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 Expert  725026

Expert in Supplier Quality & Development, Chemical Plant Operations

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Michigan (MI)
Education Work History Career Accomplishments Consulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

Summary of Expertise:

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He is skilled in Problem Solving utilizing 5Why, 3Legged5Why, 5 Phase and 8D.

He is also skilled in Layered Process Audits, Read Across/Look Across, 5S/Lean, Hidden Factories, Operator Support/Work Instructions, Planning & Prediction (PFMEA, Control Plan, Process Flow), Error Proofing, Containment (Controlled Shipping), and all elements of Advanced Product Quality Planning and PPAP's.


plant operations management


operational testing

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Detroit, Michigan;  Warren, Michigan;  Flint, Michigan;  Sterling Heights, Michigan;  Lansing, Michigan;  Ann Arbor, Michigan;  Livonia, Michigan;  Dearborn, Michigan;  Cleveland, Ohio;  and Toledo, Ohio.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1973   M.A.   Education   Peabody College of Vanderbilt University   Magna Cum Laude
1970   B.S.   Education   Lipscomb University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2007 to






Quality Specialist


Performed system assessments (utilized Circle of Success) on suppliers based on high defects (NCT's) and/or Yard Holds. Identified weak areas, and worked with suppliers to improve robustness of those systems. Identified strong areas, and assisted suppliers in Look Across/Read Across. Aided suppliers in formulation of Action Plans and identification of Metrics to monitor progress toward defined goals. Served as Project Leader at various supplier sites including manufacturing and assembly.

2000 to 2007


American Axle & Manufacturing




Sr. Supplier Quality & Development Engineer


Managed daily supplier issues for plants producing front and rear axles. Issued PRR's/Non-Conformance notifications, assisted suppliers in Root Cause identification and worked toward Permanent Corrective Action. APQP and PPAP of all rear axle suppliers. Responsible for final approval of supplier PPAP's and submission of AAM PPAP's to customers. Reduced supplier pass through defects through identification on prints, Error Proofing and Containment. IMDS champion for Detroit campus.

1993 to 2000


Materials Processing Inc./Mexico Painting Inc.


Quality Systems


Manager of Systems & Quality


Facilitated new business venture with Mexican company. Launched a new plant in Puebla, Mexico, and lived there for over a year. Performed site selection, renovation of facility, construction and importation of equipment and supplies and hiring/training of personnel for Mexican facility.

1983 to 1993


Future Plastics Corporation


General Manager




Started a thermoset molding company from purchase of assets of bankrupt company. Established customer base including Chrysler, Unisys, Ford, Delco Remy, United Technologies and Detroit Diesel. OEM and aftermarket supplier of slip rings and electrical connectors used in the alternator/generator business. Named to the Michigan Private 100 (1988) as one of the fastest growing businesses. Obtained supplier codes to major automotive companies which aided in selling business in 1993.

Career Accomplishments:

American Society for Quality Society of Automotive Engineers

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Consulted with large corporation who supplies instrument panels and seating to major automotive suppliers. Performed a System Assessment which identified weaknesses of unmanageable PFMEA/Control Plan (over 1200 pages) which was reduced to 175 pages through references to Core Documents. Initiated Scoreboards to allow all employees access to company performance. Initiated 5S leading to tremendous improvement in overall performance and plant cleanliness. Improved Material Flow and Containment of nonconforming material.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in iaxle/drivetrain product engineering in automotive industry.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1999 to 2000   Mexico   Established contacts with local authorities including Chamber of Commerce, Puebla public officials, real estate companies, utility officials and local unions. Facilitated the renovation of existing facility into a modern painting facility for brake drums and rotors. Established of local supplier base of services and products. Hired and trained personnel including skilled trades, management, business administration, materials and general labor.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Spanish   Intermediate

Market Research:
Work extremely well with customers and suppliers.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Problem Solving utilizing 3 Legged 5Why.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Worked with suppliers on a global basis utilizing a web based system for loading documentation required for APQP and PPAP.

Other Skills and Services

Skilled in System Assessments, Wall to Wall Audits for potential suppliers, Problem Solving utilizing 3L X 5W Methodology, Layered Process Audits, Visual Management/Scoreboards, 5S/Lean, Hidden Factories, Operator Support/Work Instructions, Planning & Prediction (PFMEA, Control Plans, Process Flow), Error Proofing and all facets of APQP/PPAP.


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