James Vick's Biographical Information

James E. Vick, Jr., CFPIM, CMM

James Vick is an independent consultant, dedicated toward helping companies achieve the competitive advantages of best in world supply chain management practices. James has over thirty-five years of manufacturing and supply chain management experience. He has worked in nearly every job in manufacturing from the shop floor to the president of a manufacturing company.

James became a Shingo disciple in 1982 and has implemented several of Shingo concepts, including state of the art supply chain practices in conjunction with ERP environments and non-ERP environments. Under the leadership of John Musat, James was project manager in winning the Shingo Prize for Braun Engineering, a Masco Company, of Detroit Michigan, where Braun was later acknowledged as the only North American company "good enough" to supply parts to transplant power trains. James' model for Shingo Prize was used, in part, by Lockheed-Martin of Ft. Worth, Texas.

James worked for Halliburton (Otis Engineering) Corporation for 13 years and FMC corporation for 7 years. Since 1987 James has been an independent consultant for several organizations, including Masco's Norris Industries in Los Angeles; U.S. Air Force in Ogden, Utah and Newark Ohio; Masco's Braun Engineering in Detroit; Trinity Industries in Ft. Worth, TTX Co. in Chicago; Emerson Electric of St. Louis, Missouri (several divisions); Industrial Woodworking Machinery of Garland, Texas; Volkswagen of Euless, Texas, Tower Automotive in Plymouth Michigan, ACSYS Technologies in Toronto, Canada;

Wynnchurch Capital, which is a private equity firm, involved ERP audits, upgrades and ERP implementation projects, at Peake Plastics of Baltimore Maryland; Solar Corporation of Chicago; BBi of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan with plants in Sidney, Ohio; Holland, Michigan, Ajax, Ontario, and Guelph, Ontario.

Emerson Electricís Numatics of Highland, Lapeer, Sandusky, Michigan and Mt. Pleasant, TN. involved the establishment of an SOP process in addition to re-implementing their ERP software.

James has led several ERP/Lean implementation projects. Since 2000, he developed Supplier Kanban at several client companies, impacting hundreds of suppliers mostly in Michigan and surrounding areas. These efforts quite often resulted in doubling and in some cases, tripling inventory turnover for client and helped client suppliers improve their operations, as well. Non-MRP/ERP environments also benefited from a proprietary algorithm that differentiates high value/highly predictable purchased parts from those with low predictability in their projected usage. The high value/highly predictable usage parts were either optimized in the supply chain and/or placed on Supplier Kanban, regardless of the mix/volume ratio at the product level. One client expressed gratitude for developing what he referred to as "organic financing," as opposed to acquiring more debt.

While at Halliburton in Dallas, TX and northern Alberta, CA, he worked from oil rigs to shop floor worker to management with project involvements with the metallurgical lab, CAD/CAM, Finite Scheduling, Infinite Loading, Capacity Management, Project Leader over $250,000,000 Machinoimport Russian Oil Company in the 1970's, including design participation with Dr. Bruce O'Neal on several products, including the Coil Tubing Unit. The design resulted in modularizing this product, in addition to other products, for planning purposes.

While at FMC, James implemented ERP in nine months and achieved Class-A results one year later. Many world class practices were instituted while at FMC in Stephenville, Texas that were recognized in Dr. Schonberger's book, World Class Manufacturing in the 1980's. James began his study of Shigeo Shingo in 1981 and implemented many of his techniques while at FMC. FMC was an ROCE company and James later learned to apply specific Shingo principles to align to ROCE objectives, primarily through FMC-CEO's (Bob MaLott) direction that shareholder wealth increases proportionally to cash flow relative to equity. 

In addition to winning the Shingo Prize for Manufacturing Excellence, which was awarded to Masco-Braun of Detroit, Michigan in May, 1995 in Dallas, Texas, several other projects such as leading the QS9000 Certification in 1996 and implementing a new ERP package at Braun in 1998 were accomplished at very low costs.  This included load leveling via capacity requirements planning through the creation of a master schedule discipline. Kaizen, several experimental designs, VE/VA (value engineering/value analysis), and best-in-world supply chain management practices were also undertaken as the president, John Musat, desired to be best in the world.

James has been instrumental at achieving double digit productivity gains, while as a line manger and as a consultant. Some of his clients have achieved zero defect operations and unscheduled zero downtime. Doubling and in one case, tripling inventory turnover, has manifested with the assistance of evolving technologies that have facilitated algorithmic identifications of supply chain optimization modeling and execution. 

James has spoken at APICS, IIE, American Management Association, and other professional organizations and occasionally is a guest lecturer at universities and colleges.

Several workshops were conducted when starting up AME's Southwestern group in the area, while working for Trinity, at AT&T, Texas Instruments, Dell, Johnson and Johnson, Fairchild Industries, Lockheed Martin, and others.

James has written several articles, including publications in APICS, The Performance Advantages, the APICS Annual Conference Proceedings, and the Industrial Engineering Magazine. He has a B.S. Degree in Operations Research from The University of Texas at Dallas. James is certified by APICS at the Fellow Level and in Configuration Management by San Diego State University. James is an active member of APICS, the Association of Manufacturing Excellence, and the Institute of Industrial Engineers.