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  • Manufacturing
  • Business Process Reengineering / Improvement
  • New Business Startup
  • New Product Development
  • Strategic and Tactical Planning
  • Change Management
  • New Technology Commercialization
  • Business Planning

This expert has their Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (BCE) from The Ohio State University.

Manufacturing Best Practices Expert Consultant

This expert has over 35 years of international business experience with large corporations, small companies, and start-up companies in diverse markets. This expert has management experience in product development, successfully moving products from research to launch; green-field manufacturing facilities; MEMS/microtechnology; electromechanical manufacturing; program/project management; zero defect/six sigma processes; manufacturing readiness; and business development. This expert's highlights include Co-Founding the first micro/nano manufacturing company in the world; creating a new high volume micro-assembly operation; reengineering operations in Asia, North America, and Europe; and working effectively in a diverse set of companies, management teams, and environments.

This expert has a proven ability to improve performance across operations – manufacturing, planning, finance, supply chain, etc. Change agent strengths include change management, business assessment, process mapping, business process reengineering/improvement, alternative business model development, productivity improvement, strategic alignment, and business transformation. This consultant is experienced with business plans/planning, business opportunity assessment, capacity planning, competitive benchmarking and intelligence, goal setting / performance measurement, supply/demand planning, expense and capital asset planning, business startup, and multifunctional / multicompany project teams.

Consultant, Kevin Kennedy Associates Inc.

Expert consultant in business practices, business assessment, manufacturing, commercialization, and other related industries.

Entrepreneur-In-Residence, New YorkState Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

President and Owner, consulting firm

Created a successful management consulting business focused on developing efficient business practices and processes, improving productivity and profitability, and defining business strategy and tactics. Have worked effectively with senior management teams and employees in a variety of markets across the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Manufacturing Program Manager for the successful development and launch of a high volume micro-fluidics MEMS product for a Fortune 50 company. Directed the creation of the manufacturing product delivery team and the internal manufacturing organization that launched and manufactured first, second, and third generation products. Responsible for the complete supply chain (Wafer Fab, die packaging, components suppliers, product assembly, etc.), a multi-million dollar contract with the key assembly equipment supplier, creation of a custom state-of-the-art quality management software program, and management of capital budgets for equipment and facilities. Implemented a high volume, six second, continuous flow manufacturing process achieving six sigma process control with micron tolerances. Achieved quality, cost, and delivery targets on time.

Successfully reengineered the 'pre-order' and 'order fulfillment' business processes for a division of a Fortune 500 multinational that reduced total business process cycle time by 90%, increased customer intimacy, improved quality, and leveraged their global scale. Documented ‘As Is’ processes, developed a roadmap for implementation of 'To-Be' processes, and created a Program Office to manage implementation projects. Led the Order Fulfillment team responsible for Order Management, Scheduling, Production Prep, Production, Delivery, & Cash Management business functions. This team represented multiple functional areas from Hong Kong, Great Britain, Germany, and several US sites. Utilized Six Sigma, Lean, and TQM methodologies.

Assessed a Microsystems / MEMS focused Venture Capital company’s portfolio companies’ commercialization requirements. Developed a Business Plan for a new entity that would reduce commercialization costs and time to market by providing die packaging and other micro manufacturing technologies to the companies to accelerate product develop and product launch.

Improved an electronics company’s business infrastructure and business processes (focused on manufacturing, product development, finance, sales, and quality) enabling them to achieve near term objectives and develop a foundation for long term growth. Developed a Business Proposal for soliciting additional investment and created a financial model of all operations used for pricing, monthly/annual outlooks, cash management, and investment analysis.

Worked with a multinational automotive & aerospace supplier to improve manufacturing operations. Eliminated overlapping/duplicate problem solving, minimized non-standardization, increased awareness of new process technologies, captured best practices, shared technical expertise across sites, improved New Product Development practices, etc. Also established effective ongoing communications between divisions and sites, and the various organizations therein.

Reengineered a Fortune 100 computer company's customer support functions that improved cash flow, increased productivity, reduced expenses, and developed a strong customer focus. Documented ‘As Is’ processes, defining non-value-added and value-added activities. Identified multiple 'low hanging fruit' for immediate improvements. Designed new processes used for longer term improvements.

For a not-for-profit MEMS / microtechnology company, completed an assessment of their proprietary product technology / platforms to identify their manufacturing requirements including wafer fabrication, packaging, and product assembly. Developed a strategy to put in place the commercialization infrastructure that would meet their needs and achieve their goals.

