Launch/Quality Engineer Candidates

Candidate #1: Launch/Quality Engineer

Summary of Qualifications

Deeply passionate about quality, lean thinking and continuous improvement, I enjoy helping organizations become more successful, productive and profitable by increasing their focus on employee involvement, quality and performance excellence. Experience with multiple organizations, in a variety of industries, including the teaching application of lean thinking, quality tools, six sigma, ISO 9000, strategic development, and strategy deployment. Meyers Briggs Personality Type: ISTJ Strengths Finder Talents: Learner, Intellection, Relator, Achiever, Harmony Specialties: Continuous improvement, problem solving, lean, industrial engineering, quality management, and consulting.

  • Managed quality, engineering, and continuous improvement departments.
  • Led company-wide continuous improvement programs including lean, Six Sigma, goal deployment, product safety and workplace safety.
  • Managed million-dollar office consolidation and renovation on-time and on-budget.
  • Oversaw lean transformation activities at all domestic sites.
  • Other roles included:
    • Manager Supplier Quality and Manufacturing Engineering – Oversaw Procurement, Planning,
    • Inventory Control, Warehousing, Distribution, Quality Assurance and Manufacturing Engineering activities. Established supplier quality program. Reduced inventories by 25%.
    • Manager Quality Assurance – Created quality management systems for all U.S. locations.
    • Obtained first-time ISO 9000 registration at seven sites.
    • Senior Industrial Engineer – Launched cellular manufacturing in make-to-order environment.






Candidate #2: Launch/Quality Engineer 

Summary of Qualifications


Utilize my international and domestic Quality leadership experience, to achieve results that are focused on internal and external metrics. Develop a strong Quality culture through teamwork and total enterprise involvement. Lead the SQE / ASQ teams to develop a partnership with the supply base to foster, trust and cooperation between the organizations.


        General Manager Quality (DMAX) – Dayton, OH                                               

DMAX is a joint venture between General Motors and Isuzu for the design and manufacturing of the 6.6L diesel engine for GM. I was responsible for the entire quality organization, Supplier Quality (SQE, ASQ), Quality Assurance and Reliability Engineering. With 125 suppliers and >900 total components, quality never disrupted or shutdown DMAX production or the three vehicle assembly plants we shipped to. Our annual output for 6.6L engines >100k. In 2015 we passed our ISO recertification with zero NC and CI’s. In 2013 DMAX achieved BIQ III (Built in Quality) from General Motors, which demonstrated the quality processes were in place and operational, while achieving our quality targets.



        Senior Manager Powertrain Quality (SGM) – Shanghai, China             

SGM is a joint venture between General Motors and SAIC producing Cadillacs, Buicks, and Chevrolets in China. I was responsible for the Powertrain plants quality organizations, which included manufacturing quality, supplier quality, quality planning (PQM’s), Red X engineers, warranty engineers, and export / import activity. Our annual output for engines and transmission is >1.7 million. In 2012, the Yantai and Shanghai facilities both achieved BIQ III certification from General Motors. In 2007, we received the President’s quality award from CAMI for the HVV6 engine we supplied for the Equinox and Torrent vehicles produced in Canada.





Candidate #3: Launch/Quality Engineer 

Summary of Qualifications


Gauge Engineer – Senior Gauge Engineer

  • Led rewrite of procedures for Machinery Acceptance, Ongoing Process Capability, Gauge Acceptance and Ongoing Gauge Capability
  • Managed Statistical software and implemented significant updates and improvements
  • Served as the Organization Subject Matter Expert for Process and Gauge Capability

ME Manager

  • Developed common gage library system for use of common gages across multiple facilities
  • Created and managed a Central Gage Engineering Group for procurement of gages required for North American New and Major Programs
  • Co-Authored Global Manufacturing Engineering Quality Specifications:
    • Machine Run-Off
    • Assembly Run-Off
    • Measurement Systems Analysis
    • Gage Design
    • CMM application Specification

Specifications were focused on meeting the APQP and Six Sigma requirements for:

  • Measurement System Analysis
  • Process Control Plan
  • Gage Plan
  • Preliminary Process Capability

Led Teams in implementation of Run-Of Standards and developed standard process for the Advanced Quality Planning to be conducted before Machine Runoff.  Supported Run-Offs either directly at site of thru networking depending upon geographical considerations.  This fostered continuity from program to program and ensured that lessons learned were carried forward from project to project. Developed and implemented Statistical Software in support of Machine Tool Run-Off and Measurement Systems Analysis Specifications.






Candidate #4: Launch/Quality Engineer

Summary of Qualifications


Project & Quality Management – Quality Strategies & Leadership – Quality Training o APQP/PPAP/Run@Rate – 6 Sigma Projects o Business Planning o New Model Development Relevant Experience & Accomplishments Automotive Quality Leadership: Leading Marelli US & Mexico Quality Activities in my role as Regional VP and Regional Chief Quality Officer for 21 manufacturing plants • Developed strategies which resulted in largest Automotive customer (Nissan) quality scorecards improving from 100% unacceptable level in 2018 to 100% excellent level in 2021 • Re-organized the corporate quality organization to lean out the leadership personnel in the US and Mexico Quality Staff (1 SVP, 1 Director, & 1 Sr Manager reduction) • Developed strategies which reduced in 2 years our customer warranty by 60% and resulted in cost savings of $2.2 M USD • Integrated US & Mexico Quality organization into 1 team / process after the merger of Magneti Marelli and Calsonic Kansei • Mentor South America Regional Chief Quality Officer 6 Sigma Master Black belt: Achieved Master Black belt at Nissan by working on high value, complex business problems: • Facilitated and led a Supply Chain Manufacturing confidential project that resulted in $11.2M NPV savings • Facilitated and led a Quality Decision Tool project which quantified the cost of poor quality for customer warranty issues and created a fix or do nothing NPV decision • Other 6 sigma projects involving VP/SVP staff at Nissan Americas HQ Quality Training Development & Execution • Co-developed with the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (UTCIS) PFMEA/Control Plan Training for Nissan US & Mexico Suppliers • Co-developed with the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (UTCIS) Root Cause Analysis/8D Training for Nissan US & Mexico Suppliers • Led the development and training of Nissan suppliers in Supplier Scorecard, Warranty Systems, & Change Management • Planned, hosted, & led supplier webinars and in person meetings.