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RssLeader in Manufacturing & Operational Excellence

Results oriented Executive with 24 years experience across most functions of Factory Operations; working with global organizations in the US and Asia, delivering electro-mechanical component products to market. Expertise in organizing and managing functional groups; transforming them into dynamic and focused, high performance teams, that significantly improve bottom line results. Excellent leadership, organizational, and technical skills, adept at combing technical and business knowledge consistently demonstrating a high degree of competence, timely decision making, and prudent risk management enabling reduced COGS, world class quality, and overall optimal operational performance.

Director of Quality

Loveland, CO

About Me


Manufacturing & Production


Director of Quality


• Developed and implemented complete Supplier Qualification system and reduced incoming total DPPM rate for all components from 87K to 2K while keeping pace with 7%/Qtr MCR (Material Cost Reduction) plan• Developed and implemented data systems and PMP (Process Management Plan) allowing traceability for individual components through entire supplier chain (4 company deep chain) leading to FA improvements and 5% yield increase• Managed development & release of 2.6 million dollar machining & assembly proto-line for magnetic recording heads• Managed the development of automation & tooling program – released 2 mo ahead of schedule and 10% under budget• 6 patents awarded in the areas of RIE process and tooling, Lapping Equipment, ELG design, HGA slider bonding • Developed & implemented SPC, Six Sigma, JIT, Lean Mfg. and Quality Systems for high volume head manufacturing line improving yield by over 15%, reducing over-all process cycle time by over 70%, improving operational efficiency by 40%• Coordinated, with hands on involvement, many process development and strategic quality initiatives across multiple international companies – significantly improving component quality while reducing material cost• Successfully established complete Supply Chain and business relationships; qualifying numerous Asian manufactures of electro-mechanical components to support HDD manufacturing line with 25 million dollar / month spend rate

Ideal Companies:

General Electric, Agilent, HP, Covidien, Apple, Semans, IBM, Proctor & Gambel,

Education level:


Will Relocate:



Loveland, CO

Major Responsibilities

Supply Chain qualification system to insure quality, cost, and schedule for all components into final product assembly. Manufacturing line and process yields and ultimate COGS ownership

Work Experiences

6/2004 - 5/2007

Cornice Inc.

Director / VP

  • Responsible for entire supply chain - quality, cost, performance and schedule of all components to internal operations for micro disk drive build line – $25M / month revenue rate and 200k units / month volumes – Owner of COGS and Quality - start-up environment in emerging market.

2/2003 - 6/2004

Western Digital

Director / VP

  • Responsible for quality and supply of all components into disk drive build line (mechanical assemblies, machined, cast and stamped parts, electrical assemblies, flex circuits, PCBA, motor, actuators, coils motors and bearings.

2/1996 - 1/2003


Director / VP

  • Responsible for quality and supply of components into disk drive build line (HSA / HGA / Slider / Wafer / Suspension / Actuator / Coil / Flex Assembly – including head development with suppliers to meet HDD performance requirements.

10/1989 - 2/1996



  • • Managed complete process redesign to support product form factor reduction and conversion to magneto restrictive heads • Set-up MR slider fabrication proto-line and then transferred into high volume manufacturing – 2.6 million dollar development budget • Organized and managed group of 13 engineers and 6 technicians – developing machining, lapping, and assembly processes

2/1987 - 10/1989

Seagate Technology


  • • Developed initial product & process designs for slider and HGA, material and equipment procurement, facility layout & installation • Developed all functional support; process documentation, process/tooling/equipment development, staffing and training of 36 personnel • Managed product qualification - slider / HGA process from concept design to volume ramp into production in 14 months

8/1984 - 2/1987


Individual Contributor

  • Initial development and release of all slider fabrication processes to support new recording head products. Managed electronic lapping implementation, machining processes, ceramic bonding, aqueous / solvent cleaning and final visual inspection processes.



Master Degree

University of Colorado - Boulder

  • Mechanical Engineering


Bachelor Degree

San Jose State University

  • Mechanical Engineering


Bachelor Degree

San Jose State University

  • Mechanical Engineering