SPCEA Board

SPCEA’s Board of Directors

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Stephanie Feraday

Chief Executive Officer
aPriori Technologies, Inc.

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Stephanie Feraday has over twenty years of experience in driving high-growth software businesses in corporate and consumer markets. Prior to joining aPriori, Stephanie held executive-level positions at marquis startup and Fortune 500 technology companies including Netegrity, Hewlett-Packard, Symantec, Delrina and Virtusa. She earned a bachelor’s degree in applied science from the University of Waterloo.

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Alexander M. Swoboda

Chief Executive Officer
Facton, GmbH.

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Alexander M. Swoboda has worked in various management positions in the international financial and strategy sectors for more than fifteen years. Among his former employers are Siemens AG and McKinsey. Alexander was an Associate Partner of an Austrian venture capital fund. He joined FACTON in October 2009 as CFO and later took over the role of COO. In 2015, Alexander was appointed CEO. Alexander served and serves on the boards of various high-tech start-ups.

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Rob Lidster

Chief Procurement Officer
GE Appliances, a Haier Company

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Rob Lidster is responsible for the procurement and sourcing function at GE Appliances, where he champions the acceleration of profitable growth while driving efficiency, reducing spend, improving stakeholder buy-in, and enabling value creation and overall total cost competitiveness. Additionally, Rob represents GE Appliances on Haier’s Global Sourcing Council, focused on identifying and realizing synergies across the businesses and ensuring a standardized set of best-in-class procurement practices across the company.

 

Previously, as the Senior Vice President of Shared Services at Entergy, Rob was responsible for Supply Chain, Facilities & Administration, HR Operations, Finance Operations, and Business Transformation Office (BTO). Prior to Entergy, he was Chief Procurement Officer and VP Operational Excellence at Energy Future Holdings. During his tenure, Rob had leadership responsibilities over Strategic Sourcing, Procurement, Warehousing, Materials Management, Asset Management and Operational Excellence.

Rob brings over 25 years of experience in the global supply chain, procurement, and operational excellence roles within private equity, energy/utility, hospitality, cruise lines, musical instruments, and automotive industries.

 

Rob holds a master’s degree in business administration from Wayne State University and received his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification from Ford Motor Company.

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Chris Domanski

Senior Manager
Nexteer Automotive

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Chris Domanski is an author of the CRC Press published book “Cost Engineering: A Practical Method for Sustainable Profit Generation in Manufacturing.”  Chris has over 25 years of experience in Cost Engineering, Purchasing, Finance, and Engineering in the automotive industry, most recently as a Senior Manager of Purchasing and Cost Optimization at Nexteer Automotive.  Chris has had the fortune of working for many great companies, large and small, such as Ford Motor Company, Continental Automotive, TRW, ZF Group, Methode Electronics, and Nexteer Automotive.  Chris had an opportunity to work for both customers and suppliers within the industry, thus sat on both sides of the negotiation table.  This unique experience has given Chris an unmatched level of expertise in all areas of Cost Engineering discipline.  Chris also administers a LinkedIn Group “Manufacturing Cost/Price Estimators, Engineers, Analysts, and Controllers” with over 5,200 members and is a frequent speaker at the annual Automotive Cost Engineering Conference in Detroit, MI.

 

Chris graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with Finance concentration from Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MI.  He also holds a certificate in Negotiation and Leadership from Harvard University Law School in Boston, MA.

Jeff Miller

Jeff Miller

President
Senoia Engineering Solutions

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Jeff Miller is the President of Senoia Engineering Solutions – a consulting company that specializes in cost optimization and value analysis of electromechanical and electronic assemblies.

 

Jeff has over 34 years of engineering, manufacturing, and commercial experience within the vehicular and appliance electronics industries, serving in roles at General Motors, John Deere, Standard Motor Products, Ford Motor Company, Whirlpool Corporation, and Panasonic Automotive Systems.

 

Jeff has been active within the cost engineering profession for many years. He joined Ford Motor Company in 2002, where he served as a Sr. Cost Engineer for automotive electronics and then subsequently, as the Lead Commodity Manager for infotainment, body electronics, and semiconductors. In 2010, he joined Whirlpool Corporation as the Sr. Manager of Cost Modeling for electrical and electronic components.   Additionally, Jeff is a frequent speaker at the annual Automotive Cost Engineering conference in Detroit, Michigan.

 

Jeff earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University, a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, and a Master of Business Administration from Rollins College. He also holds a Certificate in Executive Management from the University of Notre Dame.

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Chris Domanski

Senior Manager
Nexteer Automotive

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Chris Domanski is an author of the CRC Press published book “Cost Engineering: A Practical Method for Sustainable Profit Generation in Manufacturing.”  Chris has over 25 years of experience in Cost Engineering, Purchasing, Finance, and Engineering in the automotive industry, most recently as a Senior Manager of Purchasing and Cost Optimization at Nexteer Automotive.  Chris has had the fortune of working for many great companies, large and small, such as Ford Motor Company, Continental Automotive, TRW, ZF Group, Methode Electronics, and Nexteer Automotive.  Chris had an opportunity to work for both customers and suppliers within the industry, thus sat on both sides of the negotiation table.  This unique experience has given Chris an unmatched level of expertise in all areas of Cost Engineering discipline.  Chris also administers a LinkedIn Group “Manufacturing Cost/Price Estimators, Engineers, Analysts, and Controllers” with over 5,200 members and is a frequent speaker at the annual Automotive Cost Engineering Conference in Detroit, MI.

 

Chris graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with Finance concentration from Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MI.  He also holds a certificate in Negotiation and Leadership from Harvard University Law School in Boston, MA.

Jeff Miller

Jeff Miller

President
Senoia Engineering Solutions

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Jeff Miller is the President of Senoia Engineering Solutions – a consulting company that specializes in cost optimization and value analysis of electromechanical and electronic assemblies.

 

Jeff has over 34 years of engineering, manufacturing, and commercial experience within the vehicular and appliance electronics industries, serving in roles at General Motors, John Deere, Standard Motor Products, Ford Motor Company, Whirlpool Corporation, and Panasonic Automotive Systems.

 

Jeff has been active within the cost engineering profession for many years. He joined Ford Motor Company in 2002, where he served as a Sr. Cost Engineer for automotive electronics and then subsequently, as the Lead Commodity Manager for infotainment, body electronics, and semiconductors. In 2010, he joined Whirlpool Corporation as the Sr. Manager of Cost Modeling for electrical and electronic components.   Additionally, Jeff is a frequent speaker at the annual Automotive Cost Engineering conference in Detroit, Michigan.

 

Jeff earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University, a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, and a Master of Business Administration from Rollins College. He also holds a Certificate in Executive Management from the University of Notre Dame.