Neil has more than thirty five years experience in engineering design including over twenty years in his own engineering/management consulting services business, ten years with a major automotive supplier and three years with an international electronics supplier. He has been responsible for major projects from corporate, plant engineering and staff positions. His consulting experience includes assignments throughout North America and Europe with client programs now exceeding one hundred projects.
Neil's credentials are unrivaled in the area of materials handling. He was the inaugural winner of the Reed-Apple award. This prestigious national award is granted annually in recognition of contributions to the art and science of materials handling. Neil is also the only two-time winner of the nationals materials handling excellence award granted annually as part of the PRO-MAT event.
Neil's experience in materials handling began in the automotive industry with the BUDD company while working at plants in Philadelphia, Detroit and Gary. He worked in all phases of industrial engineering that included the manufacturing and distribution of railcars, frame assemblies and automobile stampings. He history of nationally recognized materials handling innovations began as the BUDD Company representative driving Ford's initial program to start high cube containerized shipping as. In his last assignment with BUDD he held plant-wide responsibility for material handling, plant/office layout, production systems, packaging and distribution at the one million plus square foot Gary plant.
Neil next moved to Phoenix, Arizona. There, he applied his experience to the electronics industry, holding the position of Corporate Facilities Engineering Manager for ITT. He was responsible for design, construction, equipment procurement and installation/start-up of four major manufacturing facilities for high volume video, keyboard and controller assembly. Another project included the design and implementation of the (then) largest printed circuit board fabrication plant in the world.
As a Principal Consultant, Neil has assembled a team of professionals that have been facilitating continuous improvement programs for such companies as MARS, Johnson & Johnson, Duty Free Shops, IMED, Allied/Bendix, Andersen Window, Boeing, DEC, Ford, General Electric, General Instruments, Hewlett Packard, Hughes, Motorola, Philips, Ryobi, Sperry, Symbol Technologies, Sun, United Couriers and others.
Neil has written more than twenty five papers on the systems design process for manufacturing/distribution plant-wide simplification and improvement programs. He has spoken at numerous international, national and regional conferences with IEEE, APICS, SME, NEPCON, and AMS. Neil has also served a two year term on the College Industrial Council for Advancement in Material Movement/Plant Layout Design Education (CIC-MHE) sponsored through the MHI Institute, Inc. group.