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Jim MontagninoJames G. Montagnino – Bio & Resume The real keys to my success? My success in my 50 plus year career of design & innovation is a matrix of the following: The ability to visualize three dimensionally concepts/designs in my mind. I am driven by a strong if not overwhelming passion to solve problems through design & innovation based on the belief that innovation is to push the boundaries of the impossible. Like the old Peter Sellers Movie “Being There” the opportunity to have worked for and be mentored by My career as an inventor & innovator was motivated by the teachings and work ethic examples of 3 geniuses During my career I was given the rare opportunity work under the direction and to be inspired by three world renowned mentors: ________________________________________ Wernher von Braun Aerospace Engineer http://www.biography.com/people/wernher-von-braun-9224912 Quotes Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing. We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming. I have learned to use the word 'impossible' with the greatest caution. ________________________________________ Peter Carl Goldmark http://biography.yourdictionary.com/peter-carl-goldmark Peter Carl Goldmark was a German-Hungarian engineer who, is best known for his invention of the long-playing record, commonly known as the LP. It revolutionized the recorded music industry and dominated sales for 40 years. Spending most of his career as an engineer at CBS/eventually president of CBS Labs, he also contributed to the development of color television, photocopying, audio cassettes, and the video cassette recorder. Awards: Hoover Medal, National Medal of Science for Engineering __________________________________________ Dennis Gabor Physicist Dennis Gabor CBE, FRS was a Hungarian-British electrical engineer and physicist, most notable for inventing holography, for which he later received the 1971 Nobel Prize in Physics. Awards: Nobel Prize in Physics, Rumford Medal, IEEE Medal of Honor, Young Medal and Prize What separates me from others in my field? Unlike most engineers/designers/inventors, I have been a strategic thinker and planner, who is skilled in the design and execution of effective engineering, marketing, manufacturing, and business programs. My career has given me the opportunity to work in international business relations & OEM sourcing/product development using European & Asian partners since 1979, inclusive of retained consultant to Asian suppliers. I worked on a broad spectrum of products & technologies, allowing me to view design solutions with a much broader knowledge of industry experience/technologies: Scientific Instruments: such as the Saturn Space Program dealing with optics, the Panoramic reconnaissance systems used during the Vietnam War (Lead Designer as well as a field Service Engineer), The first Orbital Reconnaissance Systems, the first Video Technologies for CBS (EVR), Business Machines: Electronic Mailing Systems, Postage Meters & Automatic mail processing systems for Pitney Bowes and Savin Corp. Copier systems that included 23 Utility issued patents, Scale/Weighing System Technologies: weighing, body fat & body composition for Tanita Corp. of Japan, HealthOmeter, and weigh on the fly for Pitney Bowes mailing systems resulting in 41 issued patents, Personal Care (hair, cosmetic, massage, therapeutic, skin), Humidification/Air technologies and Personal Wellness Systems for Crane USA, Sharper Image, Helen of Troy, Sunbeam, Clairol and KAZ resulting in 61 issued patents. Tool & Machine Design: Suppliers to Bullard Machine Tool Co, Singer Sewing Machine & Burndy Corp Past and current career accomplishments: PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE PRODUCTION ENGINEERED DESIGNS, INC., St Charles, IL - Present President/CEO TANITA CORPORATION OF AMERICA, INC. (DIV. OF TANITA, JAPAN) Arlington Heights, IL Vice President – Technology & Innovation SUNBEAM CORPORATION (HEALTH DIVISION), Aurora, IL Vice President – New Product Development HELEN OF TROY CORPORATION, El Paso, TX Vice President –Product Development and Engineering PRACTIAL AUTOMATION, Shelton, CT Managing Director CLAIROL, INC. (DIV. OF BRISTOL-MEYERS), Stamford, CT Director of Appliance Research and Development Engineering SAVIN/CONRAC CORPORATION, Old Saybrook, CT Design Engineering Manager PITNEY-BOWES CORPORATION (Mailing Equipment Division), Stamford & Norwalk, CT. Group Manager/Design Engineer CBS LABORATORIES, Stamford, Connecticut Department Group Leader/Lead Sr. Designer . PERKIN-ELMER CORPORATION, Norwalk, Wilton & Danbury, Connecticut Design Group Leader/Design Engineer & Field Service Engineer/Representative to the Navy Certifications, distinctions, awards, honors (types of, names, received from) BS, Mechanical Engineering, AS, Mechanical Engineering, AS, Mechanical Technology Publications – books, journals, articles, dissertations (names of and subjects) 140 Patents Worldwide Memberships, societies, organizations, groups (names of) The Society of Manufacturing Engineers, The Society of Plastics Engineers, N.A.M.E. A-List Professional (National Alliance of Male Executives) 2015-2016, Presidential Directory of Who’s Who V.I.P. 2009, 2010 Strathmore’s Who’s Who (Top 10 men 2016), Global Directory of Who’s Who 2006 thru 2010 Universal Who's Who 2011, The Who’s Who Registry Platinum Edition 1992-1993 Best of 2013 & 2014 Product Development Research - St. Charles, IL Gerson Lehrman Group Retail Council 2008 - 2016 Past jobs including titles, dates of employment, names, duties TANITA