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I can answer questions regarding industrial maintenance organizational structure, maintenance planning and scheduling best practices, metrics to use for maintenance best practices, etc.

Experience in the area

I have 19 years of maintenance and reliability consulting in industries such as food, paper, petro-chemical, aeronautics.


Current: SMRP (Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals); Former: Two trade unions


NPRA White Paper (National Petroleum Refinery Association); SMRP White Paper(Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals); Hydro-Carbon Processing Trade Publication


BS - Business, Economics University of Wisconsin; MS - Marketing University of Illinois

Awards and Honors

Top International Paper Award - ABB; Business and Economics Honor Society

Past/Present Clients

Sample companies include: Texaco, Lockhed-Martin, Hormel Foods, DuPont, BP Chemical, MeadWestvaco, Koch Refining, PCS.

What do you like about this subject?

Maintenance for the most part, isn't rocket science. It's common sense: Plan what you want to do. Schedule what you planned. Execute efiiciently. And when done, measure how well you did. Of course, putting it all together takes some work!

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

The financial return of using maintenance to cut costs is minor when compared to using maintenance to increase reliability and ultimately, increase production output.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

When trying to cut maintenance costs you may have to first, increase maintenance spending! Bad practices and poor maintenance don't just go away when you start down the path to improvement. (When you are building up bricks, you have to fill up the hole they sit on first.)

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