AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Food Production & Processing Team Leadership Food Safety
Employee Engagement Employee Safety Continuous Improvement
Product Quality Production Line Sanitation LEAN Manufacturing
KEY LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE
Participated in Grande Custom Ingredients LEAN manufacturing projects. (Example: $400K+ annual savings by
modifying the production schedule and processes to prevent production line downtime and material waste.)
Collaborated in a process improvement project, which resulted in improving whey protein density.
This resolved the issues in our products downstream and eliminated problems with agglomeration 100%.
(Example: Reducing WPI 90% protein 1650# tote being sold at $0 .75 per lb. to selling it at the regular price of $4.50
Contributed to the review and the rewriting of the Grande Custom Ingredients standard operating procedures
(SOP) to bring them up to date. Created new SOPs and changed recording documents to be current.
At Bremner Foods; advocated for Ecolab cleansing products for the processing lines. My suggestion resulted in
the Company using Ecolab products which improved line sanitation over prior methods used.
Based on Lowes daily night shift shipping requirements; I flexed the shift’s labor resources to achieve the operational demands in an efficient manner. Saving excess manpower and expense in multiple area with my reports.
Gold Standard Baking I came in with a team of supervisors knowledgeable with great ideals. Collaborated on lean ideals, newer SOPs, breaks and rotations. Some ideals are being added as things are changing for the better.
GOLD STANDARD BAKING (PRIVATE LABEL BAKERY FOOD MANAFACTURE) CHICAGO, IL
Production / Packaging Supervisor (4/2018 – Present)
Private Label Bakery for major brand companies of danishes, croissants, cinnamon rolls and specialty baked goods.
Responsible for overall safety, food safety, quality and efficiencies of one to 2 lines. Work with direct reports of 30 -75 company and temporary team members.
Maintain a safe work environment all employee (company or temporary) Monitor and enforce safety and food safety standards.
Verify attendance, breaks, lunches, and record any attendance issues. Administers any discipline if required.
Train or get the best person to train team members and place them in the position by the company’s needs and their ability. Coach, train, mentor and help team members achieve personal best. Resolve team members issues though problem resolution.
Accident investigations and complete incident reports. (Slip Trip Fall/Near Misses/ Unsafe Acts)
Complete GMP checks and audits along with all daily recorded paperwork.
Do regular checks to meet customers specs and expectations (quality checks every hour)
Communicate with fellow support team of Managers, Supervisors of current, short/long term issues to review and fix. (A lot of collaboration and great assistance between Supervisors. Never left until the other Supervisor was running well or said they could handle it.)
LOWES – (REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION WAREHOUSE SUPPORTING THE STORES) ROCKFORD, IL
Company Sales > $65B
Total Distribution Employees: 700 employees
Operations Night Shift Shipping/Receiving Supervisor (1/2016 to April 4/2018)
Manage, supervise and coach a team of up to 24 team members.
Conducted the shift briefing; including safety topics/issues. and the demand of the day.
Monitored team performance and individual performance.
Monitor staffing needs and adjust work to be accomplished according to the available resources and skill sets.
Resolved interpersonal conflicts between team members.
Expedite receiving, picking and shipping of priority product or Special order sales.
Successfully managed multiple tasks simultaneously, as priorities shift.
GRANDE CUSTOM INGREDIENTS (ACQUIRED PGP INTERNATIONAL) JUDA, WI
Plant Sales > 20M – Privately Held – Manufacturer of Dairy Ingredients (Lactose and Whey Protein Powder)
Total Plant Associates: 110
Production Team Manager (8/2013 to 6/30/2015)
Communicated with Quality Assurance, the Manufacturing Manager and the Operational staff to meet the plants
Had daily individual contact with the prior shift’s Production Manager to be informed on the status of the
Department’s operations. Followed up with subsequent discussions for my team members to inform them on the
shift’s operational priorities and the current status of the equipment.
Oversaw 3 processing lines 4 whey products, 1 lactose product and 4 . Managing, training and counseling a team of 4
Process Specialist, 68 hourly Associates and 4 Maintenance Associates. Accomplished the training of warehouse Associates
and Specialist in Microsoft Dynamics AX January 2015.
Responsible for all the night shift’s clean-in-place (CIP) and clean-out of-place (COP) sanitation processes. Created
a sanitation that reduced water and cleaning supplies 80% in clean rooms.
