1. RICHARD A. PIZAREK
2716 Federal Court
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
Results-orientated executive with a multi-disciplined international background in a general management environment.
Extensive experience in operations, engineering, sales, marketing and executive management. Experience with global
sourcing, international greenfield facility construction, mergers & acquisitions, and joint venture negotiations. Career
track record of personal success in a continuous improvement growth environment including business development in
an emerging market. Demonstrated leadership, strategic planning, problem- solving and administration skills with the
ability to plan and follow through on projects and programs to successful implementation.
GLOBAL BUSINESS CONSULTING 2016 – CURRENT
President – Crystal Lake, IL
Advising clients in the world of global business. Supply chain challenges, joint venture opportunities, acquisition
strategies and start-ups of foreign sales or manufacturing operations.
MAT HOLDINGS INC. 2014 – 2015
General Manager – Special Assignments, Long Grove, IL
Assigned to the Gabriel Ride Control Business unit to assist in improvement activities at their Distribution Center in
Chickasha, OK following a SAP implementation.
AFFINIA GROUP INC. 1995 – 2014
President – Global Chassis, McHenry, IL 2010 – 2014
Executive with full P&L responsibility for the company’s $250M+ global chassis business:
Operational responsibility for the organizations US manufacturing and distribution facilities and distribution
Develop and implement the global growth, product, sourcing and operational strategy for the business
Board member automotive products JV in Delhi, India and member of divestiture team
Completed the acquisition of a complimenting chassis parts supplier/distributor with strength in the European
market and vehicles
Participated in management presentations in the attempted sale of Affinia Group and later the sale of the
Worked with Federal Mogul management in the integration of Affinia Chassis into Federal Mogul’s chassis
business (sale completed May 1st
Vice-President and General Manager – Asia Operations, Shanghai, China 2007 – 2010
Responsibilities include the following for China, India and other emerging markets in the Asian theatre:
Established the Affinia representative office and later the Affinia Trading Company in Shanghai, China. This
responsibility included the hiring of personnel to support sourcing, finance, engineering, sales, marketing, HR
Supported the organizations global sourcing effort through research, supplier development, commercial
negotiations and the management of Chinese based quality engineers
Established the infrastructure, programs, products, and supply to sell all of Affinia’s products in the Asian market.
Evaluated several rotor, filter, friction and hydraulic potential joint venture partners before settling on one for the
rotor, filter and friction businesses. This work included overseeing the construction of a filter and friction plant in
China and a friction plant in India.
Board member of a chassis products JV in Delhi, India, a friction joint venture in Sonepat, India, a friction joint
venture in Laixi, China and Chairman of the Board of a $125 M rotor joint venture in China
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AFFINIA GROUP INC. (cont.) 1995 – 2014
Director of Operations – Drum, Rotor & Foundry Group, McHenry, IL 2003 – 2007
Responsible for nine manufacturing operations in North and South America. Sales of these operations totaled $500M
with 1000 employees. Duties included planning and sourcing of product from several Far Eastern and European
suppliers. Manufacturing Operations included four foundries and seven machining plants (some combined). Labor
relations experience included negotiations with the USW and CAW.
Single point focus for all operations activity within the product lines
Managed capacity utilization and restructuring efforts within the group
Operations member of Far-Eastern Joint Venture Team
Led product line restructuring effort that led to subsequent closures of all the facilities and the movement to
off-shore sourcing and investment.
Division Manager, McHenry, IL 1995 – 2003
On-Site executive responsible for two operations producing braking products for the automotive aftermarket and
original equipment market. Responsibilities include entire supply chain management of the McHenry, IL site of 350
employees and $150M in sales and a greenfield facility in Waupaca, WI, site of 60 employees and $40M in sales.
Implemented a Continuous Improvement program with over 190 projects resulting in multi-million dollar savings.
Subsequently added Six-Sigma to the continuous improvement tools.
Member of the due-diligence team for two completed acquisitions
Year over year product cost savings for five years continuous through process improvements, restructuring, and
Coordinated two restructuring efforts involving the closing of two plants and moving the production into existing,
lower cost facilities.
Managed the construction and manning of the new world class OEM facility in Waupaca, WI
ALLIEDSIGNAL BRAKING SYSTEMS - AMERICAS 1979 - 1995
Plant Manager, Gallatin, TN 1993 - 1995
Site Manager with profit/loss responsibility for $90 M sales, 400 employee facility producing automotive master
cylinders and other brake products. Processes include ferrous and non-ferrous machining, one-piece flow assembly,
bonding and welding. Workforce is organized into high commitment work teams in a continuous improvement culture.
Doubled the workforce in two years while conversion cost was reduced by 8 and 10%.
Implemented Pull System that reduced inventory by 15%.
Implemented Alternate Work Plan that allowed the plant to run on a seven-day manufacturing schedule.
Operations/Program/Plant Manager, St. Joseph, MI 1991 - 1993
Operations, materials, manufacturing and quality engineering responsibility for the master cylinder product line at this
1200 employee, $250M sales plant. Assisted in the transition of the work environment from a traditional UAW
supervisor/employee relationship to participative management.
Developed and implemented plan to relocate product line to another state and met all goals and timetables without
any interruption of customer schedules.
Implemented product line plan that resulted in a 12% conversion cost reduction.
Marketing Product Manager, South Bend, IN 1989 - 1991
Responsible for pricing and preparing customer proposals for the Brake Actuation System products. Goals were
measured in terms of market share growth and profitability. Developed business and strategic plans and ensured
proper implementation of action plans by manufacturing and product engineering. Coordinated activities with
international divisions. Doubled the master cylinder product line sales via customer wins during the tenure in this
Sales Manager, Detroit, MI 1981 - 1989
Held overall account responsibilities to Ford, Chrysler, and Volkswagen. Interfaced with the customer purchasing
organization on negotiations of price, delivery, new products, quality, and sourcing plans. Served as the first line liaison
between AlliedSignal and customer engineering on behalf of all disciplines.
Product Design/Quality Engineer, South Bend, IN 1979 – 1981
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EDUCATION & TRAINING
M. S., Business Administration, Indiana University, 1982
B. S., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1978
Project Management, University of Michigan, 1991
Six-Sigma Champion, 1994 and 2002
PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
Society of Automotive Engineers
United Way of McHenry County – Board of Directors, Campaign Chairman and Past President
McHenry County Community College Foundation – Board of Directors and two-time Past President
McHenry County Economic Development Corporation – Board of Directors and former Chairman of the Board