OpEx Solutions, Inc.
Our People

Let us help you find your own operational excellence way, rapidly! 

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OpEx Solutions is made up of highly qualified associates, typically graduates with a minimum of twenty years of proven experience, covering a wide range of industries, operational excellence tools, and functions.  In addition, we are supported by industry gurus who serve as advisors to our organization.

Martin Nazareth, President OpEx Solutions

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Martin Nazareth is the founder and president of OpEx Solutions, Inc. (OSI) — an organization with two divisions, Global OpEx Solutions and the CenTex OpEx Consortium, helping organizations find and define their own way to operational excellence. Since its inception, OSI has successfully assisted clients from Fortune 100 companies to startups in their pursuit of operational excellence through strategy, simplicity and execution.

Prior to OpEx Solutions, he was a senior manager for Lean and TPM deployment at Alcoa. He led program quality for all North American programs at Delphi Thermal & Interior. Before Delphi, he consulted through EDS, Tata Consulting Services, and independently. Nazareth successfully led change through four corporate- and division-wide initiatives including Lean, TPM, FMEA/PCP and error-proofing at two Fortune 100 companies.

 

Nazareth is a global expert in operational excellence involving the strategic application of lean manufacturing (Lean), total productive maintenance (TPM), quality, and industrial engineering (IE). He has led strategic coaching, consulting, training and execution at over 100 plants in the USA, Canada, Australia, India, Latin America and Europe. His background spans several industries, including automotive, metals and mining, oil and gas, ship building, electrical systems, information systems, and healthcare.

He has two masters’ degrees in industrial engineering and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Six Sigma Green Belt.

Martin Nazareth served on the board of AME’s Southwest Region and is a Director of the Institute of Industrial Engineering’s (IIE) Lean Division and Industry Advisory Board. With over thirty years of professional experience, Nazareth is well recognized for his passion for excellence and strategic execution, flawless new product launches, successful implementation of initiatives and achieving bottom-line results.


 

Ken McClymonds, P.E. — Principal Consultant

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Ken McClymonds P.E., Principal Consultant  OpEx Solutions, A registered Professional Industrial Engineer and Six Sigma Master Black Belt with over 40 years of professional experience and 19 years at VP level, leading process improvement systems resulting in significant and sustainable bottom line results.

Ken is a Senior Member of IIE, and a Director of the Institute for High Performance Planning.

Ken has a BSIE, an MBA, and is a Registered Professional Engineer. and Lean and Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

 

 

Rex Draman, PhD. — TOC Expert & Coach

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Rex Draman spent more than fifteen years working in operations management, holding both line and staff positions in a variety of industries before earning his Ph. D. in Operations and Strategic Management from the University of Georgia in 1995.

Given his in-depth understanding of real-world issues and problems facing today’s managers, Rex has focused his research and relationships with organizations developing a deeper understanding of the interdependence between operations (value-adding activities) and the other business functions. While these efforts were initially focused on the practices within the ‘theory of constraints’ (TOC) they have continued to expand to include a wide spectrum of systems-based tools and processes.

Over the last fifteen years, in addition to being an academic, Rex and his associates have successfully worked with a number of organizations, ranging from a small cabinet shop

all the way to international chemical companies, which have sought to embrace a more systems-based approach to their operations and business processes. In his role as an academic, Rex has held faculty positions in Operations Management at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, St. Edward’s University, and the University of Texas at Brownsville. He also served as Chair of the Operations concentration in St. Edward’s MBA program.

Rex Draman has published in the “Production Inventory Management Journal”, “Human Systems Management Journal”, “Quality Management Journal”, “Industrial Management”, “International Journal of Production Research”, “Nano-express” and “TOC Quarterly”. Rex has presented his research at a variety of national and international conferences.

  

Warren Gary Johnson, Jr., P.E. — Principal Consultant

   

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Gary Johnson is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional. Some of his main areas of expertise are maximizing asset utilization, reliability, asset tracking, cost reduction and planning and scheduling. He developed a system for real-time asset utilization monitoring for Alcoa where he served Alcoa for 34 years in various capacities: Plant Engineer, Division Engineer, and Corporate Recruiter and Trainer.

