Toward Zero Leadership Team

Proven experience in helping manufacturing companies operate efficiently and profitably by aligning culture, processes, and technology.

Aaron Muhl

Aaron Muhl

President


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Aaron Muhl

Aaron Muhl

President


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Toward Zero President Aaron Muhl co-founded the company in 2015 with the belief that dialing in technology, process and culture is key to helping manufacturing companies thrive. With over 25 years' industry experience, Aaron has built a network of resources to help companies understand the opportunities available with select technology, implementation and change management. Aaron’s extensive background in management, manufacturing technology and systems architecture has also helped him drive enterprise communication standards for manufacturing, as a voting member of ISA-95 for over 12 years.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Senior Vice President


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Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Senior Vice President


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As a business process optimization and change management executive, Steve Smith has excelled in both corporate leadership and consulting roles within multiple industries, including food and beverage, medical device, pharmaceutical and aerospace industries. Since 2016, Steve has served Toward Zero as Senior Vice President, driving significant and sustainable increases in operational efficiencies and productivity. Especially skilled at building buy-in and support for process improvement and change initiatives, Steve creates a team atmosphere that engages all stakeholders.

Dave Ray

Dave Ray

Vice President, Manufacturing IT


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Dave Ray

Dave Ray

Vice President, Manufacturing IT


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Dave Ray brings over 20 years of experience in the field of information technology and software development to his role as Vice President of Manufacturing IT. With the majority of his career spent in the manufacturing sector, Dave has been delivering solutions across a wide range of industries, with a focus in food and beverage, consumer packaged goods (CPG) and pharmaceuticals. Dave’s unique approach to problem solving with the correct IT systems comes from his background as a project manager in manufacturing execution and operations management software solutions, as well as senior architect in the deployment of global manufacturing execution system (MES) solutions. Dave specializes in MES and manufacturing operations management (MOM), both in terms of implementing the correct solution based on company requirements, and how it can be used to continuously improve the productivity of manufacturing operations.

Iain Clarke

Iain Clarke

Vice President, Catalyst Advisory Services

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Iain Clarke

Iain Clarke

Vice President, Catalyst Advisory Services

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Iain Clarke joined the Toward Zero team in 2019 as Vice President of Catalyst Advisory Services. He has over 30 years experience in operations, supply chain and consulting, and has held a number of leadership roles in these fields. Iain's passion revolves around helping businesses worldwide to sustainably improve their performance and bottom line by providing appropriate solutions with a strong ROI. He has extensive experience in leading global, large scale, operational transformation programs across multiple sectors, including consumer goods and petrochemicals. He specializes in integrated improvement methodologies -- process/technology, work practices, people and resultant performance improvement, as has also done significant work on organizational design and transformation, change management and strategy development. Iain believes strongly in the philosophy that capable and engaged employees provide a significant competitive advantage that is very difficult for competitors to replicate.

Doug Granitz

Doug Granitz

Vice President, Consumer Products


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Doug Granitz

Doug Granitz

Vice President, Consumer Products


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For over 25 years Doug Granitz has been leading and delivering top-line net revenue/market and bottom line EBIT/cashflow performance and sustainable growth. As a seasoned senior executive with extensive sales and marketing, operations, finance, supply chain, quality assurance/regulatory, human resource and labor expertise in the U.S. and the global marketplace, Doug brings a dynamic and comprehensive perspective to businesses. With near native Portuguese and high fluency in Spanish, Doug has proven global leadership in the CPG and ingredients industry, leading highly successful greenfield, turn-arounds, and growth focused business development in the U.S., Latin America, Brazil, and Asia. As Vice President of Consumer Products, Doug provides a wealth of relevant, best practice, end-to end holistic performance and go-to-market insights to build, scale, shepherd and optimize a culture of excellence across the organization and marketplace, to support the delivery of high levels of ROI and FCF, customer retention and market share growth.

Patricia Hatem

Pat Hatem

Vice President, Advisory Services


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Patricia Hatem

Pat Hatem

Vice President, Advisory Services


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For over 30 years, Pat Hatem has been a change agent helping companies apply continuous improvement.  Throughout her career, she has inspired and motivated teams to align culture, processes, and technology, and achieve business results through operational excellence.  Her particular expertise spans business process, supply chain, strategy, MOM/MES, ERP, and quality, and she has deep manufacturing experience in consumer goods, chemical, and plastics.

Pat has held strategic and leadership roles in operations, supply chain, purchasing, strategy, process improvement, project management, process engineering, research and development, and environmental for prominent industrial organizations that span CarbonLite, Bemis Manufacturing, Diversey (formerly a division of SC Johnson), SC Johnson, The Dial Corporation, Abbott Laboratories, and Olin Corporation.  Pat is a Six Sigma Black Belt and a Lean Leader; she earned a BS Cum Laude in chemical engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology.

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Erica Stanulis

Erica Stanulis

Vice President, Advisory Services


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Erica Stanulis

Erica Stanulis

Vice President, Advisory Services


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For over 20 years, Erica Stanulis has been helping companies apply operational excellence, change management, and social impact strategies to achieve business results through transformation.  With particular and deep experience in automotive, nutraceutical, biotech, and tech, she has applied her expertise to identify improvement opportunities, optimize resources, and drive lead time reduction.

Erica is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, earned a BS in chemical engineering from Purdue University, and holds a MBA in leadership and managing organizational change from the Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University.  She has also completed coursework in biomedical instrumentation and bioengineering at Oxford University, England.

Javier Ortiz

Javier Ortiz

Director, Augmented Reality


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Javier Ortiz

Javier Ortiz

Director, Augmented Reality


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Javier Ortiz has more than 20 years of industry experience as an industrial engineer specializing in manufacturing systems and enterprise computing, specifically with smart manufacturing, process improvement and optimization, wearables and augmented reality, MOM/MES evaluation and architecture, and MES solution implementation. As Director of Augmented Reality, Javier utilizes his passion for advanced manufacturing and his background managing teams across all four areas of production, quality, inventory and maintenance. Javier has worked in the automotive, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and consumer packaged goods (CPG) industries in the past.

What does Toward Zero do?

We get asked this question all the time. Our answer is simple: We help companies move toward zero waste.

How we do this is where things get exciting. We focus on what will have the greatest impact to our clients.

We’ve seen companies purchase state of the art technology and not receive the benefits because it was designed and implemented incorrectly. Our technology experts will make sure this won’t happen to you.

We’ve seen companies spend money to automate processes that are inefficient, instead of correcting the processes first. Our process experts will help you design and optimize the process before you automate it.

We’ve seen companies fail during projects because the company culture wasn’t ready. Our change management experts will help you align the different groups and organize them toward a common goal to ensure your project success.

Toward Zero isn’t just an integrator or a consultant. We’re both. We possess the technology and process depth of a world-class integrator and the business acumen of a world-class consultant. We use our unique combination of skills and expertise to help our customers reduce manufacturing waste in all its many forms.

How will Toward Zero help you?

Sincerely,
Aaron Muhl
Toward Zero president and founder

 

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