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General Manager with P&L ownership experience at the $50M to $160M sales range in Aerospace and Industrial manufacturing companies. Excellent strategic planning and business development skills built on extensive and diverse early career financial roles. Well experienced with turnaround businesses, Lean / Six Sigma cost reduction, fast growth and M&A activities. Adaptable to succeed in privately-held and multi-bilion dollar publically traded companies. My organizational transformation philisophy always includes significant consideration for the company culture, its people and sustaining moral during the change process.
Jul 2010 - Present
Advisory Board, Saenger Associates
Saenger Associates is an Los Angeles based retained executive search firm that enjoys numerous partnerships across the industries of manufacturing, distribution, and the professional services sectors. Its clients include private, public/Fortune-500's, and non-profit companies, that are both established and emerging, and are typicallly in the middle market areas.
Jul 2010 - Present
Board of Directors, Gruber Systems Inc.
Gruber has focused on the manufacturing needs of the "cast polymer" manufacturers and fabricators. These manufacturers produce cast products such as cultured marble, cultured onyx, cultured granite as well as solid surface and engineered stone. Gruber provides composites processing expertise for numerous composites-related manufacturing applications. It also provides engineering plant design services for composites manufacturers worldwide.
Jul 2010 - Present
Director, Center for Applied Competitive Technologies
The CACT at College of the Canyons is one of six Centers located across California with the mission of advancing the global competitiveness and innovation for advanced technology companies in California through responsive workforce training and technical consulting services. The vision of the CACT is to build a skilled, talented workforce both now and in the future. Specialized training is delivered in the areas of CAD/CAM (CATIA, Unigraphics, SolidWorks and MasterCAM), rapid prototyping and reverse engineering processes, DNC programming and CNC machining center operation.
Dec 2009 - Jun 2010
Interim Director, Advanced Technology Incubator
The Advanced Technology Incubator provides entrepreneurs with the resources necessary to launch a successful business.It also serves as a conduit to connect investors with start-up ventures possessing high-growth potential.Resources within the College of the Canyons’ Advanced Technology Incubator include:
- Collaboration with the college’s Small Business Development Center with access to the Center’s business advisory staff.
- Pro Bono mentoring and access to services from subject matter expert professionals.
- Introductions to Angel Investor groups and other venture capital organizations.
Sep 2006 - Dec 2008
President & COO
Company leader of this privately held aerospace and defense manufacturer of hydraulic and pneumatic control components.
·Leveraged the cost base using lean manufacturing principles to increase profitability by 62% while growing Sales 28%.Simultaneously increased engineering investment targeted at new business.
·Quickly established customer satisfaction as the number one priority of each employee.Specifically focused on significant improvements in on-time delivery for in-production programs resulting in an improvement in the on-time delivery rate from 65% to 95+%.Achieved repair turns under 15 days.
·Resolved a longstanding customer dispute in a manner that launched a next generation product.
Apr 2005 - Aug 2006
VP, Business Development and Strategic Planning
Manage the business development and strategic planning organizations for this $300M operating unit and retained P&L responsibility for the Turret Controls business as well as company-wide worldwide customer support with a managed sales base of over $65M.
- Won a significant new flight control application on the JSF F-35C aircraft against two incumbent competitors with an expected revenue stream of $100M over the life of the program.
- Prepared and presented a compelling plan to dramatically change the direction of the business and secured corporate management approval as part of the annual strategic plan review
Sep 2000 - Mar 2005
VP, Aircraft Products & Turret Controls
Responsibe for overall management and P&L of four separate product lines with $160M in annual sales operating from two domestic and one international location. Direct reports include three product line General Managers. Responsible for world-wide product support operations including third-party service centers and distributors.
- As the senior on-site executive, aligned and led a management team that achieved a 67% revenue increase over two years without a physical plant expansion.
- Led the evolution towards a customer focused culture and established stretch objectives and operating metrics to achieve long-term and sustainable improvements in customer satisfaction.
- Achieved business growth by winning new programs at new and existing customers every year.
