Preston M. Akers Quality Assurance 5/23/12

 Preston M. Akers

1926 West Casino Rd – D101. Everett WA 98204 – Email:
OBJECTIVE: Talented and experienced Director desires a Director of Quality Assurance, Product Development and/or Social Compliance position within the Consumer Products or Outdoor Products Industries.      

Leadership / Team Management                           Budgeting & Forecasting

P&L Responsibility                                               Strategic Planning

Start-ups                                                              Growth Strategies             

Consumer Products                                             Tactician - Strategic Thinker

Drives "Out-of-box" Thinking                               Entrepreneurial Experience

Product Development                                           Global Sourcing

PPAI Safety Conference 2012 & 2013                BDA-QCA Compliance Representative

EXPERTISE:    Highly skilled in Sourcing, Costing, Quality Assurance and Product Design & Development. Exceptional experience in Product Testing & Protocols, Technical Specifications, and Corporate Code of Conduct (Social Responsibility) and have consistently succeeded in developing brand and cost appropriate products. Strong background in TPCH, CPSC, CPSIA, ROH, FDA, F963, EN71, WEEE, ASTM, AATCC, and AQL Quality and Inspection systems. Strong skill sets in Injection and Blow Molding, Deep Draw and Hydro Forming, Cut & Sew Textiles in Carry Gear, Accessories, Home Furnishings, Children’s Product and Toys, Footwear. And Mobile Gaming Systems

KEY EXPERIENCE: BENSUSSEN DEUTSCH & ASSOCIATES – Director: Product-Supply Chain Integrity   2012 – 3/2014                           Woodinville, WA                                                                                                                                                                                   Promotional Products Company focusing on MLB, NFL, NHL, NCAA. Developed and implemented the Quality Assurance and Social Compliance platforms. Worked with QCA (Quality Certification Alliance) and FLA (Fair Labor Association) and client specific compliance platforms such as Kohl's, Starbuck's, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg's, and General Mills. Well versed in SA and GMP audit platforms.

PROGRESSIVE INTERNATIONAL – Sr. Manager Quality & Corporate Responsibility 2009 - 2012
Kent, WA                                                                                                   
Responsible for the development and implementation of Quality Assurance and Social Compliance processes. Authored the Progressive Intl Social Compliance platform. Ensured that all products met the requisite product specifications, performance requirements and standards. Key clients at Progressive Intl: Kohl's, Target, Wal-Mart, Macy's, Avon, Pampered Chef, and Sears Holdings.

LANDS’ END – Sourcing Specialist                                                                                               2007 - 2009
Dodgeville, WI                                                                                                                                  
Established the Global Sourcing position for Lands' End Luggage / Kids Home / Home Furnishings & Accessories Programs. Responsible for the identification and screening of new vendors. Additional key aspects of this position were to coordinate production management of programs, time and action calendars and vendor placement and IMU improvement through product engineering.

TARGET – Sr. Manager Hardlines Technical Development                                                       2003 – 2006
Minneapolis, MN
Responsible for the establishment of the Hardlines Product Design & Development Technical Specification area. Hired and managed a team of 10 Technical Designers for Home Textiles, Home Décor, KD Furniture and Luggage categories.

PACIFIC MARKETING INTERNATIONAL – Quality Assurance Manager                          2001 – 2003
Seattle, WA
Implemented Quality Assurance and Corporate Code of Conduct programs; PMI) for the Luggage and
Drinkware categories. Key responsibility was the implementation of formalized DuPro and FRI quality
processes an well as Corporate Code of Conduct practices and training in the China factories.

EDDIE BAUER – Sr. Quality Assurance Manager – Hardlines                                                 1986 -2000                 
Redmond, WA
Implemented  Hardlines Product Design & Development Technical Specification area. Responsible for, Luggage and Pack programs, Footwear, Accessories, Home Décor, and Furniture. Implemented the initial Social Compliance processes for Hardlines factories.

The Ohio State University – Columbus, Ohio. BS Education        1978     
PERSONAL:  Fly and Spey Fishing, Fly Tying, Biking, Mountaineering, Willing to Relocate.                                   



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