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VP of Engineering

Northville, Michigan, United States
February 23, 2019

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H-313-***-**** C-313-***-****


Engineering Vice President

Innovative and results oriented Engineering Vice President offering 30+ years of success in leadership positions and management, strategy, product development, and implementation in automotive, heavy trucks, and specialty vehicle industries. Proven results leading teams in conceiving and implementing strategic initiatives, maximize productivity, and achieve business objectives. Hands-on professional experienced at identifying and troubleshooting problems with the ability to provide direction to resolve fundamental and theoretical engineering and process issues. SKILLS AND EXPERTISE

Strategic Planning Organizational Development Recruitment and Development

New Product Development Value Stream Mapping Regulatory Compliance

Technical Program Management Change Management Lean, Six Sigma DMAIC/DFSS/DFR Industry Expertise

Sheet Metal Stamping/Tooling/Welding

Aluminum Stamping/Extrusion/Casting and

Welding/Joining, both mechanically and adhesives

Hydroforming Technology

Crash Energy Management/Vehicle Safety



BOM Management

Cost Management/VAVE

Product Development Process (Gated Process)

Six Sigma Green Belt



Statistical Analysis

Design for Manufacturing

Design for Serviceability



TRIZ Analysis

Automotive Body Assembly Tooling

Vehicle Dynamics

Automotive Technology

Regulatory & Compliance Management

Conflict Resolution


Contract Management


Bordrin Motor Corporation

New electric vehicle Startup Company in process of developing all new line of electric vehicles for the China market. VP of Engineering

Nov 2016 to Present

Currently building and leading two teams one in the US and one in China to develop a line of electric vehicles. Responsible for all body structures, closures, hardware, sealing and mechanisms, glass, exteriors and ornamentation, IP’s, interior trim and Seats.

Commercial Specialty Truck Holdings, LLC

Manufacturer of Refuse and cement mixers trucks, Cynthiana Kentucky VP of Operation

Feb 2016 to Nov 2016

Manage all aspect of operation and lead 200 people including manufacturing, engineering, process improvement, quality and logistics to deliver daily production of refuse and cement mixers production. Engineering Management Consultant

Automotive, Trucks and specialty Vehicles - Product Development Engineering Program management and Manufacturing Consultant Aug 2015 to Present

Providing product design, development, engineering, Program management and Manufacturing consultancy services to automotive, transportation, mobility and specialty Vehicle industry. Recent consulting experience: Technology and business feasibility assessment, In Sourcing vs Out Sourcing manufacturing study and feasibility requirement and Manufacturing Quality and problem solving Allied Specialty Vehicles

$1.75BN producer of specialized vehicles, Orlando, FL Engineering Vice President

2014 to May 2015

VP of Engineering for $1.75B specialty vehicle manufacturer, identifying challenges and opportunities across 14 business units made up of fire trucks, ambulances, school and transit buses up to 45 feet long, RVs, street sweepers, and terminal trucks - developing a framework and plan to deliver and mentor best practices to disparate business unit engineering organizations. Delivered engineering best practice techniques, methodology and tools across all businesses by working side-by-side with each individual engineering team and business unit president. As a result of this work:

Improve on-target performance (on time, on budget, on margin) for 4 programs contributing $40MM to revenues, by developing and implementing program master schedules and gated process including BOM cost targets and timely design reviews.

Implemented an Issues/Engineering Change control process to assure timely, cost-effective development of programs that typically experience 1000+ documented changes.

Reduced a new truck average annual component and material costs by 25%, through developing and delivering cost estimating tools to help engineers drive the correct engineering solution and negotiate to target cost with our suppliers.

Delivered in 2014 over $10MM; 20% over combined Engineering and Procurement target objectives by developing VAVE targets and roadmaps for engineering teams to resolve production issues.

Delivered an additional $40MM in profit on a revenue of $1BN by collaborating closely with 14 business unit presidents, purchasing and manufacturing VPs to determine and meet program objectives.

Lead government compliance across all the businesses. Direct technical process and engineering sign off to ensure proper product implementation.

Identified need to engage an outside engineering firm providing FEA expertise to determine best engineering solutions for 2 major products, with 90% correlation to the testing results.

Led recruitment for key positions, teambuilding, and productivity of a total workforce of 250 engineers across all ASV programs. Hired 2 new Engineering Directors and other key engineering positions to ensure delivery of programs and business results.


