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Expert in Corporate Change, Manufacturing Productivity, Automotive Powertrains

Expert ID: 725617 Kentucky, USA

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Expert has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and MBA in Business Administration. He has more than 30 years at progressively higher levels with Ford Motor Company in design/development, manufacturing and corporate change management. Positions include manufacturing engineer, product engineer, supervisor, department manager, program director, and plant manager. Special expertise in employee recognition and cultural-behavioral change methods and has a reputation for successful team building, employee participation and resulting improvements in performance and morale. Retired from Ford on January 1, 1995. Founded Expert Performance Management Company in 1995 and supplied management consulting services to several Fortunes 500 Company Plants. Served as Director of Membership for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) from June 2002 to May 2004.

In 1995, Expert founded Expert Performance Management Company where he supplied companies consulting services in management and leadership training, empowerment, employee involvement, teams and groups, motivation, interpersonal relations and communications, organizational culture, conflict resolution and corporate changes.

A SME member since 1995, Expert served as Chairman of the Society Manufacturing Engineering’ Finance Committee and as a member of the Society’s Audit Committee. He was Director of the Membership Division of SME from June 2002 until May 2004. SME had 38,000 members in 70 countries. During this period, the structure of the membership division was completely reorganized to provide members more engagement, more involvement, and greater participation in the decisions regarding new products and services developed for members. Expert realigned the role of the members and staff. In the process, the staff is more productive and has more enthusiasm for their jobs.

After over 45 years in the automobile business and consulting business, Expert has learned that employee education and experience is important, but all of this can be tremendously limited by lack of management commitment to the projects and goals of the organization. He has learned that management commitment means:

1. They put it in the business plan.

2. They put it in employee's objectives.

3. They keep score.

4. They assign good people to the job.

5. They allocate resources to the project.

6. They insist on participation in training.

7. They review performance on a regular basis.

8. They recognize people and celebrate achievements.

Expert used this management approach during his many years in management at Ford.

In 1995, Expert founded Expert Performance Management Company where he supplied companies consulting services in management and leadership training, empowerment, employee involvement, teams and groups, motivation, interpersonal relations and communications, organizational culture, conflict resolution and corporate changes.

He researched, designed and copyrighted the Performance Empowerment Recognition System (PERS). He marketed and implemented the PERS process at several Budd and Eaton Corporation plants throughout Ohio, Indiana and Missouri.

The PERS process enables and empowers the employees to take actions that they know will result in cost savings, improved quality, improved productivity and results in higher employee morale and commitment. Confirmed savings have been from $1000 to $4000 per employee per year.

Expert had the good fortune to be given troubled groups during his last 15 years at Ford to increase performance and employee morale. In one instance, he increased productivity, quality, and morale by 100% with 500 people at Engine Manufacturing & Development Operations in three years. In a second case he managed the turn-around of the Ford Engine Division’s “factory of the future,” to become a productive group that met its budget and performance objectives for the first time since its launch six years earlier. During his last 3 years he was Director of CIRS world wide to improve productivity, quality and cost.

Expert managed the following departments and plants at the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan from 1973 to 1995: He implemented new business concepts, and a management style that improved employee morale, improved productivity, reduced cost and improved quality.

Manager, Engine Manufacturing Development Operations 1986-1992
Powertrain Operations Plant
Manager, Engine Experimental Fabrication Plant 1985-1986
Manufacturing Operations

Manager, Engineer Assembly & Inspection Group 1984-1985
Powertrain Operations Planning & Engineering-Manufacturing Operations

Manager, Product Analysis, Transmission & Axle 1983-1984
Engineering, Manufacturing & Component Engineering

Manager, Experimental Engineering Laboratories- 1980-1983
Powertrain Operations

Manager, C-6 Engineering Development Department 1976-1980
Car Engineering/PCPE

Manager, Transmission Component Engineering Department 1975-1976
Powertrain & Chassis

Manager, Advance Transmission New Concept Department 1973-1975

During his last 3 years at Ford Expert was world-wide Director of Ford’s Continuous Improvement Recognition System (CIRS). The CIRS Program saved Ford over one billion dollars during these three years.

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In 1995, he founded Expert Performance Management Company where he supplied companies consulting services in management and leadership training, empowerment, employee involvement, teams and groups, motivation, interpersonal relations and communications, organizational culture, conflict resolution and corporate changes. Expert was Senior Launch Manager for a new Oxford Automotive Plant in Mexico. The plant was responsible for 16 major components for a new General Motors Pontiac SUV to be produced in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. The program was a year behind schedule and only six months to job 1 when he assumed the launch manager responsibility. The total team, including the plant manager, reported to him. They met job 1 on all components.Expert researched, designed and copyrighted the Performance Empowerment Recognition System (PERS).
He marketed and implemented the PERS process at several Budd and Eaton Corporation plants throughout Ohio, Indiana and Missouri.
Expert directed an international Ford Team that designed, developed, obtained Chairman of the Board’s approval and implemented worldwide Ford’s current Continuous Improvement Recognition System (CIRS). The CIRS Program saved Ford over one billion dollars during the three years that he was program director from 1992 to 1995.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Cincinnati, Ohio - Hamilton, Ohio - Middletown, Ohio - Lexington, Kentucky - Louisville, Kentucky

