Dave Anderson is a co-founder of The ProAction Group. Dave specializes in supply chain operations, with an emphasis in sourcing, logistics, cost accounting, and process reengineering.
In this role, Dave has led clients through numerous engagements to assess operations, identify opportunities for improvement, and implement changes. Dave also served as the general manager for a client, responsible for strategy, sales, marketing, finance, and operations of an internet group purchasing organization. Dave helped create this business and led it to profitability. Dave has experience in manufacturing, distribution, and service industries.
Prior to forming The ProAction Group, Dave spent eight years in operational consulting, including developing Arthur Andersen’s methodology and software tools for activity based costing.
Dave is involved in a number of industry groups, and has spoken on supply chain management principles at the national conference level.
Dave has a BS in Business Administration and Accounting and an MBA from the University of Kansas.
Frank has over thirty years of broad Supply Chain and Manufacturing Operational experience in Automotive, Capital Equipment, Electronics and Consumer Products. He has held a number of significant leadership roles at Honda, Case New Holland and Nortek.
Prior to joining The ProAction Group, Frank introduced and implemented S&OP to the Home Technology Division of Nortek, resulting in a 29% ($14 million) inventory reduction while maintaining a customer service level of 98.5%. In the Home Technology Division of Nortek, Frank enhanced the logistics model from a single site to a bi-modal distribution, resulting in reduced factory to customer cycle time by 30%, with half a month reduction in working capital ($7.8 million).
Frank holds a BA in Accounting and Economics, and a MBA, both from Saint Ambrose University.
Greg Bashford has over 25 years of Lean Manufacturing experience using the Toyota Production System in training, product development, just in time, standard work, Kanban and manufacturing.
Prior to joining The ProAction Group, Greg worked for Lexington Metal Systems as the General Manager. Greg’s responsibilities at Lexington Metals System were working with the Sales Department on forecasting and New Products and with Engineering on New Product launches. Also Greg worked with Manufacturing on producing product in a Just-In-Time environment using the Lean Manufacturing tools from the Toyota Production System and with Finance (Controller) on all plant budgets.
Greg also trained his staff at Lexington Metals on the Toyota Production System and managed continuous improvement throughout the system. Greg and his staff also moved 4 manufacturing locations into one location.
Greg has trained manufacturing facilities in Lean Manufacturing Process tools for continuous improvement like Delco Engine Re-Manufacturing, Morey’s Seafood, Ford and others. Some of the Lean tools he implemented were Kanban, 5 S, Quick Changeover, Block scheduling, Standard Work, One Part Flow, Error Proofing, and Sales and Operation Planning. Greg’s additional Lean Manufacturing experience comes from Metalforming Technologies Inc., Lean Manufacturing Consulting, RWD Technologies Inc., and Johnson Controls, Inc.
Gerald Batsford is a veteran executive with over 25 years of experience in supply chain, strategic planning, scheduling, demand forecasting, transportation, inventory management and optimization, systems design, warehousing, and implementation. He has broad industry experience in consumer goods, food, medical devices, industrials, and utilities.
While the early part of his career was in industry, Gerry has spent most of the last two decades as a consultant with GEMM Supply Chain Solutions, The ProAction Group, and AT Kearney, identifying and implementing supply chain initiatives for his clients. Most recently, Gerry led a ProAction team that helped a sign manufacturer increase EBITDA by 20% by modifying their approach to pricing and executing installation and service operations. While at GEMM, he was the Operations Team Lead for a $750M global medical device manufacturer, where he implemented the Hub and Spoke distribution model at 23 locations, developed a planning model to determine correct inventory levels for 100+ hospital consignment locations and 23 Hub delivery sites, and played an integral role in creating an annual capital spend plan which reduced their first year spend by $10M.
At AT Kearney, where Gerry was VP Supply Chain and IT, he implemented the Hub and Spoke distribution network design and managed the 3PL operations partners to support the $750M annual spend of MRO material at a Big 3 automotive manufacturing client. This work spanned 26 US plants and 800 point-of-use dispensing machines.
Prior to his consulting career, Gerry was Vice President, Global Supply Chain and Operations for the Bicycle Division of Brunswick Corporation, where he was in charge of global sourcing, purchasing, forecasting, inventory planning, and warehousing. He played a major role in consolidating warehouse operations from 9 facilities down to 2 distribution centers, reducing inventory by 50% thru improved forecasting and replenishment planning, all while improving order fill rates from 77% to 97%.
