Stephanie Feraday is pleased to be on the board of directors for SPCEA. With has over 14 years of experience working with global manufacturers like Eaton, Woodward, GE, and Alstom, she worked to develop approaches for enterprise wide, scalable product cost reduction. Through this experience, she has overseen the development of software that helps major manufacturers expand the impact of their cost engineering communities. She did this by enabling them to work faster and collaborate with their design engineering, sourcing, and manufacturing colleagues in a highly scalable way.
For manufacturers, this has resulted in tens of millions of dollars in product cost reduction and accelerated time to market. For suppliers like Flextronics and Soucy, this has enabled them to quote faster and more accurately, increasing RFQ win rates from 15-20% to over 65%.
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.
Alexander M. Swoboda worked in various management positions in the international financial and strategy sectors for more than twenty years. Among his former employers are Siemens AG and McKinsey. Alexander was an Associate Partner of an Austrian venture capital fund.
In October 2009, he joined FACTON, the Enterprise Product Costing company of which he is the CEO. Since 2022, he also acts as CEO of the ERP software vendor CrescentOne.
Alexander served and serves on the boards of various high-tech start-ups. He is a frequent speaker on trends in product costing and mobility at conferences in Europe and the US.
Rob Lidster, a welcomed member of the board, is responsible for the procurement and sourcing function at GE Appliances. There 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, received his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification from Ford Motor Company, and is certified as a Certified Product Cost Expert (CPCE).
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 the 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 a 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 is a co-founder of SPCEA and has over 36 years of engineering, manufacturing, and commercial experience within the vehicular and appliance electronics industries. He has served in roles at General Motors, John Deere, Standard Motor Products, Ford Motor Company, Whirlpool Corporation, and Panasonic Automotive Systems. Currently, Jeff is a Semiconductor Technology Cost Lead at General Motors.
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. Jeff was President and Owner of Senoia Engineering Solutions (a consulting company specializing in cost optimization of electronics) for several years prior to his current role at General Motors.
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. Jeff is a frequent speaker at cost engineering conferences and is a contributing author to “Realistic Cost Estimating For Manufacturing” published by SME.
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Stacey is a strong supporter of SPCEA and played a key role in the success of SPCEA’s first global conference. As a 20-year veteran of the costing technology industry, Stacey enjoys a reputation as a hard worker, a dedicated team player, and a true cost evangelist.
Currently serving as Director of Marketing for 3C Software, Stacey leads all marketing, lead and demand generation, cloud app development, and inside sales efforts for the company. Stacey holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA degree with a focus on marketing and finance from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is proud to now be a member of the board and management team at SPCEA.
Kristin McIntire currently works at HBPO Group, where she is Director of Finance and Controlling, North America. She has volunteered her time as a board member for both the Center for Women in Transition Finance Committee and the First Tee Area Committee.
Kristin holds degrees in engineering, a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Engineering Management, and she is a Certified Management Accountant. Kristin has worked for Tier One automotive suppliers during her entire career. Early on, she was in a leadership development program which included four different job rotations, one of which was Account Financial Manager. In this role, she was responsible for costing new business and changes, maintaining financials for launch programs and negotiating with customers on changes. When she completed the program, Kristin went back to this Finance role and has spent nearly 25 years in Finance, with 14 of those directly responsible for Costing at different levels.