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Kevin L.

Early
Ontario, Ohio 44903-8423 Home: (419) 775-5828 Mobile: (574) 229-2434 Email: kevinlearly@ymail.com LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kevinlearly Website: www.kevinlearly.com PRESIDENT/C-LEVEL EXECUTIVE
Performance-oriented professional with extensive hands-on experience and a proven ability to drive growth. Oversees all aspects of operations, solving problems, making key decisions and aligning individual efforts with overall objectives. Develops new business, securing greater market share by bringing new customers on board and expanding existing relationships. Provides mission-critical leadership in challenging competitive environments. Leverages exceptional team-building skills to motivate and inspire employees. Skillfully manages revenue and profits, driving growth with innovative strategies while simultaneously increasing efficiency.

PROFILE & VALUE
Strategic Operations Expert – Expanded market reach by forging global relationships and leveraging relationships with high profile partners resulting in $50M of new business. Responsible for sourcing $100M for the company-atlarge, negotiated terms that off-set $1M in annual customer give-backs. Enterprise Strategist & Business Development – Managed key accounts securing the award of several new business programs valued at $100M+ over the life of the programs and contributing to the growth of the company from $71M to $315M+. Restructured operations utilizing lean manufacturing methods to increase capacity on high margin product lines and improve ROA nearly 40%. Expanded company with startup of new facilities in Hermosillo, Mexico and Mezolak, Hungary generating $25 million in incremental new business. Consummate Innovator in Value Extraction & Cost Redundancy – Streamlined company operations eliminating $97M+ in excess costs. Returned $70M cash back to the corporation. Relocated under-utilized assets to lower cost manufacturing centers conserving $5M+ capital and improving RONAE. Increased business unit margins 35% through continuous improvement and lean manufacturing initiatives. Diverse Situational Experience – Public and private; public education, small and Fortune 500; startup, rapid growth, turnaround, acquisition integration, divestiture, consolidations, union & non-union, private equity, operated in a global business environment, joint ventures, board of directors, corporate governance compliance. Accompanied former Ohio Governor, George Voinovich and other business leaders on international trade missions to Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Germany and Mexico.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERTISE
Profit & Loss Responsibility Cost Analysis, Reduction & Control Product Development & Launch Lean Manufacturing Acquisitions, Divestitures & Due Diligence Strategic Sales, Marketing & Business Plans Global Sourcing & Off-Shoring Team & Consensus Building Business Integrations Multi-Plant Operations Management Business Development & Revenue Generation Multicultural Global Business Leadership Crisis & Change Management Turnarounds, Consolidations & Reorganizations

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
MID-OHIO EDUCATIONAL SERVICE CENTER (MOESC), Mansfield, OH 2010 to 2012 Retained on a multi-year contract funded by a state grant to improve operational efficiencies and reduce costs in the public education system.

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS (2010 to 2012)
On contract to the Galion City School District a $50M educational complex housing 2000 K-12 students in four newly constructed facilities located on a 70 acre campus to provide oversight and management of the districts operations: transportation, food service, building & grounds, custodial/maintenance and technology. Represented the district at Board of Education meetings.

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Strategy & Leadership Successes Implemented efficiency improvements in transportation by reducing the number of bus routes resulting in a 13% improvement in cost/mile and a 10.4% improvement in state ridership efficiency measures. Changed the process for administering school lunches to non-needy students saving $4K annually, a 52% savings. Analyzed and provided justification to purchase new energy efficient stadium lights that were 70% more efficient resulting in a $8.9K annual cost savings. Oversaw the implementation of 3 energy saving projects under Ohio HB 264 that saved the district $80K+. Received recognition from “Ohio Education Matters” as being in the top 5% Best-in-Class in providing food service more efficiently than similar districts in the state of Ohio. Implemented an online maintenance work order system that received recognition from the Ohio School Board Association and was the subject of a presentation that I was invited to make at their 2011 annual Capital Conference. POWER GEAR, Mishawaka, IN 2008 to 2010 A Division of Actuant Corporation – selected as one of “America’s 400 Best Big Companies” by Forbes – a leading designer and manufacturer of custom engineered electric and manual steps, fluid power, mechanical and electric-mechanical actuation systems with approximately $50M in annual revenue.

PRESIDENT/BUSINESS UNIT LEADER (2008 to 2010)
Developed and deployed organizational restructuring plan, including nearly 60% workforce reduction. Led a team of executives, including leaders of finance, operations, supply chain, product engineering, R&D, sales, customer service, quality assurance and HR functions. Managed relations with 164 non-union employees at multiple locations. Continuously evaluated operations to identify and implement cost cutting and process improvement measures. Supported sales teams, closing major deals and developing new business. Strategy & Leadership Successes Streamlined organization, reducing workforce 59%, establishing more efficient operations to cut breakeven point by 40% within 6 months and consolidating 2 facilities into 1 to achieve significant savings. Regained 2 key accounts valued at $3M by working with sales team to recapture lost customers. Created innovation team that used customer feedback to design 4 new products within 6 months that provided the potential to generate a $4-$5M incremental new business pipeline and gained industry recognition. Saved $6M+ by reducing manufacturing costs, cutting expenses by 47%+ on an annualized basis. Reduced SG&A costs by nearly $4M – more than 34% annually. Cut accounts receivable outstanding balances by 74% with a weekly review and monitoring strategy. Saved $700K by reducing cash warranty expenses – a 40% savings over previous year. EVERGREEN PLASTICS, LLC, Clyde, OH 2007 to 2008 Family-owned recycling enterprise with $33M in revenues specializing in recycling plastic PET bottles into reusable bottle flake, crystallized pellets and polyester strapping for the food, beverage, packaging and consumer markets. Ranked as being one of the top PET bottle recyclers in the nation.

VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS / CONSULTANT (2007 to 2008)
Led company operations, directing a team of 7 top managers and overseeing 200 non-union employees in a fast-paced, 24/7 manufacturing environment. Thoroughly evaluated company operations, working closely with shop-floor personnel in each process center to learn business basics before implementing process improvements. Designed and implemented new policies and procedures to improve safety and operations. Strategy & Leadership Successes Increased revenues by almost $7M (23%) by ramping up sales and expanding into new markets. Elevated operating profits by $1M (22%) by minimizing expenses and maximizing efficiency. Coached and mentored employees, helping staff members reach their potential and improving company financial performance to enable a record gain-sharing bonus for all employees.

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CREATIVE ENGINEERED POLYMER PRODUCTS, LLC. Crestline, OH 2005 to 2006 Led $200M engineered plastic and rubber company through transition via private equity reorganization (see below).

PRESIDENT & CEO (2005 to 2006)
Strategy & Leadership Successes Managed P&L and oversaw workforce of 1,200 operating in 14 locations worldwide. Maintained key accounts and retained staff during transition. Acquired $30M business that expanded product lines and broadened customer base. CARLISLE ENGINEERED PRODUCTS, INC., Crestline, OH 1993 to 2006 A $315M+ leading designer and manufacturer of highly engineered plastic and rubber components for the automotive, construction, th lawn & garden, office furniture, appliance and recreational industries. Ranked 86 of the top 100 plastic processors in the U.S.; the th th th 127 largest OEM parts supplier to N.A.; the 9 largest supplier of custom blow molded components and 48 largest in injection molding.

PRESIDENT (2001 to 2006)
Led a core team of 5 executives—Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Vice President of Operations, Vice President of Advanced Engineering & Program Management, Vice President of Technical Services and Vice President of Finance & Administration—with 1,800 union and non-union employees located in 15 facilities across the United States and Mexico. Selected by the company to serve as a member on the Board of Directors for 2 joint venture companies:  (1998 to 2005) LANDER CARLISLE, a thermoplastic injection molding company headquartered in the UK with 2 British facilities and 1 in Hungary. rd  (2001 to 2005) PRISM TECHNOLOGIES & ASSEMBLIES, a minority company located in Meadville, PA providing 3 party and contract manufacturing services to the automotive industry. Strategy & Leadership Successes Led strategic initiative to sell certain holdings to private equity group (see above). Reorganized operations, shifting resources abroad to generate $5M+ in income. Increased earnings by over 15% despite sales decline and improved cash flow from $14M+ to nearly $20M on an invested capital base of slightly over $100M. Earned 2 consecutive “Most Innovative Use of Plastics Awards” from the Society of Plastic Engineers, which led to new business.

ADDITIONAL CAREER HISTORY
CARLISLE ENGINEERED PRODUCTS, INC. – Vice President of Operations, Business Unit General Manager, General Manager; CADILLAC RUBBER & PLASTICS, INC. – Division Manager; DAYCO ANCHOR SWAN – Plant Manager; WESTERN CONSOLIDATED TECHNOLOGIES – Director of Engineered Materials/Fluoropolymer Products, Sales Account Executive; UNITED TECHNOLOGIESHAMILTON STANDARD CONTROLS – General Foreman, Production Control Manager; GENCORP – Supervisor, Industrial Engineer, General Foreman, Shift Supervisor, Senior Industrial Engineer, Molding Department Manager, Extrusion Department Manager, Production Manager, Production Superintendent, Material Control Manager, Engineering Project Manager, Operations Manager, Sales Account Executive

EDUCATION & HONORS
Bachelor of General Studies, With Distinction, 3.53/4.0 GPA, Indiana University, Fort Wayne, IN Associate in Applied Sciences in Supervision, With Highest Distinction, 5.51/6.0 GPA, Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN Earned both degrees working full time and attending evening & weekend classes. School Business Manager License, Ohio Department of Education Administrative Specialist License, Ohio Department of Education Industrial Engineering – Time Study Certification, Maynard Research Council, Columbus, OH Alpha Kappa Delta (Theta Chapter Charter Member) - National Sociology Honor Society Fort Wayne LifeSavers Club Award – awarded for meritorious action in saving the life of a young boy Who’s Who in the Midwest Who’s Who in Finance and Industry