Jim Pratt

Jim Pratt

Work History

Work History
Mar 2008 - Present

Project Manager Business systems

Ameridrives International

Successfully led implementation and later upgrade of EPICOR’s Vantage ERP system resulting in the opportunity to gain responsibility for development and daily management of the Vantage system.

Built an IT team that is tasked with folding acquisitions into the Vantage system and aligning it to our business requirements as well as providing IT support for five locations.

Jan 2009 - Present

SAP Implementation Team – Data Governance

Altra Industrial Motion

Established data governance standards and procedures for cleansing and maintaining master data including Customers, Vendors and Materials. Participated in initial site go-live, and key member of phase two implementation team.

2005 - 2007

Altra Business System Manager (Toyota Production System)

Ameridrives International

Represent the Vice President and General Manager for Engineered Global Coupling Platform of Altra Industrial Motion in promoting and coordinating lean manufacturing throughout the organization.

Develop Lean Manufacturing Training programs as required to support continued progress in our lean journey.

Provide on-site Lean Manufacturing training to new business acquisitions including international locations.

Leverage Ameridrives New Product Development experience by teaming with corporate ABS Director to create a corporate site assessment and training program supporting a goal of 8% organic growth.

Host to various corporate Lean Manufacturing seminars.

2004 - 2007

Value Stream/Government Program Manager

Ameridrives International

Developed Main Drive Gearbox Coupling for next generation Aircraft Carrier (CVN).

Program Manager for all aspects of DOD program for Aircraft Carrier coupling including Prime Contractor support.

Extended current High Performance coupling line to capture next generation GE Power Plant contract.

Led ERP implementation team converting legacy MRP system to modern ERP solution. Developed majority of critical business reports from scratch.

Created New Product Development process supporting sales of $2M annually.

Created dynamic Visual Scheduling system.

Managed capital equipment renovation and replacement.

Implemented use of wire EDM in splining process, eliminating costly setups and post-op handling. Designed and commissioned purpose built CNC drilling center for custom component manufacturing.

2002 - 2007

Colfax/Altra Business System Facilitator

Ameridrives International

Managed Kaizen activity at the local level, providing training, and event facilitation.

1997 - 2002

Manufacturing Engineer

Ameridrives International

Designed Manufacturing Cells to implement One Piece Flow in a low volume-high variability environment.

Developed purchasing methods and agreements to facilitate Lean Manufacturing plan.

Reduced Inventory by $100,000 in custom fasteners through Just-In-Time Supply Chain Management.

Improved various manufacturing processes through Continuous Improvement and Problem Solving techniques.

Provide Engineering Support to High Performance manufacturing cells.

Direct a skilled, union workforce.

1995 - 1997

Applications Design Engineer

Zurn Industries, Mechanical Drives Div.

Part of an $8M Sales and Engineering team responsible for inquiry engineering and custom design.

Spearheaded continuous cost reduction program aimed at increasing market competitiveness.

1991 - 1995

Project Engineer – Design Systems

Zurn Industries, Mechanical Drives Div.

Managed selection and installation of Pro/ENGINEER Solid Modeling Design System.

Designed and Built 40 user Windows NT Network.

Acted as computer consultant for entire company.

Published various design procedures.

1991 - 1995

School Director – Volunteer

Fairview School District

Contract negotiations team member for both service and teacher's contract renewal.

Education committee chairperson, implemented new district wide curriculum.

Technology committee chairperson, installed centrally managed district -wide computer network and created technology positions to manage new network.

Passed several no-tax increase budgets.

1989 - 1991

Project Engineer / System Administrator

Zurn Industries, Mechanical Drives Div.

Responsible for operation of mini-mainframe Engineering Cad System.

Developed parametric automatic inquiry drawing program driven by engineering design program.

Fluent in numerous programming languages

1988 - 1989

Project Supervisor

Automated Industrial Systems

Responsible for all aspects of PC controlled precision engraver software.

Trained international clients in the use of engraver and software.



Professional Development

NWPA Manufacturer's Association Executive Management Institute

Fred Pryor's Exceptional Customer Service, Team Building and Motivation

Various Corporate Lean Manufacturing certifications

Computer Systems Administration, Statistical Process Control, Solid Modeling, and Finite Element Analysis as well as many other technical seminars

School Board Academy (Employee Relations, Budget & Finance)

Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People

Nov 2009 - May 2011


Western Governors University



Computer Skills

Excel guru and Microsoft Office expert. Key developer for Vantage ERP system, implemented SOA system and developed Cash Apllication module, and master data update programs among others.

Lean Manufactuing Techniques

Lean techniques include Value Stream Mapping, Process Mapping, Setup Reduction, Policy Deployment, Standard Work, Cellularization, and Visual Management

Problem Solving

Experienced in problem solving using logic, 5 whys, fishbone diagramming, brainstorming and many others.

Systems Analysis

Having responsibility over the years for various systems; I have acquired excellent systems analysis competencies. My application of logical trouble-shooting procedures have solved many problems that technical support was unable to solve.

Computer Programming

I've been writing programs since I worked on a Commodore Vic-20, but don't consider myself an expert; I write code to solve problems, not to develop applications. Fluent in numerous variants of Basic including Visual Basic for Applications and SQL. I have written many Excel VBA spreadsheets especially with embedded SQL code.

Project Management

Managed hundreds of increasingly complex projects in my career including selection and deployment of Pro/Engineer, upgrade of Epicor's Vantage ERP system while simultaneously becoming compliant with Sarbanes Oxley rules for Information Technology. Currently managing data extracts and preparation for SAP upload for three businesses.


Strong skills in verbal and written communication. Completed my MBA writing assignments with a high percentage of perfect scores.


A highly motivated hands-on project manager with broad business experience including engineering design, sales, lean manufacturing, information technology and cost accounting.A team player/leader and self-starter with strong problem solving skills.A lifelong learner who self teaches new skills as necessary.A Mechanical Engineering degree provides solid background for a variety of technical fields including sales, engineering, computer technology and manufacturing. An MBA degree rounds out my business knowledge.


Multi-talented business engineer experienced in managing people and strategic projects, with demonstrated ability to handle complex problems and difficult situations


Designed, planned, coordinated and constructed 2nd story addition using volunteer labor.  Past volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.Together with my wife Certified Instructor of NFP (Ret.) and Past Chair of NFP Advisory Board for Catholic Charities.Family life, camping and various volunteer activities.