Professional Manufacturing and Business Growth Advisor/ Certified Innovation Engineering Black Belt
Brian Werneke was hired as a Professional Manufacturing Advisor in August 2007 and is based in VMEC's Burlington office. He has over 15 years of practical experience in the manufacturing, financial services, professional services, and healthcare sectors having held positions in technical sales, marketing, e-commerce, strategic planning, client relationship assessment systems, quality management and project management. Brian has worked broadly across enterprises from the shop floor to the executive boardroom, coaching and facilitating organizational transformations for growth and continuous improvement. He was recently certified as the first Innovation Engineering Black Belt in the country, and has been working with Vermont manufacturers to implement the Innovation Engineering Management System to increase their speed with Innovation while reducing the risk of Innovation.
He has worked with organizations as small as one person garage shops and as large as multi-billion dollar global enterprises with thousands of employees. Those organizations have spanned all manner of manufacturing, as well as professional services and finance, education, not-for-profit and government, and healthcare such as hospitals, physician practices, and emergency services.
Prior to joining VMEC, Brian was a Project Manager and Business Analyst for BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont. He also worked as an Independent Quality Consultant for Whitetail Manufacturing, Inc. in Williston, VT, assisting them with the implementation of their ISO 9001 and AS9100 quality system registration. Brian’s other professional development includes customer relationship management, marketing, industrial sales and business development, e-commerce, financial planning and analysis, as well as having served over six years as an advanced life support EMT.
Brian is a 1994 graduate of UVM with a BS in Mathematics, and he received an MBA from Clemson University in 2001. Brian primarily concentrates on delivering assistance and services to Vermont manufacturers located in the northwest area of the state. When he is not working with clients, he enjoys skiing with his family and spending a little bit of time at the family farm tending the apples for making cider and in his hop-yard, where he grows his own hops for home brewing.