After I wore out my welcome at dad’s company, I had a series of my positions that helped me become a product development expert. I worked first as a CAD manager, before being promoted to design release engineer and finally to program manager. During this time, I had the opportunity to manage automotive launches in both Thailand and China for Chrysler and their Asian partners.
After way too much travel to Asia, I switched gears and went to work as an operations / management consultant. I worked with both big companies and small on a variety of projects. Most of my projects were for Chrysler and involved bringing products to market faster, better and cheaper. For all its problems, automtotive is hyper competitive and I learned a lot about reducing costs, improving processes and leading change initiatives. On one of my last engagements, I facilitated value stream mapping workshops for Chrysler’s biggest suppliers (Magna, TRW, Bosch, etc.).
The goal of value stream mapping is to reduce the cost and time required to deliver the product and I soon realized that a big part of the savings opportunity was in the area of logistics. This discovery got the wheels turning, and before long I left the wonderful world of automotive behind and joined the Rock Solid team!
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