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issue: July 2005 APPLIANCE Magazine

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Sidney Hooper of Lamb Industries, Inc.


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Sidney F. Hooper will use his extensive industry experience and team-player attitude as he assumes the position of president at switch manufacturer Lamb Industries in Portland, OR, U.S. After many trips to Japan, Mr. Hooper has adapted a team-building and consensus style of management.

He finds that this approach breeds an organization that remains focused on the long-term and short-term goals that should be accomplished.

Mr. Hooper graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration and a major in Marketing from Northeastern University in Boston, MA, U.S. He has also attended a variety of educational seminars on topics such as quality control systems, time management, productivity improvement, new marketing techniques, and distribution trends.

Before taking the position at Lamb, Mr. Hooper worked with several other companies in the switch manufacturing community. First, he worked at Alcoswitch, a division of Augat Inc., as vice president and general manager, where he was the youngest vice president ever appointed by Augat. From 1989 until 1991, he worked as vice president of Corporate Marketing. After working for Augat, he moved on to become the president and CEO of APEM Components Inc. It was at both Alcoswitch and APEM that Mr. Hooper says he used a teamwork management style to strengthen the companies as leaders in their industry.

Over the years, Mr. Hooper has created “Cost of Quality Teams,” which are an assortment of teams within an organization that concentrate on generating cost savings for the company. These teams have shown Mr. Hooper time and time again how well the employees know the company and how they have solutions to improve it. “Our employees have always proven to be the most valuable resource,” Mr. Hooper tells APPLIANCE. In fact, he says close interaction with employees has proven to be the most valuable learning experience in his career.

Two of the many challenges that Mr. Hooper has encountered during his career are the continuous shifts in the world’s manufacturing economies and currency realignment. His experience in the field has taught him strategies for overcoming these challenges. “The goal is to remain close to the design in functions, while servicing tier-one accounts throughout the world,” Mr. Hooper explains. “This has involved realigning manufacturing and sales channels for maximum advantage.”

At Lamb Industries, Mr. Hooper will now take on the responsibilities for all of the executive functions at Lamb, ranging from day-to-day operations to long-term planning. He says his goal is to re-align Lamb to serve tier-one accounts worldwide and tier-two and -three accounts in North America.

When he decided to make the transition as president of Lamb, teams of people supported Mr. Hooper, which he says has been a rewarding experience. “More than 200 people (employees, customers, distributors) have surprised me with a warm reception as I move onto my next challenge,” he says.

When he is not busy building his new teams, Mr. Hooper enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, taking long bike rides along the shores of Cape Cod Bay at his vacation home, and reading a good book.

Suppliers mentioned in this article:
Lamb Industries
 

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