Bill Gaw

Who is Bill Gaw?
And, why should we listen to him?

General Background

Bill Gaw is the founder of Business Basics, LLC, publisher of the Back-to-Basics, MRP-LEAN Manufacturing e-Bulletin. A "been there, done that," Best-in-Class Manufacturing advocate. His mission is to help manufacturing people and companies realize their full growth and earning potentials.

He is a graduate of Milwaukee School of Engineering and has earned professional certifications from both the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and American Production and Inventory Society (APICS). As a prior Associate Professor at San Diego State University, he helped structure and successfully launch their current Operations Management Program.

Bill Gaw’s management experience spans more than 35 years. During those years, Bill has held positions as a shop expeditor, planner/buyer, assembly supervisor, operations manager, COO, president and partner in the consultant practice, Stillman & Gaw.

As a business leader, he participated in three successful business turnarounds. In each case, his teams implemented lean manu-facturing principles and techniques that brought sanity to the day-to-day operations, eliminated the stress of end-of-the-month scrambling, and created a winning workplace culture while in-creasing bottom-line performance.

Transformation Track Record

At Solar Turbines, as an operations executive he helped grow the business from $50 to $500 million while turning losses into profits in the first year of a nine-year period. Effective implementations of computerized manufacturing system upgrades and an aggressive continuous  improvement program were keys to profitable growth.

In Spain, at Pegaso, a Spanish truck company, as a turn-around consultant and coach, he  participated in turning a huge annual loss into an annual profit - achieving the three-year turnaround objective. Bill coached operations leaders in developing lean manufacturing, self-directed, empowered teams that implemented leading edge manufacturing and supply chain initiatives.

When Eaton Leonard Technology faced bankruptcy, they turned to Bill Gaw first as a consultant and then as COO. Bill and his operations teams helped achieve profitability in the first year of reorganization. A back-to-basics, culture transformation program was successfully implemented  by developing self-directed and empowered teams that provided the driving force for a timely, profitable turnaround. 

Palomar Systems, an ESI company, wanted greater profit margins and increased sales. Within a five year period, Bill coached and empowered self-directed work teams that increased product profit margin from 32% to 55% while the business grew from $17 to a whopping $236 million (ESI Stock price rose from $16.00 to $62.00). This was a classic example of the benefits gained through timely, new product development, a MRP-LEAN manufacturing  transformation program supported by an extremely successful workplace culture transformation.

Sharing the Knowledge and Implementation Know How

Using business experiences as a learning lab, Bill methodically researched and tested business techniques, practices, processes and systems relative to how they best contributed to best-in-class manufacturing and bottom line improvement. 

Bill was able to isolate MRP-LEAN principles and techniques that are crucial to establishing a solid foundation for individual and company success. Through his experiences and research, Bill identified crucial IE, SOP, Eng. HR, and Mfg. problem solving,  tools, techniques and guidelines.. Today, his relevant training tools and programs are helping hundreds of manufacturing companies   in their pursuit of best-in-class, MRP-LEAN, manufacturing per-formance.

In order to share this powerful knowledge with the broadest possible audience, Bill founded  Business Basics, LLC offering training and management development materials based on his experiences and research. Bill publishes a weekly, "Take-a-Break With Bill Gaw" e-Bulletin and is always only a phone call or email away.

Knowledge and implementation know-how you'll not find
in the books at, neither in YouTube
videos, nor in Google .ppt/.pdf presentations.  

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