Industrial design manager
Sep 2003 - Present (17 years 8 months)
Industrial design manager in charge of Chef’n brand of kitchen gadgets and tools.
Manage a team of four in-house designers and one engineer to develop, from research to design and then to manufacturing, trend setting housewares projects.
Work closely with multiple departments and with executive management to coordinate design cycles and communicate design progress.
Product development responsibilities include: market research, product concept development, sketches, prototypes, and presentations, CAD, Engineering Drawings, BOM’s and comments on factory samples.
Communicate with engineer, project manager and overseas vendors throughout product production to insure proper manufacturing.
Work with design team to provide product development for brands outside of Chef’n including, Starbucks, REI, Tupperware, World Kitchens, William Sonoma, WMF, David Mason Design, and Taylor Industries.
Named on 47 patents, 10 of them utility, with many more pending. Some of those patents have been licensed to the benefit of Chef’n.
Designed 40+ kitchen gadgets ranging from silicone spatulas to rolling garlic choppers. A few of them are in the top 10 products at Chef’n, and one has sold over 2 million units in 4 years.
Instrumental in building an award winning design team, and responsible for performance reviews and being a part of any new product development hiring process.
Voted employee of the year in 2011.
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* Started as an internship and then hired on to staff in fall of 2001. * Responsible for designing and building of robotic motion controlled camera stations for production of internet video product demonstrations.