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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!

Best Regards,

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


Skills & Expertise

Industries:automotive, heavy truck, medical, machine tool Management
  • New Business Development
  • Budget, Quality & Cost Control
  • Team Building, Leadership & Training
  • Program & Project Management
  • Product Management & Validation
  • Research & Prototype Development
  • Regulatory Compliance Policy & Procedures
  • Equipment Procurement & Supply Chain Management
  • Cost estimating
  • Customer & Vendor Relations
  • Customer Quoting
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Six Sigma
  • DVP&R
  • PPAP
  • Internal Auditor
  • TS16949 / ISO 14001
Technical Experience
  • Machining
  • Welding
  • Sheet metal fabrication
  • Jig & Fixture Design
  • Blue Print Reading
  • CNC Programming
  • Product & Process Bench Marking
  • Cost Reduction
Product Testing
  • Fatigue
  • Vibration
  • Cycle
  • Environmental
  • Photometric
  • Chemical
  • Tensile
  • Hardness
Knowledge of
  • Metals
  • Plastics
  • Composites
  • Stamping
  • Roll Forming
  • Extruding
  • Compression & Injection Molding
  • Thermal Forming
  • Sputter Chroming
  • Chrome Plating
Analysis & Improvement Tools
  • Hypothesis Testing/t-distribution
  • Chi-Square
  • ANOVA/F distribution
  • DOE - Full Factional, Fractional, Factorial, Taguchi
  • Scatter Diagrams
  • PP, PPK
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Power Point Presentations and Design
  • AS-400
  • Mapics

Gallops Management Assessment

Top 5 Strengths

 Arranger - You are a conductor. When faced with a complex situation involving many factors, you enjoy managing all of the varibles, aligning and realigning them until you are sure you have arranged them in the most productive configuration possible.

Strategic - The Strategic theme enables you to sort through the clutter and find the best route. It is not a skill that can be taught. It is a distinct way of thinking, a special perspective on the world at large. This perspective allows you to see patterns where others simply see complexity. Mindful of these patterns, you play out alternative scenarios, always asking, "What if this happened? Okay, well what if this happended?" This recurring question helps you see around the next corner. There you can evaluate accurately the potential obstacles. Guided by where you see each path leading, you start to make selections. You discard the paths that lead nowhere. You discard the paths that lead straight into resistance. You discard the paths that lead into confusion. You cull and make selections until you arrive at the chosen path - your strategy. Armed with your strategy, you strike forward. This is your Strategic theme at work: "What if?" Select. Strike.

Individualization -  Your Individualization theme leads you to be intrigued by the unique qualities of each person. You are impatient with generalizations or "types" because you don't want to obscure what is special and distinct about each person. You instinctively observe each person's style, each person's motivation, how each thinks, and how each builds relationships. 

Responsibility - Your Responsibilty theme forces you to take psychological ownership for anything you commit to, and whether large or small, you feel emotionally bound to follow it through to completion. Your good name depends on it. 

Restorative - You love to solve problems. Whereas some are dismayed when they encounter yet another breakdown, you can be energized by it. You enjoy the challenge of analyzing the systems, identifying what is wrong, and finding the solution.

Background of Invention 5,251,347



    The present invention relates to a hospital bed and, more particularly, to a hospital bed having the capabilitiy to supply temperature-controlled air to a patient.


    There are certain circumstances in which it is desirable to supply temperature-controlled air to a hospital patient.  For example, where a patient has had surgery, the after effects of the anesthesia may include chills.  Therefore, in a recovery room, it is common to take certain steps to attempt to warm the patient, for example by placing a pre-warmed blanket over the patient.  In other situations, it may be desirable to supply hot or cold air to a particular localized area such as the feet, ankles or knees of a patient. 

    A number of devices have previously been developed to supply temperature-controlled air to a patient.  While these arrangements have generally been satisfactory for their intended purposes, they have not been satisfactory in all respects.  Accordingly, one object of the invention is to provide a hospital bed designed to provide temperature-controlled air to a patient in an efficient and reliable manner.