CORPORATION OF AMERICA, INC. 2003 – 2006 (DIV. OF TANITA, JAPAN) Arlington Heights, IL Vice President – Technology & Innovation (contact employment through PED) Directed and oversaw all aspects of new product development for both consumer & professional, with responsibility for new product development strategy, technology acquisition and technical leadership of Engineering/Marketing Team. Served as OEM procurement & interface for global business, technical liaison to Tanita worldwide for inter-divisional product development, in addition to technical and sourcing support for all Asian & Mexican suppliers. SUNBEAM CORPORATION (HEALTH DIVISION), Aurora, IL 1999 – 2002 Vice President – New Product Development (contact employment through PED) Directed and oversaw all aspects of new product development, with responsibility for new product roadmap, technology acquisition, and leadership of Marketing/Engineering Team. Served as technical liaison to Sunbeam Corporate for inter-divisional product development, in addition to technical and sourcing support for all Asian, European & Mexican suppliers. PRODUCTION ENGINEERED DESIGNS, INC., El Paso, TX 1992 – 1999 President/CEO Handled operational activities of world-wide network of engineering, design, tooling and manufacturing companies, inclusive of managing OEM suppliers through new product development. Conducted product development engineering for new products from concept to manufacture for sectors including home electronics, personal care, retail health care, kitchen electric, exercise equipment, business/office machines, novelty items and computer components/accessories. HELEN OF TROY CORPORATIN, El Paso, TX 1987 – 1992 Vice President –Product Development and Engineering Oversaw research and development efforts for marketing and engineering of all new appliance products throughout entire lifecycle. Provided interface support to Hong Kong subsidiary and various factories throughout Asia during product development. Directed sourcing & technical support for all Asian, European & Mexican suppliers PRACTIAL AUTOMATION, Shelton, CT 1985 – 1987 Managing Director Responsible for administration and technical direction of all mechanical engineering, laboratory technicians, tool room/model shop, quality assurance and customer technical interface for line of specialized dot matrix printers. CLAIROL, INC., Stamford, CT 1979 – 1985 Director of Appliance Research and Development Engineering Directed and ensured creation of innovative, patented, personal care products. Directed OEM & Clairol manufacturing during development & worked as supply team leader for OEM sourcing. Oversaw administration of engineering, model shop, design/drafting, technical reproduction and documentation, standards system, telecommunications, and facility security. SAVIN/CONRAC CORPORATION, Old Saybrook, CT 1978 – 1979 Design Engineering Manager Responsible for formation of a engineering, design & drafting group for a joint venture between both Savin & Conrac Corporations for the design of plain paper copiers. Duties consisted of scheduling manpower, supervision of design/drafting personnel, publication of new design practices & drawing standards, training of Quality Assurance personnel in new standards as related to inspection. PITNEY-BOWES CORPORATION, Mailing Equipment Division, Norwalk, CT.1971 – 1978 Group Manager/Design Engineer Responsible for overall design, scheduling of manpower, design time and fabrication dollars; supervision of design & drafting personnel for various office machines & printing /paper handling system, vendor liaisons involved in component procurement or sub-assembly manufacture. CBS LABORATORIES, Stamford, Connecticut 1969 – 1971 Department Group Leader/Lead Sr. Designer Responsible for mechanical development of the original Beta Video Recording System. (Note: System designs & patents sold to Sony Corporation in 1971 by CBS.) Duties included work issue & supervision of designers, draftsmen & model makers, drafting estimates & vendor liaisons. PERKIN-ELMER CORPORATION, NORWALK, CT 1962 – 1969 Design Group Leader/Design Engineer (1962 – 1964, 1966 – 1969) Responsible for conceptual layout, preparation of preliminary & critical design review packages for government agency (customer) & drafting estimates. Duties included supervision of drafting & checking group personnel for various aerial & orbital reconnaissance camera systems. Field Service Engineer (1964 – 1966) Representative to the Navy for Perkin-Elmer’s Panoramic Camera Systems. Duties included training and instruction of naval personnel on the use & troubleshooting of camera systems (stationed at Sanford Naval Air Station, Sanford, Florida) Current job including titles, dates of employment, names, duties PRODUCTION ENGINEERED DESIGNS, INC., St Charles, IL 1992 – Present President/CEO Handled operational activities of world-wide network of engineering, design, tooling and manufacturing companies, inclusive of managing OEM suppliers through new product development. Conduct product development engineering for new products from concept to manufacture for sectors including home electronics, personal care, retail health care, kitchen electric, exercise equipment, business/office machines, novelty items and computer components/accessories. Strategic planning for Clients in market & segment expansion Work with client manufacturing or clients foreign suppliers for product innovation, ideation, quality improvement, teaching of technical design methodology, developing product performance and test specifications.
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