At Brunswick, Gerry was also a key executive of a team that accomplished a turnaround and business restructuring that eliminated all North American manufacturing and transitioned the company to importing all products from the Far East. This effort led the company to achieve U.S. market share leadership at $310 million in revenues while making a net profit for the first time in a decade.
Gerry did graduate work in Operations Management at Syracuse University and holds a BA from St. Lawrence University.
Steve Bentson is an action-driven leader who excels in bringing about positive and sustainable change in improving the performance of a business. He has over 20 years of leadership experience and documented achievements as the CEO, President, COO, Vice President of Operations and Consultant of well recognized manufacturing companies with revenues of $10M – $500M – many of which were Private Equity-owned businesses.
Steve has recently held interim Operations leadership positions at Signature Systems Group (Linsalata Capital Partners) and Stone Panels. Signature is a $30M manufacturer of heavy duty plastic flooring where he first established accountability and discipline in the operation functions and then implemented Lean teams that drove improvements in throughput, machine and labor utilization, scrap and quality.
Prior to these consulting roles, Steve was President and CEO of Tri-Tec Seal, LLC, a $12M Edgewater Capital Partners portfolio company that makes Teflon seals. He brought a sense of urgency and leadership, professionalism, process focus, customer focus, metrics and accountability and financial reporting to the entire organization.
Prior to Tri-Tec, Steve was COO for Universal Trailer Corp, a $350M manufacturer of enclosed cargo and all-aluminum horse and stock trailers, VP/GM of Extruded Products for Werner Ladder Company, and Executive positions with several Pentair Companies, including VP-Ops of Porter-Cable Power Tools, President of Century Manufacturing and President of DeVilbiss Air Power.
Steve has an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering degree from Duke University. He also has a MS in Material Science/Metallurgy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Doug Blanchard is a Partner of The ProAction Group. He is responsible for strategic development and oversight of client projects, recruitment and development of consultants, and serving clients directly.
Doug Blanchard is an experienced executive with over 40 years of progressive management experience. Doug has applied his leadership skills and experience on numerous client engagements in various areas of business operations, including all aspects of lean enterprise management, business and operations strategy, sales and operations planning, quality systems, new product development, cultural change, leadership coaching and organizational development. Additionally, Doug has been a leader in acquisition due diligence assessments and the development of value creation strategies for the M&A segment of our business.
Prior to joining The ProAction Group, Doug worked for Lexington Home Brands as COO/Executive Vice President of Operations, where he was responsible for a $450 million division with 15 plant locations. Prior to that, Doug worked for Emerson Electric, where he had P&L responsibility for a $300 million division. Doug also has experience at Darling Store Fixtures, Tenneco Automotive, and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.
Doug serves on the board of DeWayne’s Quality Metal Coatings.
Doug has a BS in Industrial Engineering and Management from the University of Akron.
Tony Chak has a reputation for identifying, cultivating, and securing lucrative business and product development opportunities across Asia and Europe. His 20 plus years of experience and expertise in product design, supply chain, contract negotiations, and logistics has been a critical link between global businesses and sourcing opportunities in low-cost markets.
Prior to joining The ProAction Group, Tony was the Operations Manager for Kyosay Global’s Asia Office where Kyosay’s clients benefited from a consistent track record with premium vendors in China, Thailand, Korea and other Asian countries. As COO of Wisdom Creative Ltd, he led a team with product design capabilities, sourcing & quality assurance, supply chain support, regulatory oversight and logistics services.
Tony was one of the founders of Daynice International Ltd., a Hong Kong-based gift and toy manufacturer. As Business Development Partner for Daynice, Tony co-led the creation, launch, marketing and licensing of the “Pork Chop & Friends” brand. Offering a full-range of products, Tony directed product development, marketing, contract negotiations, intellectual property, licensing, export trading, franchising and retail/wholesale channels. He and his team propelled this startup brand to distribution across 18 countries, 300 retail customers in Hong Kong and 13 corporate/franchised theme shops and department stores.
Tony completed his education at Bishop Hall Jubilee College in Hong Kong.
