Professional Resume

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William Hughes Conkwright

Founder
Circle Squared Publishing

A confident, effective leader dedicated to his team members and driven by their success. Proven success developing and managing operational procedures and quality controls in the safety restraint market. Natural talent for recognizing resource inefficiencies with an excellent ability to gather and analyze data to support improved allocation of both human and financial assets.


Professional Background

A collection of professional experiences that made me the person I am today.

Director of Operations

Seatbelt Solutions, Jupiter FL

Worked directly with company President & CEO establishing the ways and means for consistent organic growth over two year period.

Significant Achievements

Guided department managers
Using the Sangen Shui or “three reals” philosophy for solving manufacturing related problems.
Established benchmarks
For manufacturing, quality and sales departments including a performance-based incentive program along with imperically based suggestions on how to achieve department goals. These were all company firsts.
Implemented lean manufacturing practices
That resulted in a 15% net increase in output, a net decrease in labor and no significant increases to overhead cost.
Conducted the first physical inventory
In the company’s history. and esatblished the framework for a sustainable inventory management system.
Reestablished
Strained relationships with multiple key customers.
Created
Opportunities for significant diversification with overseas suppliers.
Instigated
The first direct retail marketing opportunity for company products.

Commercial Aviation Sales

Takata Protection Systems Inc. Pompano Beach, FL

Part of a two-person team focused on increasing passenger, pilot, co-pilot and crew restraint sales in the commercial aviation market.

Significant Achievements

Constantly seeking new opportunities
For existing products or development of new products. Analyze market size, value, and potential profit margin of each opportunity.
Successfully negotiated
A sales contract with a world leader in the Aerospace and Defense market.
Develop
Advanced pricing strategies and innovative marketing plans.
Uncovered
Contractual loopholes that will result in approximately $1.3 M in added revenue.
Analyze
Operational costs and the allocations of manufacturing overhead. Prepare cost-down proposals and suggest alternative strategies for reduced cost manufacturing.
Track
The status of all commercial aviation programs, prepare quotes, presentations, forecasts, and weekly status updates.
Work closely
With our Senior Purchasing Manager to procure lower-cost components.
Travel extensively
To show our products to potential customers.
Act as a liaison
Between Sales, Engineering, and Operations to make samples and ensure orders are manufactured to customer specifications and delivered on time.

Process Engineer

Takata Protection Systems Inc. Pompano Beach, FL

Managed all aspects of new product development.

Significant Achievements

Proposed
The development of four new company products, FR undergarments, High Elevation Arc Welding, Swift Water Rescue, and Hunting Tree Stand harnesses. Received development funding for these projects totaling $480,000.
Built
Prototype airbags, seatbelts, specialty restraints, and fire-resistant underwear.
Wrote
Proposals and oversaw due diligence for potential acquisitions.
Crafted
Manufacturing process documents and detailed manufacturing instructions.

Staff Auditor

The Takata Corporation Greensboro, NC

Lead and assisted internal audits for North American corporate and manufacturing facilities.

Significant Achievements

Worked with management
To continuously improve operational procedures for airbag and seatbelt manufacturing.
Performed operational audits
In airbag and seatbelt manufacturing environment.
Reviewed, analyzed, and recommended
Ways to improve corporate governance and policies. Member of the Piedmont Triad Institute of Internal Auditors.

Teaching & Mentoring Experience

Feed them for a lifetime.

Pamlico Community College

Grantsboro, Pamlico County NC

Program Volunteer for LIFT (Leadership Information for Tomorrow) based in Oriental, North Carolina. Algebra, Triginometry, Developmental Math, Environmental Science & Occupational Health Instructor.

Significant Achievements

Designed courses
That were structured to emphasize the application of mathematical theories to real-world problems. Courses involved field data collection and analysis, determining mathematical solutions to hydraulic/hydrologic problems, and presenting results through Excel and PowerPoint programs.
Emphasize critical thinking
Skills as they applied to environmental issues. Created and delivered an online course to teach adherence to and understanding of OSHA regualtions.
Mentored underprivileged
High school students in personal and professional development.
Conducted presentations
For student groups on career opportunities, etiquette, and resume building.

Historical Work Experience

Over the course of your professional development you'll develop a unique set of skills. Some of the best skills you'll learn will come from those first jobs. Never forget those fundamentals or where you got started. Aim for targets out of your reach and never ever forget what you want to achieve.

Significant Experiences

AMGA Professional Climbing Guide
Rock Dimensions, Boone NC
Hydrologic Research Specialist
E’nV Environmental Consulting, Boone NC
Residential Carpenter
Multiple Contractors in Utah & North Carolina
Bartender
The Wine Loft, Nashville TN
Dishwasher
The Mast Farm Inn, Valle Crucis NC
Laborer
Ideal Distributing, Beckley WV
Diesel Mechanic Helper
Vecellio & Grogan, Beckley WV
Sales Associate
Blue Ridge Outdoors, Blacksburg VA

Education & Credentials

These are the things that look good on paper and will help you get your foot in the door. I never liked sticking my foot in doors though so I didn't take them too serious. If you choose to go to college, use it as a time to understand how social hierarchies and how to navigate within them to get what you want.

Significant Achievements

Appalachian State University
B.S. in Geographical Information Systems
Virginia Polytechnic Institue
Studies in Urban & Environmental Planning and Policy
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
Florida Atlantic University Continuing Education Program

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