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Monument, Colorado, 80132, United States
March 16, 2011

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Steve Harper

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Monument, CO 80132

719-***-**** office

615-***-**** cell

BACKGROUND SUMMARY: More than twenty-eight years engineering, technology,

operations, and business leadership experience includes:

Engineering Management Process Engineering Lead

Project Management Detail Engineering Facilitation

Management of Change Environmental and Safety Compliance

Proposal Development CADD

Project Cost Estimation and Project Front End Loading

Tracking Organized Labor Management

Operations Management Leadership Development

Global Business Management Strategic Planning

Technology Management Plant

Employee Development Commissioning/Startup/Optimization

Organizational Effectiveness Due Diligence and Opportunity

Work Process Design and Assessment

Re-engineering Quality Management

Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing Crisis Response/Media Relations


Engineering Management and Technical Consultant (2009-Present)

President- President and owner of a consulting business that provides

engineering and project management expertise to the petro-chemical

industry. Led a multi-disciplined team of industry experts to provide a

comprehensive preliminary design for a polycarbonate facility to be built

in China. Served as the Engineering Manager and primary technical liaison

in the transfer of process engineering technology from the independent

technical consultants to the Design and Engineering firm, Mustang

Engineering based in Houston TX. Provided management of engineering

deliverables, schedule, and cost control for the project. The Basic

Engineering Package for a world scale polycarbonate manufacturing plant was

completed on budget and schedule and exceeded the Chinese client's


Franklin Engineering Group (2008-2009)

Senior Project Manager - Managed numerous engineering design projects

requiring comprehensive project management expertise including developing

the Project Execution Plan, developing and maintain the project schedule

(MS Project), cost and manpower tracking and control, quality control,

managing project risks and unexpected events, presenting project status

reports, multi-disciplinary team management, client relationship

management, preparing project proposals and cost estimates, and project

closure reports. Developed a best in class work process that defines how

various roles engaged in a project productively meet the client's

expectations. Led numerous sophisticated capital projects requiring Front

End Loading (FEL) expertise, innovative engineering, comprehensive

simulation and Auto CAD modeling, and thorough detail design. Demonstrated

experience with many project management Value Improving Practices (VIP)

including process simplification, technology selection, waste minimization,

energy optimization, risk management, maintainability, operability, and

reliability. Proven track record in delivering projects on time and on

budget that meet or exceed the client's performance requirements.

The Sinclair Group (2002-2006)

Vice President, Technology - Responsible for technology development and

all intellectual property of The Sinclair Group, a consulting firm of over

70 consultants supporting the manufacturing sector globally. Chief

architect of the Rapid Transformation methodology used to transform

numerous major manufacturing corporations to best in class operations


o Personally led a Rapid Transformation project with Celanese

Corporation where over $60 million/yr savings were achieved in overall

manufacturing costs by transforming 20+ manufacturing sites globally.

o Served as project manager for the Invista (formerly DuPont fibers)

Rapid Transformation project that transformed 25+ manufacturing sites

globally, resulting in over $300 million/yr manufacturing costs


o Personally authored several of the best in class manufacturing work

processes used in the above projects.

o Served as Operations Expert in due diligence and opportunity


New Life Church, Colorado Springs, CO (1999-2002)

Licensed minister.

The Dow Chemical Company (1976 - 1999)

Director of Engineering and Technology, Texas Operations, Freeport, TX - As

a member of Dow's chlor-alkali global business team, was responsible for

developing and implementing technology and engineering projects in support

of the business strategy. Dow is the largest producer of chlor-alkali in

the world. Directed the implementation of both facilities and new capacity

capital for all of Dow's manufacturing sites around the world (typically

over $100 million/yr)

(1996 - 1999)

Led significant improvements in diaphragm cell technology, one of which

improved global capacity by 260 million pounds per year with minimal

capital investment.

Co-authored Dow's Technology Management work process.

Developed Dow's first technology strategic plan.

Certified as 6 Sigma management sponsor. Provided direction to numerous

Black Belts in using 6 Sigma methodology to solve technical problems.

Operations Manager, Western Canada Operations - Oversaw the efforts of

Plant Managers of four world scale plants (two chlor-alkali plants (1.3

billion pounds per year), one vinyl chloride plant (1 billion pounds per

year), one power plant (200 Megawatt). (1993- 1996)

Consolidated two chlor-alkali plants resulting in Dow's premier

manufacturing site in productivity and operational performance

Led the implementation of a new Dow oxy-chlorination reactor design and

vinyl chloride distillation design. The result was a 25% capacity

improvement with unit capital half the previous experience in Dow.

