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The President of Mad Brook Associates, Rick Wheeler, has been a part of the domestic manufacturing industry since 1977. Starting out as a Regional Account Manager for a resin manufacturer, he progressed to Sales Management in the plastics textile industry.

In 1987, Rick entered the thermoplastic injection molding world, having sold materials into the business for years. His first role was again in sales of customer-designed plastic optics, lenses, and instruments into both military and commercial applications. Given the opportunity to run the plastics optics manufacturing organization, Rick became a GM of an injection molding and coating/metallizing plant.

His responsibilities grew again when he assumed the role of VP Operations, now having engineering, production, warehousing, ship & receiving, customer service and supply chain under the Operations role and responsibility.

That propelled him into a position as President and Chief Operating Officer of a company that not only molds plastic parts with 60+ injection presses, but also over a 30 man tool room making full production molds and low production prototypes. This broadened his management skills, as sales, human resources, and R&D were added to the responsibilities of the manufacturing operations.

While in this role, Rick also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Business at the Graduate level, teaching both Operations and Supply Chain Management as well as Consumer Marketing. It is with this wide range of experience, both practical and theoretical, that he is able to guide Mad Brook Associates to a full service consulting firm for manufacturers, particularly those focused on the plastic process industries.

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