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Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and PMP

Media, Pennsylvania, 19063, United States
October 30, 2016

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Accomplished Senior Program/Project Manager, Research and Solutions Engineer, and Continuous Improvement Expert with proven track record saving millions of dollars in annual costs in both manufacturing and service industries through process improvements and efficiency. High-energy, assertive, and a self-starter. Creative and change oriented with extensive Continuous Improvement and Project Management expertise. Proven leadership in stressful environments as a former Navy officer with planning, technical direction, communication, and coaching skills to ensure production of high quality products and projects to meet customer and organizational needs in the most cost-effective manner.

A systemic problem solver, analyzing processes and systems, and implementing solutions to solve root cause problems. Able to handle multiple, complex priorities and balance the needs of each according to business impact.

Drives Continuous Improvement to quantitatively and qualitatively improve costs, quality, and service. Strong business and technical skills in processing, manufacturing, logistics, and supply chain.

An excellent listener and communicator who conveys information in understandable terms at all levels of the organization. Demonstrated Coaching, Teaching, Instructing, Motivating, and Mentoring success.

Permanent U.S. Resident (Green Card Holder).


Continuous Improvement • Lean • Six Sigma • Kanban • Kaizen • Just-In-Time • Manufacturing• Logistics • ToC

Financial Analysis • Economic Analysis • Real Options Analysis • Strategic Investment Analysis • Data Mining

Heijunka • Water Spider • Hoshin Kanri • PDCA • Product Quality • Work Cell Design • Facility Layout

A3/A4 Management • RCA • Fishbone/Ishikawa Diagram • Jidoka • APQP • PPAP • SPC

Project Management • Strategic Planning • System Analysis/Design/Implementation

Automotive Electronics • Supply Chain Management • Value Stream Mapping

Problem Solving • Industrial Engineering • Operations Research • Agile

Quality Control/Assurance • Innovation • Leadership • Scrum

System Integration • Enterprise Resource Planning

Team Building • Communication • Training



Hartford Steam Boiler Wayne, PA April 2016 – October 2016

Process and Knowledge Analyst (6-Month Contract)

Effectively influence, guide, and support business units in process improvement, requirements analysis and evaluation, and change implementation. Develop an approach for continuous process improvement and serve in a key role in multiple concurrent projects within Operations and across HSB group and will be expected to challenge target audiences to consider new ideas and ways of approaching complex business problems. Leading operational initiatives from inception to delivery. Facilitate collaborative sessions across various departments and functions to document current and future state processes with change impact analysis.

Universal Weather and Aviation Houston, TX December 2015 – April 2016

Project Lead (6-Month Contract)

Maps current-state and generates future-state processes for Global Regulatory Services, assists discovery of improvement opportunities as Business Process Improvement Specialist and Master Black Belt in an agile project management environment.

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FMC Technologies, Inc. Houston, TX October 2012-September 2015

Western Region Planning System Manager

Acts as the change agent and facilitate the interface to enhance the utilization of Oracle Primavera P6 Project Management System in conformance with SAP ERP system between Project Management, Production Planning, Inventory Control, and S&OP functions. Transfers continuous improvement knowledge and expertise in a strong matrix organization. Assists the implementation of critical chain project management. Participated in the development and implementation of the first Six Sigma Green Belt program which is a milestone achievement with $8.5M annual cost savings in return of $60k investment. Performs network coordinator duties for the knowledge management/collaboration platform for the Global Planning Community.

University of Houston Clear Lake Houston, TX December 2014-December 2015

Adjunct Professor (Part-time)

Teaches Engineering Management Planning (EMGT 5231) course to graduate students.

Houston Community College, Corporate College Houston, TX January 2013-December 2015

Adjunct Professor (Part-time)

Provides lean training and/or consulting to corporate clients as needed. Assesses training needs for clients in conjunction with Corporate College staff. Customizes training content and format to fit client's objectives. Provides instruction to clients in the areas of hard/soft skills, such as lean, six sigma, leadership, supervisory skills, diversity, human resource issues, etc. Delivers training in various classroom formats, using relevant training materials such as texts, handouts, class exercises or assessment tools.

Electrolux Major Appliances-NA Charlotte, NC May 2012-October 2012

Senior Project Manager, LSSBB

Conceived, executed and delivered completed continuous improvement and quality projects (Lean, Six Sigma, EMS, etc.) that achieve cost reduction targets for refrigeration and washer and dryer plants through all of the manufacturing processes including stamping, cutting, polystyrene foam insulation, coating, and painting and relevant SAP ERP transactions. Transferred continuous improvement process expertise. Lead the cultural change effort by communicating, modeling and exemplifying the behaviors associated with the new way of working cross-functionally across eight manufacturing plants in North America.