Carrie has over 30 years of senior level experience in supplier selection, development, qualification and negotiation. She has also led groups responsible for the entire supply chain, including shipping and receiving, inventory control, production control, master scheduling, planning, procurement and sourcing. She has developed and implemented cost measurement systems to monitor and drive sustained material productivity. She has created world class global procurement organizations in North America, Asia and Europe. In addition, Carrie has led the global goal deployment and S&OP process development in a multi-site organization.
Prior to joining The ProAction Group, Carrie has led the supply chain and sourcing organizations in medical, industrial and high-tech organizations. Through long term strategy development and implementation, she has created global supply chains to support high demand retail, medical, high-tech, and specialized industrial organizations.
Carrie’s prior career experience includes progressive executive leadership responsibility within several well-known international companies. At EndoChoice, Inc. Carrie held the supply chain and procurement leadership position and developed all new processes and contract templates. At IDEX Inc. Carrie held the supply chain and procurement leadership position for their largest business unit (Viking Pump) where she was the lead in the company wide S&OP implementation. At Silicon Graphics, Carrie held a materials management and global commodity management role and was responsible for a joint supplier alliance (contract manufacturing).
Carrie has a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis on Finance from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.
John Gross is a Senior Operations Leader accomplished at leading enterprise wide Lean transformations at both the strategic and tactical level. His background includes both consulting and industry roles and his experience spans a variety of industries including automotive, food, utilities, and pharmaceutical. He has implemented Lean in both manufacturing and administrative applications, helping organizations improve efficiency and reduce costs while positioning them for continual improvements.
Prior to working with The ProAction Group, John spent the last 5 years in Consulting, where he implemented improvements at clients, developed an Executive Lean Leader training program, and led the internal coaching of the firm’s lean consulting practitioners. Previously, John spent 20 years in industry –first at Borden Pasta where he led the maintenance startup of their newest and largest Pasta Plant, then moving to GDX Automotive where he was promoted up to Lean Manufacturing Manager, then at Watlow Electric where he was a Director of Operations and Enterprise Lean Manager, and finally at Virbac Animal Health ($1B annual sales) where he was the Lean Systems Director with international responsibilities. Additionally, John served as a Captain in the United States Air Force, where he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.
John has a MS Administration from Central Michigan University and BS Electrical Engineering from Washington University (St. Louis). He is a Registered Professional Engineer and is a Six Sigma Master Blackbelt and a Six Sigma Blackbelt. He has also authored books on Kanban, Preventive Maintenance, and numerous articles on a variety of Lean topics.
Vince Gurzo is an experienced President/CEO/Board member of several mid-sized general manufacturing and chemical companies. In these and previous executive positions, he has created value for shareholders leading organizations of $20 million to $600 million through growth, restructurings, M&A, joint ventures and globalization.
Prior to joining The ProAction Group, Vince was Corporate VP at LaRoche Chemical where he shared COO responsibility and directly managed four divisions and two JVs. The teams he led revitalized two of those divisions, consistently improving financial and operating performance. Earlier at International Specialty Products he served in senior sales, marketing, and general management roles. At Union Carbide, now part of Dow Chemical, he was responsible for the U.S. and European manufacturing and R&D for a $100 million subsidiary after success in a series of sales and product management positions. He began his career at Merck & Co, Inc. as a manufacturing engineer.
In his current role as a consultant, private equity sponsors, sub-debt holders and Boards of Directors rely on him to provide “the real story” in under-performing businesses. As an interim operating executive or in a traditional consulting role, he assesses management capabilities, strategic direction and operating programs; providing leadership for corrective actions. He is also a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs at the University of Georgia’s Terry School of Business.
Vince earned a degree in Chemical Engineering at Rutgers University, and an MBA from Pace University’s Executive Program, which was awarded With Distinction. He is a Certified Six Sigma Green belt and Lean Engineer. He is the named inventor on several patent applications and has received the Key to the City of Baton Rouge Louisiana for revitalizing the Alumina Division while at LaRoche Chemical.
Perry has more than twenty-five years’ experience in lean manufacturing working with clients and their endeavors to implement Lean Manufacturing. He has 12 years of Lean experience from Toyota Manufacturing in Georgetown, Kentucky, managing production operations in the body weld department. He has developed extensive training materials and delivered the materials on the production floor through consulting and coaching companies such as SME, Caterpillar, GM Power train, Ford, Dana/Spicer Axel, Siegel – Robert, Intuitive Surgical, Nike, Harley-Davidson, Bose, Turner Power Systems, and the U.S. Air Force.
