Jim Fowler is a highly capable, agile, hands on manager with proven track record starting and growing small & mid-sized manufacturing and engineering businesses. He has a mechanical engineering background and 20 years start up experience in market, product and business development, manufacturing, engineering and business management.
Jim Fowler Langley, WA 98260 Mobile: 206-954-3614 EMAIL: email@example.com LINKEDIN PROFILE: http://www.linkedin.com/in/fowlerjim ___________________________________________________ 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. (www.carbondesign.com) 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. (www.delmardevelopment.net) 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. (www.toolless.com) 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 recognition. 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 years. 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 PAST AND PRESENT COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES 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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