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Roger B. Brooks

Roger B. Brooks

“So many kids ask me to teach them the ‘tricks of the trade.’  In this game you have to learn to dribble, pass and shoot.  The tricks are easy”
- Johnny Wooden, Great Retired Basketball Coach of UCLA

Message

I have worked in value chain management as a practitioner, consultant and educator my entire career and have found there is a lot of “naïve sophistication” theorized, proposed, sold, and practiced.  Virtually none of it works.  Conversely, as Leonardo da Vinci said, “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”  To be successful in any field, you must first understand the principles upon which the field is anchored.  These principles are almost always simple.  It is my intention to present problems and solutions, evaluate them against value chain principles, thus showing why some practices work and some don’t.  Learning should be fun and, in many cases, entertaining.  It is my goal to make your learning meaningful and fun.  Please come with an open and agile mind.

Biography

Roger is a Senior Principal and Partner in Oliver Wight America, Inc.  Oliver Wight America, Inc. is a premiere consulting and educational company specializing in assisting manufacturing, service, engineering, and distribution companies improve their performance through better planning and control.  Their focus is on integrating People & Behaviors, Processes, and Tools.  Roger has held multiple positions within Oliver Wight including Chairman of the Board, President, Chairman Emeritus Oliver Wight West, Inc., Board Director Oliver Wight Europe, Africa and Middle East, and President of Oliver Wight Mexico.

Prior to joining Oliver Wight in 1979, Roger worked for Hyster Company in Portland, Oregon.  He held the positions of Capacity and Materials Manager, Assembly Line Manager, Production Foreman, Training Engineer and Service Engineer.

Roger lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Linda.  They have two adult sons, Wade and Jason.  When not traveling with Linda, Roger likes to play golf and poking around in his vegetable garden.

Education

  • M.S., Columbia University (Industrial Management and Engineering)
  • B.A., Willamette University

Areas of Instruction

Value Chain Management; Supply Chain Management; Integrated Business Planning (Sales & Operations Planning); Inventory Management

Past Courses

  • “Manufacturing Resource Planning for Executives,” co-authored and taught; Oliver Wight Americas, Inc.
  • “Integrated Business Management” (“Sales & Operations Planning”); co-authored and taught; Oliver Wight Americas, Inc.
  • “Integrated Supply Chain Management,” co-authored and taught; Oliver Wight Americas, Inc.
  • “Plant Scheduling & Capacity Planning,” co-authored and taught; Oliver Wight Americas, Inc.
  • “Inventory Record Accuracy,” authored and taught; Oliver Wight Americas, Inc.
  • “Bills of Materials,” co-authored and taught; Oliver Wight Americas, Inc.
  • “Strategic Planning,” co-authored and taught; Oliver Wight Americas, Inc.
  • “Just-In-Time” (“Lean Manufacturing”), co-authored and taught; Oliver Wight Americas, Inc.

Selected Publications and Writing

Books: 

  • Inventory Record Accuracy, (1st and 2nd editions) co-authored with Larry Wilson; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Book Contributions:

  • Production & Invetory Control Handbook, co-authored with Walter Goddard Strategic Production Planning chapter; American Production & Inventory Control Society
  • Just in Time, co-authored with Walt Goddard, Thomas Wallace, Dave Garwood; published under Walt Goddard; The Oliver Wight Companies
  • Master Production Scheduling, Berry, Vollman and Whybark; American Production & Inventory Control Society
  • The Oliver Wight ABCD Checklist for Operational Excellence; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Papers:

  • “Cascade Education,” co-authored with Dave Manning; Oliver Wight, Inc.
  • “Creating the Sweet Spot of Success,” American Production & Inventory Control Society
  • “Integrating Lean and ERP,” American Production & Inventory Control Society
  • “Successfully Managing Interplant Demands and Supplies,” American Production & Inventory Control Society
  • “Demand-Pull Principles and Practices,” with Charlene Adair, American Production & Inventory Control Society