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Manager Engineering

Safety Harbor, FL, 34695
February 18, 2020

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Dear Sir or Madam:

As an Engineering, Operations, Financial & Marketing/Sales Optimization Specialist, I create order from chaos in all types of businesses. I have a track record of significant success in start-ups, turnarounds, and large corporate environments. Every business runs on core processes. I optimize these processes to maximize efficiency, quality, new market development/sales generation, customer satisfaction, and overall profitability.

I hold a Master of Engineering Administration (Engineering MBA) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VA Tech), a BS in Mathematics & Economics from Allegheny College and a Six Sigma Green Belt. I have previously held Director level positions in the Fortune 500 space, General Manager at an electronic equipment manufacturer, VP Operations at a background investigation (services) company, Plant Manager / COO at a synthetic diamond manufacturer and I presently own an Optimization Consulting firm. As a practicing Stephen Minister, I understand the need for compassion in today’s unique work environment, while maintaining accountability for one’s actions. I apply LEAN/Continuous Improvement philosophies in every aspect of my life. I am at the pinnacle of my professional career, and I am searching for the optimal company at which to spend the next 15 years.

I possess an eclectic background and a unique perspective to lead change while enhancing stability. Bring me in for an interview, and I will set the professionalism benchmark for all other candidates to eclipse. Hire me, and we will begin a Continuous Improvement journey into the next decade. Shall we get started?

Best Regards,

John E. Clement


Skype ID john.clement1113

JOHN CLEMENT skype ID john.clement1113 3432 SR 580

941-***-**** Safety Harbor, FL 34695


OPERATIONS, ENGINEERING, MARKETING, FINANCIAL & LEAN/Continuous Improvement EXECUTIVE specializing in start-ups, turnarounds, new business development, M&A negotiations, quality improvement and leadership development. Uniquely qualified to direct growth-oriented initiatives committed to operational excellence and overall profitability. Seeking a full-time senior leadership role with a cutting-edge firm.

Diverse, readily adaptable and transferable leadership, general business, technical, and marketing acumen. Strongest attributes include: fact-based management, entrepreneurial approach, analytical aptitude, change-agent style, business savvy, impeccable integrity, and ability to construct order from chaos.

Functional experience spanning Product Development, Marketing & Sales Channel Management, Engineering, Procurement/Supply Chain Management, ERP systems (SAP, SysPro, Epicor, ManMan, Great Plains, etc)., Multi-plant Assembly & Manufacturing, Worldwide Distribution, Logistics, Customer Service, IS/IT, Accounting & Finance, HR leadership, Mergers & Acquisitions, Toyota & Danaher Business/Production Systems, A3 (PDCA) System, SMED, DMAIC.

Industry experience includes: financial, advanced covert technology intelligence, aerospace and defense contracting, industrial engineering consultation, photocopier remanufacture (optical / electrical / mechanical engineering), film & digital image processing, plastic injection molding, extrusion, and blow molding, metal processing and finishing, process calibration and test instrumentation manufacturing, security systems integration, background investigation & security clearance processing, dental prosthetics fabrication, synthetic diamond / crystal growth, and HVAC sales/installation.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE in Mathematics & Economics from Allegheny College, MASTER OF ENGINEERING ADMINISTRATION in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech).

TOP SECRET SSBI security clearance adjudicated through CIA (1984) and ManTech International (May 2004).

Bonded Florida Public Notary Commission # GG084355.


BEYOND LEAN LLC, Safety Harbor, FL January 2006 to present

(Optimization Consulting & Product Distribution)

Sensei & Owner

Developed comprehensive start-up business plan, raised capital, conducted target marketing with follow-up sales.

Provided ongoing engineering support and customer service to consulting and product distribution clients including numerous traditional manufacturers, financial and trust advisors, various service industry contractors, a local school district, a custom homebuilder, a canned oxygen producer, a dentist, an oral surgeon, a doctor of Osteopathy, a background investigation firm, a dental prosthetic industry acquisition specialist, a micro-lender, a business brand management firm, an Identity Theft Assurance provider, a plastic bottle fabricator, and a sunshade manufacturer.

Championed LEAN Thinking & Continuous Improvement efforts throughout the greater Tampa Bay region and beyond.

Organized and led 25+ Kaizen events saving clients approximately $1M in diverse manufacturing, financial, and service sector environments.

Project specialization: Value Stream Mapping, 5S, Visual Systems, Six-sigma, SPC / SQA, Functional Org chart design & implementation, Vendor Interface/Supply Chain Management, Contract negotiations, LEAN/CI/business coaching & mentoring for leadership, and LEAN training and development for associates.

Key accomplishments: Created the Sarasota/Manatee LEAN Consortium, invited to sit on the Board of Directors for the Sarasota Area Manufacturer’s Association (SAMA) 2005-2008, acquired $2.4M new business in the dental prosthetics industry, created $7.7M total aggregate value-add for clients.

