Carlos R

Chief Operations Officer - 19 Years of Experience - Near 34685


Chief Operations Officer


Palm Harbor, FL

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and Execution: Catapulted company to leadership position in the blind and low-vision industry through product introductions in the low vision optical maginifier market space. Growth and Profitability: Improved company EBITDA from 10% to more than 25% in five years transformed hardware products gross margins from 13% to more than 53% by introducing new products with a global effective supply chain. Innovation Leadership: Led worldwide hardware and software development organization developing leading edge products with a focus on total product quality. Integrated a quality management system across multiple cross functional organizations which allows for accurate measurement of total quality. Metrics are reported and acted upon by a culture of continuous process improvement. Lead teams of Electrical, Mechanical, Firmware and software Engineers across multiple geographical areas in the development of Hardware and software based products. Global Relationships: Identified and led a high quality, long-term partnership with Asian manufacturing partners that helped drive divisional gross margins to over 50%. Leading-Edge Technology and Intellectual Property: Conceived and received multiple patents in the assistive and wireless communications technology arena. Developed and launched multiple successful products in these respective markets. Expertise and Attributes that Add Unique Value Engineering/Operations Management FPGA, GPU and PCIE HDI Based Designs Intellectual Property Global ManufacturingOpen Technology Platforms Consumer Electronics Operational Excellence Global Team Leadership Software Processes Improvement R&D / Research and Development Merger and Acquisitions Developing Products and Executing Projects to Deliver Shareholder Value VFO - Group St. Petersburg, FL 2015 - 2016 Global assistive technology company $100M + Global company of leading brands in the Assistive Technology Industry Resulting from an industry consolidation of assistive technology companies, appointed to lead VFO in the integration of Operations and R&D functions of Freedom Scientific, Optelec and AI Squared. Report to the President of Chief Executive Officer of VFO Group. VICE PRESIDENT VFO Group Integrated 3 purchased companies into one and driven to meet synergy cost savings of over $5M across the entire company . Identified $600K of cost savings across R&D functions by identifying shared resources and eliminating redundancies. Implemented immediately upon merger and cost savings realized in 2016. Developed operations strategy to integrate ERP and PLM systems while optimizing supply chain. Immediately started implementation of key cost reduction efforts across product portfolio upon completion of merger. Expected to yield immediate product cost savings of $1M in 2016 and a global annualized savings of 15% expected in 2017. Freedom Scientific, St. Petersburg, FL 2002 - 2015 Global consumer electronics company for blind and low-vision markets with annual sales of $50M. Falling product quality had caused a $2M backlog of shipments. Brought in to revamp product line, consolidate engineering teams, and attract new engineering talent. Found offshore contract manufacturing partners to build newly designed products. VICE PRESIDENT OF HARDWARE DIVISION Lead $50M hardware and software products organization to maximize quality and profitability through product design, engineering, development, and distribution. Establish vision, strategy, goals and objectives. Managed business functions for manufacturing, R&D, and supply chain. Directly report to the Chief Executive Officer. Improved EBITDA from 10% to more than 25% in five years while transforming gross margins from 13% to more than 53% by restructuring engineering team and developing multiple successful products. Leveraged core technologies to enter the low-vision market. Positioned company for acquisition by private equity group, enabling a new infusion of investments. The low-vision product line now represents 60% of the company's total sales. Scaleed engineering product development teams to over 65+ across different geographical regions. Specifically, Asia, Europe and the United States.