Our Team:

Below are our company Leaders that are able to help your company along with a small bio on each background.  You may click on the name.  We also have additional consultants on call upon engagement of project.

   Accomplished senior executive with expertise in leading technical enterprises, building and managing teams to achieve significant growth in revenues and profitability in the Space and Defense industries. Recognized for excellence in leadership, operations management, quality assurance administration, and business development. Technical expertise with mechanical engineering background, Space propulsion hardware, clean room operations. Business experience including Program Management and P&L responsibility.

□ Strategic Leadership: Led organization to significant, sustainable growth by having the vision to reposition company from a small manufacturing company into a leader in the Space and Defense propulsion market; identified high potential in failing enterprises to purchase assets cheaply that were later sold for a profit during an industry resurgence.

  

  Mr. Devile, has over 30 years of Aerospace (Commercial, Military and Space) experience working for Boeing/Douglas Aircraft and various Component Manufacturers, for production and aftermarket . He managed Engineering, Production Control, Program Management, Sales and Marketing Departments at a Director & VP level in private and public companies with revenues approaching $100M. His aerospace product experience encompasses Aircraft Fasteners, Hydraulic Tube Fittings, Hoses, Life Support, Interiors products and Satellite Propulsion System Components, among others. Mr. Devile was also COO and CEO of two Aerospace component manufacturers.

   He is multi-lingual, earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from CSUN, MBA from Pepperdine, PMP from PMI, has received Karrass Negotiations training, Miller Heiman Sales Training, has published 15 SAE Aerospace Standards and has received several awards along the way.

   Mr Devile is a former member of Los Angeles Mayor's (Eric Garcetti) Global Export and Investment Council, ASA CA Vice Chair, the founder of the SoCal Aerospace Expo and is currently Group Owner of LinkedIn's Aerospace and Defense Manufacturer's Representatives.

Valerie Reif,
HR Lead

Valerie's previous positions include Vice President of Human Resources for Boot Barn, Regional Director of Administration with ASICS America, Director of Human Resources at St. John Knits and Kenneth Cole Productions. Her early career includes operations leadership roles at several national retailers; J. Crew and the Limited Divisions. At ASICS America, her responsibilities included the management of strategy, human resources, facilities, compliance and procurement. Ms. Reif has led significant organization-wide initiatives such as multiple M&A, IPO, launched business enterprises of ecommerce, retail, outlet, Mexico subsidiary, and converted agency-model wholesale sales force in-house. She led two companies through high growth periods and one through a significant downsizing and restructuring. She has deep expertise in the areas of talent strategies, leadership coaching, HR functional strategies, compensation, management improvement curriculum, operational processes, and business development. In her leadership positions, she coached and supported senior leaders across the organization. Her cross-organizational business acumen enhances her ability as a coach to build a leader’s capabilities to achieve short and long-term organizational goals. Ms. Reif earned a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Webster University and earned her Certificate in HR from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has served on the Board of the Orange County Affiliate of the National Human Resources Association for 6 years, including President, and is currently the West Affiliate Chair for the National Board.

A CFO in the project cost environment with 15+ years of experience in the defense/aerospace/manufacturing/services industries. Strong business background with excellent analytical and communication skills. Accomplished problem solver, strategic thinker and able to see both sides of an issue and gain consensus. A trusted corporate executive that led a force of 25 people and always showed a willingness to do the research, roll-up-the-sleeves, learn the issues and get the job done right the first time.

Specialties: Project cost accounting, manufacturing (BOM) accounting, GAAP, finance, MIS, contractual matters, EVMS, data analytics, ERP system implementation, FAR, CAS and GSA contracting. 

Michael Smith,
Operations and
Supply Chain Lead

Michael Smith is a senior executive with expertise and accomplishments in all phases of Supply Chain, Continuous Improvement, and Operational Excellence.  In his more than 35 years of experience, he has worked in commercial Aerospace, Defense, Space, Automotive aftermarket, and commercial manufacturing sectors.

At a company with global presence, he developed a culture of continuous improvement with a successful implementation across fifteen sites in four countries.  As executive sponsor of two LSS Greenbelt training programs, he participated in projects and kaizen events resulting in more than $5M in savings.

His global experience:  Led a facility closure in China on time and on budget.  Was a greenfield team member for a facility in Mexico.  Facilitated more than 100 Lean events in eight countries.  Led supply chain activities improving both quality and delivery at suppliers in China.

Michael has participated in five ERP system implementations and is certified in MRP and Capacity Planning.  He has developed and implemented shop floor KPIs and led daily Gemba walks.  He has implemented SIOP and capacity planning processes where none existed previously.

His Supply Chain experience:  Formed and led procurement counsels resulting in several million dollars in cost savings and a reduction in the supply base.  Negotiated multi-year long-term agreements implementing JIT deliveries with multi-million-dollar savings.

He has worked in several Private Equity environments and has demonstrated the ability to create value through cost savings and working capital reduction.

Passionate about building high-performance teams, removing barriers, bridging organizations and institutionalizing processes that allow companies to scale the business, transform culture and improve employee engagement. Recognized leader & steward of efficient business processes that lead to increased profitability by accelerating execution. A strong advocate of critical thinking, strategic planning, data-driven decisions, analytics, problem-solving, and risk mitigation. Extensive experienced in high-technology, aerospace, and regulated industries.
OUTCOMES
• Highly effective teams that truly collaborate and work together within and across organizations
• Energized and passionate employees focused on their deliverables and results
• Satisfied customers that value the company as a strategic partner
• Predictable schedules, reliable launch readiness, and execution of the business

Mr Tower's unique expertise was shaped over his 30 year career as a Manufacturing Engineer and Quality Assurance Manager in sectors such as Automotive, Oil-and-Gas, Aerospace, Defense and Space.
Throughout his career Mr. Towers has taken on the challenge of improving manufacturing efficiency while simultaneously improving product conformity.
He has developed and implemented just-in-time manufacturing cells, resulting in a reduction of cycle time, inventory levels, defects and other forms of waste.
He has led kaizen events and implemented statistical process control techniques, certified operator programs, vendor managed inventory systems and similar efforts.
Mr. Towers has conducted numerous rigorous supplier qualification audits domestically and internationally, prepared organizations’ quality management systems, developed and communicated their quality strategies, and steered them to third-party certification of their quality management systems.
He is an instructor on management systems, a quality consultant and a third-party management systems auditor.
Mr. Towers is also a Exemplar Global certified Environmental and Quality Management Systems auditor, as well as a Probitas certified Aerospace auditor. He operates nationally and internationally and has native fluency in English and Spanish.

Is an accomplished aerospace professional with a passion for assisting in improving a company’s bottom line through the science of Quality. Has a proven track record of optimizing manufacturing and business processes as an accomplished Six Sigma Black Belt. Specializes in using the DMAIC process, and the required statistical and business tools needed to meet and exceed customer expectations.
 

Mike knows that statistics alone cannot create success. He excels in using significant years of experience in facilitating teams in process improvement methodologies to energize and empower people to use their internal strengths in taking ownership of their processes and make them the focus of a successful outcome.

He is an ultimate team player, and can manage success from the Executive level down to the shop floor, with thorough understanding of the fast-paced Aerospace environment.

His strengths include:
Lean Manufacturing – Six Sigma Black Belt
Production Process Optimization
Quality Project Management / SPC
Root Cause Analysis / Corrective Action
Ergonomics
Manufacturing / Research & Development
Budget Administration
Leadership / Coach / Trainer