years of industry experience to help develop successful high-level strategies to achieve the company vision. I have strong knowledge of : • New Product Innovations • Research and Development practices • Consumer Market Research • Consumer Driven Research • Outcome Driven Innovation The value I bring to the company is: • Seasoned professional with passion, able to quickly contribute to Corporate Strategy and Growth • Management skills – able to create successful programs, fulfill mission • Technical skills – bring results – turn ideas into profits

Work experience

Feb 2007Jan 2009

iWerks Innovation Center - Product Innovation Leader

Elkay Manufacturing
Reported to the Vice President of Engineering and Innovation and was responsible for developing and implementing new methods for discovering the next product innovation for the home. • Created new “Voice of the Consumer” ethnography and “Outcome Driven Innovation” consumer research methods to investigate how consumers want to get specific jobs done. • By identifying consumer needs, over 350 new product ideas were generated for Home Health and Safety, Home Improvement, Recreation and Relaxation, Personal Connections and Aging Gracefully. • New products are scheduled for market introduction in ‘09 with a forecast of $47MM.
Apr 1999Feb 2007

Senior Innovation Manager

Alberto Culver
Responsible for managing a diverse team of ten (10) technical professionals and leading them in researching and developing innovative skin care products for the $180MM St. Ives line. • Team consistently delivered innovative products despite tight timetables, formula cost constraints, and limited resources. • My Skin Care Innovation Team made history in 2003 when our “24 Hour Moisture” body lotion received the highest consumer test ratings of any product at Alberto Culver. • Sales exceeded the initial $25MM forecast as the new “24 Hour Moisture” became the fastest growing new product in St. Ives history. • Partnered with a Market Research consultant firm and charged with identifying the next premium skin care innovation. • Twenty Three (23) new product platforms were identified and channeled through new product development process resulting in growth of the St. Ives line from $60MM to $168MM.
Jan 1991Apr 1999

Senior Industry Specialist

Dow Corning
Charged with creating and managing Personal Care Application Expertise Center. Created extensive formulary guides, established quarterly promotional campaigns with customers, published technical support literature, trained technical service, distributors, and sales staff. • Architect and leader of Personal Care Applications Laboratory, demonstrated the value and benefits of silicone applications across all categories of Personal Care. • Resulted in 32% growth in number of customers and $125MM growth in sales - Designed and conducted performance evaluation tests such as sensory panels and instrumental measurements. Created and presented research findings and new technology innovations to customers.
Dec 1987Jan 1991

Manager, Cosmetic Protein Sales

Hormel Foods
Reported to VP of Marketing for Gelatin and responsible for the Cosmetic Protein Sales and Technical Applications. Coordinated sales of cosmetic proteins by managing the promotional activity and national sales of 6 independent distributors. • Managed the Cosmetic Protein Personal Care Program of over 35 products and 160 customers. • Elevated program with new exposure, technologies and applications information for technical support. • Increased sales of cosmetic protein by over 333%. Senior Scientist, Application Center (1987 – 1990) • Created the Application Center where new performance benefits were studied. • Published 3 Formulary Guides and over 25 Technical brochures to help customers realize the value and benefits of proteins. • Presented new irritation mitigation benefits of protein technology at scientific symposiums
Sep 1986Dec 1987

Director of R&D

Jeri Jacobus
Reported to the Owner and responsible for all laboratory and production operations. • Directed laboratory product development program, supervised the production operation, purchased all raw materials, developed products and accounts for contract manufacture.
Apr 1983Sep 1986

Group Leader, Skin Care

Mary Kay, Inc.
Group Leader, Skin Care Product Development (1984 – 1986) Reported to the Vice President of Basic Research and Product Research and Development and was responsible for managing the skin care product development laboratory. • Supervised technical professionals in formulating new products from conceptualization to manufacture.
Oct 1978Apr 1983

Senior Chemist Hair Care

Reported to the R&D Manager and responsible for formulating and developing hair care product innovations. • New product introductions exceeded $3.5MM in sales. • Invented first of a kind Anti-Dandruff Hair Conditioner and received first Amway Patent.




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