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Richard Baker

Richard (Rick) Baker is a recognized “Award Winning Business & Operational Excellence Expert” with 40 years of experience in the implementation of world-class leadership and techniques across various industries including Aerospace, Energy, Industrial, Construction, Equipment, Food, and Wood Products.

Areas of expertise include: Business Processes, Manufacturing & Production, Fabrication, Merger & Acquisition – Integration & Transitions, Lean Enterprise & Kata, Global Sourcing and Supply Chain Management, Distribution and Domestic/International Logistics, Quality Management Systems (AS-9100, ISO:9000, NADCAP, IS0/IEC 17025 ), Executive Coaching, New Product Development, and Strategic Planning.

  • Recognized in Puget Sound Business Journal (PSBJ) as one of the best in World Class Methodologies.
  • Recognized in Redmond Business Chamber of Commerce Journal on Operational Excellence.
  • Recognized by AEA, IEEE, Florida Atlantic University, Sundstrand Today, Honeywell News, and SME various articles.

Rick has an extensive depth and experience with Business Processes managing OEM/ODM suppliers in Asia, Europe, Mexico, as well as Canada and the USA and responsible for national and international sites.

Current Companies

Self – President & Owner – RC Baker & Associates, LLC
President & CEO, Owner -Metaltest, Inc
President & CEO, Owner – Materials Test Lab (MTL)

Prior Positions Held

Vice President, Engineering & Operations – Precor
President & CEO, Cavan
Director of Operations, Quality, and Productivity – Honeywell

Years of Experience

40 years

Professional Affiliations

MTI, NADCAP, AEA, ASQC, APIC, SME, IEEE, Chamber of Commerce – Breakfast & Dinner Speaker

Volunteer Activities

Junior Achievement Business Consultant
Little League Board Member & Coach
President, Kirkland Baseball
Church Board Member
Church Youth Speaker

Degrees Held

Bachelor of Science – University of Washington
Bachelor of Arts – University of Washington


  • Six Sigma Green Belt Cert – 1991 – Six Sigma Academy
  • Certified Boeing Instructor Advanced Quality Systems (AQS) -1990 – Sundstrand
  • ISO 9000 – Element Leader – 1991 – Sundstrand
  • Lean Enterprise Master Training – 1998 – University of Tennessee
  • Advance Quality Participation (AQP) Washington State “Company of the Year” Award – 1991
  • Advance Quality Participation (AQP) Washington State “Leader of the Year” Award – 1992
  • Malcolm Baldridge Award Examiner Cert – 1997 – Tempe, Az
  • Honeywell Premier Achievement Award Winner MS&S “Business Integration” Award -1998 – Tempe, Az.
  • MHIA Community of the Year Award Cavan– National Best in Class –Scottsdale, AZ -2000
  • Factory of the Year Award Amer Sports, Precor – Woodinville, Wa – 2004
  • SME Lean Certification – Society of Manufacturing Engineering – SCC -2005
  • Six Sigma Black Belt Cert – ETI, Redmond, Wa – 2006-2007
  • NADCAP Certification -2010-2017
  • ISO/IEC-17025/2005 QMS -2017
  • Boeing Recert – 2017

Subject Expertise

  • Engineering, Production & Manufacturing, Distribution & Logistics, Sales & Marketing, Finance & Accounting, HR processes, (35 yrs)
  • Business Owner & P/L Responsibility -Aerospace Test Lab & Consulting Company (12 yrs)
  • Executive Coaching all Levels including “C” Level & Mentorship (16 yrs)
  • Executing World Class Methodologies for Administrative, Business & Operational Processes (36 yrs)
  • Strategic & Tactical Planning using Hoshin Planning & Goal Deployment (25 yrs)
  • Project, Product, Program Management & Risk Mitigation (25 yrs)
  • New Product Introductions & DFMA, (25 yrs)
  • Merger & Acquisitions Repositioning, Site Relocations, and Factory Layout (39 yrs)
  • Operational Excellence – Lean Enterprise, Six Sigma, Values Stream Mapping, Kaizen’s & Kata’s, Continuous Flow, Statistical Process Control (24 yrs)
  • Supply Chain Management (SCM), Material Strategies, Kanban, Just in Time (JIT) & Global Sourcing, Point of Use Inventory Systems (24 yrs)
  • Quality Management System & Continuous Improvement Tools (24 yrs)
  • Organizational Development with Management Selection Systems & Succession Planning Family Business. (17 yrs)
  • Factory & Warehouse Layouts (18 yrs)
  • Designed and implemented training programs in Culture, Team Building, and Technical Skills (27 yrs)
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