Earl brings over 35 years of experience helping business professionals apply technology to help solve business problems. He believes all technology investments should either grow sales, reduce costs or improve quality (or ideally all three). He is driven by opportunities to help business leaders organize, clarify and simplify strategies that make smart use of technology and maximize business value.
He began his professional career as an intern at the Terex Division of General Motors in Hudson, OH, while earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Management from The University of Akron. After graduation, he spent 5 years at General Tire and Rubber Company, first as a Corporate Production Trainee working in many functions in the tire plant, and then as a Programmer Analyst in Tire Division Systems developing applications for factory equipment lubrication scheduling and tire quality inspection. This was a great foundation for his career goal of applying computer technology to enable manufacturing automation. During this time Earl earned American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) Certifications: Production and Inventory Control (CPIM) and Integrated Resource Management (CIRM).
In 1986, Earl accepted an offer to join The J.M. Smucker Company in a newly created position, Project Analyst, Manufacturing Systems. The initial focus was on shop floor data collection, process control integration and other product quality related applications.
Over time this opportunity grew to a team of more than 50 people with an expanded business scope to include Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), Product Research and Development, Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Concept to Commercialization, Item Master Data, Product Data Management, Downtime Tracking, Maintenance Management, Purchasing Cost/Quality Optimization, and others. Earl’s role, as Director, Information Services, included business relationship management, program management, resource management, team development, solution architecture, and capital and expense budget management.
Earl was driven to build strong strategic partnerships with each of the supported business areas and helping them to create a vision and an implementation roadmap that prioritized scope and technology investments for maximizing business value. The success of these efforts was based on his leadership and passion in facilitating strategy work-sessions, building team trust, growing personal and team competencies, establishing architecture standards, building on best practices, and being adaptive to an ever changing business environment. The partnership between the business functions and the technical solution teams, at all levels, delivered outstanding results.
In 2012, Earl was appointed to a newly created position, Director, Enterprise Information Architecture. This role provided the opportunity to further his passion for strategic vision and helping people grow, as he focused on:
- Consulting with internal project teams on Master Data, Architecture Principles and Architecture Analysis, including project risk analysis, value proposition assessments, size estimating, and change management
- Driving strategic direction for Technology Platforms that would empower company growth, such as Master Data Management, Business Analytics and Flexible Integration.
These efforts resulted in significant contribution to enterprise strategic technology investments and also the opportunity for mentoring younger professionals and project teams in their career growth.
Looking back on his career, and projecting forward to consulting opportunities, Earl believes the foundation of success is based on two principles:
- A Common Understanding of Shared Assumptions and Aligned Expectations
- Trusted Relationships with Clarity of Roles and Responsibilities
Earl retired from Smucker after 30 years to continue this career with PCS helping small business leaders achieve personal and business growth, and maximizing business value, by making intelligent use of technology. “I have had a close relationship with Palitto Consulting for many years, but now being part of the team, I am even more impressed with the depth and breadth of talent, and the customer care and focus demonstrated by each employee. I am very thankful to be part of this great organization.”
Outside of work, the balance of his life for Earl, involves church activities, house and yard projects, traveling, and spending time with his family, wife Suzanne, 6 children (4 married) and 11 grandchildren. For further discussion or to explore opportunities, “email” Earl or call him at 330-335-7271.