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Innovative Manufacturing Professional

An innovative manufacturing professional with 20 years of progressively increasing responsibilities in the development, implementation and management of efficient, profitable manufacturing operations for leading electro-mechanical products companies. Managed production of more than 1,300 SKUs that generated $1.85 billion in sales with margins of up to 52%.

Expertise includes outstanding process engineering, manufacturing, testing, assembly, product and technology development and leadership skills.


Zebra Technologies, Inc., Camarillo, California 1993-2005

Director of Operations, Desktop Printers Division (1999-2005)

Expanded and improved manufacturing capacities and efficiencies for a manufacturer of specialty thermal printers for bar coding and plastic identification cards. Directed a team of 325 including manufacturing, manufacturing and test engineering, product scheduling, logistics and facility maintenance staff. Managed a budget of $18 million. During this period, 2.25 million thermal printers were manufactured, generating $675 million in sales.

  • Led expansion of manufacturing operations to support a sales growth from $80 million to $150 million annually.
  • Successfully expanded the Camarillo facility to accommodate the transfer of manufacturing from a Rhode Island facility to California without interruption of services. This entailed construction of 32,000 additional square feet of manufacturing capacity for nine new lines of printers.
  • Implemented Demand Flow Technology throughout the division, resulting in a 70% capacity increase and a 22% throughput improvement. Production quality improved by 4%.
  • Oversaw and managed the process development and production of 18 new printer models and the division repair center.
  • Identified and developed a system transition plan for the implementation of a new Enterprise Resource Planning system.
  • Participated in outsourcing printed circuit boards from a domestic supplier to a Mexican turnkey operation with annual savings of $2 million.

Director of Operations, Eltron International, Inc., Purchased by Zebra Technologies in 1998 (1998)
Manager of Manufacturing, Eltron International, Inc. (1993-1997)

Designed and implemented manufacturing facilities and processes for a startup company that produced thermal printers and accessory products for OEM and distribution channel markets. Managed a budget of $10 million and a staff of 180. Produced more than 750,000 thermal printers, generating $225 million in sales.

  • Oversaw manufacturing operations growth from $2 million to $80 million annually over five years with a total profit of $101 million, which led to the successful sale of the company.
  • Provided the manufacturing input in creating the industry's first low-cost thermal printer that incorporated molded parts, printed circuit boards and a significant reduction in size and cost.
  • Transitioned manufacturing processes into the company from two acquisitions located in Los Angeles and France. The French products were eventually placed into a separate division.
  • Developed, implemented and managed operational infrastructures for manufacturing, logistics, depot repair and facilities support functions. Directed these operations through six different moves in the course of five years and recruited, trained and developed five managers in addition to support staff as the business grew.
  • Set up metrics that controlled various overhead functions that minimized errors and costs.
  • Installed and implemented continuous improvement quality programs and achieved an ISO 9002 certification.
  • Planned and negotiated third party repair service programs.
  • Developed product packaging for 275 SKUs.

Hitachi Koki/Data Products Corporation, Woodland Hills, California 1978-1993

Manager, Manufacturing Engineering, Data Products Corporation was purchased by Hitachi Koki in 1989 (1988-1993)

Oversaw the development of manufacturing processes of printer prototypes and pre-production tooled products for a new proprietary ink jet technology. Managed a staff of eight manufacturing and test engineers with tooling and capital budgets. Designed a domestic manufacturing operations facility. Interfaced with Japan-based technical staff on manufacturing and product testing issues.

  • Completed 800 prototypes with tooling, designs and manufacturing processes that were eventually transferred to Japan. Emphasis was on ease of manufacturing and cost controls.
  • Established capability with subcontractors to complete components and assemblies, defining criteria for component acceptance and process controls.

Supervisor, Industrial Engineering (1985-1988)
Industrial Engineer (1978-1985)

Developed and implemented new manufacturing processes and set up facilities for electronic subassembly and product final assembly for a printer manufacturing company. Worked with five unique printer models, producing 190,000 units representing $950 million in sales during this period. Oversaw 12 engineers, technicians and database analysts in production process design. Supported four major production lines with 200 manufacturing staff. Products consisted of high-speed impact printers used in large mainframe environments. Selected and installed production equipment for semi-automatic printed circuit board assemblies.


California State University, Northridge, Northridge, California

Bachelor of Science, Engineering

Other courses: Statistical Process Control, Continuous Improvement Processes, Design for Simplicity, Just-in-Time Manufacturing and Demand Flow Technology

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