Adept at holistic process analysis, Ken is a Subject Matter Expert at determining root causes and finding the critical points where change will help the most. At the same time, he has an innate ability to teach and mentor others to understand the challenges and realize their potential. He brings over three decades of experience with operations, logistics, and negotiations, and has a diverse and storied history of leadership. Serving over thirty years in the US Army and US Army Reserve, he commanded units as a Civil Affairs, Psychological Operations, Military Police, Armor, Infantry, and Logistics officer.
He has served as a trusted advisor and consultant on process improvement matters for over 20 years to both commercial and government clients. Ken also has over 10 years in operations, serving as a leader and change agent in recovery and turnaround scenarios for multiple Fortune 100 firms.
Ken has extensive experience in creating, renovating, and optimizing Project Management Offices (PMOs), in both corporate and government environments. He organized and mentored a struggling PMO within the Intelligence Community (IC), enabling them to prioritize projects and establish effective criteria for selection, team composition, and tracking.
He successfully led all lean operations throughout China and the United States for a major housewares manufacturer. Ken also has extensive experience in large scale intermodal logistics. He championed successful kaizen processes at several major seaports worldwide, and was supported by local initiatives and union involvement. He implemented projects in four US ports, resulting in millions of dollars in annual savings regarding container management, detention, and 3PL expenses. While overseas, he conducted a multitude of reconstruction projects in Iraq, requiring intense negotiation with contractors from Germany, Japan, Spain, and Kuwait.
While working with clients involved in government logistics, he led a team that pioneered the ability to implement Total Asset Visibility (TAV) and establish distribution nodes anywhere in the world within two days.
He has conducted dozens of training events on leadership, Lean Principles, and Six Sigma. Graduates from his courses have saved their companies millions of dollars and improved morale and performance in their culture due to his advice and mentoring. In fact, Ken and his team were recognized by the Postmaster General as a primary catalyst for change and distribution reform in the Pittsburgh region.
Recently, he worked closely with a major financial institution in the Pittsburgh area, guiding them through a successful Agile transformation of their venerable and defect-riddled loan process, mired from the effects of multiple mergers and acquisitions, into a cutting-edge IT solution.
Ken received his initial Six Sigma training through General Electric, and is a Certified Master Black Belt and Lean Master.
He is a Service Disabled veteran and was awarded a Purple Heart and four Bronze Stars during his multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ken has also received the designation of Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) through APICS.
In recognition of his accomplishments in manufacturing and innovative thought, he was awarded US Patent 6,769,302.
MS Strategic Studies, United States Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
MS Operations Research, Columbia University, New York City, New York
MBA, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia
BS Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania