|Robert Kent Herman
*** ********* ****** *********, ***** Carolina 27295
Residence 336.***.**** cell 336.***.****
Highly accomplished manufacturing executive qualified for General Manager’s position with company demanding expertise in all aspects of operations management, P&L, manufacturing, engineering and new product design/launch.
Solid track record of successful experience includes optimizing productivity, improving profitability. Innovative and creative problem solving skills.
Team player with success in identifying, training and developing employees for promotion resulting in a strengthened team of competent managers
Performance-, process-, and results-driven in commitment to quality and continuous improvement.
Foam-Tech Incorporated, Lexington, North Carolina 1999-2010
President and General Manager of Operations
Direct overall operations of a rigid polyurethane component manufacturer with accountability for manufacturing, quality control, engineering, new product development, production control, tooling, safety and regulatory affairs. Company employed up to 120 across 2 shifts. Support a customer base comprising up to 300 national accounts.
Reduced workforce by 20% while increasing production efficiencies reducing backlog from 8 weeks to 4 weeks
Stream-lined new processes in all manufacturing areas to improve production, quality, and labor savings
Increased profitability by 200% (1999-2004) until business was dramatically reduced due to offshore competition
Door-Tech Incorporated, Lexington, North Carolina 2005-Present
President and General Manager of Operations
This company was started by Foam-Tech, Inc. in 2005 and produced aluminum storm doors and windows.
Responsible for the identification and acquisition of this company as a division of Foam-Tech, Inc.
Directed overall relocation, plant layout, and start-up of this aluminum storm door and window company.
Responsible for manufacturing, quality, engineering, new product development, production control, tooling, safety and regulatory affairs. Supported a customer base of 150 active regional accounts.
Lexington Furniture Industries, Lexington, North Carolina 1983-1999
Directed manufacturing, human resource and engineering groups for Young-Hinkle Furniture division which produced annual sales of $28 million. Managed 12 supervisors, 2 engineers, human resource director and 550 hourly employees contained in 1 million square foot manufacturing facility producing household furniture and accessories.
Improved product quality by identifying critical quality issues and establishing quality control stations at key manufacturing points to streamline components.
Developed layout and managed installation of modern lumber processing system to improve quality and production of lumber drying and cutting process
Vaughn-Bassett Furniture Company, Galax, Virginia 1980-1983
Responsible for engineering new products from design through production for promotion. Directed the machining, sanding, construction, finishing and packaging of all new products for bi-annual furniture markets.
Managed project teams for renovation and layout
Modernized quality control procedures
Redesigned bill of materials and route sheet engineering
Catawba College, Salisbury, North Carolina
Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry (1979)
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
Furniture Manufacturing and Management Program (1980-1981)
First Presbyterian Church of Lexington
Elder, deacon , youth leader, Project Building Chairman of $2 million renovation
Boy Scouts of America
Troop Leader, Chairman –Ranks/Awards
Team Phoenix-Girls and Boys AAU Basketball
Sapona Homeowners Association
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