Prior to joining The ProAction Group, Perry became a program manager focusing on the Ford Production System, working with Ford Power train Lima Ohio and Cleveland Engine and the Shingo Prize effort. He was also a lean engineer for GM Power train, responsible for implementing lean in the 22 North America power train plants.
Perry is also a contributing author in Lean Manufacturing: A Plant Floor Guide published by SME.
As a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Business Executive, Sheila has applied Lean Six Sigma principles to improve business processes in manufacturing, product development, engineering, Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), customer services, supply chain, distribution, logistics and “order-to-cash” environments. Sheila has been successful integrating customer requirements into the manufacturing and operational processes to improve customer satisfaction/retention and to generate business growth.
Prior to joining ProAction, Sheila has worked in various business units at Alcoa, Sonoco Products and AM International. She has managed various manufacturing, warehouse, distribution, engineering and customer services operations. Utilizing Lean principles, Six Sigma analytics and Continuous Improvement methodologies, Sheila has experience in Value Stream mapping, SMED, Kanban, 5S, and Standard Work.
She has successfully managed the relocation and consolidation of various facilities ensuring seamless customer transition and integrity of the supply chain. She developed and implemented various types of integration scenarios including domestic and international business units, acquisition of competitors, integration of product expansions, facility relocations and facility closures.
She implemented Lean Daily Management and Visual Management to Customer order flows, resulting in the reduction of expedited orders, improved operating efficiencies and reduced freight expenses. She designed and implemented a “Rapid Response” process to address customer emergency demand requirements and production planning with monitoring of the results in meeting customer expectations. She has implemented inventory optimization reviews, cycle counting processes and product rationalization programs. She has managed vendor supply bases and implemented performance monitoring programs. She has used value stream mapping events to collaborate with teams to identify and realize opportunities to reduce costs, quality issues and cycle times. Utilizing Kaizen techniques to resolve problems impacting both customers and operations, she was able to reduce overall customer credits by 18%.
Sheila had international roles in Puerto Rico, Northern Ireland, Mexico, Singapore, and Malaysia. She has a Masters of Business Operational Excellence (MBOE) & a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from The Ohio State University and a B.A. Spanish/Certificate of International Business from the University of Cincinnati.
Carolyn Henson is an accomplished professional focusing on standard of work documentation, value stream mapping, and conducting inventory and operational analysis for clients. She has experience conducting and analyzing benchmark reports and guiding companies through the request for proposal process.
Carolyn has worked closely with several companies in the health and medical industry and other sectors streamlining and documenting the procedures necessary to complete day-to-day work. Her detailed and organized approach to documenting standard work has helped streamline processes of billing, customer service, shipping, maintenance, and other departments. These clients have seen an increase in efficiencies, a decrease in errors, and possess detailed training materials.
Her role in value stream mapping events has allowed companies to better understand their processes, visualize their goals, and create detailed plans towards a tangible future state. These events have resulted in clients reducing their non-value added time and increasing productivity on the floor and in the office. Carolyn’s attention to detail and ability to dissect data has been instrumental when conducting inventory and customer segmentations.
Carolyn has a BS in Communication Studies with Magna Cum Laude honors from Illinois State University. She is certified in Business and Administrative Communication and Human Resource Management.
Jay, a supply chain and logistics consultant for ProAction, leads clients through complex distribution network design, transportation and warehouse improvement projects. As part of this, Jay has also served as an expert witness in legal cases surrounding the transportation industry. Jay has been involved in the transportation and logistics industry continuously since 1974, having held positions in Operations, Marketing, Sales, Pricing, Regional, District, Division, National and International Executive levels as Trainee, Operations Officer, Sales Representative; Pricing General Manager, General Manager, Vice President, Senior Vice President and Executive Vice President for rail, third and fourth party logistics organizations (including the management of over 4M square feet of distribution facilities in 6 countries), and transcontinental motor carriers.
Since 1999, when he joined Ernst & Young LLP as a Director of their Global Supply Chain practice, Jay has been involved in research and analysis of the logistics industry. Over the past 15 years, he has performed assignments and engagements with nearly 50 clients in areas including distribution network and facility design, inventory and private fleet rationalization, transportation and warehouse negotiations and distribution planning for The ProAction Group.
