DRM Associates Consultants

The firm’s principal consultants are:

Kenneth Crow is a recognized consultant and experienced trainer in product development. In addition to assisting many clients improve their product development process and manufacturing operations, he has conducted over 200 workshops publicly and for individual clients. He has been a frequent speaker and moderator for conferences on new product development and cost management. He is past President of the Society of Concurrent Product Development and is a Certified New Product Development Professional.

Pete Cornish is a Senior Consultant with DRM Associates and a Principal in PD-Trak Solutions, a firm providing NPD project/process management software. He has over twenty years of experience in product development, design, and project management. He is responsible for the development and support of PD-Trak. As a consultant, he specialize in helping companies define and improve the product development process, plan and manage development projects, and measure their performance.

Jim Ayers focuses on target costing; design-to-cost; product cost models; manufacturing process design; and supply chain strategies, planning and management. He is a frequent speaker and has written books and articles on supply chain planning and management and new product development. Some of his supply chain management papers and articles can be found on his site.

Thomas Crow is a consultant specializing in organizational development, teams, project management and product development. He also has hands-on experience with service strategy development and new service development, and he led projects to develop and launch new service products. Tom has also led workshops on various topics related to organizational development, project management and product development.

Ken Erickson is an ethnographer and market researcher who help companies understand consumers and develop new products. He has worked with major consumer product and service companies globally to understand the voice of the customer and develop new products, new retail spaces, and targeted advertising campaigns.

Gary Hinkle is a senior consultant in the field of engineering management, project management, product development. His core competencies include engineering functional management, leadership, project management, technical teambuilding, product development project planning, and interpersonal skills development. He has over twenty years of experience planning and managing large and small development projects.

Nancy Michalski is a software engineering and management expert with over 30 years experience. She helps companies maximize productivity and results by improving development and test process, product lifecycle, release criteria and oversight, and quality assessment. A key to success is optimizing the people talent, including consulting services in change management, leadership and staff development, training, and performance management.

James Rains is an internationally recognized consultant that specializes in value analysis / value management, target costing and lean manufacturing. He has over thirty years of experience in automotive and other industry segments. He is a Certified Value Specialist through SAVE and has a proven track record in help clients reduce costs improve value.

Eric Paul Rose NPDP, has over 30 years’ experience in product innovation, product development, commercialization, and project management. He offers product innovation consulting to help move new products from market opportunity to marketplace reality.
He has worked in the consumer, healthcare, and industrial products industries with companies ranging from startups through Fortune 500 firms.

Leland Shaeffer helps companies design, develop and market their solutions. His expertise includes improving the product lifecycle management and development processes, implementing and improving the product management and product marketing functions, and conducting “voice of the customer” campaigns, strategic business and product planning, market segmentation, product management and product/service marketing.

Wayne Taylor is an expert in the field of quality and statistics with 30 years of experience. He consults and provides training on the Six Sigma approach and tools, Tolerance Analysis, Design of Experiments, SPC, Acceptance Sampling, and Statistics. He previously was Director of Quality Technologies at Baxter Healthcare.

James Wixson is a highly experienced system engineer, project manager, value engineer, and manufacturing/industrial engineer. He also has experience in pricing and contract administration, design to cost and maintenance management. He has dealt with large complicated programs in aerospace, nuclear energy and other fields.

In addition, DRM Associates has a number of strategic operating partners to extend our range of skills and expertise and provide additional resources to support large projects. Our strategic operating partners include:

Goldense Group Inc. headed by Brad Goldense. GGI has extensive experience successfully applying concurrent product development (CPD) practices to a wide range of companies with an emphasis on high technology and medical products. They bring a strong focus on metrics and process.

Project Executive Group (PEG) headed by Paul Allen. PEG provides advisory and execution services for clients in projects, operations, finance and automation in normal, crisis and troubled situations; and targeted training for projects – enabling outstanding project team performance.

Technicom headed by Ray Kurland. Technicom analyzes and reports on the mechanical CAD/CAM market, conducts CAD/CAM audits to ensure client’s effective use of their design automation, and assists its clients define requirements for design automation systems and evaluate and help implement CAD/CAM systems.