OBITUARY: AAIA Member Don Gillen Passes Away

first_imgDeMoulpied 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.  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 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. 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.  From AAIA AutoFacts AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Don Gillen, national sales director, CarGo/Blue Magic Inc., Conroe, TX, died Wednesday, May 24. Gillen gave service to his profession by serving on the APAA and AAIA Board of Directors; the AAIA Nominating Committee; the APAA Government Affairs Committee, and chaired it for two years; and also served on the AAIA Government Affairs and Show Committees. He also enjoyed working with Catholic Youth as a regional advisor. Gillen is survived by his wife, Lynda; son, Phillip Lee Gillen; daughter and son-in-law, Ann Marie and Mike Frisch; brother, David; and grandchildren, Patrick Donald Gillen, Lyndon, Brooke, Sophie, Charlie and Kaytie Frisch. A memorial has been established with Resurrection Catholic School, 4900 N. Woodlawn, Wichita, KS 67220. Tributes may be sent to the family at www.downingandlahey.com , Downing & Lahey East Chapel. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,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 MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

ING and EIB to finance Spliethoff scrubbers

first_imgThe retrofitted systems will enable Spliethoff to comply with the upcoming International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) regulations.According to EIB, five vessels will be fitted with exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers); 20 vessels will be fitted with ballast water management systems; and 17 vessels will be fitted with both scrubbers and ballast water management systems.Michel Fransen, chief financial officer of the Spliethoff Group, said: “We have been installing scrubbers on our fleet since 2013 and are very happy with the results so far.“Scrubbers are a very environmentally friendly solution to comply with the [sulphur] 2020 regulations. LNG or hydrogen may have the potential to become even better alternatives in the future, but only in the longer term. The investment in scrubbers also safeguards the interest of our shareholders against uncertainties in fuel availability and pricing.”The EIB loan will be supported by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). The agreement is part of ING and EIB’s green shipping partnership, which was formed in 2018 to support sustainable projects in the maritime sector.www.eib.orgwww.ing.comwww.spliethoff.comlast_img read more

Liberians Urged to Be Selfless

first_imgSelfless service to humanity deserves recognition to encourage many others to give themselves to the service of others, Brigadier General Rudolf F. Kolaco Sr., (rtd) told a large gathering of Liberians at the gowning and certificating ceremony on Saturday of US retired Joseph Jackie Brown in Brewerville, near Monrovia.BG Kolaco, director general of the National Bureau of Veterans Affairs, described Brown (rtd) as a veteran who distinguished himself with his unit with the United States forces in Iraq.“To become a veteran,” Director Kolaco said, “you must be a soldier with five distinguished characteristics which include being a follower, being faithful, familiar, a fighter and being efficient.” He reminded the audience, including a full house of the Governance Council of Liberia, family members and hundreds of residents of Brewerville, that Brown, while serving with his Unit in Iraq at a critical point came under attack, exposing his life and those of his American colleagues to danger.“With zeal and tenacity,” he said Brown used his training and holding on to a 50 Caliber sub-machine gun, was able to overcome the enemy and saved the lives of his colleagues, including his commander.He said a good soldier must be disciplined, and with brief reflection of himself during his service in the Armed Forces of Liberia, noted that a good soldier must grow with time.When Brown retired, he chose to return to his country, Liberia to make his contribution to the cause of justice and fair-play, he told the gathering who cheered him.“On behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and that of Defense Minister Brownie Samukai,” Director Kolaco told him, “we congratulate you and urge you to continue to do your best to help your people.”Earlier, Mrs. Musu K. Thompson, president of the National Governors Council said her members were there in their numbers to demonstrate their appreciation to Brown for his services to humanity, and for not forgetting about the country of his birth.“You can see that all the representatives of the 15 counties are here to honor you as our son,” she said. “For you to return to support your country means you love Liberia.”She said the Council decided to gown him and award a certificate of appreciation because he did not forget his family and country. She reminded the gathering that their presence was simply to honor a dutiful son who had returned to help rebuild their broken country.Responding, Brown in a solemn but confident voice narrated his eight years sojourn in the United States and his experiences in Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom launched by former US President George Bush against the regime of the late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in 2003.Brown, 31, praised his parents for their support and called on Liberians to honor their parents, with particular emphasis on Liberian mothers. He spoke about the honor done him by President Bush, which resulted to the cancellation of Liberia’s US debts and the US sending American soldiers to Liberia to assist in the Ebola fight, as results of the sacrifices of Liberians who helped the United States in its role as global leader.Brown was the first Cybercrime Director at the Ministry of National Security and had rejected salary for the last five years, he said. He has an associate degree in computer information systems; bachelors in political science and masters in public administration.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more