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 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.
Paul Goff has over 8 years of experience in the consumer packaging goods industry, focusing on financial, managerial, and cost accounting. From the beginning of his career, he has used cost modeling to valuate inventory, give advice on make versus buy decisions, and address other complex business issues.
Paul currently works at PLZ Aeroscience as Director of Operational Finance. In this role, he is heavily involved with manufacturing labor and overhead, as well as standard costing. He holds a B.A. in Accountancy and an MBA, both from the University of Illinois.
As the Director of Training for the Society of Product Cost Engineering & Analytics (SPCEA), Paul looks forward to having conversations about cost modeling and refining his skill set. But more importantly, he is excited about encouraging other individuals to learn about cost modeling and even helping them get their SPCEA certification.
Zach Sturos has 5 years of automotive purchasing experience with Nexteer Automotive and Dana Incorporated. Academically, he has achieved a Bachelor of Science in Marketing at Oakland University (2016) and a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University (2020).
Graduating from Oakland University in 2016, Zach started his career at Nexteer Automotive supporting the team as a Systems Analyst. The first years of his career were spent integrating purchasing processes into the company’s ERP systems. He was able to utilize that experience – learning both commercial and quality processes – to transition into an Operational Buyer role supporting the steel, stamping, and tubing commodities. As his career progressed, Zach became the regional commodity lead for various commodities as a Strategic Buyer. In early 2021, Zach moved from Nexteer Automotive to Dana Incorporated as a Senior Buyer.
At Nexteer, Zach was introduced to, and became active in, the cost modeling process. As the regional commodity lead for powder metal, plastics, and electromechanical components, he was able to integrate costing practices into his commodity strategies. This data driven approach to purchasing has been carried over to Dana and is now being implemented within the supply base there.