Jay holds a Master Degree in Psychology from San Jose State University with an additional Transportation Post Graduate Certification from Northwestern University.
Doug has over 20 years of experience in supply chain management and lean manufacturing positions. His supply chain management experience includes Logistics, Procurement, Converting, Inventory, Operations, Vendor/Supplier Selection, Contract Negotiations, and Warehouse Management. Additionally, he is skilled in Sales and Operations Planning, Business Process Analysis/Optimization, Lean Six Sigma Processes and Financial Analysis and Forecasting.
Prior to joining The ProAction Group, Doug has launched, led, and delivered projects that redefined production strategies and methods in globally operating corporations. Through supply chain analysis and optimization, he turned around a chronically underperforming packaging facility, preserved jobs, and helped generate the best facility performance in over a decade. And as a Lead Six Sigma Black Belt, he has led numerous initiatives that helped his companies identify and leverage value-creating opportunities.
Doug’s prior career experience includes progressive responsibility within several well-known companies. At Procter & Gamble, Doug had manufacturing positions leading up to Department Manager of Raw Materials (86 person group). At Alcan and Rexam, Doug held Supply Chain Manager positions which enabled him to become proficient at sourcing and leverage his process improvement expertise. And at Kraft Foods, Doug was the Senior Manager of Strategic Sourcing for Packaging.
Doug has a Masters in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois, a B.S. in Engineering (Mechanical concentration) from Calvin College, and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Ken has over 30 years of senior level experience in supply chain selection and development, alignment of long term sourcing and logistics strategies with lean manufacturing processes, implementation of cost measurement systems to monitor and drive sustained material productivity, and creation of world class global procurement organizations. Additionally, he has experience opening greenfield manufacturing plants in Asia, leadership of lean manufacturing functions and implementing international supply chains to support them.
Prior to joining The ProAction Group, Ken has lead the transformation of indirect, direct, and capital equipment sourcing organizations to achieve world class returns on human capital investment. Through long term strategy development and implementation, he has created global supply chains to support high demand retail customer requirements while utilizing state-of-the-art cost reduction tools to drive competitive advantage through material cost solutions.
Ken’s prior career experience includes progressive executive leadership responsibility within several well-known international companies. At Emerson Electric, Ken held several procurement, supply chain, and manufacturing leadership roles leading up to the Vice President – Asian Operations for the Hermetic Motor Division.
At A.O. Smith, he held the Vice President – Global Materials role and at Rheem Manufacturing served as the Executive Vice President of Strategic Sourcing for over 11 years.
Ken has a Master’s of Business Administration in International Operations from Lindenwood University, a B.S. of Business Management from York College of Pennsylvania, and an Associate of Applied Science in Nuclear Technology from the Community College of the Air Force.
Tom has over 40 years of logistics industry experience, as an executive and entrepreneur. Tom is also founder and CEO of the National Carrier Network (NCN), a company that bundles the services of logistics providers in the top 200 MSA’s in the United States, and offers these services on a combined basis to large third party logistics providers.
Tom has been CEO of several third party logistics companies and an entrepreneur in various supply chain related businesses. In addition, Tom has provided consulting services to firms in the logistics industry.
Prior to joining The ProAction Group, Tom was the founder and CEO of Hub Group Distribution Services (HGDS). HGDS was on the Inc. Magazine 500 fastest growing companies four years in a row. HGDS was a leading provider of value-added transportation and logistics services to the pharmaceutical, retail, point-of-purchase display and manufacturing industries. Tom eventually sold his interest in HGDS to Hub Group Inc., one of the largest intermodal and logistics services providers.
Tom also has served in management positions at Coyote Logistics, Iosue Associates, Chicago Northwestern Railroad, Amoco Chemicals, FMC Corporation, and United Stationers. Tom Holds an MBA from Loyola University – Chicago and an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh.
Michael Lemon is an experienced professional with a focused background on profitability improvement and global competitiveness. His background includes over 30 years of experience in the areas of International sourcing and manufacturing management for Fortune 500 corporations.
Prior to joining The ProAction Group, Mike was responsible for growing the offshore sourcing environment at Lexington Furniture Industries from $15mm/year to $50mm/year while favorably restructuring offshore financial agreements with the supply base. As a plant Manager with Henredon Furniture Mike played a leadership role in successfully increasing production by 57% while reducing staff levels by 23% without layoff. Inventories were reduced by 35% in the same time frame. While Director of Materials and Manufacturing Systems at Pitney Bowes Mike led the effort for his division to become the only recognized “Class A MRP11” division in the corporation.
