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Manager Product Development

Sanford, Maine, United States
January 13, 2018

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Curtis E. Ham

** ****** ******, *******, ***** 04073

Phone 207-***-****, Cell 207-***-****


Summary of qualifications

A seasoned manager with over 20 years experience in product development and manufacturing. Strong skills in factory set-up, production efficiency, inventory control and training personnel.

Work experience

President, April, 2010- October, 2017

Vice-President of Manufacturing October, 2003-April, 2010

Burgess Leather Company. Somersworth, NH

Responsible for running the daily operations of the business. Including scheduling production, training new employees, and maintaining labor efficiency. Responsible for maintaining all equipment and upkeep. Kept cost low by sourcing new suppliers and maintaining supplier relationships. Developed new manufacturing processes to cut manufacturing lead times by 30%. Maintained inventory control of all raw materials and achieved inventory turn of four times annually.

Vice-President of Manufacturing, January, 2000 – August, 2003

Plant Manager, 1998-2000

Page Belting Company, Inc. Concord, NH

Responsible for research development, process control and factory layouts for existing and new product lines. Worked with ownership to acquire and integrate two industrial leather products manufacturing companies. Responsible for hiring and training 30 new employees in 90 days for two new production lines. Reduced materials costs 14% by reducing waste and sourcing alternate supply. Cut lead times 50% by improving process flow. Implemented Lean Manufacturing procedures as well as just in time inventory management.

Successfully decreasing workplace injury by introducing new work practices and conducting voluntary state health and safety audits. Achieved low level user status with EPA by introducing new chemical processing.

Responsible for complying with local, state and federal environmental and employment requirements.

General Manager, New England Leather Accessories, Inc, Rochester, NH


Responsible for improving efficiency in lead and cycle times. Reduced cycle times by 50%. Product development including design, pattern making, prototyping, sourcing and costing. Introduced computerized manufacturing. Responsible for set-up, maintenance and repair of production machinery. Developed new production lines. Instituted safety program and brought factory into OSHA compliance. Provided training and supervision for 25 employees.

Consultant, Daylor Creations, Providence, RI


Worked with owner to purchase new equipment and set up two automated production lines. Improved production efficiency through introduction of state of the art equipment. Employee training for 80 employees. Designed men’s belt line for Guess Jeans.

Plant Manager, Cole-Haan Accessories, Sanford, ME


Developed factory layout to establish efficient work flow. Purchased equipment for belt and accessory production. Responsible for setup, maintenance and repair of production machinery. Hired and trained 40 employees.

As product development manager, responsible for pattern making, samples and prototypes. Responsible for sourcing and managing first production run. As plant manager, responsible for product development, purchasing, production, shipping and receiving.

Reduced factory defect rate from 10% to 3%. Increased manufacturing efficiencies by 25%. Increased belt production from 2000-5000 units per week in three months.


Certificate of Supervisory Management

University of Southern Maine, 1993

San Diego Community College, 1980-1981

Professional training

New Hampshire Health and Safety Council

OSHA Safety Course 1998, 1999, 2000

Ergonomics in the Workplace 1998

NH Labor Laws 1999

University of New Hampshire

Workers Comp Case Management 2001

Financial Skills for Non Financial Managers 2001

US Marine Corps

Military Police School 1977

Non-Commissioned Officers School

Rank E-4, Honorable Discharge 1981

References Available Upon Request

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