Project Leader – IT / Enterprise Software, Operations, Supply Chain
Welcome to my personal / professional web site!
I have been very fortunate in my long and
successful career, serving over 60 companies in scores of projects as a
business, manufacturing, ERP systems, and IT consultant, including
Deloitte and Touche, as well as successful stints as VP Manufacturing
and Director of Material earlier in my career.
The purpose of this web site is to provide the
visitor with the ability easily find publications, articles, and papers
I’ve written which may be of interest, and to quickly read more about
the aspects of my work experience which may be of interest.
It helps overcome the inherent limitations of a brief resume,
which of necessity must be focused.
There are common threads that run through my work
and life. Briefly, these
about how business, IT, manufacturing and supply chain work – not just WHAT works, but WHY things work the
way they do. This motivation has
led me to investigate and quickly become fairly knowledgeable, even
expert, in more areas, and to a greater level of detail, than most
otherwise well informed professionals.
I have a visceral NEED to know why something works the way it
does, whether the result is desirable and brings success, or the
opposite. All results – good and
bad – are a predictable outcome of some kind of process.
The key, for me anyway, is to understand which processes bring
which outcomes, and why
Manufacturing and Supply
the process from idea to something physical which is useful to many
people has held my attention throughout my career.
In many companies, the engineering process itself is an integral
part of the making of things, and has its own fascination to me.
A personal project provided deep insight into this process right
out of graduate school, in which I studied chassis and suspension
design, then did simple engineering drawings, from which a friend and I
built a complete modified stock race car, and then raced it.
From mental image to a 650 hp race car; very exciting at the
Technology – companies were making use of computer
technology before I started my career, but the uses and capabilities
have become steadily more powerful, and so my interest in deploying
these powerful tools everywhere I worked has grown concurrently.
While much of my work was not focused specifically on IT aspects,
in almost my the work has involved the company’s information systems, or
lack, in some cases. One cannot
succeed in any business endeavor without paying a lot of attention to
Available on this site are:
About Us – more detail about how my
interests and work evolved through several stages from early, through
mid-career, and into the work of the last several years, highlights of
some of my work experiences, certifications I hold, publications I've
authored, including a hard-back text, published originally by
Prentice-Hall, and sold globally, used most typically in material
– these are short articles describing 6 of the more successful projects
I’ve led. The time frames
range from 1990’s through 2009.
Best Practices –
a “sub” web site – in which you can peruse, download and/or read
articles I’ve written on the “path to best practices,” an interest
throughout my career.
a “sub” web site – this site describes the AIMS/ERP system, initially
developed at Alesis Corporation in the early 1990’s, then marketed via
the company I ran through 2001.
The system’s last customer migrated off the system in 2007.
Few people have the opportunity to design, in detail, a
full-scale, 1,000 screen ERP system, then see it developed and
implemented in a number of sites.
All 1,600 pages of design specifications are available on the site.
The system has a number of very unusual, powerful capabilities not found
even in large ERP systems.
additional articles and publications which I’ve authored.
I can recommend one particularly interesting presentation – a
team effort with other Turnaround Management Association (TMA) members,
given at the UCLA Anderson school of business.
A real-world story of the Accuride Company bankruptcy.
The team included the investment banker from Houlihan-Lokey who
actually worked on the case, which involved Accuride, at the time a $600
mil/year company. Showcases a
number of business practice issues and what happens when things go wrong.