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EXECUTIVE OVERVIEW:

Dan’s career journey is highlighted by domestic and international success in general management, operations and engineering.  From small privately held firms to Fortune 200 organizations he has experienced every fundamental aspect of business from a machinist apprentice and mechanical engineer to evolving into various leadership and executive roles.  With personal attributes that include intuitive thinking, the ability to multitask and expertise in aligning purpose, people and process, Dan has created impact in vertical markets such as machine tools, automotive, consumer products, healthcare, 501(c)3 organizations and aerospace/defense. Honest, experienced and successful, Dan is passionate about assisting talented and innovative individuals develop, grow, and exceed business goals and objectives.  Dan Kasper is the consummate professional and truest partner in every sense of the word!

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

  • Independent consultant:
    • Consulting with a $4MM custom application heavy machine builder and fabricator that is operating under a forbearance agreement and in need of an immediate turnaround
    • Acting as Interim President and General Manager for a recent acquisition ($5MM in sales) for a company on which I serve a board member. Responsible for transferring work and integrating the operation into the parent operations as well as identifying a candidate to succeed me in the role as President and General Manager
    • Coaching a $5 MM privately held contract welding and fabricating business – working with leadership team to grow the business
    • Business coach to the CEO of a privately held $50MM to $75MM equipment manufacturer
    • Consulting for $30MM privately held contract machining business –  operational improvement
    • Executive Coach – Simpler Consulting – lean enterprise coaching for “C” level hospital administration
    • Business Coach to the Executive Director of a non-profit organization
    • Business Coach to an independent financial planner – sales and marketing
  • National Machine Company, Chief Operating Officer, OH
  • PTC Alliance, Director of Operations, OH
  • Spero Electric Company, V. P. of Operations, OH
  • MTD Products Inc., V. P. of Operations, OH
  • TRW Steering & Suspension Australia LTD., Managing Director, Sydney, Australia
  • TRW Engine Components Group, V. P. of Engineering, OH
  • TRW Engine & Aftermarket  Group, V. P. of Quality and Operations, OH
  • TRW Valve Division, Plant Manager, PA
  • TRW Valve Division, Plant Manager, OH
  • Maxtek, President and Chief Operating Officer, OH
  • Bendix Midwest Machine and Tool, General Manager, OH
  • Warner & Swasey, Balas Division, General Manager, OH

 

KEY CAREER ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Senior executive with 40 years of P&L experience and expertise.
  • Launched and executed continuous improvement efforts that included implementing resources such as Lean Enterprise and Six Sigma over the last 25 years.
  • Developed strategic directions for organizations in both union and non-union environments
  • Spearheaded a groundbreaking emissions requirement conversion project for GM that concluded with a work transfer to TRW that was on time, within budget, and without UAW work stoppages.
  • Led the turnaround of the TRW Australian subsidiary that improved profit by $6M and cash flow by $25M in one year.
  • Involved in the successful sale of three spinoff businesses over the last 30 years
  • Experience in leading start-up, growth, and turnaround of manufacturing businesses.
  • Key role in the start-up of green-field operations in Brazil, United Kingdom, and Mexico.
  • Led the implementation and maintenance of quality systems that included ISO 9000, QS900, and AS9100 / NADCAP

 

EDUCATION:

  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • M.S, Management, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Professional Fellow, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

 

AFFILIATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS:

Affiliations:

  • Board of Directors, Cleveland Engineering Society, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Board of Advisors, Precision Drive Systems, Bessemer City, North Carolina
  • Board of Advisors, Western Reserve Controls, Akron, Ohio
  • Board of Advisors, Alloy Bellows, Highland Heights, Ohio
  • Board of Advisors, Industrial Shredders, Middleburg Heights, Ohio
  • City of Medina-Economic Development Committee
  • Medina County Economic Development Workforce
  • Certified Mentor by Patina Professionals, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Certified in The Strategic Mindset developed by The Growth Coach, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Certified Behavioral Analyst by The Institute for Motivational Living, In
  • Member of The Association for Manufacturing Excellence
  • Member of The Society of Manufacturing Engineers
  • Former member of the Cleveland Advanced Manufacturing  Program Industrial Advisory Board (now MAGNET)
  • Life Member of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Certifications:

  • Professional Engineer, State of Ohio
  • Graduate Machinist Apprentice, Warner & Swasey Company, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Six Sigma Green Belt, PTC Alliance, Alliance Ohio
  • Licensed Realtor, State of Ohio