Mike has aided ProAction with several projects both in Mexico and the United States. These included KanBan development and implementation, Manufacturing efficiencies, and international logistics projects.
Mike is degreed in communications from the University of Bridgeport. He also studied International Business at Norwalk Community College and Physics at NY Institute of Technology. He has published 13 papers on various management subjects and was nominated for the Shingo award of Excellence in 1995. Mike also taught Capacity Planning at Catawba Community College and Just In Time Manufacturing at the American Production and Inventory Control Society headquarters in Pittsburgh.
Tim is a Partner of The ProAction Group, an operational consulting firm which he co-founded in 1995. Tim has 30+ years of experience helping middle market companies identify, quantify and mine latent value. He is widely recognized for his expertise in supply chain functions as the author a book (Implementing Supplier Partnerships), presenting at national and local conferences, and creating numerous articles on value creation, sourcing and logistics. In addition, he created the firm’s proprietary 9-Box Inventory and Pricing tool which has helped countless companies optimize their inventory levels and improve their pricing practices.
Tim’s primary focus is on serving Private Equity clients and their portfolio companies. He has particular experience in manufacturing and distribution businesses and has a unique ability to assess operational issues and symptoms and translate them into actionable solutions that management and ownership alike can understand and measure.
Prior to forming The ProAction Group, Tim worked in operational consulting at Arthur Andersen and a boutique supply chain consulting firm.
Tim serves on the boards of ACME Metal Coatings, Automated Business Machines and DeWayne’s Quality Metal Coatings.
Tim has a BS in Accounting from Marquette University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Skip is an experienced kaizen leader and lean implementer. He has led improvement efforts for Eaton, Cutler Hammer, Snap On and Copper Tools. He has led events at 40 different Danaher plants as well as more than 200 additional facilities, leading over 1350 Kaizen efforts to date. He has helped companies such as Copeland Corporation triple their output.
Prior to joining The ProAction Group, Skip received extensive Kaizen training under the direction of Dr. Shigeo Shingo at Utica Tool from 1982 – 1987. He received additional Kaizen training from Shingijutsu’s Masters, Chihiro Nakao from 1985 – 1992. While at Danaher and Copeland he developed a corporate SMED (Single Minute Exchange of Dies) and TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) training program. He has also developed and implemented TPM and Machine Lubrication programs at several plant sites.
Skip is also affiliated with the following Colleges and State Universities: North Carolina State University, The University of Dayton, Saint Vincent College, The University of Alabama in Huntsville and Haywood Vocation Opportunities.
Skip Quinlivan attended Genessee Community College in Batavia, New York and Orangeburg Community College in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He has 36 years of experience as an engineer as well as being a tool and die designer at Utica Tool and Danaher Tool Group.
Mark has more than 20 years of experience in leading Quality and Lean improvement initiatives and implementing quality management systems within manufacturing organizations. As a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and expert in Quality Improvement who utilizes Lean, Six Sigma, and other Continuous Improvement methodologies, Mark has successfully led, taught and mentored project teams for multiple companies to achieve desired quality improvement, productivity improvement, and cost-savings goals. Mark has also guided companies in creating and implementing quality management systems, including certifications to ISO9000 and TS16947.
Prior to joining The ProAction Group, Mark has defined and led numerous process improvement projects and has performed Lean training. Utilizing tools such as DOE, VSM, TOC, and advanced statistical analysis, effective action plans were developed and implemented to improve yield, reduce material usage and reduced waste that included inspection and rework activities. Mark has also led Lean initiatives including Kaizen events, Quick Changeovers, Cellular Manufacturing, Standard Work, and Downtime Reduction to improve overall productivity and yield.
Mark’s prior career experience includes positions in Quality Management and Engineering (Supplier, Process and/or Customer), and as a Six Sigma Black Belt, in Tier 1 and Tier 2 companies in the automotive industry, including ARC Automotive, Lear Corporation, and Matsushita Electronics Corporation (Panasonic). Mark has also performed key roles in the start-up of multiple facilities, validating new processes and products, negotiating customer agreements and obtaining customer approvals prior to product launch.
Mark has an MBA from The University of Tennessee, a B.S. in Business and is working towards his Ph.D. in Natural Resource Economics.