THE GEMESIS CORPORATION, Sarasota, FL August 2004 to August 2006

(Synthetic Diamond Manufacturer, $4.5 Million annual revenue)

Plant Manager / Chief Operating Officer (two full employment contract cycles).

Reported to the CEO & Board of Directors. Recruited to transform culture from R&D to volume manufacturing, accelerate company growth and improve all operational aspects of the company.

Directed the personnel management of 31 hourly and professional employees including 3 PhD Scientists.

Championed all LEAN & Continuous Improvement efforts throughout the entire corporation. Led 7 Kaizen events.

Key accomplishments: Developed comprehensive Intellectual Property Strategy including 3 new patents, conducted all vendor contract negotiations, doubled operations capacity, developed new employee handbook, elevated product quality 17%, recruited new talent, generated monthly business reports, and achieved profitability for the shareholders.


(Business Process Improvement)

Assisted high-tech firms with LEAN leadership coaching, strategic planning, metric design, organizational development, HR initiatives, business re-focusing, and overall continuous improvement activities. Clients included a Health & Fitness service provider; an Architecture & Engineering practice; a Jewelry designer/distributor; a Software developer; a Security Systems integrator; a Metal finisher/distributor; a Background Investigation provider.

Organized and led 10+ Kaizen events saving clients approximately $300,000.

Provided career counseling, networking advice and assistance to numerous individuals seeking career enrichment. Advisor at the Rochester Industrial Management Council’s Executive Career Resource Center.

Key accomplishments: Successfully restructured two businesses, developed business plans & strategy for three others, assisted greater than 25 professionals with career planning and skills development.

TRANSMATION, INC., Rochester, NY November 2000 to May 2002

(Electronic Equipment Manufacturing, $75.6 Million annual revenue)

General Manager Products Group Division

Reported to the President & CEO of Transmation, Inc. Recruited to replace incumbent and revitalize the division in preparation for sale to reduce corporate debt.

P&L accountable for a $10.2 million business comprised of marketing, product development, engineering, SMT / CBA manufacturing, ERP systems/procurement, worldwide distribution, customer service, IS/IT support, HR, and finance.

Directed the personnel management of 65 hourly and professional employees within a non-union, ISO9001 certified environment.

Champion all LEAN Manufacturing / Thinking & Continuous Improvement efforts throughout the entire company.

Key accomplishments: Within the first six months: Recruited three management executives and one engineer to replace sub optimal performers; Implemented LEAN policies and practices to elevate productivity by 38% and eliminate a $1.2 million backorder; Negotiated three separate OEM contracts to boost revenue by 8%; Doubled overall corporate profit contribution. Division acquired by Danaher Corporation for 50% above book value. Negotiated retention bonuses for key employees and severance benefits for all employees. Managed the company during transition of control to the new owner through complete facility shutdown. Transaction completed two weeks ahead of schedule.

SOUTHCO, INC., Honeoye Falls, NY July to November 2000

(Access Control Hardware, $121.3 Million annual revenue)

Engineering Manager, Upstate NY Operations

Directed product design and 24/7 engineering support (group of 15 engineers and technicians) for Southco's largest metal processing facility. Reviewed all vendor interface activity. Reported to the facility General Manager.

Managed technology & process portfolio spanning various metal processing operations (CNC punching, milling, shearing; die cast, bending/forming), component finishing (tumbling, plating, powder coating), and plastic injection molding.

Championed all Lean Thinking efforts (5S, value stream mapping, kaizen, set-up reduction, automation, etc.

Key accomplishment: Identified significant improvement opportunities within product flows, asset planning and product development processes to improve company-wide operations. 2001 projected savings: $1.1 million.

EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY, Rochester, NY June 1988 to June 2000

(Photographic equipment & supplies, Fortune/Global 500, $13.2 Billion annual revenue)

Director, New Business Initiatives Dynamic Imaging Division, Feb. 1999 to June 2000.

New position created to drive revenue growth. Reported to the General Manager, Dynamic Imaging Division.

Conducted comprehensive market analysis used to drive lenticular product penetration within strategic transaction / smart card segments.

Developed inter-company relationships with the Consumer Imaging, Digital & Applied Imaging, and Professional Imaging business units to establish personal content sales channels.

Analyzed worldwide competitor landscape to evaluate partnership potential aimed at generating revenue and gaining market intelligence.

Developed strategic alliances with key European partners to ensure robust Lenticular Image Integrated Circuit (IC) transaction card manufacture and maximum worldwide product penetration.

Key accomplishments: Developed and began implementation of a strategic plan to facilitate worldwide lenticular IC transaction card product sale/distribution. Revenue potential identified to be greater than $10 million per year.


Director, Manufacturing & Engineering (Plant Manager) Dynamic Imaging Division, Sept. 1995 to Feb. 1999.

New position created to grow a start-up enterprise. Reported to the General Manager, Dynamic Imaging Division.

