Cedar Falls, IA
President/Executive Coach, Futress Consulting (2020 – Present).
Self-employed executive coach specializing in manufacturing/industrial engineering, profit transformation planning & implementation, change management, and facilities layout projects. Examples of projects include:
Selected and working with a department of a large county municipality to achieve an annual budget surplus of $150K which included a total facility re-layout without the cost of expansion.
Selected and working with a medium-sized manufacturer to increase sales by $600K annually which included a departmental re-layout objective.
Project Manager, Center for Industrial Research & Service (CIRAS), Iowa State University (1995-2020).
Served as a leader and Manufacturing/Industrial Specialist for a university-based organization, partnering with thousands of manufacturing companies and resources to provide executive/management-level training, coaching, and implementation of engineering principles and productivity techniques to enhance performance. Accomplishments included:
Increased profitability of client companies using engineering and continuous improvement tools and teams to evaluate, design, and implement transformational improvement plans.
Achieved $213M+ in financial impact in 16 years from increased sales/throughput, cost reductions, and avoiding unnecessary investments.
Demonstrated an in-depth understanding of the total company environment including finances, sales, and operations while coordinating change management with involvement and buy-in from all employees.
Trained and facilitated employee teams to implement custom-designed solutions.
Managed the ISU Industry Outreach Center for four years and served on several internal management teams to provide leadership and guidance to improve its processes.
Consulted with, found resources for, and assisted hundreds of manufacturing clients to provide technical assistance, education, management guidance, and research to make their endeavors competitive and successful.
Production Manager, Sargent Metal Fabricating (1994-1995).
Responsible for production operations of a 24-employee contract manufacturer with two direct reports. Set up and maintained scheduling and cost analysis systems, inventory management systems, and computer-aided shop management systems.
General Manager, Ideal Industries (1993-1994).
Responsible for day-to-day operations of a 25-employee manufacturer with six direct reports; included production scheduling, new product development, sales/marketing, and financial management.
Supervised operations in production, sales, engineering, purchasing, accounting, and clerical.
12 additional years of manufacturing work history including positions as President, Vice President, Operations and Quality Manager, Safety & Risk Management Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, and Production Supervisor.