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Hinsdale, Illinois, United States
January 26, 2019

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~ Building people and teams to embrace change while exceeding challenging operational goals ~

Business Process Improvement

Project Management

Operations Performance

Budgeting & Cost Containment

Safety Management & Training

Employee Relations

Quality Assurance

Training & Development

Builds teams focused on creativity, agility, quality, customer focus and profitability - results!


Menasha Packaging, Chicago, IL (International Manufacturing Operation) 2015-2018

Plant Manager (2016 – 06/2018)

Was Project Manager for the on time and on budget installation process of $4MM of equipment.

Hired an additional 34 workers to staff new equipment and equipment capabilities.

Lean/CI Manager (2015 - 2016)

Managed and drove key metrics in Waste Reduction process resulting in $1.7MM Savings.

Conducted multiple 5S events in Chicago facility.

Trained Management staff on A3 Problem Solving tools and techniques.

Schulze & Burch Biscuit Co., Chicago, IL (International Co-Manufacturing Operation) 2005-2015

Continuous Improvement Manager (2013-2015)

Managed and trained staff on Lean/Six Sigma tools

Managed DMAIC Project resulting in 101% to standard – exceeded 100% for first time in 20 years.

Implemented standardized quality efforts for 4 different manufacturing locations including baking, R&D, cold process, dry blend, repack and ice cream.

Quality Assurance Manager (2011-2013)

Wrote policies and procedures and managed quality audits.

Created and trained against written QA procedures resulting in successfully passing the following audits: SQF, Global Matrix, AIB Consolidated Standards (Quaker), Kellogg’s, General Mills, Kraft, Wal-Mart, HEB, Super Valu, Del Haize.

Training & Safety Manager (2009- 2011)

Responsible for all aspects of Food Safety and HACCP principles using SQF and AIB Consolidated Standards criteria

Identified, documented and implemented a detailed employee skills assessment to maximize

training and safety outcomes.

Ensured training in Safety, GMPs, and SOPs was conducted by appropriate individuals.

Manufacturing Supervisor (2005-2009)

Hired to evaluate and improve production efficiencies on new granola bar assembly line.

Designed skills assessments and tracking of all employees across both union and non-union manufacturing plants leading to improved productivity and higher employee satisfaction.

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Scarborough Research, Chicago, IL 2003-2004

National Syndicated Market Research Company

National Accounts Manager

Drove 37% sales revenue increase by successfully penetrating the AT&T Research Department-demonstrating value to key stakeholders through the use of market specific statistical reports.

Grew revenues an average of 19% at Office Depot, Lowes, and Darden Restaurants (Olive Garden and Red Lobster).

ADVO Inc., Burr Ridge, IL 2000-2003

$1B Shared Mail Advertising Company

Regional Sales Manager

Grew sales office from $14MM to $21MM through development and focus on net new business.

Customized Walmart advertising based on individual stores’ characteristics/demographics.

Managed sales staff ranging from 9-13 team members.

Tribune Direct Marketing, Northlake, IL 1998-2000

Direct Mail subsidiary of Chicago Tribune

Senior Account Executive

Achieved #1 Salesperson. Signed 38 new accounts-company average was 13.

Designed and implemented a unique blended distribution program for General Motors

resulting in a $500M additional revenue source.

Promotion Information Management, Chicago, IL 1992-1998

Division of Landmark Communication

Vice President, Marketing and Analytical Services / Director, Analytical Services / Region Mgr

Developed corporate rebranding campaign with new focus on the power of information;

launched “Promotion Information Management” formerly “Summary Scan”.

Developed design specifications for new relational database creating new offering for client base.

Achieved new sales of $300M on $100M goal.

Nielsen Clearing House, Hackensack NJ, Juarez Mexico, Clinton IA 1983-1991

Division of AC Nielsen Corporation

National Accounts Manager, Customer Service Mgr, Statistical Services Mgr, Data Entry Supervisor


BA in Economics, University of Northern Iowa

Concentration in Statistics and Business Management


HACCP Certified

SQF Practioner

Lean/Six Sigma

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