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Jerry Solomon

As a practitioner, Jerry Solomon has repeatedly had a unique opportunity to implement Lean enterprise techniques, as he’s held the positions of Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Manufacturing simultaneously at three middle market manufacturing companies. In his dual role, he was able to cast aside traditional departmental barriers and galvanize the accounting and manufacturing areas during the Lean journey. As Chief Financial Officer of Vermont Castings Inc., Mr. Solomon redesigned the accounting procedures and teamed with the operating folks to provide user friendly reporting that facilitated the improvement process taking place on the production floor. Mr. Solomon then became the CFO and VP of Manufacturing at PACE, Inc., an electronics manufacturing firm providing equipment to the telecommunications, consumer electronics, automotive, computer and medical industries. Mr. Solomon led the Lean transformation that resulted in customer lead-time reductions of 75%, productivity improvements of 64%, space reductions of 50%, quality improvements of 100%, and a doubling of inventory turns. In addition to the improvements taking place on the plant floor, the cost accounting system was simplified and the use of MRP for executing the production plan was eliminated in favor of a pull system with electronic links to all suppliers. As a result of these efforts, PACE, Inc. was certified as a World-Class company by the Maryland World Class Manufacturing Consortium, the first and only company awarded this distinction in the Consortium’s ten-year history. Currently, Mr. Solomon is the VP of Operations – Hunt Valley, for MarquipWardUnited, the largest division of the Barry-Wehmiller Companies Inc., the Western Hemisphere’s leading packaging automation and converting group. He is leading the Lean transformation efforts in both the manufacturing and financial areas. Mr. Solomon has a B.S. degree from Clarkson University, an M.S. degree from Michigan Technological University and an M. B. A. degree from the University of Chicago. He’s served on the Board of Directors of Vermont Castings Inc., as well as the Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation. He’s been an instructor in Lean Accounting, is on the Board of Directors of the Maryland World Class Manufacturing Consortium and also serves as the Chairman of the Vendor Certification Committee. Mr. Solomon is the author of the Shingo Award winning book, Who’s Counting?, a highly acclaimed business novel focusing on the interaction of manufacturing and accounting during a Lean transformation, and Leading Lean, a novel about a three day Lean event. Mr. Solomon brings a unique perspective to the requirements of manufacturers in their quest to achieve World Class performance.

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