BILLY RAY TAYLOR

is a highly respected, motivating, and visionary leader with over 20 years of diverse experience in all phases of manufacturing management, offering business focused solutions that are communicated passionately with an enhanced ability to construct and present business concepts and plans in a clear and persuasive manner. Often selected to pilot leading-edge and innovative processes, he has been repeatedly called upon to successfully implement improvement strategies in under-performing operations, improving production efficiency and employee engagement and has built a reputation negotiating complex contractual issues, with the highest level of integrity, fairness, and honesty, while dealing with a range of sensitive issues.

Currently as plant manager for a Goodyear 2.2 million sq. ft. consumer tire manufacturing plant in Fayetteville, North Carolina, he has been instrumental in achieving and sustaining significant productivity increases of over 18 percent in units in just six months. The plant has improved per-day tire production while reducing bottom-line spending, offsetting inflation cost year after year. The combination of robust people engagement and process improvement has resulted in unit manufacturing cost reductions representing multi-million dollar savings to the bottom line.

Previously, Mr. Taylor has led numerous manufacturing teams as a plant, production, and business center manager for Goodyear, consistently improving plant performance across all areas of production, labor costs, quality and safety, winning numerous internal and external awards and recognition such as the Shingo Silver Medallion Award. Mr. Taylor was also recognized as one of the Most Admired Executives in Oklahoma by The Journal Record, the Oklahoma City-based business newspaper affiliated with Dolan Media Company. He has been an invited guest of the Goodyear Board of Directors and participant at several senior Goodyear international and global conferences and state CEO roundtables as a “Transformation Leader”, to offer his own unique insights and strategies in lean manufacturing, leadership, and employee engagement. He is also a member of the Oklahoma Governors Business Roundtable and the Oklahoma Most Admired CEO Roundtable.

Earlier in his 20+ year career with Goodyear, Mr. Taylor held progressive levels of responsibility in the manufacturing, production, and maintenance engineering areas of the business. He holds a MBA from Baker University where he was rated a top student in his year and earlier completed a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Prairie View A&M University. Throughout his career Mr. Taylor has attended a range of leadership development and six sigma certification programs and has also been certified in Toyota Lean Manufacturing in Shirakawa, Japan.

An enthusiastic and natural communicator, Mr. Taylor has been invited to speak at numerous industry and local business events, including the 2011 Shingo International Conference, Association of Manufacturing Excellence, and the United States Army. He is also called upon by numerous universities, colleges, and schools to deliver his “Everyone is the CEO” motivational keynote to students and share his unique three-step system for success in life and business.