Developed a business plan for an entity whose mission is to support the commercialization of micro and nano technology products. Key services included entrepreneurial training, development of manufacturing process technology, startup business infrastructure support, manufacturing support from prototype through full production, market assessment, access to funding, mentoring, and pre and post launch business support.

Developed the quality plan for a small US military supplier consistent with ISO 9000 and military standards.

Improved R&D development processes, identified facility and equipment modifications, and recommended other actions to improve quality and reduce costs for an English nanotechnology start-up company.

Supported an electronics company’s effort to implement Environmental, Health, & Safety requirements to meet OSHA standards.

Assisted a startup company with a proprietary MEMS energy harvester technology prepare for due diligence by knowledgeable investors. Defined the required manufacturing process steps which led to a redefinition of the sourcing strategy, intellectual property protection strategy, capital equipment requirements, and overall external investment strategy. Also modified the product and pricing strategies. Created a new financial model which was consistent with the revised business plan and reflected assumptions consistent with practical experience for a MEMS startup.

Developed the business model, pricing plan, and business plan for a startup company with a new Homeland Security software product. Also created a proposal for a Department of Homeland Security grant which included active support from two counties, state representatives, and federal representatives.

Developed the Business Plan and assisted in obtaining financing for an information management Internet business startup. Served on the Board Of Directors.

Improved R&D development processes, identified facility and equipment modifications, and recommended other actions to improve quality and reduce costs for an English start-up company with a proprietary nano Materials Technology.

For start-up and/or small companies, function as an advisor to assist the CEO in defining priorities and strategy to successfully move forward.

Director, AMTX Inc.

Chaired the New Business Development Team responsible for business development, establishing marketing direction, evaluating new business opportunities, and developing strategic and tactical direction. Other responsibilities included marketing, internal business process development, quotations/proposals, recruiting, problem solving, and any other item that needed resolution or support. AMTX was US FDA registered and achieved General Motors' highest quality rating. AMTX was a sole worldwide supplier to GM for a fuel injector that we grew.

Led a medical device and several office product program teams. Supported program teams involved in product development in the automotive, medical, and consumer markets. Involved in the following manufacturing processes: precision injection molding, hybrid electronics, photolithography, electromechanical manufacturing; electroforming, MEMS packaging, chemical vapor deposition, and micro assembly. All processes utilized close-loop process controls and SPC to achieve six sigma quality.

Controller, AMTX Division, Xerox Corporation

One of the founders of AMTX, the world’s first micro/nano-manufacturing business. Managed startup issues such as: site selection; state/local incentives; recruitment/training of a new staff/workforce; creation of new business processes and procedures; new business development; financial systems and controls; and a Xerox culture not attuned to the needs of a spin-out company.

Wrote the business plan that enabled the creation of AMTX. Defined the path forward and the requirements to achieve the business's goals and objectives. Responsible for the transition from an internal division to an independent entity. Built a green field operation having significant clean room capacity and space for multiple manufacturing technologies.

Strategic Planning Manager, Manufacturing Group, Xerox Corporation

Held a senior leadership role in Xerox' successful business transformation: lowered costs, improved quality, increased productivity, and increased agility. Results included cutting direct labor costs by 33%, manufacturing overheads by 50%, and significant reductions in new product acquisition costs and development time (50%). Quality performance was also dramatically improved. Responsibilities included competitive intelligence, operational performance benchmarking and target setting, tactical and strategic planning, quality and productivity improvement initiatives, capacity rationalization, New Product Development process improvement, manufacturing operations rationalization and process reengineering, and manufacturing enabling technology development.

Key activities include: defined and led the implementation of new business processes, increased standardization and simplification across multiple areas, initiated competitive benchmarking in technical and non-technical areas with several companies, created new performance metrics to better manage the business, and introduced ‘Design For Assembly’. Established multinational working groups to facilitate problem solving, open communications, and improve company cohesiveness. Helped manage an organization in transition.

Financial Planning & Analysis Manager, Financial Analyst, Xerox Corporation

Rapidly promoted to manager of Financial Analysts working within the Engineering and Manufacturing organizations. Responsibilities included financial planning & analysis, product cost, budgeting, reporting, planning, supply/demand analysis, capital requests, capacity planning, and operating and business plan development. Involved in development and launch of multiple new copier products, working as part of the product development teams. Also managed numerous special projects. Never missed a budget. Managed budgets greater than $50m.

Engineer, Ohio Department of Transportation

Various assignments involved in design and construction of the Interstate highway system.

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