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Manager Management

Westland, MI
February 29, 2016

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Lawrence A. Blan

***** ********* ***.

Westland, MI 48186

Cell: 734-***-**** E-mail:


Progressive management experience in purchasing, logistics, manufacturing, quality processes and team-building.

Quick learner with strong analytical skills. Held profit center responsibility.


Personnel Management/Administration

Budget Administration / Accountability

Interpersonal Communications

Team Development / Motivation

Union and Non-Union Supervision

Windows and Linux desktop experience

Training / Instruction

Field Operations

Vehicle Maintenance Programs

ERP and e-Commerce Experience


Advanced rapidly through hourly positions into management. Supervised Union personnel in a fast-paced automotive prototype facility.

Promoted to Purchasing Manager – responsible for all purchasing activities including MRO and light manufacturing for a 600 person organization.

Named Program Manager for profitable cost center. Supervised salaried, hourly and part-time employees in multiple locations doing vehicle evaluations for one of the OE’s. Responsible for purchasing and budgeting for the cost center.


W-Resources > Dreamakers

2006 - Present

Employed by the entity that had owned Heart International. Facility Manager, responsible for all day to day operations of multiple business units, including purchasing and MRO activities.

oMaintain 40-50 domain registrations, create and maintain web sites (Wordpress), establish and administer email accounts for multiple business entities.

oEstablished an eBay Storefront and a retail sales operation, both POS and web-based.

oManage Windows and Linux Servers, serve in tech support role including graphic design and video production.

oProduce and maintain mailing lists created by collecting, collating, and cleaning data for activities including not-for-profit and local political campaigns. Coordinated in-house bulk mailing of 10,000 4-color catalogs.

oProficient in MS Office applications, 10 years experience using desktop Linux.

oCoordinate local and off-site events including a display at Barrett-Jackson (Scottsdale)

Heart International


Engineering / Design Firm formed to develop, market, and sell a low-floor ADA Compliant Transit Bus. Partnered with International Truck and Bus to develop a military transport vehicle based on a commercial chassis. Business Unit was sold to International Truck and Bus.

Purchasing Manager - served as a member of the management team reporting directly to corporate headquarters.

oCoordinated purchasing activities and logistics including cribbing/parts distribution to both engineers and production personnel.

Identified processes and relationships that had a less than professional appearance. Documented and reported findings to senior management, resulting in a large savings.

oCoordinated vehicle moves to shows and off-site facilities

oAssisted the corporate office during the talent acquisition phase with interviews and documentation.

Arboc, Ltd.


Engineering/Design Firm dedicated to the concept of a low-cost, “kneeling” low-floor transit bus platform to enable handicapped individuals to easily board the bus. Arboc was acquired by Heart International.

Initially hired to serve in a general administrative role.

oGrew role to encompass purchasing, MRO activities and network administration including purchase and implantation of Sun design workstations with associated software and a wide-format plotter.

oDesigned and built an instrumented test cell to test a low cost/high volume air compressor developed in concert with the supplier of an existing part.

oParticipated in Design Meetings, coordinated and maintained the BOM

Second Stage Automotive

2002 - 2003

Automotive Supplier performing Second Stage Manufacturing/Repair for the OE’s. Ceased operations in 2003

Purchasing/Logistics Manager

oManaged parts inventory, supplies, and hourly employees.

Implemented changes to reduce on-hand inventory and eliminate mistakes in placing non-returnable orders with the OE’s, resulting in a significant cost-savings.

oAssisted with computer/network support.

Recovered MS Access based ERP system abandoned by the administrator when he was relieved of his duties.

oServed as a member of the Quality Team

oServed as a member of the Management Team responsible for day to day decisions.

Carron and Company ACI Carron / Carron Industries

1990 – 2002

One of the largest Detroit area Prototype Operations, serving the automotive OE’s. A fast-paced environment encompassing design, engineering, fabrication/stamping, light manufacturing, body/paint and automotive operations. Carron Industries ceased operations in 2002.

Hired as a prototype technician - advanced rapidly into salaried management team as a supervisor.

oPerformed daily duties in charge of direct supervision of 50-200 hourly UAW employees.

oAssisted with initial implementation of ISO Quality Procedures. Wrote ISO Quality Procedures for the Automotive Operations Cost Center. Qualified as an ISO Internal Auditor.

oAssisted upper management during the transition from Carron and Co. to ACI Carron.

Promoted to Purchasing Manager responsible for all purchasing including manufacturing and MRO.

oPlayed an active role in the implementation of the company’s first ERP system. Changed the process used to acquire new computers, software and associated hardware resulting in a significant cost savings with an increase in reliability and user satisfaction. Streamlined purchasing procedures to better fit the needs of the internal customer.

oAssisted with the transition from ACI Carron to Carron Industries.

Promoted to Program Manager for a business unit performing Pre-Production Fleet Evaluations for Ford Motor Company.

oResponsible for quoting, bidding, hiring and day to day operations at multiple off-site locations with up to 200 full and part-time employees.

oSuccessfully met a 2 million mile target for Ford Explorer Fleet.

oMaintained purchasing and budgeting responsibilities for the entire Cost Center.


Ferris State College - Graphic Reproduction

Schoolcraft College - Core Engineering Coursework

Lawrence Technological University - Electrical Engineering Core Coursework

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