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Granger, Indiana, United States
September 08, 2018

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John D’Avella

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Career Profile

Improved the Power of ERP systems so that the company gets better ROI from its computer systems. My specialty is to make the computer do the work and get it to provide the most useful information possible.

Career Highlights

Worked for some of the largest and smallest companies in the world. Worked in over 50 factories around the world, in industries ranging from steel processing to electronic assembly. Worked on a wide variety of ERP systems to upgrade and enhance their usefulness to the company, usually as the IT Dept Mgr.

Work Experience

Retired and bored 7/1/2017 - present

NVIC(Toyota) IT Dept Manager 05/15/2014 – 07/01/2017

Promoted to Dept Mgr. Bring the existing ERP system to the next level. NVIC uses the Odyssey ERP system, built on the Progress database engine. proposed improvements, led projects, wrote programs using Crystal Reports and SQL, improved procedures, taught users. Manage over 25 concurrent IT Projects.

D’Avella Family Winery Vintner / owner 10/01/2008 – 05/15/2014

Brought a new product to market in the Alcohol industry. Made and sold wine to customers in the Northern Indiana area. Used the Quick books ERP system. Produced and sold 15,000 bottles to 10,000 customers from around the world.

Steel Warehouse ERP Projects Manager 02/01/2005 – 10/01/2008

Steel Service company. Buys Steel Coils world wide, processes them into plate and ships to customers in North and South America. Managed more than 25 concurrent ERP related IT projects. Led the migration of the legacy ERP systems off the HP3000 / Image platform and onto a Unix / Oracle platform, for over 1000 users in 2 companies. Implemented a new canned ERP system, (Steelman / ACCPAC), in the new Mexico facility. After 2 years, this facility became the most profitable division in the company. Led the migration to Actuate / SQL as a company wide reporting solution.

JD Health Insurance Agency Salesman 10/01/2002 – 02/01/2005

Owner. Sold Health and Life insurance.

Allison Transmission IT International Liaison, 03/02/2001 – 09/30/2002

Traveled and communicated with ATD International facilities in Brazil, Japan, Hungary and Amsterdam. Project Manager for Enterprise Systems Implementation, Training and Standardization for $150 Million International Operations. Created and maintained the budget, hired the staff, and negotiated Vendor Contracts. Project Manager for the implementation of the new SAP system in the Brazil facility.

Avis Industrial Corp CIO 03/01/2000 - 03/01/2001

Avis is a holding co that owns 12 manufacturing companies throughout the US. The automotive EDI system was redesigned so that it interacted with the Ford EDI Cumm system. Failure to achieve this goal would have resulted in the loss of Ford as a customer. Fixed the problems with the “Product Configurator” Module of the ERP which reduced department expenses towards the budget goal and reduced mainframe downtime from 2% to less than 0.1%.

Mitsubishi Climate Control Division MIS Manager, 11/01/1996 - 03/01/2000

This Division of Mitsubishi manufactures automotive climate control systems for cars; for GM, Mitsubishi and other companies. I arrived the day before we opened to doors to the building. Operation grew from $40MM-150MM in annual revenues during my employment. Led the implementation of the MRP9000 ERP and EDI package for a new startup factory. Agreed to act as Materials Mgr for one year since IT was caught up on their projects. In that capacity, led the GM Aztec project: Coordinated the design groups in Japan and Detroit, the customer in Detroit, the Sales Department in L.A., the Pre-production Group in Indiana and the Manufacturing Facility in Mexico. The GM liaison stated that “John single handedly put the project back on track.” Project manager for the migration from MRP9000 system to J.D. Edwards ERP. Led the systems team for the opening of the plant in Mexico to manufacture the Aztec AC systems.

Advacate Client Service Manager 01/01/1995 – 11/01/1996

Advacate is a software company that sold and serviced companies that use the HP3000/ASK MANMAN ERP package. Gathered the requirements from the customers, write the Design Proposals, Project Outlines, User Manuals and created Training Programs for the products that Advacate designed and sold. Managed the project team’s workload and performed quality assessments on the finished products before delivery to the customers.

Vesuvius of America, Champaign IL MIS Mgr 05/01/1988 – 12/30/1994

When I arrived, the MANMAN ERP package had just been installed on a new HP3000. The implementation had not “taken” and half of the department had quit. My first goal was to re-staff the department, complete the implementation and fine tune the operation. From the corporate offices in Champaign, IL., managed the IT operations of the 14 facilities from Canada to Brazil. 11 IT professionals. I was part of a team that bought or sold a facility every 6 months. We would plan the project, get it approved and execute the plan. We bought up the market.

Piezo Technologies, Orlando Fla. DP Mgr, 09/01/1983 – 05/01/1988

Complete the ERP upgrade. This was a heavily modified MANMAN ERP package on an HP3000.

Unisys, Orlando Fla. MIS Computer Analyst, 01/01/1979 – 09/01/1983

Tested products to predict failure rates. Wrote field performance analysis programs in Cobol against the field service data. Promoted to QA dept supervisor, Promoted to the MIS department. Worked as Pre Production Shop Floor Supervisor for a year.

Stromberg Carlson, Orlando FL Computer Design Technician, 01/01/1978 – 01/01/1979

Worked in a design lab and built custom designed micro computers that were used on the factory floor. They used the Motorola 6800 chip set with a custom operating system.


Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BBA), Minor in Management, Heavy in Finance

1983, Rollins College, Winter Park FL, GPA 3.4 of 4.0, CCP certified 1986 by the ICCP

Private Pilot’s license, USNavy


IT Department Mgmt, Project Mgmt, ERP, Programming,. Databases, BI, SQL

MANMAN, Odyssey, Steelman, Job Scope, Macola, JDE, QAD, Fourth Shift, Quick Books, SBT, MRP9000, Manage 2000

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