Title: Challenges of moving an Aerospace Supply Chain to Asia Abstract: - Introduce Zodiac Worldwide, our operations in Thailand to my specific Business Unit in Lamphun - Showing the products that we produce. - Showing the overall scope, commodity breakdown, steps needed to secure reliable sources of supply aerospace with reduced management, timeline, key milestones of the project - Lessons learned from the past 2 Years on this overall project at Zodiac and Key Points to focus on when transitioning projects from Western Countries to Asia from my 16 years of experience in Asia. - Challenges for the future of Aerospace manufacturing in Thailand. Bio: Thomas has lived a life filled with a broad range of experiences. Starting in the US Navy reaching the rank of a 2nd class petty officer he had served his country for 6 Years leaving the navy for civilian life with an honorable discharge and over 13 medals, awards and letter of achievements during his time in service. Thomas entered civilian life with stints at industry leaders Digital Equipment Corporation and Hewlett Packard, broadening his skills and focusing on commercial test requirements, before taking his next big step; joining a small but cutting edge digital radio group at Alpha Industries (now Skyworks). The dividends for the group were their acquisition by an entrepreneur and key contracts with Siemens and other Telecoms. For Thomas, recognition came in promotion from bench technician to Sustaining Engineer on critical contracts. Riding the whirlwind of the Telecom industry from 2000-2005, Thomas truly found his niche; technical lead on NPI products to Thailand. His group was acquired by Signal Technologies in 2000 and Endwave in 2002 and his role grew as success fostered success and individual contribution gave way to team lead and then group management. Over 100 SKUs were transitioned in these heady days and Thomas’s hands and head were on all of them. The wheel turned and in 2005 Thomas took his next big step, forgoing the security of corporate compensation for an entrepreneurial role; founder of an electronics start up focused specifically on technical out sourcing. This was the break out step. No longer just the Subject Matter Expert on electronics test and assembly, suddenly the target products included all manner of metal fabrication, plastics, and alternators to support Vertical Axis Wind Turbines. He was counted on in to assume critical roles in Manufacturing Operations, Project Management, Supply Chain Management and Quality Assurance for various customers, always with a can do attitude. These are many of the accomplishments, and knowledge that Thomas brought with him to Zodiac Aerospace in 2014. I think you can agree that was a far road to travel from that ‘wide-eyed Navy enlistee’ so many years ago. But Thomas looks only ahead. He took great pride over the past 2 years in leading his team to the following accomplishments and great pleasure in anticipating what will come next; - Built an Aerospace compliant strategic sourcing and supplier management team, from the ground up all while transitioning over 500 parts into Asian sources with another 600+ to complete by the end of August following all of the strict Aerospace requirements. - Transformed Supplier On Time Delivery from 70% to now over 98% OTD for rolling 12-month average, with multiple projects for VMI, logistics and procurement parameters improvements slated for FY17 - Warehouse Inventory Accuracy was erratic with a range of 75-95%. We are now over 98% in a rolling 12-month average, with many more improvement projects slated for FY17.