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Manager Quality Control/Quality Assurance

Fort Worth, Texas, United States
August 22, 2018

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Brent W. Cowles

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Quality Control, Quality Assurance and Analytical Chemist

Dallas, TX Cell Phone: 228-***-**** email:



Development and Implementation of Analytical methods for GC, ICPMS and HPLC

Quality Control/Assurance of Production Processes and Lab Testing Procedures

Lab Management, Monitoring, Quality Manager, Product Testing and Troubleshooting.

Introduction and Enhancement of Formulations in Conformance with EPA Regulations and Customer Requirements. Utilization of ISO, USP, FDA and AIB standards.

Supervisor, Project Leader, and Technical Support for Internal and External Clients.

Institution of Procedures for Cost Reduction, Increased Profitability and Staff Development.

Equipment Use and Repair includes: Gas Chromatographs, HPLC, ICP-MS, Auto- Titrators and moisture analyzers


QC/QA Manager, BioMed Laboratories, East Dallas, TX 01/30/2017 – 8/13/2018

Quality Assurance, Quality Control Manager

FDA Quality System (21 CFR §820), Drug cGMP, ISO 13485; 2016, Health Canada (preparing for MDSAP), EU Regulatory Requirements, ISO 14971, passed all audits 2017 and 2018.

Personal Batch Adjustments and Scale up from lab batches

Interviews and hiring of all QC Personnel.

R&D Analytical Chemist, Lily of the Desert Nutraceuticals, Lewisville, TX 07/20/2015 – 01/05/2017

Analytical Method development for new products.

Quality Control Testing revisions and method consolidation and simplification.

Quality Control Management.

HPLC, GC, ICPMS, Auto Titrators, UV-Vis

Worked under USP guidelines

Lab Analyst II, Alcon Laboratories, Inc., Fort Worth, TX 02/2015 – 06/2015

Contract Method Validation Team, HPLC and GC work. 12-month contract was canceled for entire team after 3 months.

Quality Manager/Analytical Chemist, VPG, Inc. Bonham, TX 2009 - 2014

Developed an Analytical Laboratory from scratch for a Company that had never had one.

Purchased all equipment, chemicals and supplies needed to make a working Lab. Started with an ICP, Nitrogen Analyzer, GC, HPLC, Grinder, balances, pH Meters and Stir Plates.

Developed and Implemented Test methods for 8 chemical groups (over 60 different products), sample and standard preparations, and data/calculation spreadsheets.

Developed new Process Solutions, manufacturing and clean out procedures to insure no cross contamination of products.

Helped Maintenance, Plant Manager and Production Supervisor to refine equipment to ease production and improve the products.

Worked to resolve Salesmen and Customer complaints.

Continue to develop and improve analytical test methods.

Lab Supervisor, Wellman, Inc. Bay St. Louis, MS ($600 million Company) 2005 - 2008

Instrumental in scheduling and directing staff on clean-up, salvage and testing of lab equipment

and chemicals in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina resulting in little lost time.

Saved company $30-40,000 yearly by performing all repairs on lab equipment including GCs, IC,

viscometers, color analyzers, melt-point analyzers, titrators, and electronic balances. Trained in-

house staff on equipment repair and worked with outside service technicians when necessary to

get equipment back up as quickly as possible.

Effectively communicated and provided support to lab, sales staff, production and customers to

resolve any issues, operational deficiencies, and enhance production and quality control.

Supervised 14 operators and 1 trainer; developed and instituted proper labor safety procedures

and training in compliance with EPA regulations and company quality requirements.

Served on Production Improvement and Safety Committee (accidents over past two years – None).

Met and negotiated with suppliers to get best pricing and efficiency on equipment purchases.

Research and Development Chemist, Sigma Coatings 2004 - 2005

Sigma Coatings, a manufacturer of marine and industrial coatings.

Developed new products and enhance existing formulas in compliance with EPA regulations and in

response to client requirements.

Identified root causes of defects, implemented corrective actions, and prepared reports on field

issues regarding any complaints.

Communicated effectively with production to resolve any processing or specification issues with


Upgraded quality control methods and provided direction to lab technicians in product formulation,

testing, and development.

Research & Development Chemist, Schnee-Morehead, Inc. Irving, TX 1999 - 2004

Schnee-Morehead Inc., a prime source of sealants with world-wide distribution.

Project leader in acrylic polymer research and polymer science.

Developed and applied for patent on zero VOC one component moisture cure acrylic polymers sealants and adhesives.

Substantive experience with one component polyurethane and water-based acrylic latex sealants and adhesives for world-wide applications.

Set process parameters and evaluated performance through data collection, updates and reformatting of current and new raw material data sheets.

Performed second source testing and analysis of raw materials which resulted in $250,000 in cost savings.

As Technical Service Chemist provided technical support, process analysis, and problem resolution for sales staff, production, and customers.

Strong leadership skills utilized in organizational, planning, tracking and reporting of data.

Analytical Skills: IR, GC.


B.A. Chemistry, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas 1992

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