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High Performance Concepts gets results through mature, well-qualified consultants

Our firm is small by intent, and composed entirely of experienced consultants, engineers, and managers. All have held line management positions in industry, often in two or more functional areas. Most are registered professional engineers or hold advanced technical and business degrees from leading universities. Our associates average 25 years of work experience. Most have 15 or more years of professional consulting experience.

Our associates are rare individuals – those who can teach and conduct original research, in addition to their advanced skills as project leaders and consultants. Members of our firm have written 15 books on various aspects of industrial management and planning, with translations into 20 foreign-language editions. In addition, we have authored more than 100 articles for journals, conferences, handbooks, and encyclopedias. Our achievements have been recognized in several individual honors and awards from leading professional societies, including the Gilbreth Medal for outstanding contributions to industrial engineering. Information on our key personnel appears below.

Key Personnel

Brian Savoie,
Vice President

  •  Specialist in improving engineering, manufacturing and distribution processes, organizations, and information systems
  • 20+ years experience as a consultant, manager and engineer
  • Extensive experience in the U.S., Europe and Africa, and as a member of international project teams
  • Author of numerous articles in leading trade journals
  • Presenter / Instructor on Business Process Reengineering, Supply Chain Information Systems, and Streamlining Product Development
  • Formerly with GE Aircraft Engine and Industrial Controls Division
  • BS Mechanical Engineering (ME) from Duke; MS ME Computer Integrated Manufacturing from Georgia Tech

H. Lee Hales,

  • Internationally recognized management consultant.
  • 30+ years in improving manufacturing and logistics facilities, operations and information systems
  • Assignments in more than 18 countries
  • Author of four books on industrial planning and dozens of articles in leading trade journals
  • Well-known instructor and guest lecturer at leading universities such as MIT, Georgia Tech and National University of Singapore
  • Former operations manager for a major equipment supplier
  • BA and MA University of Kansas; MS in Management from MIT

Earle S. Downes

  • 30+ years experience in organizing and applying information for business results
  • Worked throughout the world, with a strong knowledge of European business
  • Formerly with The Coca-Cola Company, he has a broad knowledge of multinational business operations, with emphasis on supply chain systems and operations
  • Extensive experience in the analysis of business processes and functions
  • Highly skilled in design, selection and implementation of information technology
  • Implementation experience includes Enterprise Resource Planning, Manufacturing Execution Systems, Sales Force Automation, and other supply chain, engineering, and technical infrastructure initiatives
  • Attended University of Miami (Florida) and graduated from the US Marine Corps Data Processing Institute

Herman Keesee

  • 35+ years of diverse international experience in manufacturing and engineering. Former Vice President of Operations, Director of Engineering and Manager of Industrial Engineering.
  • Design and layout of manufacturing processes and plants in several industries.
  • Extensive work with labor standards and job design to increase productivity and reduce costs. Conversion to predetermined time systems. Analysis of piece rate discrepancies. Establishment of labor grades and point systems to correct wage structures; writing of detailed job descriptions. Implementation of gain sharing.
  • Line balancing and process improvements, root cause analysis of process/product problems and facilitated problem solving with factory and management teams.
  • ERP specification and RFP, site visits and supplier selection.
  • RFID applications for a large distribution facility. Supplier selection and pilot testing of system fit and performance.
  • Planned and installed state-of-the-art vision recognition system for part identification.
  • Detailed specification and evaluation of Automated Storage and Retrieval system, including site visits in US and Europe.

Richard J. Landry

  • Specialist in manufacturing and distribution facilities planning
  • Consultant and engineer with 30 years of diverse project experience in a wide range of industries and technologies
  • Extensive work in Europe, including Germany, France, Holland and the United Kingdom
  • Highly skilled in:
    • International industrial packaging standardization
    • Multi-site facility consolidation
    • Manufacturing and warehouse layout
    • Material handling methods and specifications
    • Evaluation of building construction alternatives
  • Formerly with Digital Equipment Corporation, he served as a facilities planner, construction planner, and technical consultant in manufacturing engineering
  • Education in Industrial Engineering from Western New England College and Northeastern University

Ed J. Phillips

  • Internationally-recognized manufacturing and distribution consultant with more than 30 years of experience in a wide range of industries.
  • Registered Professional Engineer in several states and also a royally chartered engineer in the UK. Assignments completed in Europe and Asia.
  • Specialties include:
    • Facilities Planning
    • Warehousing, material handling and storage
    • Inventory and materials management; inbound logistics
  • Author of the popular text: Manufacturing Plant Layout.
  • Past Chairman of the Materials Handling Division of ASME.
  • Former VP of Engineering for a household appliance manufacturer; former Technical Operations Manager for Motorola.
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University; MBA from Widener University.

Neil Tiffin

  • 20+ years experience in business leadership and consulting.
  • Has held leadership positions such as:
    • CIO & VP Supply Operations, Educational Content Provider
    • CEO, Capital Equipment Manufacturer
    • VP Operations & Finance, Furniture Importer and Distributor
    • President, Factory Automation Supplier
  • Work experience in USA, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
  • Specializes in process and technology development, design and integration
  • Previous projects include:
    • Supply chain integration and technology plan for global aircraft operator.
    • Reimplementation of SAP processes for European cellular network provider.
    • Design of validated processes for pharmaceutical manufacturer.
    • Design and implementation of call center software and integration with 24×7 e-commerce web site.
    • Development and implementation of 24×7 e-commerce web sites.
    • Integration (process and management) of two dominant furniture industry manufacturers.
  • BS in Computer Science from University of Missouri.


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