OBITUARY: Glen Ray Howard, Former Crane Cams VP, 1956 to 2012
Glen Ray Howard passed away on March 8, 2012. He was born in Louisville, Ky., on July 11, 1956. His first job was at a KFC in Louisville and he reported directly to Colonel Sanders – a story he loved repeating. Glen began his career in the automotive industry right out of high school picking and packing orders and driving the local delivery truck for Moog Louisville Warehouse. He first entered the sales side of the industry when he took a southeastern rep position with Borg Warner. Howard advanced his way up in sales and marketing in his position at Republic Parts Inc. from 1980 to1987 before moving to Camel Tire Care Products in Muskogee, Okla., in 1987. He then went to work for Wolverine Blue Racer and Crane Cams Inc., where he remained for 19 years, taking a short break from 2005 to 2006 with S&B Filters Inc. out of Ontario, Calif. Howard returned to Crane Cams and became VP of sales and marketing from 2006 to 2009. He was most recently employed by United Engine and Machine out of Carson City, Nev. He loved the automotive industry and had great respect for his customers and competitors alike. He will be truly missed by so many. Howard leaves behind two sons Kyle and Ryan, who are both in college. His untimely death has placed a financial strain on the boys’ college funds. Those who would like to help Glen’s boys complete their education, can make checks payable to: Kyle and Ryan Howard, 425 Quail Hill Drive, Debary, FL 32713. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.