Automotive Manufacturing CEO - COO

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Automotive Manufacturing CEO - COO
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Highly successful Tier One Automotive manufacturing industry CEO - COO.



Highly successful CEO with OEM Tier One automotive, luxury apparel, fine wine,
and leather manufacturing experience. Proven record of success growing revenues, improving operations, managing costs, and optimizing profitability with full P&L responsibility across a broad range of manufacturing enterprises. Hands on, results oriented, inspirational leader known for motivating people to give their best, both individually and as a team, to achieve unprecedented results. Highly effective leader that grows revenues, brand awareness, and operating margins even under difficult market conditions.


2007 – Present Knight of California LLC Carmel, CA

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner

* Start-up manufacturer and importer of luxury womenswear and menswear

- successfully designed, manufactured, and delivered Knight of California luxury
outerwear to better specialty shops throughout the USA

1998 – 2006 Robert Talbott, Inc. Monterey, CA

Chief Executive Officer, President, and Director

* $55,000,000+ annual sales
* Manufacturer, wholesaler, and retailer of luxury menswear and womenswear
* Vintner of world class wines and premium wine grape growers

- transformed this 50-year-old manufacturer of men’s neckwear and dress shirts
into a vibrant, diversified manufacturer of luxury menswear and womenswear
- promoted twice, from VP of Operations to President, and from President to CEO
- increased total sales from $40 million to approximately $60 million (against a
background of a 50%-plus decline in the US market for neckwear, historically
the Company’s main product line)
- turned around the apparel business within 24 months, with a more than five-
fold gain in profitability
- increased apparel division profitability ten-fold within 36 months of joining the
- doubled winery sales volume
- Talbott Chardonnay listed in Wine Spectator Top 100 (twice)
- initiated offshore contract manufacturing with a resulting $15 million increase
in annual volume at 25% net operating margins
- sourced new apparel products in Italy, Turkey, Poland, Hong Kong, China, New
Zealand, and India
- established new export accounts in Spain, Greece, Russia, Australia, Germany,
and the United Kingdom
- developed key sales relationships with target accounts including Harry Rosen
(Canada) and Harrods Knightsbridge (U. K.)

1995 – 1997 Eagle Ottawa Leather Company Grand Haven, MI

Vice President – Operations

* $500,000,000 annual sales
* O. E. M. Tier One automotive leather upholstery manufacturers

- implemented Lean Manufacturing and Toyota Production System techniques
and that resulted in over $30 million in annualized cost savings
- responsible for over 1,500 employees and $400 million annual volume
- supervised manufacturing, purchasing, human resources, scheduling, and
information systems
- reduced direct labor cost over 28%, saving $14,000,000 annually
- improved cutting yield by 4.1%, saving $12,000,000 annually
- sourced alternative raw materials, saving $4,500,000 annually
- co-chaired Honda Acura Prestige Leather development team
- visited Japan to launch Prestige Leather at the Acura division of Honda
- traveled regularly to Europe to source capital equipment ($8,000,000 annual
- ISO 9000 / QS 9000 quality certified facilities

1992 - 1995 Howes Leather Company Quincy, MA

Vice President – Operations and Sales, and Director

* $75,000,000 annual Sales
* Diversified leather manufacturers

- responsible for seven manufacturing facilities and over 600 employees
- reopened a 1,200 hide per day tannery in Ashland, KY in 1992
- rapid improvement in operating results led to receipt of a 20%-plus annual
raise within twelve months of joining the Company
- traveled regularly to Europe and Asia on sales and sourcing trips

Sawyer of Napa, Inc. Napa, CA
1987 - 1992 President

* $30,000,000 annual sales
* OEM Tier One automotive upholstery manufacturers
* Shearling and leather luxury outerwear manufacturers
* Shearling leather tanners

- turned around leather division within three years, more than doubling both
sales and profits
- increased Leather Division sales from $7.0 million to $15.4 million
- developed and supplied O. E. M. Tier One seating materials to Ford, G. M., and
American Motors
- established worldwide sales representation, recruiting agents in Hong Kong,
Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom,
Singapore, and Canada
- increased export sales by $4,000,000 annually
- negotiated the purchase of Knight of New Zealand Limited of Invercargill, New
Zealand and became C.E.O. of this off-shore subsidiary
- sourced products in Australia, New Zealand, Korea, and Hungary
- promoted six times while with this Company (prior positions include VP of
Operations, Operations Director, Quality Control Director, Laboratory Director


University of California Davis, CA
* Bachelor of Science, Fermentation Science (Enology)

Continuing education:
* Toyota Production System, TMC Consulting Service
* Tanning Technology Course, University of Cincinnati
* Leather Technology Course, American Leather Chemists’ Association
* Industrial Hygiene Sampling Strategies Course, N I O S H
* Various Microsoft Office and QuickBooks Computer Skills Seminars


Robert Talbott 401K Plan – Trustee
Ashland Hide Company (division of Howes) – President and C.E.O.
Columbia Tanning Corporation (division of Howes) – President and C. E. O.
Knight of New Zealand, Ltd. (division of Sawyer) – C. E. O. and Director
Leather Industries of America, Inc. (US trade association) – Board Member,
Technical Committee Member, and Executive Committee Member
American Leather Chemists Association
Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists
American Association of Textile Colorists and Chemists


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