Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer
As both Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Armor Express, Patricia is involved in virtually all aspects of the Company’s business operations. She oversees financial planning and budgeting, as well as pricing strategies with respect to Military, Government and Law Enforcement proposals. She also is responsible for overseeing Operations at the Company’s manufacturing plant in Central Lake, MI, working with the team to ensure Lean & Six Sigma implementation, facility optimization, compliance, safety, and quality.
Patricia brings almost 30 years of experience in financial management, organizational transformation, change management, and business process optimization. Given her diverse background, she is the perfect fit for Armor Express and has taken the lead role in Project Management and Kaizen initiatives across all departments.
Prior to joining Armor Express, Patricia served as the Senior Director, Business Process Transformation with SunEdison, a $4 billion renewable energy development company, where she led business process transformation in support of the Global Finance & Controllership team. Previously, she served as Director, North American Plant Accounting with Energizer, one of the most recognized battery brands in the world, where she was responsible for the Controllership of 13 plants across North America. There she led reporting, accounting, inventory controls, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, R&D accounting, and various financial aspects of Operations. She also served as Director, Finance Operations with Energizer, overseeing their Playtex Operations group.
Patricia brings to Armor Express a wealth of knowledge in the body armor and protective solutions market. She most recently worked with the Safariland division of BAE Systems as Director of Business Excellence, responsible for redesigning and implementing new product development life-cycle maintenance processes, as well as overseeing IT governance, quality, and customer service processes. Prior to this role, she was the Controller of Soft Body Armor with BAE Systems in their Products Group, overseeing all financial management, costing financial analysis and inventory management, as well as leading and training Lean manufacturing principals. Earlier in her career, she held senior financial positions with Wayne Wire Cloth Products as Chief Financial Officer; Honeywell Hi-Spec, as Director of Finance & Administration; and Motoman, Inc., as Controller.
Patricia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance from Wright State University; a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from The Ohio State University; and earned her Doctorate in Business Administration from Lawrence Technological University.
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