Tim Foster

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What I think about Foxconn
I have worked with Foxconn as a cleint and found that they are quick to start work but very slow to make final decisions.

EMS companies I have worked with
Foxconn, Jabil, Sanmina, Celestica, Compal, NKG, Cal-Comp, SMTC, Flextronics, Elcoteq

The skills I often see lacking in the EMS industry today
Business Unit Integration

What I think about some of the emerging EMS markets or regions
Mexico isn't "emerging" but I still think it has the best to offer for the US market.
Poor logistics and cost of quality issues are just too high still for some LCC's such as India.
Quality of the workforce in Brazil is getting much better but it's also getting expensive.

What I think about low-cost manufacturing
You have to look at the total cost picture. What will air-freight cost you in those pinch situations and do you need support on-site to assure outbound quality.

My thoughts on what makes a good program manager
Constant communication.

A book I recommend to others or am currently reading
Reading Good to Great but don't recommend it. The case study companies that were considered to be great don't look so hot after the financing schemes of 07-09 were peeled back.

If I could travel back in time and witness any event one would be
The day Christ died.

One of my favorite quotes
Hope is not a strategy.

Someone I would most like to sit next to at a dinner party
My wife.

Some of the countries I have visited for work or play
England, Holland, Denmark, Sweeden, Bahamas, Mexico, Brazil, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Romania, India, China, South Korea, France, Austria, Slovakia, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, Venezuela, Columbia, Canada

A helpful travel tip I often use
Carry-on at all costs

The ultimate consumer electronics product I would still like to see developed
Laser lawn mower

A favorite electronics gadget
my Android phone

One of my favorite toys as a child
Legos

About me ...

20+ years of experience in electroincs manufacturing and supply chain management . Held various positions within program management, strategic sourcing, supply planning, R&D prototyping, and procurement. Part of a team that made it to the top of AMR’s top 25 global supply chain companies. Spent seven years working in Brazil and speaks fluent Portuguese. Holds an MBA in Supply Chain Management from The University of Dallas. Tim founded the Las Colinas office of GRN and is committed to placing and recruiting top talent within the industry.