Gary has a BSME from The University of Texas at Austin and is a Registered Professional Engineer. He has won numerous safety and innovation awards including the MSHA Holmes National Safety Award for Most Safe Surface Mine in the U.S.

 

Rich Deegan — Principal Consultant

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Rich Deegan has over 25 years’ process industry experience leading and improving global supply chains including specialty chemicals, fluoropolymer resins, coatings, and films meeting stringent pharmaceutical, food, semiconductor, and Tier I & II auto industry standards.
He began his career as an engineer in the chemical industry, serving in several manufacturing production and maintenance plant leadership roles. He expanded his knowledge of end-to-end supply chain operations through diverse assignments including Sales, Marketing, Product Management, Supply Chain Management, Finance, and as an internal consultant.

Rich led the Lean Six Sigma practice within DuPont’s Supply Chain Center of Excellence translating supply strategy into actions to improve competitive supply, landed cost, flow of materials, cash, and capacity.

Rich is active in APICS, the international supply chain organization. He is a qualified APICS instructor and maintains the following certifications: APICS Production & Inventory Management, APICS Supply Chain Professional, & Supply Chain Council SCOR Professional.

Rich is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

 

 

J. Bennett Foster, P.S., CAP — Principal Consultant

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J. Bennett Foster is a Certified Analytics Professional (INFORMS) and Industrial Engineer with over 40 years of experience across multiple industries.

APICS has certified him as a supply chain professional (CSCP and CPIM). He has significantly improved system design on new manufacturing and material handling systems costing billions of dollars. He developed production planning techniques that are widely used in DuPont and credited with saving millions of dollars.

He has also taught graduate courses in simulation and operations research courses at major universities.

Bennett is a Senior member of ISE and past president of ISE’s Process Industries Division.

 

Ganesh Pai — OpEx Associate — Program Management Expert

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Ganesh Pai is an expert and qualified professional practicing operational excellence in strategy consulting, product development, software project management, and industrial engineering. His experience spans diverse domains such as manufacturing, higher technical education, research and government, as well as online reservations of air, car and hotel, online sales transactions and online payment solutions. He has worked with global teams spread across the United States, Australia, India, Latin America, Singapore and Europe.


He is currently consulting with the Global Operations Division of PayPal, a leading online payment solutions provider. Prior to PayPal, he has provided his expert services to leading online players such as Expedia, Travelocity, Sabre Decision Technologies, and Mary Kay Inc. At Mercury Marines, the world’s leading manufacturer of engines for speed boats, he developed heuristic solutions integrating delivery route optimization with traditional inventory management concepts to minimize the total annual logistics cost, a term that he introduced.

In addition, Ganesh has also developed graduate level curriculum for Advanced Manufacturing Management as well as for Integrating Manufacturing Enterprise Decisions. He has served as a faculty member at the National Institute of Technology, Karnataka, India; and at Oklahoma State University —teaching both undergraduate and graduate levels. He has served as an expert observer and examiner at many universities in India.

Ganesh Pai has two masters degrees in industrial engineering and a bachelors in mechanical engineering. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Ganesh has been a paper reviewer for the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) conferences. He has also presented a paper on CIM Enterprise Modeling Methodologies. With strong professional experience, he is well recognized for developing people through mentorship, new product and processes developed and structured for operational excellence.
 

 

Vivian Sullivan, Program Manager

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Vivian Sullivan is an experienced strategic and tactical marketing and operations professional known for her work in both domestic and international markets. Recognized for embracing and quickly understanding rapidly evolving markets and technologies, she is able to listen to customers' input and aid them in assessing their needs and finding effective training solutions.

She has experience in the petroleum and high-tech industries, nonprofits, law enforcement, and small business.

Vivian Sullivan has a bachelor's degree from the University of Puerto Rico, has done postgraduate work in Business Administration at the Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, and has master's degree from The University of Texas at Austin.