Nov 1999 - Aug 2000
VP, Finance & Information Systems
Chief financial executive of this $300M business responsible for all financial matters of the unit’s five subsidiaries serving Aerospace and Industrial markets from five U.S and two international locations.
- Re-instituded financial controls, processes amd reporting which had been absent for several years. Set expectations and accountability to achieve a stretch plan resulting in a 36% increase in profit.
- After the early retirement of the unit's President shortly after joining the company, served as Acting President for four months until a reorganization / merger with another Textron subsidiary.
Nov 1998 - Oct 1999
VP, Operations & IT
Vice President of Operations and Information Technology for this subsidiary of IDEX corporation. Directly responsible for three domestic locations in PA, NC and TN plus dotted-line responsibility for operations at two international subsidiaries (United Kingdom and Germany).
- Led the evaluation of remaining foundry operations resulting in a decision to outsource all casting requirements. Foundry closure and subsequent facility sale resulted in recurring savings of over $1.2M per year and a one-time gain on sale of $1.5M.
- Restructured the manufacturing staff and recruited several key management team members who posessed the vision and skills to pursue and achieve an environment of continuous improvement.
May 1997 - Oct 1998
VP, Finance & IT
Vice President of Finance and Information Technology for this subsidiary of IDEX corporation. Responsible for three domestic locations and two international subsidiaries (United Kingdom and Germany).
- Partnered with the VP, Manufacturing on two process changes that resulted in over $650K of annual cost savings at the company's foundry, positioning the facility to be competitive with outside suppliers.
- Successfully concluded the early negotiation of a new four-year contract with the bargaining unit.
May 1995 - Oct 1996
Vice President, Finance, Manufacturing
Corporate officer with financial and operational responsibility for all seven manufacturing units at this $600+M closely held corporation. Served markets include heavy industry, industrial cordage, retail cordage and retail hardware.
- Completed the acquisition of a competing gear manufacturer and achieved a successful integration into the company's gear manufacturing subsidiary.
- As interim Director of Material at one of the company's subsidiaries, achieved a rapid turnaround in MRP system effectiveness, inventory accuracy and staff morale and involvement resulting in significant improvements to operating metrics and customer satisfaction.
- Provided corporate guidance and participated with the subsidiary President in the final selection process for an Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) system at the company's retail cordage unit.
Jul 1974 - Apr 1995
Division Controller / CFO
Held numerous progressively responsible financial positions at Bendix / AlliedSignal (now Honeywell) over the course of a twenty-one year tenure with the company. I held positions at four different operating divisions, two seperate assignments at corporate headquarters (Bendix Hq. and AlliedSignal Hq.) as well at Bendix Aerospace Headquarters where I was Group CFO for a Group President responsible for five divisions with total revenue over $350M. In my corporate assignments, I had oversight for the entire $5B Aerospace Sector. My last position was Controller / CFO at a $550M aerospace division located in Tempe, AZ where our team improved profitability by 80% using Lean / Six Sigma principles and tools.
2002 - 2002
This program was a special executive development program produced by The Wharton School for Textron Corporation. Each year Textron selected up to thirty of its high-potential senior staff members to participate. I was honored to be part of the class of 2002.
Sep 1981 - May 1983
During my career at Bendix (now Honeywell), I began my graduate studies at Seton Hall Universtty (NJ) and the University of Detroit (MI). In 1980, I was selected to participate in the Bendix Advanced Degree Program where select employees return to school full time with all expenses paid for by the company, including a salary at 60% of the employee's pre-program annual salary. While this was an very attractive opportunity, I chose to take a promotional position at the company's Aerospace Group Headquarters with the commitment that I would not relocate again until I completed a Masters Degree. Loyola had an excellent program and I was able to complete it in less than three years.
Sep 1970 - May 1974
I completed my Bachelors program in four years and paid for my entire education by working multiple and concurrent part-time jobs in the retail, apparel, restaurant and government services organizations. I began my professional career with zero debt. Additionally, I was a three-year letterman on the Golf team and elected as president of the Finance Club my senior year.