Robert L. Kennison, MBA
Mr. Kennison joined Fairchild Aircraft Corporation (Fairchild) in 1977 following a 22-year career in the U.S. Air Force (6 enlisted, 16 commissioned) with experience as an engineer, analyst, flight test director, and program director.
While at Fairchild, Mr. Kennison held various positions in the areas of engineering, technical and business analysis, project/program management, product development, marketing, and administrative management.
His first position was an airworthiness engineer, investigating reported system/subsystem failures on customer-operated aircraft, and performing statistical analyses on wind tunnel and flight performance data.
He also served on Fairchild's Material Review Board.
was selected as project leader for the company's pilot program in manufacturing information systems, where he
was responsible for evaluating, selecting, and implementing these systems company-wide.
Subsequently, he was named the project engineer for special mission (non-commercial) variants of Fairchild aircraft.
His next assignment was marketing services manager, responsible for financial and operational analyses of customer-operated Fairchild aircraft.
He later was promoted to director of marketing services, with responsibility for all marketing analyses, market research, promotional materials, shows and exhibits, and marketing budgets.
After a brief absence, he
returned to Fairchild
as program manager for the Metro V
- the company's newest commuter aircraft.
He soon was promoted to vice president of product development.
Subsequently, he served as vice president and assistant to the president, with responsibility for the preparation and presentation of information to prospective investors.
After the company successfully emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Mr. Kennison
returned to engineering, where he
remained until his
departure to Mexico.
Mr. Kennison joined C.M.A.E., a Mexican manufacturing company specializing in distribution and small-power transformers, as director of manufacturing for its four-factory manufacturing complexes.
was primarily responsible for consolidating the previously independent functions of purchasing, shipping and receiving, and inventory control as well as updating production processes, process controls, and monitoring systems.
Following completion of this assignment, he was named program manager for R & D, where he directed the research, prototyping and lab/field testing of electronic devices to reduce electrical energy consumption in industrial machines.
Following an assignment as director of exports, responsible for all marketing activities outside of Mexico, he was named director of U.S. marketing where he was responsible for establishing a distributor network, serving as the focal point between U.S. distributors/customers and C.M.A.E., and authoring/translating technical and promotional literature for the U.S. and Canadian markets.
has more than 18 years experience as an adjunct professor, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
students habitually praise his
pragmatic, "here's what you need to know and why" approach.
is presently authorized to teach marketing, strategy, statistics, economics, finance, information systems, accounting, pricing, negotiation, acquisitions management, operations, leadership, and logistics.
Since 2002, Mr. Kennison has been an independent business systems consultant, specializing in planning, financial analysis, and marketing for small and start-up companies.