James M. Caldwell

James M. Caldwell

James M. Caldwell

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Show Date: May 30th, 2018

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James M. Caldwell
Staff Technical Specialist

Process Improvement Engineering Section

Manufacturing Technologies Department

 

Mr. Caldwell has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing and engineering in the business process arena. He has been educating business professionals and utilizing lean principles in a variety of manufacturing and process environments as a business process improvement professional since 1993. His areas of expertise include strategic planning, change management, benchmarking, the development and implementation of Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s), project management, and process improvement utilizing modeling and metrics development.

As a Staff Technical Specialist, Mr. Caldwell currently serves as a Manufacturing Professional with the South Central Region of the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC), a federal assisted program conducted by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to provide affordable technical assistance to Texas Manufacturers. In this capacity he works with a variety of companies in implementing lean manufacturing methodologies including value stream mapping, 5S, setup reduction, cellular flow, Kanban/pull systems, and kaizen events. He also teaches numerous Lean Manufacturing workshops throughout the year. Mr. Caldwell has earned his Lean Six Sigma black belt certificate and utilizes the DMAIC process in executing his project work.

As a Staff Technical Specialist, Mr. Caldwell currently serves as a Manufacturing Professional with the South Central Region of the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC), a federal assisted program conducted by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to provide affordable technical assistance to Texas Manufacturers. In this capacity he works with a variety of companies in implementing lean manufacturing methodologies including value stream mapping, 5S, setup reduction, cellular flow, Kanban/pull systems, and kaizen events. He also teaches numerous Lean Manufacturing workshops throughout the year. Mr. Caldwell has earned his Lean Six Sigma black belt certificate and utilizes the DMAIC process in executing his project work.

In 1993, Mr. Caldwell joined [TC]² as a management consultant. He designed and implemented systems based on lean manufacturing principles for client companies based on the Toyota Sewing Systems techniques. In addition, he directed a number of research projects undertaken by DOD and DOE National Laboratory scientists, including advanced laser technology, RFID, and advanced sensors. He has worked in a variety of industries, including printing, educational assessment, plastic extrusion, food manufacturing, assembly, machining, aerospace, and others.

EDUCATION

M.B.A, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, 1998

B.S., Production Management, State University of New York, 1982

A.A.S., Management Engineering Technology, Nassau Community College, 1979

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS: Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, George Group, 2005

PROFESSIONAL CHRONOLOGY:

Model Garment Company: industrial engineer, chief engineer, 1980-85;

Gerber Products: manufacturing manager, director of engineering and product development, 1985-89;

VF Corporation: director of product development and quality control, director of engineering, 1989-92;

TC²: business unit manager, business process consultant, 1992-99;

Fechheimer Band Uniform Company/Berkshire Hathaway: president, 1999-2001;

Carmun International/IMI Cornelius: vice president/general manager, 2001-2;

Alamo Iron Works: general manager process improvement, 2002-4;

Southwest Research Institute: 2004-[senior technical specialist, 2004-6; principal technical specialist, 2006-9; principal analyst, 2009-13; staff technical specialist, 2013-present].

MEMBERSHIPS: San Antonio Manufactures Association (SAMA), Board of Directors, Executive

About the author:

I took early retirement in 1995 from Kodak and I have been in the real estate business since then. During my Kodak career my family lived in six states and we owned thirteen homes. I held positions as Food Trade Manager, Attractions Manager for Florida, Director of Sales Promotion, National Account Manager to HEB Grocery Company and National Sales Manager – US Military – Worldwide. In the twelve years since I retired from Kodak, I’ve been in the real estate business. My entry into the business was through two major agencies; one a local upscale boutique company and the other a very large local operation of a national franchise. I found both (plus most others in the business) to be more oriented towards gross sales and less towards taking care of the needs of the consumer. As a result, I formed my own company. I have three agents besides myself in the company and two staff personnel. Approximately ninety percent of our business comes from direct referrals plus we represent all of the relocating employees for three corporations. Each week I host the area real estate show, Real Estate Focus, on NewsTalk 930 KLUP, Saturdays at 11:00am. The show also streams live on my web site , http://www.HeartofTexasRealty.com and on http://www.KLUP.com. In addition, Bjorn Dybdahl, owner of Bjorn’s Home Entertainment, http://www.Bjorns.com and I host the San Antonio Movers and Shakers Show that airs at 10:00 am each Saturday from the same station and web sites. The real estate show deals with area real estate information and the SA Movers and Shakers show honors the education, business, civic, and public leaders who keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive in our city.

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