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Manager Quality

Williamston, SC, 29697
November 24, 2018

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Grady Hughes, MBA Williamston, SC 29697



Quality Assurance Executive with over 8 years of experience in senior management. Offers a breadth of experience in aerospace, automotive, medical and consumer goods manufacturing, all of which were 9001, 16949, 13485 registered. Experience in supplier interface and multi-plant, international Quality Assurance Management. Specializes in organizational development and reducing external failure cost. Earned five ASQ certifications including CMQ&OE, CQE, CQA.


Automotive Aerospace Manufacturing Start-up Experience ISO 13485/9001/TS16949 Lead Auditor

Six Sigma Lean Manufacturing Continuous Improvement


Techtronics Industries (Ryobi, RIDGID, Homelite) – Anderson, SC

Quality Assurance Manager / Director 2004 to 2018

Directed the quality function in 5 facilities (international) including a 90 person international quality team; achieving quality through training, coaching, facilitating, and consulting. Oversaw all facets of Quality Assurance with approximately 15% of time spent in Asia.

Won the 2008 Progressive Manufacturing Award from the Progressive Manufacturing Magazine.

Instrumental in $28M reduction in failure costs by analysis, reporting and corrective action follow up.

Supported the growth of sales in OP product by 100% to over $400M.

Established a global organization to support supplier development, manufacturing, validation and shipment of international organization.

Hired personnel who went on to become leaders in IT, Engineering and Quality throughout the organization.

Established a use test process for finished goods manufactured in Asia.


Thermo King Corp (Ingersoll-Rand) – Transportation Refrigeration – Louisville, GA

Quality Assurance Management

Accountable for management, customer interface, corporate reliability function, cost reduction, delivery and safety. Worked in Ireland, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Czech Republic 15% of the time.

Reduced cost by over $2M for Container Business Unit.

Served as Business Unit Manager for one year which involved $180M per year product line in addition to the lead quality role.

Tag & Label Corp – Anderson, SC

Quality Assurance Manager

Directed quality improvement and training in all functional areas, achieving quality through training, coaching, facilitating, and consulting. Led APQP, FMEA, PPAP and other TS functions.

Electrolux (Frigidaire, Westinghouse, Tappan) – Anderson, SC

Quality Assurance Manager

Maintained the quality function including Quality Control/Engineering and Reliability. Developed and maintained the ISO system and change agent for the total quality transition process.


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Waycross Molded Products (Ford, Chrysler, GM, Toyota, Honda, Alfa Romeo) – Waycross, GA

Quality Assurance Manager

Implemented and maintained quality system, internal and external audits for OEM automotive products.

Gulfstream Aerospace – Corporate Jet Aircraft – Savannah, GA

NDT Quality Technician

Implemented and wrote inspection procedures.


Brenau University, Master of Business Administration (MBA) – Management

University of Tennessee, Certificate in Statistics

Georgia Southern College, Bachelor of Science


American Society for Quality

Certified Quality Manager (CQM)

Certified Quality Auditor (CQA)

Certified Quality Engineer (CQE)

Certified Quality Technician (CQT)

Certified Mechanical Inspector (CMI)

Advanced Quality Technologies, LLC, Six Sigma Black Belt Training

Breakthrough Technologies, Inc., Six Sigma Champion Training

Lead Auditor Training for: ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 13485

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