Meet the Principal

John Ware

Backstory and Philosophy

In addition to incorporating the “Antifragile” concept to my business, I also have three other “cornerstones,” so to speak. From a relatively early age, I have been quite attuned to hating waste; i.e., the wasting of time, money, materials, people – most anything you can think of. Maybe it’s a byproduct of my upbringing or perhaps it stems from a refusal to overuse or misuse anything that’s cannot be justified, but the fact remains: I hate waste.

Next, comes the cornerstone of “Simplicity.” The term “simplicity” doesn’t mean much unless it’s put to work. For example, training one’s employees is a very simple concept; but you’d be surprised how much it’s not done in so many companies. How a company communicates within its four walls, to its suppliers, customers and stakeholders is yet another simple discipline many companies eschew. For further insight on simplicity, please direct yourself to our Blog page.

Thirdly, one of the more practical of my philosophies regarding business is what I call the “CTQ.” The CTQ principle simply means that just about every activity is predicated on the right mix of “cost, time and quality.” Everything within a business is subject to the CTQ Principle, not just the products or services offered. Without belaboring the point here, again, please review our Blog page on the subject.

Our last primary cornerstone is the firm belief that business behaviors are the root cause of most anything that happens within a business – both good and bad. Ever since the “Dot-com” bust of the late 1990’s and, later, the Financial Crisis of 2008, I have been especially keen on understanding from every angle what makes people tick – most especially those people who run, manage and are employed in a company, along with the stakeholders, investors, suppliers, customers, et al. I’ve become a student and practitioner of behavioral psychology, and use it to my clients’ benefit to promote change, while correcting and enhancing company performance.

Background and Experience

John Ware has accumulated over 40 years’ of global experience and expertise within all types of business management disciplines – including manufacturing, supply chain, distribution, engineering and quality/compliance operations – in many geos, industry types, sizes and environments. He has lived and worked in over 30 countries , either as a top executive with multinational manufacturing concerns, or as the owner of his own multi-million dollar companies. Mr. Ware specializes in difficult start-up and turnaround operations – those most in need of profit enhancement, cost controls, process overhaul and continuous improvement.

Mr. Ware is experienced and capable of managing and leading entire companies or operations. For example, at a leading Silicon Valley B2B electronics leader, he directed and oversaw over 800 employees in 17 countries, while overseeing a P&L of greater than $10 billion USD. He has also owned and managed two companies valued at over $30 million each, at sale.

Mr. Ware graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT, where he was recently feted as one of four Distinguished Graduates. He lives with his wife, Gloria, in Jacksonville, FL; he has three children and three grandchildren. He especially enjoys international travel, golfing, skydiving and long-distance swimming.

  • SM (Institute for Supply Mgt.)
  • ISSSP (Int’l Society of Six Sigma Professionals)
  • ASQ Six Sigma Forum
  • SME (Society of Mechanical Engineers)
  • IIE (Institute of Industrial Engineering)
  • APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society)
  • AMA (American Management Association)
  • Fellow (CFPIM) – American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS)
  • Six Sigma Master Black Belt (California State University, Fullerton)
  • Lean Practitioner (Toshiba Corp.)
  • Aerospace & Automotive Supply Chain Management – Univ. of California, Irvine
  • Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) – Institute for Supply Management
  • Certified Purchasing Management (CPM) – Institute for Supply Management
  • Quality Management Certification – Philip Crosby School of Quality
  • JIT/TQC Plant Simulation – Richard J. Schonberger School, Univ. of Nebraska
  • SPC/SQC – Richard J. Schonberger School, University of Nebraska
  • Juran For Quality Improvement, Irvine, CA
  • TQM/SQC – California Consortium for Business Improvement, San Jose, CA
  • Certificate of Meritorious Service, Egyptian Government (Ministry of Commerce), 2008
  • Letter of Accomplishment, Group Managing Director (CEO) of Domino Printing Sciences, 2006
  • nVIDIA Board of Directors Distinguished Service Award for FY2002
  • Top Lean Champion, Sun Microsystems, 1998
  • The Toyota World Class Manufacturing System (Now: “Lean Manufacturing System”) Joint APICS/Toyota Training – Edward Deming Institute, with cooperation by the Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers (JUSE), Yokohama, Japan (First American outside the automobile industry to qualify as an “Instructor-Practitioner”)

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