Keith D. Kusmirek
Over nine years of combined professional product management, project management, and industrial design experience providing technical direction for the medical industry through customer interface, marketing, engineering, material applications, packaging structures, and branding for project teams throughout the multiple stages of project development.
Expertise in conducting Product Life Cycle Management (PLM) organized timelines, communicating with vendors, supervising tasks, long term planning, engineering changes, establishing schedules, creating contingency plans, meeting deadlines, fulfilling consumer needs, and maintaining project budgets.
Substantial background in research and analysis of customer driven projects simultaneously under demanding deadlines in mass market channels, both domestically and globally, from concept to initial production.
Strong skill set in bringing creative, innovative, and dynamic product design and solutions to life.
- 9 years experience
University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin.
Bachelors of Fine Arts – Industrial Design, December 2007, IDSA (NASAD) accredited school.
Medline Industries, Inc.
Project Manager of Manufacturing Operations, ReadyCare Marketing
September 2016 – May 2017 / Hartland, Wisconsin
Developed and managed project plans and tracking tools through audited ISO13485:2007 PLM process, ensuring project milestones and customer timelines for project completion are met.
Managed the safe and efficient introduction of all aspects of new products and PLM by ReadyCare Marketing Hartland.
Established communication with and acted as the liaison for all stakeholders for goods and services provided by ReadyCare Marketing during the product life cycle.
Maintained and communicated project plan documentation, including timelines, strategic objectives, and tactical execution including on time launch and ongoing customer service levels.
Developed strategies and drove execution for PLM initiatives, ensuring products by ReadyCare are manufactured safely, delivered on time and of the highest quality.
Medline Industries, Inc.
Product Manager, ReadyCare Marketing
August 2015 – August 2016 / Hartland, Wisconsin
Product Manager in charge of both retail and institutional product line development, team project planning, financial and corporate growth objectives.
Manager located on-site and hands-on with product manufacturing in fast paced work environment driving the company’s long term marketing vision and sales goals.
Identified and launched new product ideas, while acting as a gatekeeper for all new products manufactured onsite and with outside vendors including the establishment of cost and pricing assignments for product lines.
Main point of contact for quotation negotiations on terms and conditions with suppliers and vendors, in order to offer best value to the end customer.
Manager who provided guidance to team members on identifying and implementing product improvements, cost savings opportunities, and innovation on all manufactured items.
Mueller Sports Medicine, Inc.
Lead Industrial Designer & Project Manager
March 2008 – December 2014 / Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Lead team member in New Products Department tasked in hard and soft good design for medical device design, human factors design, travel luggage, and many other drug and food projects across company-wide market channels.
Managed PLM, field research, visual concepts, product branding, product aesthetics, bill of materials, physical prototypes, proof of concept, and packaging structures.
Worked closely with multiple manufacturing vendors in the United States, and other global supply chains such as; Canada, Mexico, Germany, Japan, and China.
Maintained documentation spanning across product development for FDA, EPA, and CE government regulations.
Andersen Windows & Door Corporation
Industrial Design Intern
May 2006 – September 2006 / Bayport, Minnesota
Advance Design & Research team member assigned to door handle designs.
Worked closely with senior level designers and marketing personnel to meet project needs, from presentation to fabrication, while conducting detailed architectural design and marketing research.
Door handle design selected and manufactured by Andersen Windows & Door Corporation, available through The Home Depot, Inc.
Macintosh OS X
Windows OS 10
Microsoft Office Suite
PIM / DAM
Adobe Illustrator CC
Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe Acrobat CC
Marketing Research Presentations
Market Trend Reporting
Product Bill of Materials (BOM)
Full Product Specifications
ISO 13485 (PLM) Documentation
3D CAD Modeling
3D Rapid Prototyping Printers
Purchasing Information Records (PIR)
Trade Shows Events
Material Analysis and Testing
Key manager for new OEM healthcare startup producing medical devices, (OTC) drugs, and cosmetic products. Medline Industries, Inc. August 2015-May 2017
Six product design patents awarded by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and multiple patents pending across various market channels both globally and domestically. Mueller Sports Medicine, Inc., June 2015-February 2016
More than three months spent in Northern and Southern China working face-to-face with vendors and manufactures to direct in research, testing, prototyping, material sourcing, and the manufacture consumer goods. Mueller Sports Medicine, Inc., March 2008-December 2014
ECRM® Home Health Care “Outstanding New Product” Award, Mueller’s Green Adjustable Back and Abdominal Support, March 2009