Kip’s professional experience spans a wide range of industries, including heavy manufacturing/aerospace, food processing equipment, automotive, and aerospace. Among these, he has spent time with Schrader Bridgeport International, BE Aerospace, Cooper Industries, O.S. Kelly Co. (now a subsidiary of Steinway Musical Instruments), and others.
Kip’s expertise with Lean manufacturing techniques reaches back to the earliest days of his manufacturing career, when he studied under a series of noteworthy mentors. These included an early aerospace pioneer and a Japanese protégé of W. Edwards Deming; together, they helped Kip to develop his own top-down Lean leadership methodology.
In addition to a B.S. in mechanical engineering, Kip holds an MBA (with a concentration in finance) from Ohio State and Ashland universities. With more than a decade of service to EFE—and in his current role as President—Kip is the ultimate facilitator of both customer satisfaction and strategic direction for the company.