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Expert in Metal Casting, Aluminum

Expert ID: 721287 California, USA

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Expert has over 25 years of experience with tooling design, casting methods, cast product design, machining initialization, and manufacturing methods. His expertise includes aluminum solidification and heat treatment, x-ray analysis and related physical properties, and aluminum corrosion protective coatings. Expert is especially knowledgeable of aluminum and aluminum alloys, aluminum and aluminum alloy welding, and aluminum alloy properties and data. He has expertise in metal casting, including centrifugal casting, die casting, permanent mold casting, sand casting, and investment casting.

Expert is experienced in the area of manufacturing methods and systems, product design, and product development. This includes product design for assembly, product design for manufacturability, automated machine design, and factory automation and integration. He has been involved in a multitude of design problems and projects, including computer hardware, defense system hardware, racing engines, aircraft hardware, and cost effective casting design. He has designed and installed custom automatic equipment for metal foundries. He has operated several metal casting and machining facilities profitably, through agressive periods of growth.


Expert has extensive professional and practical experience encompassing management team building, and has operated various manufacturing facilities as Predident or President & CEO for over twenty years. In this capacity he has been involved with finance, marketing and sales, labor and union negotiations, and plant design, and automation. His expertise also includes preparingand evaluation of marketing studies and acquisition material.

Expert had the opportunity to participate on Pace Industries’ acquisition team ($550 MM sales) while running their west coast operations. This activity (with the company chairman, the CFO and the COO) consisted of technical liaison, with direct responsibility to evaluate and report on plant and equipment, casting methodology, production and assembly methods, equipment capacity, status and maintenance, and customer-service capability and capacity. Opportunities across the USA as well as worldwide (Pacific Rim, Taiwan, mainland China, and Mexico) were investigated.

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Expert has worked continuously with The Boeing Company on the JDAM missile program to assure process improvement and a consistent quality level.He helped develop, prototype, and complete the manufacture of a next generation missile program (cast and machined parts) with Boeing St. Louis engineering. Expert resolved an in-plant production training problem with the development and use of dual screen digitally-recorded realtime X-ray to assure accuracy of on-floor inspection.He solved the problem of missing operations in a production line with the development of 100% check fixturing that allowed inspection without slowing down the line. Expert worked on alloy selection/change to aid a supplier with a corrosion and properties problem on sand casting.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Los Angeles, California - San Diego, California - Long Beach, California - Santa Ana, California - Anaheim, California - Riverside, California - Glendale, California - Huntington Beach, California - San Bernardino, California - Chula Vista, California

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1992 Degree: MBA Subject: Business Administration Institution: University of Southern California
Year: 1974 Degree: LLB Subject: Business Law Institution: LaSalle University, Chicago
Year: 1970 Degree: BS Subject: Engineering Institution: University of British Columbia

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2002 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President and CEO Department: Administration Responsibilities: Expert has total P&L responsibility for a $20 MM revenue job shop die caster; machining and assembly, commercial and aerospace parts;180,000 sq.ft.
Years: 1996 to 2002 Employer: Undisclosed Title: President, General Manager Department: Administration Responsibilities: He had complete manufacturing and P&L responsibility for the West Coast; he was on the aquisition team as technical liason with the COB, CFO, and COO and investigated China, Mexico, and U.S. for opportunities
Years: 1989 to 1996 Employer: Undisclosed Title: President and CEO Department: Responsibilities: He provided casting design and consulting services to automotive and jobbing facilities. He worked in production line analysis, assembly techniques, safety, and human resources. His customer base included Sunbeam, Honda, Chrysler, and CMI International.
Years: 1985 to 1989 Employer: Undisclosed Title: President and CEO Department: Responsibilities: He was owner and manager of a $23 MM sand and pm casting facility providing engineering and cast and machined parts to the commercial aircraft and aerospace industry.
Years: 1984 to 1989 Employer: VNW International Title: Chairman of the Board Department: Responsibilities: This was a mega production casting and machining operations located in California, Taiwan, and mainland China.
Years: 1980 to 1984 Employer: Metal Products Group Title: President and CEO/Chairman Department: Responsibilities: He had complete P&L responsibility for a multi-plant facility; $50 million in sales.
Years: 1979 to 1980 Employer: Metal Products Group Title: Executive Vice President Department: Responsibilities: He had total P&L responsibility for multi-plant casting operation including sand, pm, and die cast facilities.
Years: 1970 to 1979 Employer: Aero Alloys Title: President Department: Responsibilities: He had complete P&L responsibility for the west coast's largest sand caster.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1985 to 2005 Country / Region: Taiwan and China Summary: Expert did site investigation, design and placement of tooling, die castings, and machined products in Taiwan and mainland China.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert currently sits on the Board of Governors of the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA) and has been a member of the American Foundrymen's Society (AFS). He also served terms as a director and the Chairman of the Cast Metals Institute. He is the current Chair of the Los Angeles chapter of NADCA.
Professional Appointments
He has been or is: Chairman, Cast Metal Institute (CMI); Director, Cast Metal Institute (CMI); Chairman, L.A. chapter of NADCA; member, board of Governors (NADCA); Director, Gallagher Captive Insurance Inc.
Awards / Recognition
He was given the Cast Metals Institute award for outstanding contributions.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert was retained by a defendant as an expert witness in a worker’s compensation case to advise on standard safety procedures in a die casting operation.
Training / Seminars
He presented seminars on casting and the solidification of aluminum as well as design of cast products for the Cast Metals Institute (the educational arm of the American Foundryman’s Association).
Vendor Selection
He has substantial experience in the selection of the casting process and coating preparation of the same for liquid and powder painting, anodizing, etc. He worked on machining problems (dimensional stability, finish) and assembly problems (fits, methods) through contacts made through Teltech and others.
Marketing Experience
As president and/or owner, he has spent an entire career selling/marketing. As an example, he was involved in the multi-million dollar sale of engineering service and production facilities for the design of the current hardware used by The Boeing Company for their most successful business unit (military applications).
Other Relevant Experience
Expert designed, supervised buildup, and deployed a test system to separate plastics (PVC, P.E., mylars, copper, etc.) in a hazardous waste superfund site for AT&T in Hometown, PA. The result was obtained successfully: production of black-plastic garden pots.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English

Fields of Expertise

aluminum alloy, aluminum alloy property, aluminum alloy welding, aluminum casting, aluminum die casting, aluminum welding, automated machine design, design for assembly, die casting, heat treatment, investment casting, machining tooling, machining tooling design, metal casting, metal casting (artifact), metal foundry process, sand casting, tool design, tooling, aluminum, die-casting die, finishing, foundry, gating and risering, gravity die casting, green-sand casting, manufacturing, metal alloy, metal heat treatment, metal overaging, metallurgy, metal-related quality control, metal-stress relieving, molding, pressure casting, sand, sand-cast, solidification, design for manufacturability, design for manufacture and assembly, electromagnetic casting, manufacturing automation, manufacturing systems analysis, new product development, industrial plant design, team building, factory automation, business management, management, management decision-making, marketing, operations management, plant operations management, acquisition, foundry machine, foundry tech, tooling, metal property, automation, aluminum mold, metal product, chaplet, machining tooling design, coating material analysis, aluminum heat treatment, tooling (process), die (device), metal artificial aging, semipermanent mold casting, permanent mold casting, machining fixture design, aluminum-alloy data, aluminum castings, castings, batch heat treatment, squeeze casting, investment casting, casting process, annealing, design engineering, factory integration, molding device, machining tooling, machining fixture, age hardening, nondestructive testing, alloy, machining, liquid metal handling, aluminum corrosion, aircraft

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