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An executive leader with a unique blend of experiences, I have worked at large companies and start-ups, OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers,in manufacturing and product development. My blend lets me attack problems from many angles and provide solutions optimized for the organization. I thrive in high paced environments that require unique solutions to the challenges at hand.

Work Experience

09/201611/2017

President - North America

BORDRIN MOTOR CORPORATION, Southfield, MI

Created the North American Technical Center for Bordrin Motor Corp., a Chinese start-up OEM developing electric vehicles for the China market.

  • Brand ambassador to skeptical supply base, getting them to work with an unknown automotive company. 
  • Built North American strategy.
  • Started and grew the North American Technical Center from 5 to 55 people in one year.
  • Lead real estate search and site selection for the NATC.
  • Consulted on global data systems, processes and methods.
  • Created financial templates, budgets, forecasts and reporting methods.
  • Selected 401K and benefits content. 
  • Lead product development of body, chassis, ADAS, advanced manufacturing, advanced package, and craftsmanship.
1/20129/2016

Global Director - Engineering Services

KEY SAFETY SYSTEMS, Sterling Heights MI

Leadership and Strategy Development for Global CAE, System Integration, CAD, Product Validation and Prototype

  • Transformed global organization of 250+ engineers, designers and technicians in 7 locations in North America, Europe, and Asia by stabilizing operations, improving internal and external customer service and optimizing execution.
  • Lead global engineering process and tool commonization.
  • Lead global PLM strategy, application architecture, and implementation. Reduced the time required for engineering changes by 30%.
  • Devised, launched and growing a new technical center in Romania to reduce cost and improve design for manufacturing. Aggregate EU engineering rate reduce by 33%.
5/20111/2012

Chief Engineer (Contract through ASG Renaissance)

NAVISTAR DEFENSE, Madison Heights, MI

Engineering leadership for Husky and HTT Vehicles.

  • Took over two late demonstrator vehicle programs and launched them on schedule and budget.
  • Took over leadership and cut testing costs by over 50% on an over cost program(HTT). Convinced a skeptical customer that the reductions would not reduce the quality of the vehicle validation plan.
  • Led development of British recovery vehicle that went from concept approval to deliveries in Afghanistan in 3 months.
7/20105/2011

Owner, Consultant

WEISE ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT LLC, Lake Orion, MI

Provided engineering leadership, project management, and business development for automotive clients.

  • Created engineering development, prototype, resource and budget plans for a start-up green vehicle company.
  • Won new business for a Chinese Tier I supplier via direct interaction with OEMs in China.
10/20095/2010

Chief Vehicle Engineer

AVERA MOTORS, Rockledge, FL

Engineering lead at a start-up OEM.

  • Established engineer team for a start-up company.
  • Created and deployed CAE, CAD, PLM and project management systems.
  • Created and deployed engineering specifications and standards.
  • Created and delivered technical presentations to potential investors.
  • Developed potential sources for components and systems.
6/20082/2009

Director of Engineering

ARVINMERITOR, Troy, MI

Created a new department focusing on design and development of modular suspension assemblies.

  • Established the division's reputation as specialists by recruiting a highly skilled team of experts in vehicle dynamics and suspension design.
  • Achieved greater than a 40% return-on-sales for engineering services to non-traditional OEMs.
  • Established the relationship with a Russian OEM for chassis business.
  • Technical lead for a Joint Venture proposal in India.
5/20026/2008

Technical Director

BENTELER AUTOMOTIVE, Auburn Hills, MI

Led the new product development team consisting of 28 direct reports from CAD, CAE, Product Engineering and Testing.

  • Directed new business acquisition activities.
  • Trained over 75 department and plant personnel in product development practices and use of gated product development systems.
  • Patented the use of ultra-high strength steel for suspension control arms. Patent pending for the use of ultra-high strength steel for vehicle axles.
9/20005/2002

Engineering Manager (Contract through MSX)

FORD MOTOR COMPANY, Dearborn, MI

Directed all engineering design and validation activities for the Th!nk Neighbor(neighborhood electric vehicle), balancing attributes and functional trade-offs to optimize the vehicle. Launched the vehicle 8 months after winning the development contract.

1/19999/2000

Engineering Supervisor, (Contract through MSX)

FORD MOTOR COMPANY, Dearborn, MI

Re-established, realigned and re-focused the Chassis Engineering department.

  • Led a multi-national team located in the US, UK and Turkey developing chassis systems for the Ford Transit Connect(small van).
  • Trained contracting company personnel on use of robust design and development tools including DFMEA, DVP, timing plans and others.
1/19951/2001

Product Engineer

Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI

Front suspension architect for the 2001 Ford Transit Medium Commercial Van. Devised and developed a first in the world suspension and steering configuration and package that allowed front and rear wheel drive vehicles to be built on a common platform.

7/19871/1995

Manufacturing Process Engineer

FORD MOTOR COMPANY, Allen Park, MI

Provided wheel alignment and chassis processing and tooling support for Ford assembly plants. Created wheel alignment strategy for Ford Truck manufacturing plants. Won the Henry Ford Technology Award.

Education

B.Sc, Mechanical Engineering

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI