Jay Schmidt

Jay has over 25 years of operational excellence experience focused in Lean Systems, Manufacturing Engineering and Project Management for the automotive, power management, and water flow & filtration industries. Jay has helped many organizations on their journey to achieve Operational Excellence by designing, implementing and continuously improving manufacturing systems that optimize people efficiency, material flow, […]

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Rick Ruzga

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Rick has a very broad background in operations, engineering, executive leadership, supply chain, government, and academia.  Over the 30 years of his career, he has been fortunate to have worked with Fortune 50 companies, small public and private organizations, and consulting firms on four continents.  The markets covered include medical products & services, oil & […]

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Andrew Porter

Andrew has more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing engineering and consulting for the electronics, aerospace, metal foundry, assembly, printing and process industries.  Andrew helps manufacturers adopt performance-driven strategies to improve quality and operational excellence. Skill Set ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems AS9100 Aerospace Quality Management Systems Lean transformation Business process mapping and improvement Plant […]

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Barry Messer

Barry brings over 25 years manufacturing experience working with management driving continual improvement and implementing quality management systems, in machining, foundry, assembly environments. He has lead new and ongoing cross-functional initiatives related to customer, quality, regulatory, and continuous improvement. Barry is a long term systems thinker with a proven track record of systems development and […]

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Carol Crawford

Carol Crawford

Carol brings a diverse management background including experience in Operations and Supply Chain Management, Lean Six Sigma, Quality Systems, New Product Development, and Multi-site Project Management in manufacturing and software environments. Carol has worked for several large companies, including Brady Corp., a subsidiary of Rockwell Automation, 3M, and, prior to her arrival at the WMEP, […]

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Colin Wilson

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Colin’s experience in automation spans over 14 years. His roles have included component selection/sizing, field service, applications development for custom equipment, and technical system sales for a component manufacturer. Colin has worked with small manufacturers just starting down the automation path, through multinational corporations optimizing their value stream. Skill Set Robotic Handling & Assembly Dispensing/Filling […]

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Beth Aldana

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Beth has over 17 years of experience in manufacturing and engineering leadership roles in medical device, automotive and industrial product industries. Beth’s career has concentrated on helping organizations achieve Operational Excellence through systemic process improvements with an emphasis on creating collaborative team environments and developing the capabilities of the team members.  Beth has worked for […]

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Jay Jochman

Jay is originally from Appleton WI and has been a resident of the Fox Valley for most his life.  Jay’s career began more than 20 years ago working as an engineering intern for several paper mills in the Fox Valley while working towards his Industrial Engineering degree from UW-Platteville.  His professional career has given him […]

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Jen Arnold

Jen is a WMEP Senior Consultant with more than 25 years of manufacturing experience, including 15 years in various positions within the paper industry (R&D then plant shift supervisor, process engineer, area coordinator, cell manager, and operational excellence leader), one year in the flexible food packaging industry as a Quality Manager, and two years in […]

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Stephen Smiley

Stephen has 25 years of experience in business, operations and engineering. He has developed acumen to direct teams to operational and organizational excellence. His background is in high-volume, low-volume and custom manufacturing in assembly, metal stamping, sheet metal fabrication, casting, CNC machining/turning, Swiss turning, waterjet, blow mold and injection plastics. Skill Set Vision Strategic Planning […]

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