This is a special edition of the SEA Newsletter – Part 5 of a 5 part series dedicated to showcasing the 2012 Aerospace & Defense Supply Chain Award Finalists. Suppliers were nominated in recognition of their performance and investment in continuous improvement. Applications were reviewed and scored by an independent panel of judges, then all scores were combined and final selections were made through a consensus meeting. The Judges are retired aerospace and defense industry executives representing the SCORE organization that is co-sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Richard Hall Award for Leadership Excellence
Applicants under this prestigious personal leadership category had to demonstrate some of all of the following characteristics: How the individual inspires and motivates, how the individual communicates commitment through word and action, how the individual demonstrates high ethical standards, and how the individual demonstrates effective company and industry leadership. Finalists are among the few and the rare breed of suppliers who have distinguished themselves by making an uncommon investment in improvement. In many cases the difference between the announced winners and finalists is very small.


Mario Robles, CEO, MPC Industrial Products, Irvine, CA
Mario Robles joined MPC in 2007 as General Manager and in 2011 was named CEO. Throughout his career Mario has specialized in operations management and continuous process improvement efforts in Operations, Logistics and Quality Divisions. Mario has multiple industry experience including High End Corporate Furniture (Steelcase), Recreational Vehicles (Alfa Leisure) Medical Precision Fabrication (Fabcon) and Aerospace & Defense (MPC Industrial Products). Mario holds a BS degree in Business Management from the Pepperdine University and a MBA from the University of Southern California.

Excerpt from application
“Mario is committed to creating a personal relationship with every employee that he interacts with. This invites clear honest truthful communication and facilitates a sense of shared responsibility in all individual and team interactions. Using personal power versus position power has enabled Mario to increase the likelihood that the team members will be committed to what they are doing. He believes that ‘Involvement Builds Commitment’.”


Patrick J. McCready, President, TSI Plastics, Inc., Minneapolis, MN
Pat McCready has operated as President of TSI Plastics since 2001, a premier non-metalic fabrication company serving the military, aerospace and commercial aircraft industries as well as medical and earth moving equipment. During his 25-year career at TSI Plastics, Pat has worked in all aspects of the business from manufacturing to sales and has been strategic in doubling the size of the company since 2005. He has led the organization through many improvements including ISO 9001:2000, AS9100 certifications as well as pursuing SEA certification in 2010. Pat holds a BS in Business Marketing from the Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Excerpt from application
“Pat is known around the company as the person to go to if you need help with anything. All employees feel comfortable coming to him with any issues they have knowing he will help with the situation and handle it so everyone can benefit. He has inspired employees to gain a better understanding of the company, the industry and what it takes to be successful. His work ethic is surpassed only by his dedication to his employees and his company. His actions often times speaks louder than his words, as he is often found on the plant floor helping with production issues or giving ideas to help facilitate process flow and using a hands on approach to help motivate all employees.”


New Associate Membership
The new ASSOCIATE membership is an "individual" membership and it is designed to provide individuals with the opportunity to join SEA, and explore ways in which their company can implement the roadmap by attending webcasts, briefings, conferences and Process Owner Forums to learn and collaborate with other suppliers. This package includes a number of webcasts designed to support a supplier's implementation of the SEA Roadmap. Membership for individuals associated with the aerospace and defense industry. Click HERE to request more information.

Process Owner Forums - Free One-Day Pass!
Get a Day Pass and find out just how powerful the Process Owner Forums can be. Are you a member but not enrolled in the Process Owner Forums? The Day Pass gives you access to the forum of your choice. Just register using the "Click" link on the right of the session you wish to attend and we'll send you all the info you need to participate. click HERE for forum schedule and to request your free pass.


PNAA 2013 Aerospace Conference - February 12-14 in Lynnwood, WA
PNAA’s Aerospace Conference is the largest commercial aerospace conference of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and the second largest of its kind in the U.S. It is specially geared toward supply chain issues and the small and mid-sized suppliers. The 2013 conference will include a full day devoted to airlines and MRO business, as well as commercial aerospace days and an expanded Supplier’s Fair. Expect to hear top-notch speakers addressing timely topics for the Pacific Northwest supply chain. PNAA’s conference is a global event attracting registrants from the United States and around the world. In 2012, 330 attendees represented nearly 200 aerospace companies. Get More Information on PNAA 2013

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SEA is an unprecedented aerospace and defense alliance led by sub-tier suppliers committed to accelerating supply chain performance. SEA is a non-profit 501c6 funded by supplier memberships and sponsorships that provides...

  • a proven turnkey system for supplier development targeted to mid-tier aerospace and defense customers.
  • a platform for supplier visibility, performance improvement and collaboration.
  • an industry voice for suppliers on issues affecting supply chain performance.

SEA partners and alliances include Agie Charmilles Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG), Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC), and California Space Authority.

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Main telephone: (949) 476-1144

Executive Director
: Mickey Wiebe, Ext 6
Director, Operations: Hilda Pacheco-Taylor, Ext 3
Director, Sponsorships: Mickey Wiebe, Ext 6
Director, Project Management: Jeff Hawley, Ext 1

SEA is the premiere supply chain organization for the aerospace and defense supply chain. We’re in our 9th year and we’re a group of suppliers who have taken charge of our destiny and we're helping our members to meet three important needs:

  • Increasing performance by following a step-by-step process called the roadmap designed for small companies from 10 to 500 employees.
  • Increasing visibility and creating opportunities for new business by using the SEA Supplier brand to distinguish ourselves to our peers and customers.
  • Increasing collaboration to work on what our customers really want - an integrated supply chain where we work together to solve industry and customer problems.

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