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Manager Management

Location:
Birmingham, MI
Posted:
August 29, 2012

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STEVEN D. LaFON

**** ******** ***** | Davison, MI 48423 | 810-***-**** | scpgff@r.postjobfree.com

Manufacturing / Operations / General Management

Expertise in Purchasing & Inventory Control

Intuitive, proactive leader with more than 25 years of progressive experience providing strategic direction

and leveraging business acumen to drive the organization. Keen assessment abilities enhanced by effective

communication and problem-solving skills with an eye for details. Hands-on, common sense management

style. Core competencies include:

Operations Management

Purchasing & Procurement

Inventory Control/JIT Process

P&L Management

Costing

Quoting

Forecasting

Quality & Safety

Continuous Improvement

Employee Management

Business Development

Customer Relations

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Semtron, Inc. | Flint, Michigan 1987–Present

Global provider of custom stamping and connectivity solutions for audiovisual applications.

General Manager (1997–Present)

Purchasing Manager (1989–1997)

Inventory Control Manager (1987–1989)

Scope of Responsibility

De facto leader of well respected, privately held $2.5M company. Direct all facets of organization: finance,

operations, manufacturing, purchasing/inventory, engineering/design, and personnel. Provide collaborative

leadership of out-of-state metal stamping facility. Champion the company’s commitment to 100% customer

satisfaction in quality, pricing, and delivery.

Key Initiatives

Support mutually beneficial relationships with select distributorships based on 1-tier pricing schedule.

Capitalize on company’s size and flexibility to react quickly to customer requests and emerging markets.

Countered downsizing of workforce by implementing highly effective cross-training program.

Cultivated and sustain corporate culture conducive to employee satisfaction and retention.

Instigated research, purchase, and customization of software to improve efficiency enterprise wide.

Highlights of Effectiveness

Introduced sweeping improvements to inefficient purchasing and inventory systems, leading to

$800K savings in 2 years and sustained savings moving forward.

Cut order-to-payment cycle in half from 100+ to 50–55 days.

Slashed annual requests for RMAs from $100K+ to $3K.

Earlier Experience:

Material Control Manager | Genesee Packaging – Flint, Michigan | 11 years

EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Detroit College of Business [now Davenport University] | Associate of Business Administration

Michigan State University | Financial Management for Small Businesses



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