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Manager Engineer

Lyon Charter Township, MI, 48165
March 11, 2018

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Tom Stall

Phone 734-***-**** New Hudson, MI *8165 e-mail:


Dynamic, competitive professional with 28 years of progressive experience as a manager and engineer in manufacturing/production and 7 years as an Army Officer. Broad-based skills in design, production, and program management. Proven success as a change agent in creating leadership and process improvement. Highly skilled at implementing lean principles with internal and external customers. Expertise in leading teams to achieve goals and objectives.


Team Building Budget and Cost Controls Program Management Change Agent Creative Problem Resolution New Product Launches

Profitability Improvement Process Development/Implementation Personnel Management


Koppert Biological Systems – Howell, MI

Production Manager – October 2008 – Present

Supervises two assistant production managers, a facility manager, and a quality supervisor in a bumblebee production facility in Howell, MI and a mite bottling facility in Oxnard, CA.

Key Accomplishments:

Reduced labor hours per hive sold by 34% for $230,000 annual savings.

Reduced pollen usage by 56% for $270,000 annual savings.

Improved bottling efficiency for $25,000 annual savings.

Ford Motor Company - Dearborn, MI

Lean Supplier Optimization Manager - September 2007 – July 2008

Led teams consisting of purchasing, cost estimating, and engineering on supplier site visits to identify and eliminate waste in all areas of the value chain.

Key Accomplishments:

Recognized for outstanding achievement as a “change agent”.

Identified $5.9 million in waste at 3 supplier sites of which $1.2 million is being implemented.

Engineering Supervisor / Superintendent - April 2006 – August 2007

Supervised 5 manufacturing engineers in a 3-shift air-fuel charging assembly department. Department consisted of 13 assembly lines and cells and 4 plastic injection molding machines.

Key Accomplishments:

Coached a Six Sigma project that reduced cross-thread defects by 31%.

Changed product design and process on air-fuel module for a $330K cost save.

Supervised 5 production supervisors in a 3-shift wiper motor assembly department. Department consisted of 3 major assembly lines and subassembly cells operated by 50 direct labor and 7 indirect labor UAW employees (Wiper and FDM Superintendent).

Key Accomplishments:

Improved wiper labor and overhead costs by $300K per month within 9 months.

Successfully launched a new FDM process from the ground up on time and within budget.

Visteon Corporation – Ypsilanti, MI

Product Manager / Superintendent - August 1999 – March 2006

Supervised 1 production superintendent, 1 production scheduler, 1 maintenance supervisor, and 6 production supervisors in a 3-shift aluminum die cast department. Department consists of 29 die cast machines operated by 120 direct and 31 indirect employees (Product Manager).

Key Accomplishments:

Recognition Award for $8 per unit profit improvement (20%) on electronic throttle body.

Reduced energy usage and environmental waste by over $200K annually.

Increased parts shipped per labor hour from 69 to 120 (74% increase) over 3 years.

Visteon Corporation - London, England

Design Engineer / Advanced Mfg Engineer Supervisor - June 1996 – July 1999

Designed and launched on time and within cost budget the Contour and Focus Fuel Delivery Modules. Supported vehicle launches in Germany, Spain and the U.S (Design Engineer).

Supervised 3 engineers in the design, launch, and delivery of the Focus Fuel Delivery Module production line. Responsible for the program management of the European FDM (Supervisor).

Key Accomplishments:

Successfully launched a new model European Focus Fuel Delivery Module production line and two plastic injection molding machines on time and under budget.

Moved production line and molding machines to Alba, Hungary after one year of production to develop a lean cell. Move made without interruption of supply to the customer.

Ford Motor Company – Bedford, IN

Unit Supervisor / Area Supervisor - June 1994 – May 1996

Coordinated the plant's production and support operations on the afternoon shift. Shift consisted of six supervisors and 265 hourly employees in eleven different product and support areas.

Manufacturing Engineer / Production Supervisor - July 1990 – May 1994

Responsible for current and future model fuel pump sender products on four assembly lines consisting of over 300 products with an annual production volume of over 2.3 million assemblies.

United States Army – Ft. Bragg, NC

Company Commander / Platoon Leader / Pilot - September 1984 – June 1990

Responsible for the discipline, training, and safety of 65 soldiers and accountability of 35 combat vehicles, 295 weapons, and support equipment in excess of $7.5 million (Company Commander) and 12 combat helicopters and support equipment in excess of $12 million (Platoon Leader).

Key Accomplishments:

Maintained the highest operational readiness rate (99.4%) in the 82d Airborne Division for all equipment.

Established, manned, equipped, trained, and employed a newly-forming platoon from the ground up.


United States Military Academy, West Point, NY

Bachelor's Degree – BS in Aerospace Engineering

GMI, Flint, MI

Master's Degree - MS in Manufacturing Management

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