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Moving Forward - Joint Meeting with ISM

Moving Forward Happily Despite Unexpected Changes - An insight into the career of Bill Brown with tales of his adventures from both his professional and personal experiences.

Bill Brown joined Spirit AeroSystems in May 2014 as the senior vice president, Global Customer Support and Services. In this role, Mr. Brown is responsible for Spirit’s post-delivery services including spare parts, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), and product support.

Brown previously served as executive vice president for Global Operations and president for Global Customer Service and Support at Beechcraft. In these roles, he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s operations, including completions, environmental health and safety, facilities, Supply Chain Management and Information Technology organizations.

Prior to joining Beechcraft in 2007, Brown served as president and general manager of AAR Aircraft Services in Oklahoma, and held senior-level positions with Independence Air, Avborne Inc., and Midwest Airlines.

Mr. Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in aviation management from Oklahoma State University, and a master’s degree in business administration from Colorado State University. He also holds an A&P license, and is a commercial instrument pilot. RSVP now!

The President's Message

Hello Fellow APICS Members! I couldn’t be more satisfied with the relevance and quality of the educational experiences we have been able to provide the last two months! We had great comments about our November meeting and our speaker, Don Guild, who spoke on how to opti-mize operations through the marriage of MRP and Kanban. Our tour of Cox Machining this month was outstanding in that we were shown a great example of a very well-run machining facility. One of the highlights for me was their outstanding utilization of their ERP system and the excellent visibility of shop floor operations that was evident throughout the factory.

Our January meeting promises to continue the momentum. We will be meeting at the National Aviation Training Center Auditorium at WATC off north Webb and K-96. This is a great facility and it is always a treat to meet there. Our speaker will be Bill Brown, Senior Vice President of Global Customer Sup-port at Spirit Aerosystems. His experience and perspectives are sure to be very enlightening and I am really looking forward to it! I hope to see everyone there!

Bill Carroll 

Bill Carroll, CPIM, Ph.D.
President, 2013-2015
Wichita Chapter of APICS

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