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Ron Althaus Qualifications


Ronald K. Althaus ,CFPIM,CIRM,CSCP,C.P.M.

Synopsis of Experience and Qualifications

Overview of Prior Education Activities

As an educator I have been responsible for delivery of all of the CPIM modules as well as the CIRM and Fundamentals modules of APICS. I am recognized as a Qualified Instructor by the APICS Society for CPIM,CIRM and CSCP courseware. I have taught for the local chapter, at the local community college, online with Fox Valley Technical College, and “in house” to companies in the following industries: Plastics, Food, Consumer Goods, Automotive Components, Metal Fabrications, Commodity Metals, medical devices, and several others. During “in house” classes I specifically apply the concepts and theories to the host organizations’ processes. I have also delivered Seminars on Supply Chain Fundamentals and Concepts as well as Lean concepts.


2000-Present               Althaus Educational Services LLC          Cincinnati, OH              An MBE Company

Consultant and Educator

     Provide in house APICS Education as well as APICS and Supply Chain Seminars to Company Management.

     Provide Consulting on Process Improvements

1993–2000                  Grant Thornton LLP                  Cincinnati, OH

Consultant 1993-1995

Manager 1996-1997

Senior Manager 1998-2000

     Project Manager on a successful ERP system for a multi-site food manufacturer implementation. Sales $400MM.

     Principle Consultant on a successful process improvement and full suite ERP systems implementation. Plastics industry, Multi-currency, multi-site. Sales $500MM.

     Additional applications support in ERP implementations in the Metals Industry, Apparel Industry, and Fabrication and Assembly Environment.


1987–1992                  Hillman Fastener                       Cincinnati, OH

Vice President-Operations

     Opened or relocated five remote distribution centers ON TIME and UNDER BUDGET. Responsible for the location and site selection, lease negotiation, personnel hiring and training.

Redesigned and relocated the Corporate operations saving $450K/yr in labor due to improved storage, handling, and retrieval systems.

     Improved shipping service level from 93% to 98% with self-developed LOTUS forecasting programs.

     Reduced Operating Expenses $720K/yr by aggressive purchase negotiations and incentive driven productivity improvements.


Experience cont.

1984–1987                  American Power Equipment     Cincinnati, OH

Vice president Materials

     Team Leader for successful software implementation.

     Reduced WIP inventory by 50% and past due orders from 30% to 5%

     Lead Value Engineering Team. Improved product margins 15-20%



1979–1984                  Pease Industries Inc..              Cincinnati, OH

Plant Manager

    Ran repetitive manufacturing facility producing thermal entry doors as well as satellite operations doing fabrication and assembly of prehung systems. 300 employees and 60MM in sales.

Materials Manager

     Initiated cycle counting program. Increased inventory accuracy from 60% to 92%

     Downsized management team and maintained high productivity and morale during market recession.


Early Experience

1971–1979                  Celotex Corporation                 Cincinnati, OH

Progression of Responsibilities:

     1971-1973 Quality Control Supervisor

     1973-1975 Quality Control Manager

     1975-1977 Production Dept. Manager

     1977-1979 Profit Center Manager

1970–1971                  Procter and Gamble                  Cincinnati, OH

Product Development Technician



         BS Chemistry, University of Cincinnati 1966

         CFPIM -Certified in Production and Inventory Management 1986

         CPM - Certified Purchasing Manager 1988

         CIRM - Certified in Integrated Resource Management 1993

         CSCP- Certified Supply Chain Professional 2006

         Awarded the Status of Master CPIM Instructor and Lead CSCP       Instructor by APICS, the Association of Operations Management 2009

Community Activities

         Volunteer-Cincinnati Assn For the Blind & Radio Reading Services

          Volunteer- Hospice of Cincinnati

         Avid APICS Volunteer and Instructor

         Held numerous offices in APICS: Chapter President, Region VP, Director of Education, etc.

         APICS 2003 & 2004 VP of Education Development, 2005-2006 VP of Chapter Development

         DTM,Distinguished Toastmaster  in Toastmasters International-2008