$18BN manufacturer of commercial trucks, buses, armored military vehicles, and engines, Lisle, IL Engineering Director, Program Management Office

2013 to 2014

Promoted to oversee Program Management office and Product Development. Reported to Engineering Group VP.

Revised the Product Development process, speeding time to market by 10%. Developed and implemented 45 lean process improvements with CEO approval. Implemented 8 projects in the first year.

Led development and chaired the program governance process to ensure programs met commitments to cost, quality, and timing targets. Meeting was attended by Engineering VPs, Manufacturing VP, and Purchasing VP.

Trained engineering teams in CAD/PLM systems to ensure efficient use of key engineering tools/process.

Worked with Siemens PLM/CAD provider to develop additional tools for engineering to improve usage and efficiency of current capabilities by 10%.

Partnered with VP of Lean to improve engineering operation efficiency in areas such as Order to Delivery, quality identification and improvement process, and managing logistics for parts.

Led the development of Change Control Process and trained all program management for implementation on all engineering activities.


Engineering Director Body Systems

2008 to 2013

Recruited by VP of Vehicle Engineering to manage and grow the Body Systems program across all vehicles. Managed a leadership team of 16 and a total workforce of 130-330 in the U.S. and India. Controlled a budget of $36MM.

Grew team from 130 to 330 during tenure in position. Recruited >120 new engineers as part of the relocation of engineering group from Fort Wayne, IN, to Lisle, IL. Hired contractors to meet program demands. Achieved greater than industry standard retention.

Led engineering team in timely, profitable delivery of 15 major projects and programs.

Spearheaded cost reduction effort that delivered 5% ($20MM - $30MM) YOY cost improvements.

Selected to lead engineering to work with HR and Boston Consulting Group to improve operations and reorganization. Achieved 15% improvement in the reorg. FORD MOTOR COMPANY

World leading auto and truck manufacturing company, Dearborn, MI Manager, North American Product Development Body Structure 2007 to 2008

Promoted to direct a team of 35 in development of key body structure subsystems of 12+ Ford cars and trucks, including fixed glass, front end bolsters, pickup boxes, tailgates, all underbody, and engine compartment shields. Controlled a budget of $40MM. Reported to Chief Engineer, Body Structure.

Managed the vehicle cab leakage department, improving all water leaks by 15%.

Over delivered VAVE cost target reduction by 5% YOY.

Delivered all new programs as per charter requirements for function, cost, and quality.

Led team and purchasing department to manage the commodities to deliver on cost targets and reduction to supplier base.


Body & Chassis Integration Manager, Ford Edge Crossover Program 2005 to 2007

Reorganized and focused a team of 120 body and chassis engineers on the $1.5BN 2007 Edge CUV program from verification prototype to successful delivery of vehicle to market. Reported directly to Executive Director of all Ford Body and Chassis engineering in North America.

Served as point of contact for all VPs and top management.

Achieved all schedule, cost, quality, and delivery objectives. FORD MOTOR COMPANY

Six Sigma Deployment Director, North America Product Development 2004 to 2005

Promoted to lead 130 Six Sigma Black Belts/Master Black Belts to deliver cost and quality improvement objectives for all North America Product Development, utilizing DMAIC process. Reported directly to Vice President of North America Product Development.

Developed and implemented DFSS on future products to change the mindset from fixing problems to better initial designs.

Delivered 300 major quality improvement projects. FORD MOTOR COMPANY

Engineering Supervisor, Heavy Duty Pickup Truck Body Structure 2003 to 2004


Engineering Supervisor, Ford F-150 Pickup Truck Body Structure 2001 to 2003

Earned F-150 “Truck of the Year” at the 2003 North American Truck Show. FORD MOTOR COMPANY

Engineering Supervisor, Pickup Truck Body Structure 1998 to 2001


Lead Engineer, Body Structure

1993 to 1998

Key contributor to $1.2BN transit program. Designed, proposed, and delivered a single patented platform for a common front-end structure housing an E/W and N/S engine and meeting crash requirements in 56 countries.


Product Engineer, FORD via Masco

Earned Customer Driven Quality Awards for V184/5 Transit common NS/EW package team EDUCATION


M.S., Mechanical Engineering – Elasticity


B.S., Mechanical Engineering

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