Danny Segev is an experienced consultant in the areas of M&A and operational improvements with over 19 years of relevant experience. He is responsible for delivery of client projects.
Prior to joining The ProAction Group, Danny worked for Life Technologies Corporation as a Director of Corporate M&A, executing more than 15 deals and as a Director of Process Improvement, implementing Lean Six Sigma across 20 manufacturing plants. Danny also served in various leadership roles with Tefen Management Consulting and Tunnell Consulting, conducting bottom line performance improvement studies of corporate operations and hands-on implementation achieving productivity gains, lower costs and improved service level.
Danny has an extensive experience modeling and analyzing manufacturing capacity for numerous global companies in various industries such as: microelectronics, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, industrial equipment, and food processing.
Danny has a BS in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.
Anil Shah is a seasoned manufacturing operations executive, focusing on developing strategies and leading initiatives that consistently improve productivity and profits. Anil is a change agent skilled in integrating businesses, cultures and people. He excels in aligning goals, groups and operational resources, and in building disciplined teams focused on the continuous improvement of operational processes, productivity, cost, and quality.
Prior to joining The ProAction Group, Anil was an Executive Vice President of Operations for NextLife LLC, where he was responsible for manufacturing, engineering, and supply chain processes. Anil opened a new production facility, collaborated with customers in development of material blends, managed FDA certification requirements, and developed a manufacturing partnership in Asia.
He was also Vice President of Operations for Wilkinson Industries where he headed the manufacturing, engineering, and supply chain functions and was instrumental in contributing to increased cash flow and over $3.7 million in cost savings and operational efficiencies in less than two years. As Executive VP of Operations for Solo Cup, Anil led the operations team in achieving more than $45 million in operations synergies, and helped drive revenue growth from $550 million in 1999 to more than $2.4 billion. Prior to Solo Cup, Anil worked his way to become Area Manufacturing Manager for Continental Can and had responsibility for the $350 million Closure division.
Anil earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics and Mathematics from Gujarat University, and pursued continuing studies toward an MS Operations degree at Chicago’s Roosevelt University.
Bob Sherlock is an experienced executive and consultant with over 20 years of management experience. He has led client assignments in pricing and profitability management, go-to-market launch planning, exploration of new markets, and sales effectiveness.
Prior to joining The ProAction Group, Bob founded and was CEO of Delivery Station, a venture-funded logistics service provider. Bob previously served as Vice President of Marketing for Wickes Lumber, and held increasingly responsible management positions at General Electric Company (on GE’s Corporate Staff and in the GE Supply, Consumer Electronics, and Appliance businesses).
He is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth, Marketing Executives Network Group, and the American Solar Energy Society.
Bob has a BA in Economics from the University of Maine, and an MBA from The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.
Steve has over 30+ years of experience in supply chain management, including logistics, transportation, inventory management, procurement, warehousing, production planning and S&OP. His expertise has enabled organizations to significantly reduce cost and complexity within their business. He has worked with leading companies in the health care/pharmaceutical, consumer products, food processing/distribution, printing/publishing, chemical/agribusiness, building materials and high technology industries.
Prior to working with The ProAction Group, Steve began his career at W.W. Grainger and then was the Director of Logistics for Wrigley. Since that time, Steve has used his expertise to help businesses improve their supply chain functions. Most recently, he led a cross-functional team of an $8 billion global manufacturer and distributor of health care product and supplies to procure and implement an enterprise-wide commercial transportation management and private fleet route planning/tracking system. The project enabled a 200% growth in the fleet capacity and a reduction in private fleet operating cost by 11%+ annually. His work with a $500 million global manufacturer and distributor of audio equipment and electronic sound systems led to a 40% reduction in headcount, 70% reduction in supply base, and 18% annual savings in supply-related cost goods and inventory.
While working with a $10 billion global manufacturer and distributor of branded and generic pharmaceutical products, Steve modeled cost/service trade-off’s where the client could gain a detailed financial and operating network profiles by changing supply sources, the number, size (throughput capacity) and location of its distribution centers. Steve’s model was implemented over a period of two-years and resulted in 30% fewer distribution centers to serve the North American market, a combined savings of $6MM annually, in the form of reduced transportation, warehousing and inventory carrying costs, and fill rates and customer lead times were also vastly improved over the previous network.
