Ten years experience in R&D, engineering, and manufacturing, both in the US and Europe. I am proficient in taking development projects from concept all the way through to full-scale manufacturing. In addition to having earned an MBA, I'm experienced in cost center and P&L management, team building, and general management. My diversified background includes machine automation and control, global machine-to-machine telemetry communication, and a successful IT start-up.

I'm a well-rounded individual who is equally comfortable troubleshooting a technical problem on the manufacturing line or giving a presentation to the board. I have the initiative to quickly learn what I need to in order to fill gaps in my team's skill set or capacity, and I possess excellent communication and organizational skills.

EXPERIENCE  --  January 2015 - present

  • Cut operating overhead by 25% during first 120 days of employment
  • Project managed the complete backend and frontend code rewrites for the website
  • Negotiated a domain acquisition and subsequently integrated with our backend to drive it
  • Directed the acquisition and integration of a call center business
  • Developed SEO and content strategies
  • Managed all employees and contractors

NCH UK Ltd  --  March 2008 - October 2014
Director of Engineering & Development

  • Managed the R&D, engineering, and manufacture of industrial equipment, from concept all the way through to production, including concept development, prototyping, industrial design, field testing and evaluation, component and vendor selection, CE & UL conformity testing and documentation, production setup, and QC
  • Designed custom plastics (injection molding, rotational molding, vacuum forming, and blow molding), sheet-metal work, and machined components, as well as developed machine software and printed circuit boards
  • Converted a chemical processing plant to an equipment assembly plant
  • Gained and maintained ISO 9001 certification
  • Built a network of over 100 vendors from scratch
  • Wrote technical manuals; provided technical training and support
  • Project managed a successful move to Oracle, including configuration, testing, training, and implementation
  • Developed an in-house M2M telemetry system that logs events from all installed equipment in a central database and sends email alerts
  • Managed a team of over 20 people, from engineers through to production operatives
  • Negotiated JIT contracts with suppliers that locked in favorable pricing while keeping inventory holdings low
  • Cut total inventory value by 65% while increasing production output
  • Slashed labor costs by 30% while increasing production output
  • Implemented numerous lean concepts, including a Kanban pull system and a reconfiguration of work stations, reducing total walking steps by 40% per build

Products developments I've executed:

Drawform, Inc.  --  January 2005 - December 2007

  • Built and tested R&D prototypes
  • Designed and constructed assembly line; moved production from third-party vendor to in-house
  • Managed all aspects of the production line quality control
  • Gained and maintained Intertek (ETL) listing (US) and ATEX certification (Europe)
  • Wrote user manual and provided technical training and troubleshooting support
  • Served as chief troubleshooter for the production line
  • Managed three employees
  • Researched, designed, and wrote a material resource planning (MRP) program and integrated it with our inventory control software
  • Designed and programmed a user-friendly online equipment troubleshooting application
  • Developed technical training materials
  • Initiated and developed marketing materials
  • Constructed and maintained product website
  • Served as liaison with key vendors and customers
  • Negotiated sale of a business division

Conclusive Systems, LLC  --  August 2002 - December 2008

  • Founded the company with four other members
  • Managed all finances, accounting, and taxes
  • Developed segments of the core application using PHP, MySQL, HTML, XML, and Bash scripts on a Linux platform


Fluid Dosage System
Europe PCT/GB2013/051958

A fluid dosage system for tanks, suitable for use in locations which are remote from a reliable source of electricity. The dosage system is configured to be activated upon the flow of a fluid through a flow switch, and can be configured to deactivate after a period of activity.

Parts Washer
Europe PCT/EP2011/063042

A parts washer comprising an upper portion and a lower portion, in which the part may be washed in the upper portion and the lower portion includes a drum for containing the aqueous cleaning solution. A method of washing an article in a parts washer and a method of regenerating the cleaning solution within the parts washer are also disclosed.


Master of Business Administration  --  2008
Andrews University
4.0 GPA
Delta Mu Delta Honor Society -- Member

BA, General Studies  --  2007
Andrews University
3.84 GPA

AS, Business Administration  --  2003
Walla Walla University
3.8 GPA

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