Led the development of Dow's first manufacturing work process. This new

work process was implemented in all Dow manufacturing sites globally

resulting in dramatic improvement in plant operations and operator


Led site re-engineering effort which de-layered the site from seven to

three layers.

Led Site Issues Management Team responsible for chlorine issues and

media communications.

Vice-Chairman, Canadian Chemical Producers Association, Alberta, Canada

Management sponsor of the local Community Advisory Panel.

Led the power plant to the highest levels of performance in the Dow

system. The turbines were cited by G.E. as the most reliable and

efficient of all their units globally.

Received a Dow internal Award for outstanding people development.

Lean Sigma/Employee Development Manager, Texas Operations, Freeport, TX -

Served as Lean Sigma and Employee Development Manager for Dow's Texas

Operations site, the largest chemical complex in North America. Responsible

for the site Employee Developement Department, consisting of thirty

training delivery and development professionals. (1991 - 1993)

Led the site Leadership Team to a new leadership model and

organizational design.

Provided leadership to the sites Lean Sigma facilitators and engineers.

Provided management oversight to the sites ISO 9000 certification.

Initiated the use of statistical applications theory and utilized

trained statisticians to facilitate process variability reduction in the

seventy chemical plants throughout the site.

Managed the employee developement resources and facilities to enable

knowledge and skill development for all 8000 employees on the site from

Operator to Operations Vice President.

Personally instructed strategic planning, facilitative leadership, work

process redesign, and management essentials.

Plant Manager, Linear Low Density (Dowlex Plant, Texas Operations,

Freeport, TX - Led one of Dow's most complex (4 independent yet integrated

productions trains) and most profitable ($120 million PBT) plants to

superior production, quality, and safety performance. The efforts resulted

in the plant receiving Dow's first Quality Performance Award, the most

prestigious award given by Dow to a plant. Led the Polyethylene Process

Technology Management Team. Served as a member of the Dowlex( Product

Management Team. (1988 - 1991)

Led the plant to a 23% capacity increase to over 1 billion pounds of

polyethelene per year with no capital expenditure.

Improved plant yields by $3 million per year and reduced plant

maintenance by more than $1 million per year.

Led the development of Dow's first generation dual reactor resin family.

Laid the groundwork for the loop reactor, used to produce Dow's Insite(

family of polymers.

Reduced plant environmental and safety incidents by 25 percent.

Plant Manager, Polycarbonate Plant, Texas Operations, Freeport, TX - Helped

design the first Dow polycarbonate plant. Translated pilot plant

operations into process control code for the production plant. Supervised

commissioning and startup as Assistant Plant Manager. Named Plant Manager

during startup. Served as Plant Manager during second train design,

construction, and startup.

(1983 - 1988)

Led the production scale up effort of a new product (polycarbonate)

using internally developed technology. Guided the process from the

pilot plant stage to full commercialization. Designed and developed a

reliable and robust process control system for plant scale production.

The plant started up on schedule and produced industry superior quality

resins within its first year of operation.

Added a second polycarbonate production train parallel to the existing

production facility. The second train used a novel continuous reactor

approach. The train came on line as scheduled and at design.

Chairman of the Chemical Manufacturers Association Phosgene Panel on

Dispersion Modeling.

Senior Research Engineer, Texas Operations, Freeport, TX - Designed and

built an acrylonitrile pilot plant, including the design and programming of

a Honeywell TDC 2000 control system. Responsible for operation of an

acrylic acid semi-plant, which demonstrated full design capability of a new

Dow proprietary acrylic acid process. Developed and installed innovative

purification and polymerization inhibitor designs which resulted in

successful direct distillation of acrylic acid. Received six U.S. patents

for this work. Responsible for processes research for Latex and Hydroxy

alkyl acrylate plants. (1979 - 1983)

Demonstrated acrylonitrile reactor conversion and selectivity superior

to any commercially available technology.

Developed a kinetic model of the acrylic acid reactor which accurately

predicted temperature and composition profiles.


B.S., Chemical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, Texas A & M, College Station,


Executive MBA, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Executive Program in Operations Management, Amos Tuck/Dartmouth College,

Hanover, NH

Doctor of Ministry, Wagner Leadership Institute


Registered Professional Engineer, Texas

Granted six U.S. Patents

Published Author

Licensed Minister

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