I was on the front lines in the 80’s when the Japanese transplants began to seriously threaten the domestic car companies. We had to learn the hard way how to compete on quality and productivity. My interests today are in applying those (at the time) painful lessons to create value elsewhere, specifically to your situation. 🙂
At MIT, I was taught how to learn and to gain understanding based on first principles. After 40+ years, my mechanical engineering degree remains my most valuable intellectual asset. An MBA from Indiana University provides complementary financial analysis skills. Over the years, I have maintained a Professional Engineer license.
After a long and (reasonably successful) career in automotive, I have been providing project management and operations engineering (quality/delivery/cost) services primarily to private equity owned middle market companies. I have acquired some great tools along the way. Theory of Constraints, Statistical Process Control, 8D Team Oriented Problem Solving, Quality Systems, and Discrete Event Simulation are the most significant.
Years ago, I discovered that I have a knack for managing large projects. How about registering 31 plants to ISO 9000 in only 21 months? We did not always know what we were doing, but we knew we were in a hurry.
Please don’t paint Steve Beeler with the “old economy” brush. I have worked with multiple early stage clean techs. For a bio fuels start up, I developed a manufacturing plan and a cost model to support a capital raise event. I wrote the business plan for a wind energy start up. For an early stage fuel cell manufacturer, I developed a throughput improvement road map.
The challenges of a special needs parent (my middle daughter has cerebral palsy) have made me a better person. My collaborative and “user friendly” leadership surfaces good ideas, pushes down responsibility, and grows strong teams.
I have many interests outside of work. I have been following the same baseball team for as long as I can remember…the St. Louis Cardinals. I have had a life-long interest in motorsports, first as a fan and now as a car builder and driver. More recently, I have taken up golf again. Golf clubs and balls are getting better faster than I am getting older!
“Steve Beeler is a gentleman balancing his sporting activities with a friendly approach towards family, friends, business contacts, and community. A great listener, Steve has a rare combination of solid business knowledge and a laser focus on effective solutions.”
Dante Marchiori, Senior Advisor and Consultant, Primorium (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
“Steve Beeler is one of the excellent leaders I have worked with in my career. He excels at building project teams of people from diverse cultural backgrounds. His door is always open.”
Vijay Parthasarathy, Director Analytics & Finance, Molina Healthcare (Chicago, Illinois)
“Steve Beeler is a great coach. As a journalist, I did a track test in his Formula Ford. From a starting point of zero experience behind the wheel of a racing car, Steve had me running the course with confidence in almost no time.”
Joe White, Automotive Journalist and Co-author, “Comeback: The Fall and Rise of the American Automobile Industry” (Plymouth, Michigan)