Expertise DescriptionI have more than 30 years in the Packaging and Beverage Industries with expertise in developing plastic closures for soft drink bottles and managing corporate package testing labs. I have additional experience in quality glass bottles, consumer behavior, primary and secondary packaging, production equipment and breakage, and distribution channels on 6-continents. I have additional experience with support in product liability, extortion, counterfeiting, and regulatory cases. I have prior expert witness experience with consultations and deposition.
Areas of Expertise
My expert witness experience includes comparing brand owners development of package safety device against industry best practices in product liability case; analyzed pharmaceutical company's quality assurance data against FDA requirements; performed fracture analysis of a large glass vase; audited procedures in three international glass plants; compared beverage company's actions against industry practices; tested glass bottle similar to the one used in a criminal assault case; and inspected glass bottle and alleged ingested fragments to demonstrate fraud.
My consulting experience includes glass container design, production, filling, and decorating; package development practices and consideration; process improvement by application of 6-Sigma principles; breakage reduction through fracture analysis of samples collected in line and distribution audits; cost reduction through package light weighting; product efficiency improvement by identifying the cause of line bottlenecks; beverage production services for new product introductions; and due diligence reviewing operations and business plan of a materials recycler.
My professional experience includes being Owner and Consultant of a supply chain firm, as well as having been Senior Manager of Supply Chain Optimization of a Beverage Company.
My last role during my 28-years at The Coca-Cola Company was in Global Supply Chain Development where I worked with our bottlers and their bottling equipment suppliers to identify optimum bottling systems. During that time I lead the development and commercialization of patented bottling equipment which included specialized software integrated with existing equipment. As a consultant, I have continued to work in bottling plants.
I am a Certified Packaging Professional whose experience with closures date to the early 80’s when I developed the 1st plastic closures for carbonated soft drinks. As an expert witness I have testified in 3 trials in both Federal and State courts and have been deposed more than 12-times. Several cases have included closures, package safety, and chemical packaging.
|M.B.||Business Administration||Management||Georgia State University|
|B.S.||Mechanical Engineering||Georgia Tech|
|Six Sigma Green Belt|
|Certified Packaging Professional|
|Institute of Packaging Professionals|
Awards & Affiliation
|Product Development and Management Association (PDMA)|
|International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT)|
|Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP)|
|American Chemical Society (ACS)|
|Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA)|
Product Development and Management Association (PDMA)
Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases