Richard Morris – Principal at MKI began his manufacturing career after college as a Purchasing Agent in 1978 working in various capacities, learning a wide-range of manufacturing processes and production skills as noted below:
General Manager (4 yrs) – tasked with managing small high tech manufacturing firm transition to new facility, acquire equipment, implement ERP/MRP system, hire and train new employees, manage contractors as needed, help develop marketing strategy, establish financial structure, employee policy manual, Shareholders Agreement and manage day-to-day operations.
Sales Manager (4 yrs) – developed new sales and marketing opportunities for machining and injection molding plant that lead to $8-10 million dollar business; subsequent profitable buy-out for single owner.
Program Manager (7 yrs) – operational responsibility for multiple multi-million dollar long-term aerospace contracts with Mitsubishi, Fuji and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Boeing, Airbus, BAE, CASA, Bombardier and Lear. Responsible for schedule, quality and cost (profit/loss) of programs that involved several hundred participants, multiple facilities, complex contracts and cutting-edge composite technology. Within 13 month span, wrote 22 Contract Addendums to clarify producible expectations – negotiated $2.5 million settlement with MHI. Travelled extensively.
Special Projects Manager/Plant Manager (4 yrs) – hired to represent owners in development and building a 40,000sq ft manufacturing facility with 15,000sq ft clean-room mezzanine. After which, laid out, equipped, hired, trained and managed assembly lines for Pro-Tec brand bicycle helmets and Gargoyles sunglasses.
Plant Manager (8 yrs) – two separate operations: (1) mountain climbing and Safety & Rescue equipment manufacturing, and (2) lawn & garden operation bottling/packaging line of fertilizers, supplements and assembling/packaging WaterWand line of gardening tools. Wrote, developed MRP program for both operations.
Materials Manager (5 yrs) – responsible for purchasing, inventory control, shipping/receiving and Document Control for naval furniture manufacturing facility contracted with U.S. Government.
Cryptographic Operator/Case Officer, U.S. Navy, DIA/CIA with Background Investigated Top Secret Cryptographic Clearance. Co-managed a 2 person office near Nagasaki, Japan, to recruit, train and deploy Japanese nationals destined for denied access areas. Reached GS-11 level before voluntarily leaving.
Intermittently operated since 1987, Maple Knoll, Inc., as a manufacturing, processing and consulting entity.