Consulting Projects

Consulting Projects

Michael Bates, principal for Bates Management Services, LLC, has contracted with the following firms on numerous projects as a full-time interim employee, 1099 contract consultant, or W-9 contractor.

Operating Partner | Continuous Improvement, Program Management – Specialty Fabricator/Manufacturer – Partnered with fabricator/manufacturer of industrial equipment to lead focused improvements through Kaizen events and lead program/project management of large contract projects.

Director of Project Services – Financial Services firm – Oversaw direct marketing activities for the sale of a family business.

Operating Partner | Special Projects Consultant – Health Care Products Manufacturer and Distributor – Focused turnaround effort in a consumer products manufacturing operation; identified and relocated niche manufacturing operation to support recovery of past due orders and improve stability of the operation. 

Turnaround Manager | Operating Partner – Specialty Gear Manufacturer – Developed restructuring and cash flow plan to reestablish profitability for failing business turnaround, established leadership point with banks and prospective buyers of the business and led operational improvements and strategic improvements.

Project Manager – Startup Project and Engineering Management for Digital Cutting Machine Builder – Managed project to identify materials, engineering, suppliers, and production requirements to establish US manufacturing presence.  Led engineering staff to improve product design and capabilities.

Integration Management Officer | Process Improvement Leader for Generic Pharmaceutical Distributor – Led IMO for acquisition integration activities for $100 million business acquisition, led values stream management activities for call center and order management processes.

Process Improvement Leader | Relocation PMO/Project Manager for First-in-Class Trucking Company – Led transactional process improvement, improved on-time delivery, led project for expansion and relocation of HQ from Tulsa, OK to Fort Worth, TX.

Manufacturing Systems Consultant for Solid-surface Materials Producer – Led initiatives to improve divisional on-time delivery and manufacturing efficiencies including implementation of Value Stream Management, 6S, single-piece workflow, and management coaching.

Owner | CEO | Program Management Officer for General Contracting Business – Established and managed general contracting business focused on commercial and residential improvements including sales/marketing, finance, operations, project management, and customer service functions using lean construction methodologies.

Operations Leader (Interim) for Diesel Engine Component Manufacturer – Deployed Lean office and manufacturing strategies to improve order fulfillment processes, led order management, Value Stream Mapping, Cummins quality/process improvement, and SMED teams. Worked closely with materials manager and LEAD coordinator to improve overall plant effectiveness.

Owner | CEO – Developed, launched, and manage online retail business using 3PL distribution.