Successful product introduction is a high-intensity sport. I love developing products and solving customers’ tough problems with great teams — driving innovation and beating my competition to market with creative new offerings. Intense customer-focus enables agile, successful, product introductions.
I have a proven record of successfully leading cross-functional teams to drive on-time, under-budget product launches that satisfy industry demands in a constantly changing space. Specific expertise includes:
Product roadmap strategy
International team oversight
Product Life-cycle ownership
Program / Project Management
Customer relationship leadership
Transitioned career from Engineering Leadership to Market Definition role; responsible for both growth and profit goals, roadmap and specification development, strategic account oversight, and global market strategy of VCSEL lasers.
Organize and lead the New Product Design (NPD) engineering, Engineer-to-Order (ETO), and Product Cost Reduction (VA/VE) functions to meet long-term business objectives.
Spearheaded material reduction projects with Supply Chain, Operations, Engineering, and Product Managers.
Design lead for a global project team, responsible for consolidating pressure regulator products obtained through acquisitions with legacy products to form a unified platform for the Oil and Gas industry.
Outsourced several flagship product lines to off-shore assembly houses. Responsible for the transfer of all processes, intellectual property, and on-site qualification of all manufacturing methods.
Implemented fail-safe methods to meet customer’s stringent expectations for aesthetics and quality.
Responsible for designing circuit board assembly tooling; reduced both cycle time and handling defects.
Business models are too important to be left to the suits. If Engineers are going to make the best of their ideas, they must help develop that business model.
Experience creating designs that differentiate, creating value to both the end-customer and the bottom line. Protection of both ideas that were incorporated into products and defensive patents designed to keep competitors from entering primary markets 16 unique offerings (2 more in early-stages of IP process) in various stages of patent process.
All images from USPO website — freely available public information.
UTD ranked #19 in Princeton Review for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in 2018!
Minors: Computer Science / Mathematics
I’ve been incredibly fortunate to travel the world for work — seeing things that would have been inaccessible to me otherwise. I wield chopsticks like a pro, know how to get taxi drivers to take me to the best spot for a late-night drink, and always make my flight home. I credit that travel for broadening my perspective towards other cultures and shedding amazing insight to the global business world.
Design Team Leadership
Offshore Product Transfer
Design Mentor, Pilot Signoff
Customer Module Integration
I always try to remember to emphasize the effect that my family has on my professional life — from providing emotional support when I went back to school, understanding that I’ll miss football games while I’m on a business trip, or the
occasional constant late night conference calls.
They enable me to pursue my professional passions. Also, they’re awesome…
I enjoy cooking, missing golf putts, and making the perfect Old Fashioned.
In 2017, I finally learned how to successfully complete a Rubik’s Cube.
We’ve been married since 2004 and things keep getting better. She’s a Pediatric Occupational Therapist at her own company, Therapy Squared, and an inspirational wife & mother.
Growing faster every day, learning more and more. We have (constant) light saber battles, enjoy tacos, and love to be silly.
Legal name: Princess Charlotte
Constantly chewing, yipping, and playing — super rascally, so much fun to have around.
I’m incredibly engaged and fulfilled with my career, but am always willing to chat about interesting opportunities.