EXECUTIVE IN RESIDENCE
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As the President of the Blueflux Products group, he is responsible for the launch of a new generation of green, electrical energy creation systems. This includes product design, manufacturing, launch and distribution for North America and then globally
Jeff recently left Johnson Controls to join this start up. In his last Johnson Controls role as Vice President of Global Operational Excellence, he was responsible for the performance of 82 manufacturing facilities and the functional leadership for the required support organizations (Quality, Material Control, Continuous Improvement, Advanced Manufacturing, Johnson Controls Manufacturing System, Network Optimization, and Organizational Health). Prior to this role, Jeff was the Vice President of Global Procurement, Operations and Continuous Improvement as well.
Jeff started his career with Prince Corporation/JCI in Holland, Michigan, upon completing his Bachelor of Science in Plastics Engineering degree from Pittsburg State University. Jeff has gained experience through progressive leadership roles with the company including: Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, Product Development, Sales Operations and Procurement. Each of those experiences are now proving critical as he works to launch a global business that is designed to provide clean electrical energy and potentially change the world.
Jeff lives in Racine, Wisconsin with his wife Jewell. They have two daughters, Holly Daniel and Kelly Ritzmann, a son-in law, Tom Ritzmann, and a new grandson, Dawson Ritzmann.
The program was initiated in Spring 2002 to:
- Offer students and faculty the opportunity to learn from business leaders about the challenges faced when working in the global business arena
- Provide executive guidance to students preparing to enter the marketplace for employment
- Further enhance the school's partnerships with the business community
Held twice each academic year, the Executive-in-Residence program complements and strengthens the student's classroom experience by offering real-world illustrations of the key issues encountered when managing a business firm. In sharing their vision and experiences, the high level executives help bridge the gap between theory and practice and provide insight into how difficult business decisions are made.
Students learn from these business perspectives and gain awareness that future success can be achieved through continued academic growth and development. Executives also meet with university leaders and faculty from the school to exchange ideas on how the university and business community can partner together for mutual benefit.
Presented in an engaging atmosphere, participants have the opportunity to raise questions on issues of interest and from this interaction gain an appreciation of how executives make decisions, motivate, and manage. Executives find the experience to be very beneficial and gratifying in knowing they are playing an important role in shaping America's future business leaders.