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Carl R. Olson
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I was born and raised in Wisconsin. In the early ‘90s, I lived in the United Arab Emirates for a few years. This opportunity helped develop my appreciation for diverse cultures and viewpoints. I focused my high school education on literature, the English language and philosophy, and spent my free time as a cook in various restaurants. I continued as a cook after graduation; in 2005, I enlisted in the National Guard to help pay for college where I would further my education, earning a degree in English and Philosophy. When offered a chance to join the Reserve Officer Training Corps, I did not hesitate and completed my degree with a minor in Military Leadership. Since then, I’ve served two deployments with the National Guard; one in Egypt and one in Iraq. My leadership and logistics management experience has since helped me obtain a position as a Logistics Process Engineer for a manufacturing facility back in my home state.


Mercury Marine

In my current role, I lead the Logistics Team as the process engineer. I advise the Materials, Production and Plant Managers on the status of material receipt, storage and delivery to the assembly line. My responsibilities include:

  • Monitor and improve the efficiency of all material handling processes, from stockroom receipt to finished goods delivery.
  • Provide logistical readiness support to the assembly lines.
  • Manage the Plan for Every Part (PFEP) for a manufacturing facility with 29 product lines across 15 assembly lines, encompassing 6,950 unique part numbers from 328 suppliers.

During my time with Mercury, I’ve supported the following projects:

  • 2-Bin Kanban Process: I started this project with a small assembly line as a proof-of-concept. The intent was to transition the factory from a paper Kanban card system to a labeled bin system, ensuring better control and integrity of inventory, and allowing for an eventual batch-presentation method. The project started with 830 unique part numbers and quickly grew to over 1,500 before I handed it off to the Logistics Team to implement across the factory.
  • Assembly Material Flow Map: As a new employee, I was well suited to the task of mapping the flow of materials through the facility. I used the map to identify gaps in our material delivery processes, to improve the efficiency of the PFEP and to help orient new employees. The map has since been used to improve production by tying production forecasts to material flow to the PFEP.
  • Scan to Put-Away Process: This project charted the material stockroom put-away process, identifying where we could tie in scanners and computers, in order to make the process more efficient by conducting real-time transactions. By the end of the project, put-away accuracy had increased from 70% to 95%.
  • Market Layout Design: Mercury Marine identified the need for an off-site warehouse facility to manage our inventory. The transition involved the creation of an on-site marketplace – a staging area for material destined for the assembly line. I worked closely with a small team of Material Analysts to identify the best way to organize the market and meet our production requirements. We successfully cut the material storage footprint in half by creating a controlled inventory movement process.

101st Airborne

I served as the Logistics Officer of a Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. I advised the Commander on all matters relating to logistics. My responsibilities included:

  • Oversight of all logistical matters pertaining to a Battalion in charge of a Forward Operating Base hosting Soldiers and civilians from 29 countries.
  • Monitor all Battalion movement and purchase requests; manage the unit’s budget; and provide tracking and oversight to the unit’s financial liability investigation and property loss program.
  • Manage the Battalion’s redeployment and equipment reset efforts.

During my time with the 101st, I assisted the Base Commander with future base planning by coordinating tenant requirements and support capabilities. Within a nine-month period, I managed 27 major projects (construction, renovation and repair) – 17 as the project lead and 10 as the senior manager with oversight responsibility – and provided oversight to over 150 minor projects.


Wisconsin Army National Guard

I served as the Logistics Planner of a Distribution Company. I advised the Commander on the Company’s mission readiness status. My responsibilities included:

  • Conduct continuous battle tracking and ensure timely tactical reports are sent to higher headquarters.
  • Plan and supervise unit logistics before, during and after any action.
  • Prepare convoy operations orders for the Commander and assist with their issuance.
  • Conduct tactical and logistics coordination with higher, adjacent and support units.
  • Assume command of the Company in the Commander’s absence.

Education

Army Logistics University, Fort Lee, VA
Branch qualification in Quartermaster/Logistics. Key areas of development include managing the Army’s logistics system and understanding the role of logistics on the battlefield. 3.5 grade point average.

University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, WI
Bachelor of Arts degree awarded: Majors in English and Philosophy; minors in Writing, Psychology, and Military Science. Courses also include logic, economics, and leadership development. 3.3 grade point average.


Technical Skills

  • Eleven years’ experience with professional and technical writing processes
  • Nine years’ experience with US Military Decision Making Process
  • Seven years’ experience with US Army logistics
  • Three years’ experience with logistics in a manufacturing environment
  • Over 1,200 hours project management experience
  • Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Visio

Awards

Army Achievement Medal // National Defense Service Medal // Global War on Terrorism Service Medal // Army Service Ribbon // Overseas Service Ribbon // Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/ M Device // Multinational Force and Observers Medal // IRCM-Campaign Star // Joint Service Commendation Medal

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