Steve has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from University of Wisconsin-Madison and post-graduate credits in Information Technology from DePaul University.
Rob Snyder has extensive experience creating and executing strategic direction and the supporting tactical demands to meet business plans while top grading organizations for maximum profitability. Rob’s commitment to excellence is backed by his deep knowledge and experience in Lean Manufacturing, strategic planning and sourcing, facilities and resource management, and engineering. Rob has successfully led multi business units across the globe.
Prior to joining The ProAction Group, Rob was COO at Creative Electronics & Software specializing in competitive USA produced electronic solutions. He was the President for Accelerated Assemblies Inc. & Twisted Traces Inc., where he implemented a new business model focused on fully integrated customer support beyond the product. While Vice President of Operations at The Morey Corporation, Rob developed and trained the team in Lean principles, created the strategic plan and vision for Operations Excellence and growth, and was responsible for Change Management development and execution.
Rob was responsible for seven plant operations and warehouses as Global Vice President of Operations at American Air Filtration, (a Japanese owned company) where he worked directly with the Japanese and USA teams to create a platform with a single culture on attacking operational wastes. He was the Global Director of Supply Chain at Filtration Group. He worked in China and India when responsible for Global Operations at IDEX Co. He held numerous positions with progressive responsibilities at Kodak (7 years) and the Boeing Company (18 years) in the areas of composites structures, electronics and chemical processing all with a Lean methodology as the foundation.
Rob has a B.S in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from the University of Wisconsin. He has trained in Lean through Shingijutsu at Boeing and Kodak, Mixed Model lean by K. Duggan, has a Six Sigma green belt certificate, and hold six U.S. patents relating to “Consolidating Organic Matrix Composites Using Induction Heating”.
Martin Staples is a senior Operations leader and change facilitator with over 27 years of global business experience (14 years working/living internationally). He has been successful in planning and leading change, developing management teams, designing organizations and executing global operational and facility strategies. He has led organizations in Asia, Europe, and North America.
Prior to working with The ProAction Group, Martin had a very successful career with Emerson Electric. He was consistently promoted throughout his tenure there and worked in many of their divisions, where he served in roles such as Vice President of Operations, VP of Shared Services, VP of Operational Development and VP of Manufacturing. He had 6 years of P&L responsibility and over 12 years designing and running multi plant location operations.
Known as a “fix it” guy within Emerson, Martin was frequently called in to help underperforming operations improve and is adept at assessing underlying factors and turning performance around. A strength is his people focus – he is able to quickly gain people’s confidence and get the most out of his teams. He uses process, structure and organization skills to drive results and is a student of continuous improvement, lean manufacturing and Gemba training.
Martin has an MBA from Washington University (St. Louis) a Master of Science from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and a Bachelor of Science from University of Missouri-Rolla. In addition, he has numerous continuing education credits from both Emerson (who is renowned for their CE Curriculum) and other organizations, including the Toyota Master Class and Gemba Training with Lean Institute.
Kathy Wishnew is a dynamic and intuitive global business operations leader with extensive experience in process improvement, program management, quality assurance, Six Sigma, lean manufacturing, and goal deployment. She has helped organizations achieve bottom-line performance improvements through the alignment of strategy, systems, processes and people.
Prior to working with The ProAction Group, Kathy was principal and owner of LeanOn Consulting LLC, where she helped companies achieve margin enhancement, cost reduction, productivity improvement and risk reduction by focusing on process reengineering, scoreboard development and deployment, leadership development and quality management. While Vice President at Jarden Safety & Security, Kathy established a Continuous Improvement Program, resulting in a cost reduction of $8.9M in the first year. She focused on creating transparency and linkage to Strategic Plan initiatives, which led to a record number of new product launches and centralized their quality management system. Her work led to a 360 view of product records and an improved rapid response to customer concerns from years to 2 weeks. As Executive Director of Global Business Process Optimization at Panduit Corporation, Kathy paved the way for achieving record-level Six Sigma cost savings of $3M in manufacturing and business office improvements.
Kathy has a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University where she was inducted in to the Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society. Kathy is certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt, ASQ Quality Engineer, Lean Leader, Shainin Red X Problem-Solver; and holds numerous FranklinCovey facilitator certifications including the following: Great Leaders, Great Teams, Great Results; 4 Disciplines of Execution; and the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.