Attended Company educational seminars; being certified in HACCP, SQF, Six Sigma Gold Belt and CPR.
PGP INTERNATIONAL (ACQUIRED BY GRANDE CHEESE CO.) JUDA, WI
Plant Sales > 10M - Company Sales > £13B (British) Manufacturer of Dairy Ingredients
(Lactose and Whey Protein Powder)
Total Plant Associates: 96
Production Supervisor (11/2011 to 8/2013)
Responsible for the shifts production and sanitation procedures in accordance to Company operating policies and
Sole Supervisor on night shift. Our team consisted of 4 Leads, 68 Hourly Associates and 4 Maintenance Associates.
Managed employee scheduling, processing training, safety training safety and employee counseling.
BREMNER FOOD GROUP (SUBSIDIARY OF RALCORP HOLDINGDS FINANCIAL) SOUTH BELOIT, IL
Plant Sales > 60M - Privately Held - Manufacturer of Cookies and Crackers (Cookies)
Total Plant Associates: 220
Production Supervisor (6/2009 to 9/2011)
Oversaw the late shift; supervising 3 production lines. Team consisted of 3 Leads and 34 associates.
Maintained and ensured the safety of all employees in the operation of equipment through proper
training, enforcement of safety rules, and the following the Company’s SOPs.
Collaborated on the revision and updating of the SOPs for the processing areas. Resulted in the minimization of sanitation
time by 37%.
Accountable for monitoring product rework inventories. Shift reduced errors by 40%, which reduced the plants total
rework inventories. My shift utilized close to 40% of rework to batches that increased production yields.
Controlled hourly labor costs by the proper scheduling of hourly labor and kept overtime to a minimum, when required.
Participated in final formulation of numerous R&D cookie test products (i.e. McDonald’s, Walmart and other Private Label brands.
Promoted to Production Supervisor 6/2009
BREMNER FOOD GROUP SOUTH BELOIT, IL
Processing Batcher Operator, Mixer, Rescale (1/2008 – 6/2009)
Accurately weighted and measured ingredients for all recipes flowing into the batches; resulting in no batching mistakes.
Responsible for making sure all mixers and utensils were clean/sanitized correctly.
Monitored the batching process to ensure that the batch ran smoothly.
Was picked to assist with R&D test products to assure proper measurement and documentation.
ECOLAB, INC. SOUTH BELOIT, IL
Sales > $6B – Dish Machine Division, of Chemical and Cleaner Company (Restaurant Chemical Dispensers and Supplies)
Total Warehouse Associates: 52
Warehouse Material Handler / Order Picker – Packer (8/2006 – 7/2007)
Loaded and unloaded trailers.
Accurately picked and packed orders from warehouse stock.
Knowledgeable of warehouse RF scanners and UPS shipping system.
Checked for orders discrepancy.
FOREMOST FARMS, USA FITCHBURG, WI
Sales > Private – Member/Owned Dairy Cooperative (Juice)
Total Plant Associates: 46
Packaging Filler Operator (3/2005 – 8/2006)
Operated EH Filler (Evergreen), all changeovers all products and codes.
Operated carton caser 6 pack and 8 pack, Stone Box Erector, McDowell case sealer, ITI box coder, Excel Video Jet coder and Klockner palletizer.
Regularly checked codes, sampled product and checked (sugar) with brix meter.
Performed all filler air oils and filled zirks on all equipment.
Foamed, scrubber, COP parts and sanitized filler.
MEADOW GOLD DAIRIES (SUBSIDIARY OF DEAN FOODS) NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV
Sales > $11B – Dairy Manufacturer (Milk)
Total Plant Associates: 80
Packaging Filler Operator (5/2004 – 1/2005)
DEAN FOODS PECATONICA, IL
Sales > $11B – Dairy Manufacturer (Non-Dairy Creamer, Soup Base and Whip Topping)
Total Plant Associates: 110
Spray Dryer Operator / Vacation Relief (2/1997 – 5/2004)
HACCP - March 2014 - Current
SQF (Post-Farm Gate) Level III - February 2014 - Current
Six Sigma Gold Belt - Noverber2013 – Current
CRP and First Aid - July 2013 – Needs Renewal