Managed multiple shift operations producing extruded optics three-dimensional motion images that combined silver halide and digital image processing, cyanoacrylate adhesives, CNC laser cutting, and complex packaging.

Concurrently accountable for manufacturing, engineering, purchasing, worldwide shipping, logistics, MRP systems, and administrative support.

Organized and led numerous Kaizen events resulting in greater than $700,000 savings for the Dynamic Imaging Division.

Significant initiatives included: material and labor cost minimization, ERP system migration to SAP, final product quality maximization (6-sigma processing), cycle time reduction through JIT & KANBAN, APICS/MRPII principles compliance, corporate ERP integration, OSHA interface, process & engineering corrective action, automation/bar-coding efforts, Sales & Operations capacity planning, personnel management & development for 6 production supervisors, 3 business support analysts, 4 engineers, 18 technicians, 24 assemblers, and 24 contractors.

Key accomplishments: 1997 Re-Engineered all business and manufacturing processes, consolidated operations to a single site. 1998 Coordinated construction of a $10M state-of-the-art factory capable of $30M revenue, participated as a senior leader in the business restructuring that resulted in a 15% headcount reduction. 1999 Budget responsibility: $7.6M COGS, $1.2M capital. Delivered budget surplus of $1.4M (12% under budget).

Product Assembly Manager Office Imaging Equipment Remanufacturing Division, May 1993 to Sept. 1995.

Hired to replace incumbent, reported to the Manager, Office Imaging Equipment Manufacturing.

Managed the Kodak 3100, 300F, & Lanier 7100 duplicator and finisher remanufacturing operations.

Significant initiatives included: material and labor cost minimization, Out-of-box quality maximization, consistent delivery of 600 duplicator and 400 finisher products per year resulting in approximately $25M EK business, ongoing capacity planning, ISO 9000 & MRP II compliance, supervision of 2 engineers, 2 technicians, and 52 assemblers, primary interface for advanced sheet metal, electrical, and precision optics suppliers.

Organized and led 4 Kaizen events resulting in $100,000 savings for the Office Imaging Division.

Key accomplishments: Increased productivity 8%, elevated out of box quality to 98% satisfied (24% increase), participated as a supervisor in the business restructuring that resulted in an 11% headcount reduction.

Senior Industrial Engineer Quality/Industrial Engineering Division, Jan. 1990 to May 1993.

Reported to the Manager, Quality/Industrial Engineering Division.

Consulted for the Office Imaging Division in a continuous improvement / optimization effort with the High Volume Copier Assembly Operations.

Provided concurrent Industrial Engineering support to five different copier production lines.

Participated and/or led 7 Kaizen events saving the company approximately $70,000.

Significant initiatives included: facility utilization planning, work center layout design, production standards maintenance, wage grade/compensation analysis, ergonomic improvements (tooling, workspace, etc.), raw material / WIP flow management, personnel capacity forecasting, MRPII & ISO compliance, internal facilities/external construction interface, and Six Sigma Green Belt training and certification.

Key accomplishments: Coordinated simultaneous consolidations / relocations with multiple copier lines resulting in 50,000 sq. ft. space liberation and productivity increases saving the company more than $100,000 per year.

Development Engineer Federal Systems Division, June 1988 to Jan. 1990.

Reported to Special Programs Manager, Federal Systems Division.

Consulted with the Defense Mapping Agency to assist in the development of an advanced softcopy cartographic exploitation system.

Significant initiatives included: contractor performance monitoring on image/display quality issues, equipment usability/feasibility studies, ergonomic evaluations of contractor-proposed workstation modifications (environmental lighting, human-machine interface, etc.), image anomaly investigation, and witnessing hardware/software performance demonstrations throughout the various stages of system development.

Key accomplishments: Advice to government customer saved in excess of $195,000.

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, Washington, DC. Sept 1984 to June 1988

Imagery Scientist National Photographic Interpretation Center (NPIC)

Reported to the Systems Applications Branch Manager, NPIC.

Provided technical and engineering support for a state-of-the-art operational remote sensing system.

Cleared at a Top Secret security level with several additional compartmental classifications.

Significant initiatives included: engineering accuracy studies, first-phase system health and maintenance testing, assisting with the development of a light table measurement system (LTMS), and ad hoc technical support.

Key accomplishments: conducted daily image analysis and participated in critical vehicle adjustments to ensure optimum performance of a vital National Security Intelligence source.


VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE & STATE UNIVERSITY Master of Engineering Administration (MEA) in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Blacksburg, VA

ALLEGHENY COLLEGE Bachelor of Science (BS) in Mathematics/Economics, Meadville, PA


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LEAN Consortium of Sarasota & Manatee County

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Owner, Performance Development Strategies Owner, Smith Consulting

Sarasota, FL Cary, NC

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Peter Adamski Susan Scarborough

Clergy Headmaster, Powhatan School

Manhattan, NY Winchester, VA

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