AAA Cooper Transportation Dothan, AL 2009-2012

Senior Solutions Engineer

Lead Process Optimization and Improvement Projects using agile methodology for tire maintenance and fleet maintenance operations, including implementation of Transportation Planning and Execution System (manhattan Associates TMS) for Dedicated Services, Less-Than-Load (LTL) Network Operations, Customer Relations Management (CRM), Accounts Receivable and Payable, Emergency procedures, and Process House using MS Sharepoint with $2,500,000 total annual net impact.

Continental Automotive Systems, Inc. Huntsville, Alabama 2006-2009

Formerly Siemens VDO Automotive Corporation

Lean Supply Chain Project Leader

Served as Program Manager for replacement of Material Handling System, as well as Material Flow Redesign and Optimization, including inbound and outbound freight operations, raw materials, and finished goods packaging for electronic automotive components using agile methodology. Process Improvements generated net annual savings of $3,700,000.

Conducted replacement analysis, system development, and project implementation of a four-aisle, mini-load Automated Storage and Retrieval System (AS / RS) and Warehouse Management System (WMS), resulting in annual labor cost savings of 95%, translating into $1,500,000.

Developed interface between mini-load AS / RS and Automatic Guided Vehicle System (AGVS), deploying two articulating-arm robots.

Performed decision analysis, justification, and management of a budget of $3,000,000.

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Implemented safety stock optimization via object oriented programming for over 5,000 part numbers, resulting in component inventory reduction of 50% and savings of $3,000,000.

Developed Inventory Model which reduced inbound transportation costs by 25%, and increased inventory turns by 60% ($3,000,000 worth) (best Practice in NAFTA region for Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.).

Designed, implemented, and deployed ISO compliant passive Radio Frequency Identification (UHF / RFID) system, automating Receipt of Goods process and integrating with corporate SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, enabling efficiencies which saved the company $3,500,000.

Optimized and reduced the AGV fleet vehicles by 46% through simulation analysis, resulting in annual savings of $200,000.

Implemented Lean Manufacturing concepts, creating annual savings of $3,200,000.

Methodologies included Hoshin Kanri, Value Stream Mapping (VSM), Process and Flow Kaizens, 5S+1 Safety, and Jidoka; A3 / A4 Management; Work cell design and facility layout; Just-in-Time (JIT) replenishment; Heijunka implementation for finished goods; and Water Spider deployment for internal material replenishment as a member of Kaizen Promotion Office.

Implemented Lean / Six Sigma training and certification classes as well as exams for plant personnel. Mentored Green Belts, with 20 trainees in each wave, and two waves per year.

Extensive lean training with a sensei from TBM for 18 months.

Continuous Improvement Consultant 2005-2006

As Research Assistant from Auburn University, assisted Siemens VDO Automotive Corporation with Logistics System and Material Handling Systems Analysis, as well as dual stage Kanban design for a high-volume electronics assembly line in Huntsville, Alabama, facility.

Auburn University Auburn, AL 2003-2006

Industrial and Systems Engineering Department

Graduate Teaching / Research Assistant

Engineering Economic Analysis and Manufacturing Systems

Turkish Navy (Navy Lt.) Istanbul and Golcuk, Turkey 1993-2003

Faculty at Naval Academy and Combat Information Center Officer on board of a guided missile destroyer


Ph.D., Industrial and Systems Engineering Auburn University Auburn, AL

Master of Science, Industrial Engineering University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA

Bachelor of Science, E&E Engineering Turkish Naval Academy, Istanbul, Turkey


Six Sigma Master Black Belt • Six Sigma Black Belt • Six Sigma Green Belt

Project Management Professional • CompTIA RFID+ • NATO Cosmic Security Clearance (Inactive)


Turkish • English • French • German • Spanish


Microsoft Office / Visio / Project / SharePoint • SAP • C++ • Java • HTML • Minitab 16 and Quality Companion

Palisade DecisionTools Suite 5.7: @Risk, PrecisionTree, TopRank, NeuralTools, StatTools, Evolver, RiskOptimizer

AS-400 • Visual Basic.Net • Arena • JSP • XML • ARIS • Oracle Primavera • JMP • Deltek Acumen Fuze

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A Floor Space Valuation Method for Automotive Electronics Manufacturing

A Multiattribute Utility Model for Consumer Decision Making And Optimal Product Configuration

Automotive Manufacturer Tracks Incoming Inventory

Auto Components Supplier Goes Lean with RFID

Continental AG Case Study

Extracting Benefits with Text Mining

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