Jon Baker (Superior)Executive Vice President, Engineering & Product DevelopmentMeridian Automotive SystemsNovember 21, 2005
This letter will serve as my personal recommendation for Mr. Gene Snook, who worked for me from,June 1997 through May, 2004. By 2004, Mr. Snook was Manager, Test and Evaluation Department,Meridian Automotive Systems, and I was Executive Vice President, Engineering and ProductDevelopment of the same company. I retired from Meridian in June of 2004.
When I first met Gene, he was Supervisor of Testing in Ionia, MI, bumper test laboratory, and also had responsibilities for all prototype bumper systems in support of customers. I had just joined the company from Ford Motor, where I had been Vehicle Line Director, F-Series truck and Expedition. I immediately undertook a number of initiatives in support of Meridian's senior management goals to grow the company rapidly to become a Tier 1 Systems Supplier to the traditional "Big Three" and New Domestic auto companies.
In such an environment of change, I was able to see rapidly where talent lay in the organization. As we made a number of product innovation and cost savings presentations to auto industry executives, Mr. Snook took complete charge of developing prototype mock-ups so we could fully explain our ideas. His outstanding work in this arena led to our receiving the top award of a number of new contracts, which was our goal at the outset. Over time, I came to rely on Gene as not only the authority on testing within the company, and the source of prototypes for a wide variety of purposes, but as a real creative voice in our Engineering "brainstorming" sessions, having outstanding ideas for all types of problem- solving.
With the acquisition of additional companies to Meridian's portfolio of product lines, Mr. Snook assumed substantially increased responsibilities, taking on another lab in Grand Rapids for lighting and interior trim, and expanding the Ionia facility to cover a full range of composite plastic components for light vehicles and heavy truck. Gene demonstrated his flair for managing people in these acquisitions, and carefully, budget permitting, acquired additional test capabilities to permit Meridian to bring testing inside which had previously been done on a contract basis, ultimately bringing our savings to an average of $250,000 annually over a five year period. In addition, his team's work in Test and Evaluation continued to grow in quality, and was always a base point of discussion with our customers, and, as learned on more the one occasion, was held up as a benchmark for other suppliers by our customers.
Mr. Snook has given a number of clear understandable presentations of our corporate testing findings to our customers, and has been active in personnel development for his people. He supports his timing commitments, and never hesitates to work the hours necessary to assure results are available on time.
Although the bulk of Gene's experience is in Test and Evaluation, as well as prototype fabrication orprocurement as noted above, his talents and capabilities extend far beyond these boundaries. He is an outstanding leader and takes the initiative on always thinking the problem through, and doing the right thing. If I were working now, I would send Mr. Snook an offer of employment rather than a letter of recommendation!
Jon F. Baker
Claud McMillen Auction Company
February 6, 2012
To: Whom It May Concern
I am pleased to write a letter of recommendation for Gene Snook. In the Spring of 2011, Claud McMillen Auction Company contracted Gene as a consultant and sales coordinator. He was responsible for streamlining our sales force and brought our company to the level of sales that was required. He was also responsible for assisting us in our time management. Gene proved to be a very valuable player on our auction team and his efforts proved to bring us the success that we were seeking. Gene fulfilled his commitment to us in a very professional manner. Finally, Gene is pleasant to work with and committed to doing a good job.
Claud McMillen C.E.O.
Michael Hunt, (Colleague)Engineering Manager - SUV Systems, Meridian Automotive SystemsCurrent: Project Engineering Manager, Tenneco – Grass Lake Division
During my time at Meridian Automotive, Gene was a key manager over the testing facility. He was well respected within Engineering, always helpful and someone that you could count on to get projects completed. I found him to be a creative problem solver that always seemed to figure out how to overcome obstacles. February 8, 2012.
Fran LeVeque, (Superior) CSO, Chief Sales Officer, Meridian Automotive Systems
Current: President, Industry Associates, Inc.
While managing an extensive workload, Gene never made excuses why something couldn't be done he figured out how to get it done. Gene would frequently submit cost reduction proposals with the company's best interest at heart. A very capable and loyal employee...I strongly recommend Gene. July 19, 2011
Ray Saxe, (Colleague)Human Resource Manager, Meridian Automotive SystemsCurrent: SPHR
During the 12 years that Gene and I worked together, there were many opportunities for me to see Gene in action. From an HR perspective, Gene always had his act together. There were never any people problems in his group. Gene got the work done through his leadership and his firm hand on the rudder. He's a solid professional of the highest order.” July 19, 2011.
Dan Dowdall (Superior)Vice President, Engineering & Product DevelopmentMeridian Automotive Systems
I had the pleasure of working with Gene at Meridian Automotive Systems, where Gene wasthe Director of the Validation Test Labs. Gene was an effective and resourceful manager, and his team handled a tremendous workload of test requests for new programs and ongoing production. Their test work was accurate, thorough, and always on time and within budget. I recommend Gene for any organization in need of knowledgeable and strong technical leader.
April 3, 2010
Michael Kennedy (Colleague)Design Manager, Meridian Automotive Systems
As Director of Product Testing and Evaluation Gene Snook put in place the people and systems that turned chaos into efficiency. When budget cuts were made Gene could always come up with a way to keep things going to get the work done. With his knowledge and experience he would be a compliment to any organization with a Lab, Test and Evaluation department.” April 1, 2010
Chuck Newman (Colleague)
Education Specialist, Michigan Works! Battle Creek
I really enjoyed working with Gene in EDRS. He is a can-do man, committed to provenmanagement skills, excellent people skills and a proven critical thinker.It is my delight to recommend Gene Snook. August 10, 2010
Casey Holbrook Education Trainer, Kellogg Community College
As his Education Trainer in the EDRS program, I had the pleasure of getting to know Gene. During this time, he distinguished himself as a conscientious and energetic learner who was diligent in putting new knowledge into practice and producing quality results. I have enormous respect for Gene, as he is very personable and is truly an inspiration to me. Because of his knowledge, skills and personality, I highly recommend Gene Snook to any organization that is lucky enough to hire him.” April 28, 2010