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Expert in Apparel Productivity, Ethical Compliance and Quality Management in Underdeveloped Countries

Expert ID: 727843 South Africa

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Expert has thirty years experience in quality management starting when this discipline was in its infancy in 1981. Wrote and instituted the original standards and procedures for Gap and managed their US and Caribbean suppliers. Subsequent to that he worked with the best manufacruters suppyling stores like Talbots, Brookes Bros, J.Peterman, Lands End and Sigrid Olsen. Thereafter he was recuited by Kurt Salmon to provide consulting services to a licensee of VFCorp to set a world-wide quality assurance and ethical compliance program mainly in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Dominican. This involved writng the standards manuals, recriuting and training the staff of inspectors and deploying them to the factory locations.
More recently he was recruited by Booze Alan to provide expertize to the Serbian Enterprise Development Program, which he did for 3 years, advising and guidiong apparel companies there how to improve productivity and quality.
Over decades of sewing in underdeveloped countries he has created a quality improvement program that does not require much capital expenditure yet yields excellent results.
He is a creative problem solver and a strong motivator and trainer.


USAid......Serbian Enterprise Development Project. Was the primary consultant to the apparel/textile cluster on this capacity building project. This involved in visiting and providing consulting serices to over 50 client companies in country, conducting seminars and industry-wide meetings.Project for VFCorp to set up and manage a world-wide apparel quality and ethical compliance program at a licensee of theirs (Kikomo of NY).
Wrote the manuals and standards, went to Asia to recruit and train selected staff, and then deployed them around SE Asia. Monitored the program on site and remotely until it was run in and going smoothly.Gemline Inc. Wrote quality manuals for the bag/luggage division and then the apparel division, and trained their inspectors to perform these tasks.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1959 Degree: MBA Subject: Business Institution: London School of Economcis
Year: 1957 Degree: B.Comm Subject: Economics and business Institution: University of Cape Town

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2009 to 2010 Employer: Southern New Hampshire University Title: Adjunct Professor Department: Continuing Education Responsibilities: Teach adult learners.
Years: 1999 to 2009 Employer: New Hampshire Technicl Institute Title: Adjunct Professor Department: Responsibilities: Taught undergraduste students
Years: 2004 to 2008 Employer: Serbain Enterprise Development Program Title: Consultant advisor Department: Responsibilities: Visited cleints to advise them how build capacity and improve quality with little capital expenditure.
Made 7 trips of about 3 weeks each to Serbia, and worked with over 50 client companies.
Years: 1997 to 1998 Employer: Kikomo Title: Independent consultant Department: Responsibilities: Set up world wide quality assurance and ethical compliance program. (see above in written section).

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1996 to 1999 Agency: USAid Role: Advisor Description: Worked in Serbia as apparel consultant on USAid project there.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: to Present Country / Region: Summary Summary: I have worked on the ground in 45 countries producing apparel.
Asia, Africa, Latin America, Caribbean, Europe.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Was a Senior member of ASQ until 5 years ago.
Publications and Patents Summary
Many articles on quality and general economics issues, e.g. Apparel Magazine

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Has provided expert witness services in 2 lawsuits involving apparel.
Training / Seminars
Quality assurance and productivity training for inspectors and factory management.
Introduced unique productivity and quality protocols and trained factory personnel to use these.
College professor for over 10 years.
Vendor Selection
Previously managed huge sourcing programs but not in the last decade.
Marketing Experience
Coming from the underdevelopd world and having produced goods in 45 countries, he has unique perspectives on what works and how to achieve it.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Excellent

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