change agent, continuous improvement and lean manufacturing expert consultant resume
Resume of VZX Consultant

  • Steel
  • Equipment
  • Chemicals
  • Automotive
  • Plastics
  • Assembly
  • Consulting
  • Food
  • Medical Waste


This expert holds a MBA in Operations and Management, earned through the Keller Graduate School in Chicago, IL.

This expert holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, earned through the Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN.

Other education this expert has had includes :

Industry Learning to See lean Series, DOE, JIT, Kaizen, Shainin methods, Promodel Simulation, Juran PM, Injection molding, OSKKK

Additional studies : Patents and Copyrights

Change Agent, Continuous Improvement and Lean Manufacturing Expert Consultant Resume

This expert is experienced in reducing waste and maximizing efficiency in manufacturing and service applications. This consultant has diverse application experience across multiple industries, including steel, equipment, chemicals, and automotive. Other industries in which this consultant has experience are plastics, assembly, consulting, food, medical waste, and services. Career savings are in the millions of dollars.

This consultant has exceptional abilities to identify the "correct" problems, understand their "root" causes, and analyze using the appropriate intellectual tools. The best tools may not always be a "lean" tool.

This consultant facilitates open, intellectual and rational discussion of the problem/issue and a corrective action plan, bringing together the leaders, champions and others involved in the process emotionally so that the plan/fix can become embedded in the fabric of the manufacturing/service operation.

Consultant, Kevin Kennedy Associates Inc.

Providing expertise in change, continuous improvement, Lean Manufacturing, product life cycle management, lean process engineering, and related expertise to a wide variety of clients.


Manager Continuous Improvement, Medical Waste Disposal firm

Developed, taught and implemented lean improvements, over 15 Kaizen events at multiple sites. Focus on 5S, Standard Work, Flow, and process capacity. Developed methods to take variation away from pacemaker operations to include smoothing incoming random shipments. Savings exceed $300,000 annualized.


Director of Lean Manufacturing, Catering to Airline and Retail Markets, LSG Sky Chefs, North America

Developed and taught training modules at multiple sites in a build to order environment. Implemented lean improvements – Over 20 Kaizen events at multiple sites. Focus on specialization, simplification, and standardization – Supporting the Operator, OSKKK. Mentored development of 2 to 4 Lean Managers.


Senior Lean Process Leader, Tredegar Films Division, Manufacturer of Specialty Consumer Component Films

Developed and revised the Division Product Life Cycle Management Process. Revised and launched the Division Total Productive Maintenance Program. Wrote complete lean manufacturing training courses for Chemical Processing. Developed Raw material kanban and supermarket Inventory management plans. Developed and Proposed program to manage Customer Inventory.


Senior Engineering and Lean Services, Sturdy Controls Corporation, Aerotek, Tier II supplier of automotive engine air manifold actuators and marine controllers

Introduced Key Performance Indicators (data tracking systems) and on line to warehouse pull kanbans for high volume products. Established self-sustaining 5 S programs. Insured Ford and General Motors standards were met on three product lines.


Senior Lean Process Engineer, Day International, Asheville, NC

Manufacturer of printing blankets and sleeves. Planned, simulated and implemented Lean Techniques to launch key new product lines. Supported with DOE, Pre-Control and standardized work instructions. Designed and laid out conversion of a traditional production layout into a lean mixed model single line.


Senior Lean Process Engineer, Panduit Corporation, Romeoville, IL

Manufacturer of wiring and communications products and related application tools with six manufacturing divisions. Project/Operations Management: Conceived and applied lean techniques principles in base line and future state simulations for Power Connector, Rack Fabrication, Tool, Heat Shrink and Tape, Central Warehouse and Wiring Components Divisions. Recommended results yielded estimated-combined savings of over $1,000,000. Conceived and wrote strategic lean business unit plans (focused factories) for the division. Implemented in 1999. Potential savings of 10% of divisional budget. Six Sigma Black Belt project. Strategic Planning/Re-engineering: Converted assembly operations from traditional mass production and shop order systems to lean manufacturing using mixed model cellular techniques for high and low volume products. High volume changes are returning $100,000 annually. Converted batch subassembly builds to level loaded flat BOM production where possible. Coordinated and assisted support departments as needed. Six Sigma Black Belt project Work included training at all plant levels, staffing the cells, devising and implementing inventory, engineering, visual, quality and management support systems. Designed, laid out and coordinated planning to move Tool Division to Tinley Park 84,000 sq. ft. Plant layout fully supported lean focused factory business units.


Process Improvement/Support Engineer, Sprague Devices, Michigan City, IN

An OEM Tier One Supplier of truck windshield wiper systems. Planned, designed and implemented mixed model manufacturing cells. Wrote and implemented Ford and General Motors quality and process control plans for existing and new product launches.


Senior Manufacturing Engineer, Borg-Warner Automotive, Frankfort, IL

An OEM Tier One Supplier of automotive transmission bands. Acted as Project Team Leader to design and develop a $3.7 million lean manufacturing line using the Toyota Production System. Managed capital equipment projects (over $700,000) that included justifications, selection, purchase and installation. Equipment bought included CNC equipment, metal-stamping presses, grit blasters, shot peeners, specialty equipment and an adhesive drying system. Supervised other engineers and craft personnel as needed. Designed, developed, installed and debugged automation of in-house material handling systems (kaizen). Systems linked various manufacturing cells together. Work encompassed workstation layouts, interface with vendors on equipment design and in-house departments. Savings exceeded $450,000 annually. Oversaw the selection process of a new adhesive supplier. Work included solicitation of vendors, planning, testing, and acquiring required approvals from Ford and General Motors and final implementation.


Multiple Leadership Operations and Staff, U.S. Army, Dugway Proving Grounds, UT

Reserve Assignments – Desert Storm, Retired Lieutenant Colonel

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Peter Habicht, Lead Consultant
Peter specializes in welding and metallurgical engineer with 40 years industry experience in commercial nuclear power plant construction.


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