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1968 Degree: MBA Subject: Management and Business Economics Institution: The University of Michigan
Year: 1958 Degree: B.S. Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: University of Kentucky

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2002 to 2004 Employer: Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Title: Division Director Department: Membership Division Responsibilities: Division Director. Responsible for the management of a staff of approximately 30 that served 38,000 members in 70 countries. Managed a budget of approximately $10,000,000.
Years: 1995 to 2002 Employer: Maynard Performance Management Co. Title: President/Owner Department: Management Consult anting Company Responsibilities: He furnished companies consulting services in management and leadership training, empowerment, employee involvement, team motivation, interpersonal relations and communication, organizational culture, conflict resolution and corporate change.
Years: 1957 to 1995 Employer: Ford Motor Company Title: Engineer, Manager, Plant Manager, Director Department: Various Powertrain Divisions and World Headquarters Responsibilities: Expert retired from Ford after 37 years at progressively higher levels in design/development, manufacturing and corporate change management. ExpertMaynard developed a special expertise in reviving poor performing groups into high productivity, low cost, high quality, motivated groups.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1992 to 1995 Country / Region: Ford Motor Company Summary: Expert directed the design, development, obtained Chairman of the Board’s approval and implemented worldwide Ford’s current Continuous Improvement Recognition System (CIRS). The CIRS Program saved Ford over one billion dollars during the three years that he ran the program from 1992 to 1995.
Years: 1999 to 2000 Country / Region: Oxford Automotive Summary: Expert was Senior Launch Manager for a new Oxford Automotive Plant in Mexico. The plant was responsible for 16 major components for the General Motors Pontiac SUV that is produced in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. The program was a year behind schedule and only six months to job1 when he assumed the launch manager responsibility. The total team, including the plant manager, reported to Expert. They met job1 on all components.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a current member of SME and former Director of the Membership Division and Chairman of the Finance Committee of SME. He is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Lexington.
Professional Appointments
Expert was appointed by Ford as Director of a world wide program. Ford's Continuous Improvement Recognition System (CIRS). Expert was chairman of the international committee that designed CIRS.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has two Automotive Automatic Transmission Patents. A full chapter of Dr. Robert P. Mai's book, Learning Partnerships was devoted to Expert's success at Ford Motor Company. The chapter was titled, Prompting Change at Ford: A Blueprint for Organizational Learning.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Expert led an international team of company employees that designed, developed, obtained the Chairman of the Board of Ford Motor Company's approval and implemented worldwide Ford's Continuous Improvement Recognition System (CIRS).

Expert directed the implementation of the CIRS in over 100 facilities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Portugal, Hungary and other countries

The CIRS Program saved Ford over one billion dollars during the three years that he directed the program from its launch in 1992 to his retirement in 1995.

Expert designed the Performance Empowerment Recognition System (PERS). He marketed and implemented the PERS process at four Budd and two Eaton plants in Ohio, Indiana, and Missouri. This process saved approximately $2000 to $3000 per employee per year.

Vendor Selection
Expert worked with automotive Powertrain suppliers in the U.S., Japan, Mexico, Canada, and all of Europe.
Marketing Experience
Expert has turned around numerous plants and facilities that was suffering from low productivity, cost overruns, poor quality and low employee morale.
Other Relevant Experience
At Ford, Expert gained a reputation for team building and dramatic improvements in productivity as a hands-on engineering and manufacturing manager. He knows that high productivity is a direct result of employee involvement, treating employees as competent professionals and expecting nothing less than quality performance. He was given many assignments, in both engineering and manufacturing groups, as a turn around specialist.

Fields of Expertise

business, organizational development, business management, business operations, business analysis, employee empowerment, plant management, manufacturing profitability restoration management, change management, turnaround, research and development management, continuous quality improvement, organizational productivity, manufacturing efficiency, lost productivity, corporate change, productivity, organizational culture, employee motivation, sexual harassment, business process management, business development, business startup, business ethics, small business, entrepreneurship, business strategy, automotive transportation, cross-functional team, mentoring, behavioral science, finance, project execution planning, self-directed work team, project review, automotive quality, business incubator, project assessment, integrated product team, work team, acceptance test, office productivity, field testing, automotive design, product reliability, assembly line, corporate strategic planning, project cost engineering, knowledge worker productivity, quality standard, economics, reliability, business re-engineering, manufacturability design review, laboratory management, manufacturing productivity, management, efficiency, new technology business value measurement, new product development, manufacturing technology management, technology management, quality-by-design, automotive component, strategic planning, new product development management, engineering management, management guidance, automobile, motor vehicle, innovation, quality, vehicle, industrial engineering, quality management, quality control, project scheduling, project planning, project management, production management, planning, operations management, management decision-making, facility management, business process re-engineering, automotive material, automotive industry, automotive engine, automotive engineering

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