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Operations Management Professional

Houston, Texas, United States
October 13, 2018

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Fred Irvin, Jr.

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Houston, Texas 77070


A highly effective Operations Management Professional who meets challenges head on and creates positive change. An energetic leader with a documented performance history of reducing costs, and improving productivity and efficiency. A creative problem solver, with a proven record of success setting strategic direction, executing to plan, optimizing operations, and developing and leading teams to achieve outstanding results in fast-paced, challenging manufacturing environments.


More than twenty-five years of Manufacturing Management / Operations Management experience includes:

P&L Management

Six Sigma, 6S, Lean Principles

Safety Management

Forecasting / Budgets

Process Improvement

Management Reporting

Production Planning

Business Acumen

Capital Equipment Budgeting

Metal Fabrication/Stamping

Data Collection/Reporting

Customer/Vendor Relations

Project Management

Facilities Layout

Workflow Design

Inventory Management

Process Engineering

Master Production Scheduling


Reliable Coatings LLC (formerly Forrest Services), LaPorte, Texas Director of Shop Operations 2017 – current

Direct the daily planning, production and maintenance of the industrial blast and coating facility. Managed staffing, safety program, process improvement, customer relations, purchasing, customer service, P&L and facility maintenance.

Developed process improvement and safety programs to improve safety awareness, increase efficiency, and reduce cost.

Utilized Mapping exercises to improve communication and established processes / procedures

Implemented 5S and visual factory principles within the facility

Reduced labor and operating cost by 18% while increasing scheduled throughput

Implemented Shop Tech E2 ERP system in shop

Refrigeration Gaskets of Texas, Houston, Texas Operations Manager 2017 - 2017

Managing daily operations of the manufacture and retail of Commercial Walk-in Coolers, Freezers, replacement cooler/freezer doors and gaskets. Duties include managing staff through; production, scheduling, sales, marketing, inventory, logistics, service crews and customer satisfaction.

Developing new business through direct customer contacts and cold calling

Developing and implementing cost saving processes and procedures for purchasing, production, service scheduling and retail operations.

Created standardized pricing generator for custom cooler/freezer and door quotes.

Main Street Mercantile, Tomball, Texas Operations Manager 2016 - 2017

Managed refurbishment and refinishing processes and procedures of antiques and collectables for retail location and online sales. Developed scope of work per piece to ensure retail abilities and maintain defined profits. Managed preventive maintenance program and 5S for refurbishment location.

Developed safety and production processes for the refurbishment process.

Managed logistics of antiques and collectibles to customers and retail location.

Hunter Buildings & Materials, Houston, Texas Plant Manager 2014 - 2015

Managed a team of 24 direct and 106 indirect employees and responsible for an operation budget of $5.8M producing built-to-spec blast-proof control buildings for chemical plants across the United States. Managed safety, engineering, fabrication, outfitting, coating, purchasing, estimating, and CAD. Created and implemented processes for safety, purchasing, production, sales and engineering.

Established & executed plans and planning activities, managed budgets, allocated resources, and monitored KPIs

Planned and presented monthly Sales & Operations meetings

Implemented 5S and Lean practices

Reduced purchasing spend by 23.2% over a 12-month period

New Process Steel, Houston, Texas

2005 - 2014

Technical Sales (2012 - 2014)

Generated Value Add business for Houston and other divisions, by developing, or assisting Account Managers in discovering new opportunities within existing accounts, or in new accounts. Launched of new products; creating customer-approved timelines, interaction with customer on issues and progress through weekly conference calls, and developing process flow and process improvement on the shop floor.

Quoted and secured new business through customer plant visits, print take-offs and customer requirements

Managed the new product manufacturing process from the design stage through the manufacturing process design, first article inspection, customer testing / acceptance, and full volume production

Pivotal member of AX Dynamics Implementation Team

Member of the Vendor Kaizen Team

Value Add Manager (2005 - 2012)

Managed the Value Add Department; utilizing hard and soft tool applications (dies/punch press), to meet the customer’s production, delivery and quality requirements within a budgeted framework. Assisted the Sales Department identify and quote new opportunities. Activities include safety, quality, lean manufacturing practices, workflow planning, budget planning and ISO compliance.

Managed documentation and procedures to maintain ISO 9001 accreditation.

Member of New Process Steel/Carrier Kaizen event

Member of New Process Steel Safety team

Implemented SMED

Implemented Kanban and 5S practices

Project Manager of Asset moves within divisions

Goodman Manufacturing LP, Houston, Texas

1990 - 2005

Stamping Supervisor (1997 - 2005)

Supervised a crew of more than 100 team members in the manufacture of HVAC sheet metal parts. Responsibilities included safety compliance, schedule compliance, quality assurance, lean manufacturing practices, and employee development and evaluation.

Received Goodman’s annual Process Improvement Award for stamping off fall project

Implemented a Manufactured Parts Kanban System, which significantly reduced machined downtime and improve productivity.

Member of the “Stamping Out Waste” team.

Powder Coating Supervisor (1990 - 1997)

Managed the daily production of powder coated cabinets and parts. Duties included scheduling, documentation control, vendor management, maintenance scheduling and wear parts inventory levels.

Implemented a Wear Parts Stocking Program to ensure continuous product availability and reduce machine downtime

Implemented a 5S training and practices program.


Microsoft Office: Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher

MAPICS Bosanova (MRP system), Dynamics AX (ERP system), Shop Tech E2 and QuickBooks

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