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Manager Project

Warwick, RI
March 18, 2018

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** ***** ******** ****** • Warwick, Rhode Island 02888

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Strategic Operational Planning ■ Project Management ■ Safety/Quality Assurance

Accomplished manager with the ability to merge experienced-based knowledge of drafting/design methodologies with manufacturing best practices to drive production and profitability. Consistently effective at identifying and rectifying areas of operational inefficiency, mitigating operational cost exposure, and strategically coordinating production operations within the challenges imposed by constantly shifting priorities and critical deadlines.

Recognized as a decisive, mission-driven, motivational leader and supportive colleague with the willingness to extend personal efforts as necessary to expedite operations, resolve problems, and ensure the achievement of short- and long-range production goals.


DVaden Marine, Warwick, Rhode Island 2002 to Present – Part Time/Per Diem

Project Manager/Owner

DVaden Marine specializes in fiberglass production, including swim platforms, transom doors as well as structural repair. Introduced canvas and isinglass work to the company in 2016.

●Fiberglass construction and repair.

●Fabrication of canvas and isinglass canopies and enclosures.

New England Plastic Coated Products, Norton, Massachusetts 2000 to 2014

Project Manager / Facilities Manager

Promoted and given expanded responsibilities to leverage welding/fabrication expertise while overseeing design and production operations at two 35,000-square-foot facilities for this manufacturer of thermoplastic and fiberglass filtration systems with direct applications within the aquaculture, water filtration, and chemical industries. Exceeded performance expectations in providing fiscally responsible, mission-focused leadership throughout management tenure up to the time of the company’s dissolution and sale of site property for future real estate development in 2013.

●Led the conversion to an AutoCAD-driven design model that strengthened business relationships with key private sector and government accounts while enhancing the company’s positioning within the competitive marketplace.

●Interpreted custom-project specifications and leveraged AutoCAD proficiencies while interfacing collaboratively with outsourced OEM engineering firms to advance design efforts for projects at all levels of complexity.

●Provided on-site technical support and quality assurance verification for all new projects, with efforts centered on advising customers on methodologies and best practices for optimizing equipment efficiency.

●Coordinated response-team efforts in executing post-sale service/repair functions for existing systems to expedite the resolution of problems, solidify customer relationships, and foster account retention.

●Ensured the viability and serviceability of the company’s fleet of trucks, forklifts, and function-specific machinery.

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Selected Accomplishments

●Effected a dramatic improvement in the quality assurance function by instituting lean manufacturing protocols that better aligned production/fabrication operations with engineering design plans.

●Pioneered the plan to shift production operations to a four-day workweek and achieved the strategic objective of mitigating overhead costs, improving operational continuity, and optimizing production efficiency across all core manufacturing functions.

Minimized production downtime while capturing significant and measurable reductions in outsourced repair-cost expenditures by performing equipment/machinery repairs in house.

●Led the implementation of the company’s plastic and fiberglass “green” recycling initiative that effectively offset operating waste costs.

Vaden Enterprises, Chula Vista, California 1994 to 2000


Purchased former company Sadrec Incorporated, assumed full profit-loss accountability and management autonomy across all aspects of business development, contract negotiations, and event logistics planning/execution for a highly successful company operating a full-motion recreational simulator as a key attraction at high-profile events and venues throughout the United States.

●Achieved the strategic objective of positioning the company for rapid growth and business development by cultivating profitable business relationships with prominent national event sponsors, including NASCAR, the American Ski Association, and mall locations with high customer census.

●Negotiated rental-space agreements and traveled extensively to manage all logistics for simulator placement, setup, and operation while ensuring alignment with site-specific safety mandates and facility/power infrastructure requirements.

●Executed service and repair functions as required to maintain hydraulic, mechanical, and computer systems, with an emphasis on containing operational cost exposure and downtime without compromising safety standards.

Sadrec Incorporated, Chula Vista, California 1988 to 1994

Director of Operations

Sadrec Incorporated was a recreational entertainment company that conducted business from coast to coast with several motion simulator units.

Direct control of logistics for relocating SR2 Simulators, support equipment and accommodations.

Performed service and repair functions as required to maintain hydraulic, mechanical, and computer systems.

Days Inn, Chula Vista, California 1986 to 1988

Assistant General Manager

Employed as the Maintenance Engineer during the hotel renovation, as well as oversight of day to day operations. Duties included HVAC and restaurant equipment maintenance. Promoted to Assistant General Manager of hotel property.


Southwestern College, Bonita, California

Certified Welder (Triangle Engineering, Brockton, Massachusetts)

AutoCAD Training Certificate (Attleboro Adult Continuing Education, Attleboro, Massachusetts)

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