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Plant/General Manager

Empire/Commander Plastics

Responsible for plant operations making interior/exterior trim and electrical components.

1986 to 1998 and 1990 to 1992

Jun 2009Present

Project Manager

Bosch Battery Systems LLC

Manage special projects within Project Management and Quality Departments

Key Accomplishments:

·Compiled cost, manpower and engineering information for multiple acquisition projects,

·Provided support to new supplier developing first a manual process and second an automated  robotic line to provide a new product for Bosch’s use.

·Developed global processes and procedures for SB Limotive, a  JV between Bosch and Samsung

·Providing training and guidance for the assimilation of the JV into Bosch Gasoline Systems.

·Created new process description method as published in the ASQ magazine article: Best of Both Worlds, Quality Progress Magazine, April 2011; Merging Process Flow Charts and Process Interactions

Jul 2005Mar 2009

Operations Manager

Sweepster Attachments

Total operational and financial responsibility for $50mm 125+ employee industry leader in skid steer attachments (sweepers and power rakes) including Safety, Maintenance, fabrication, welding, paint, assembly, Supply Chain Management, Lean, Quality, Manufacturing Engineering and capital programs.

Key Accomplishments:

·Increased EBIT +5% through inventory reduction and improved productivity

·Implemented Lean Enterprise and turnaround techniques which allowed plant to remain in Michigan, grow and become Division Headquarters

  • Increased semi-automated line production by 30% increasing capacity by $300,000
  • Reduced existing plant footprint by 35,000 Sq. Ft. providing room for $22 mm in new business reducing overhead by $2mm
  • Reduced lead time on standard product from three to less than one week
  • Converted from batch/department based layout to Value Stream Management
  • Led team in inventory turns improvement from 4 to 7 and reduced levels by 40% ($3mm) through Consignment Inventory, Vendor Managed Inventory and other reduction techniques.
  • Eliminated requirement for annual inventory shutdown through accurate daily cycle counts

Manufacturing/Quality Consultant

Tower Automotive, TRW, Entela

Performed various consulting assignments at companies ranging in size from $10mm to $2 B such as Tower Automotive, Dura Automotive, Entela, TRW and others.Products included both plastic and metal automotive components for domestic and Japanese automakers, and Quality Registration services.

Key Accomplishments:

·Implemented a centralized quality system and supported TS certification efforts

·Updated registrar quality system to TS standards

·Recommended changes to turnaround a company under Chapter 11 guidelines

·Strategic Planning included a facility rearrangement resulting in $1 million savings

·Program Management responsibilities for closing and merging facilities while maintaining production and containing costs


Director of Operations

HO Trerice

Directed the operation of the industry leader in temperature and pressure controls including all manufacturing, assembly, Supply Chain Management, buy / resell product and private labeling. 

 Key Accomplishments:

· Led Lean Manufacturing initiative increasing assembly productivity by 60%.

· Eliminated employee turnover and reduced absenteeism by over 70%.

· Reduced total inventory levels by over 35% resulting in savings of $1mm

· Executed Cycle Count program eliminating $200,000 annual loss

· Supply Chain improvements reduced inventory costs by $10%

· Completed a comprehensive re-layout of the facility allowing a 50% reduction in supervision


Manufacturing/Quality Consultant

Tower Automotive, Dura Automotive, GEL Inc., GT Automotive

Performed various Manufacturing and Quality related consulting assignments as noted above.


Director of Manufacturing

Directed the operation of a multi-plant, $40mm, 400+ employee plastic molding operation making interior, exterior and under-hood components.Directed the manufacturing operations during a 50% growth period adding multiple international customers. Responsibilities included Management of the Engineering, Product Design and Program Management areas as well as the outside Sales Representatives

Key Accomplishments:

·Doubled gross margins to over 27%

·Implemented JIT production and delivery

·Managed the introduction of new products totaling a 25% increase in sales.

·Introduced QOS (KPI) measurement system for operational improvements

·Managed the introduction of multiple major new products from design through production increasing sales by $10mm


Manager Manufacturing Engineering


Led the Manufacturing Engineering, Project Management and Cost Estimating functions of a multi-plant supplier of exterior lighting, electrical switches and wire harnesses.

Key Accomplishments:

  • Successful Transfer of European products and technology to Mexican facilities reducing manpower and avoiding capital expenditures of $1 million.

Manager, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering

Federal Mogul

Identified and implemented emerging technologies into facilities making bearings, seals and other components.



Lean Enterprise
Increased semi-automated line production by 30% Increased manual assembly line production by 60% Reduced plant footprint by 35,000 Sq. Ft. providing room for $22 mm in new business Reduced lead time on standard product from three to less than one week Converted from batch/department based layout to Value Stream Management Completed a comprehensive re-layout of the facility allowing a 50% reduction in foremen. Reduced downtime and cost savings from improved maintenance procedures was estimated at $25,000 annually. Improved production changeover procedures generated an additional 45 minutes of daily production valued at nearly $280,000 annually.  
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Allan Feys

“Gene was an exemplary employee. He is very knowledgeable, serious minded, yet very cordial and easy to work with. Gene was highly respected by his peers and was a key contributor to operations improvements and strategic developments.”

Steven Gross

“Gene is a data driven manager; he knows business 'by the numbers' and, kept the bottom line in plain sight. He was always aware of what was happening throughout the plant and excelled at keeping things moving. His commitment to a team environment was strong. I would not hesitate to recommend Gene for a Plant Management position.”

Mike Else

“Gene provided lean operations leadership to the division. Gene works well in the business to drive improvements. Gene is process oriented and creates information and operational system improvements to drive significant business improvement. Gene would make a great operational leader.”


A Senior position in Operations Management: Plant Manager, Operations Manager, Manufacturing Manager etc.


P&L Management Operations Management Strategic Planning 5S / Lean Manufacturing ISO / QS / TS 16949Quality AssuranceCost Reduction/Controls Metrics Management Resource PlanningSupplier Negotiations Inventory Management  Project Management

Performance Reviews

“Gene’s extensive manufacturing and industrial engineering background provides a solid platform for him to quickly understand opportunities and how to go about determining a path for improvement.Gene has a high sense of urgency for driving rapid continuous improvement and customer satisfaction. He understands the need for key metrics to measure and drive improvement.”

Marty Sullivan, Vice President/General Manager, Paladin Light Construction

Very smart, high integrity manager; loyal to the company’s cause.Highly responsive.Treats people well.Calm demeanor that he uses when other’s emotions get the best of them.Dedication, loyalty, integrity and character are outstanding.Logical thinker.Strong overall business knowledge; sees the big picture.Able to plan and anticipate desired outcome.Able to marshall finite resources to achieve objectives.

Comments from 360 Review:


Senior level manager with proven experience in public and privately held manufacturing companies. Developed and implemented business plans that increased productivity and profitability. Outstanding oral, written and presentation skills. Reputation for analyzing situations and developing solutions that insure and sustain a competitive advantage within the market. Develops relationships at all levels of an organization as well as with customers, insuring customer satisfaction. A proven team builder and leader of highly successful teams.