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									                                            Jim Fowler
                                  Langley, WA 98260         Mobile: 206-954-3614
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                 General Management, Manufacturing and Engineering
                                    Contract and Custom Manufacturing
            Market development, Business Development, Team Development, Growth Management
                Integration of Customer Research, Product Development and Manufacturing
                   Vendor and Supply Chain Qualification, Management and Surveillance
                                       Contract and Deal Negotiation
                                   Startups, Acquisitions and Integration


Highly capable, agile, hands on manager with proven track record starting and growing small & mid-sized
manufacturing and engineering businesses. Mechanical engineering background and 20 years start up
experience in market, product and business development, manufacturing, engineering and business
management. Demonstrated ability to succeed in high-ambiguity or highly structured environments and to
find opportunities others miss. A strategic, straightforward, detail oriented and charismatic leader with an
impeccable reputation for integrity, fairness and tenacity - and the proven ability to get the job done.

                                          CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
       Start-up and Accelerated Growth: 50%+ growth per year over 15 years for three different
        companies in three different markets
        Building long term customer relationships, seamless integration of customer, market and technology changes –
         for more than 400 customers over 20 years
        Creating long term growth strategy and campaign architecture, tactical implementation and coordination of
         marketing, PR and sales for 3 companies in 3 markets
        Capturing market share in mature markets, from startup to #1 in the region in 3 years
        Developing markets for 2 new technologies
        Re-branding and consistent communication of company differentiators to build the largest company and
         #1 brand recognition for two companies in two markets
        Joint ventures, strategic alliances and channel marketing to minimize expansion risk

       Two business start-ups, four acquisitions and three business sales

       General Management of two manufacturing and product development companies
        P&L responsibility for 20 years in two fast track, contract manufacturing and engineering services companies,
         with up to 65 reporting staff
        Oversight of design and manufacturing programs utilizing nearly all commercial manufacturing
         and fabrication technologies
        Staffing and organizational re-structure, developing transition teams to meet changing customer, engineering
         and economic requirements
        Continuous improvement of business, quality and operational systems to meet customer demand and changing
         organizational and technology requirements
                                      PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

INTERIM VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT                                                         2010-Present
Carbon Design Group
         Premier product development consulting firm focused on medical, industrial and consumer product design.
Engaged to build a pro-active, strategically based business development function to accelerate growth of this 18 year
old firm. Performed revenue, customer and market analysis, initiated targeted marketing strategy, CRM, forecasting
and tracking systems and initiated development of required sales tools – all to create foundation for sustainable growth.

VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS                                                                         2006-2009
Del Mar Marketing, Inc.
          Acting subsidiary of Del Mar Development, a $40MM-$100MM/yr developer of luxury residential communities
          in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. (
Designed and implemented all operational, financial and business systems during 1500% growth over two years, with
up to $7.5MM annual marketing budget. Systems included project management, tracking, metrics and reporting, WAN
for four locations and two countries, and $15MM supply chain contracts for services, and facility build out, including IT
and communications.

PRESIDENT, FOUNDER                                                                                 1998-2006
Toolless Plastic Technologies, LLC (Sold to La Tolerie Plastique in 2006)
         This proprietary technology was developed in Europe, brought to the US in 1997. Toolless acquired the
         license and assets in 1998 from the failing licensor. Toolless designs, prototypes and manufactures custom
         electronic enclosures utilizing a CNC machining and fabrication processes. (
Acquired the assets, re-branded the company, developed and implemented growth strategy, ramped revenues and
operations by a 12x factor in first 24 months. Built engineering, manufacturing and sales teams, implemented LEAN
and Quality Assurance Systems. Sold the business when it was largest in its niche in the US and had #1 brand

VICE PRESIDENT, GENERAL MANAGER, CO-OWNER                                                          1990-1998
Synergy Systems, Inc. (Sold to Sealaska in 1998, business closed in 2009)
         The premier, full service CNC machining and fabrication company in the Pacific Northwest.
Bought a 50% share of this company in 1990 with 3 employees, took over sales, marketing and business management.
Grew the company by a 21x factor in first 5 years to become largest in region with #1 brand recognition. Initiated and
executed lateral market expansion growth strategy into 5 new market sectors over 5 years; 3 requiring new technologies
and 2 requiring new competencies; secured joint venture partner to implement one sector expansion which required
$1MM in capital. Developed organizational and business systems to support growth from 3 to 65 employees over 4

                                  EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Rutgers University
Professional Engineering license number 22233 – Washington State
Patents Awarded: 4,860,897 and 5,640,770

President Whidbey Island Waldorf School Board of Trustees
Treasurer Whidbey Island Waldorf School Board of Trustees
Head instructor therapeutic wilderness survival program for youth at risk
Member King County (Seattle) juvenile diversion committee
Participation at local food bank and elder and infirmed home repair and maintenance

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