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Adjunct Instructor of Management, University at Buffalo

Joost M Vles holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Buffalo (EMBA). He is certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and is a Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) from APICS, the Association for Operations Management. He is currently a Materials and Supply Chain Manager at Moog Inc. From 1988 to 2007, he was an associate at Luvata (formerly American Brass) in Buffalo, New York where he was Director of Operations and Plant Manager. Previous positions held at Luvata were Director, Customer Service & Inventory Teams, Manager Inside Sales, Manager Manufacturing Systems and various leadership positions in IT.

Joost has extensive experience in directing and working with manufacturing staff and union employees in a large plant, utilizing the guidelines of the ISO TS-16949 and AS-9100 management systems. He establishes a high performance team environment, and leads initiatives designed to improve sales, customer service, productivity, safety, inventory levels, and quality.

Joost is active in the community; having served as APICS District Manager, CBAR Taskforce (Chair), Past President of APICS Buffalo Chapter, and the Buffalo & Erie County Workforce Development Consortium (Chair). He also teaches courses on operations management, scheduling and inventory control systems, teamwork and leadership and is recognized by APICS as a Lead Instructor for the CPIM modules (Certified in Production and Inventory Control.)


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    Adjunct Instructor of Management, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York