Throughout my career, I have made significant contributions to US trade policy. During the Clinton administration, I coauthored the position paper for the U.S. government's negotiators in the pulp and paper industry's role in China's accession to the WTO. Under the George W. Bush Jr. administration, I successfully initiated a lawsuit against the USTR due to irregularities in the consultative process of the CAFTA Trade Treaty, resulting in transformative changes in government-private sector communication. In the Trump administration, I played a crucial role in writing the position paper for the US government regarding the forest products industry in the China Phase 1 Trade Agreement.
Additionally, through proactive engagement with senior Department of Commerce officials, I facilitated time-sensitive data collection efforts that produced deliverables that went directly to senior decision-makers at the highest levels of the executive branch.
As an accomplished interim CEO and COO, I leverage my expertise to optimize supply chains and streamline operations. Notable achievements include leading the successful restructuring of a regional master distributor for flooring lines, overseeing the Article 9 sale of a distressed office products manufacturer, and leading facilities consolidation and technology integration of a digital media production company.
I have extensive experience in corporate restructuring, particularly in navigating Chapter 11 processes. For a custom paper converting and brokerage business, I led a successful restructuring effort resulting in reduced claims and returns by over 95%, and restored profitability within the first four months. As CRO for a heavy equipment sales and service business, I guided the company through a Chapter 11 restructuring, retired debt, and eventually sold the business to a strategic buyer. I also played a critical role as a consultant in the Chapter 11 restructurings of a VOIP telephone company and copper powder manufacturer. Lastly, I worked as a board member on the successful Chapter 11 auction of the assets of Strauss automotive. Throughout these endeavors, my focus was on optimizing resources, strategic reengineering, and maximizing returns for stakeholders.
I have successfully led various businesses through mergers and acquisitions, ensuring their smooth transition and growth. As the COO of a Recycled Paper Board Mill, I demonstrated proficiency in strategic planning and effective execution, which ultimately led to the profitable sale of the company's assets. As the CEO of a premium custom office furniture manufacturer, I restructured operations and achieved exceptional financial results for corporate stakeholders.