Spring 2008



January Member Conference Keynote Speaker

Rob Gillette, Honeywell Aerospace CEO


Todd Cooper, Vice President for

Global Sourcing, Honeywell

Aerospace, welcomes Conference



SEA Certified consultant

Daniel Feiman facilitates a Pyramid

building “standard work” simulation


Conference attendees work through Pyramid

building standard work simulation


Robert Glegg, CEO of 2Source

Manufacturing, presents results

his company gained by implementing

the SEA Lean Enterprise System


Attendees interact with Industry Panel of executives

from primes and supplier companies


Thomas Plungis (left) receives acknowledgement for his

service as SEA’s 2007 President from SEA Chairman

Michael Beason


Photo Etch Company CEO, Randy Fry

 presents results his company gained

through implementation of the SEA

Lean Enterprise System


SEA Board member, Cristi Cristich, President of Cristek

Interconnects, discusses how to prepare a company

for SEA Certification


Industry Panelists Thomas Plungis (Lockheed Martin), Frank Thompson (Parker Aerospace), Herb Sizemore (Torotel Products), Randy Fry (Photo Etch Company), William Hayden (Honeywell Aerospace), and Brad Hart (Roberts Tool Company) respond to questions from Conference attendees





January ’08 SEA Supplier Conference draws well over 500 attendees!

A superb venue provided by host Honeywell Aerospace, an energy-packed agenda of activities, impressive supplier presentations, and an inspiring Keynote address by Honeywell CEO, Rob Gillette, highlighted the January 24, 2008 SEA Conference.  It was attended by industry executives from supplier organizations as well as prime and tier-one contractors.


SEA Certification now available for supplier organizations

The new SEA Certification is endorsed by virtually all major prime and tier-one contractors as the preferred approach to continuous improvement and process management.  This voluntary Certification is based on the SEA Roadmap, the infrastructure that helps supplier organizations systematically build a lean enterprise – an organization focused on the elimination of waste throughout the value stream.  more


The SEA Certification is now available for scheduling.  Contact jeff.Hawley@l5.ps.com as early as possible to schedule your audit.  The 2008 Roadmap and Criteria will be available in late March and in subsequent years will be published prior to January of each year. SEA members may schedule a free “Guided On-Line Self-Assessment” anytime to prepare your organization for its audit.


Nominations Now Open!

Nominations for the Second Annual SEA 2008 Aerospace & Defense Supply Chain Awards.  The SEA Awards are the only industry awards that acknowledge the performance achievements of our industry supply chain.  Those wishing to submit a self-nomination or nominate your suppliers or customers should go to the SEA website, http://www.seaonline.org/Awards, for complete details.  Don’t miss this tremendous opportunity to be recognized and to join us at the awards ceremony gala and conference in Indian Wells (Palm Springs), California on November 12, 2008. more




April 22, 2008 - The SEA & Boeing Aerospace & Defense CEO Summit
Hosted by The Boeing Company in Seattle, WA

Register now for this special SEA Conference scheduled for April 22, 2008 in Seattle, Washington, with an Opening Reception on the evening of April 21, hosted by Kennametal. 


The agenda will feature an impressive line up of industry experts as speakers, including:


John Bishop, Vice President, Prototyping Operations and Supplier Management, Advance Systems for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems will share why and how Boeing is transforming into a Lead Systems Integrator (LSI) on new programs, how LSI impacts suppliers, why supply chain performance is more critical than ever to Boeing, and why it’s important for all suppliers in the value chain to improve.


William C. Greenwalt, Deputy Undersecretary of Defense will discuss the future of defense industrial policy, with a focus on acquisition and technology. 


William H. Alderman, Founder and President of Alderman & Company Capital will demonstrate how a supplier organization can build shareholder value and market value by investing in process improvement.


Also featured on the information-packed agenda will be insightful presentations by three supplier CEOs on the results they have experienced from implementation of the SEA Roadmap, the industry standard for continuous improvement and integrated supply chain solutions.  SEA Certification will also be reviewed along with a breakout educational session presented by Kennemetal.


The unique, fast-paced forum, SEA SPEEDCONNECT™ will help connect everyone at the conference that wishes to meet fellow attendees, including other supplier CEOs, SEA Supplier Advisory Council members, SEA Board members, and SEA Sponsors.


To register, please click RSVP


2008 SEA Calendar of Events


May (date to be announced) – SEA National Supplier Video Conference & Web Cast


June 18 – SEA Supplier Conference

hosted by The Cessna Aircraft Company, Wichita, KS


September 11 – SEA Supplier Conference

hosted by Lockheed Martin Corporation, Chicago, IL


November 11 – SEA Golf Event

The Hyatt Grand Champions Resort, Villas and Spa, Indian Wells (Palm Springs), California


November 12 – SEA Supplier Conference

The Hyatt Grand Champions Resort, Villas and Spa, Indian Wells (Palm Springs), California


November 12 – SEA Awards Gala

The Hyatt Grand Champions Resort, Villas and Spa, Indian Wells (Palm Springs), California





Two new executives join SEA Board of Directors


Albert Moran, Vice President, Strategic Supply Chain Initiatives for DRS Technologies and Kevin Myers, Senior Director, Enterprise Procurement for Rockwell Collins now represent their respective organizations on the SEA Board of Directors. more



Did you know…?


Prime empowered and supplier led, SEA is the non-profit alliance of leading aerospace, defense and space prime and tier-one contractors and leading sub-tier suppliers.  SEA is the leading voice and guiding force in creating a unified vision and collaborative industry approach to accelerating supply chain performance and producing breakthrough supply chain solutions.


SEA Sustaining and Regular member companies include The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman Company, United Technologies, Parker Aerospace, Rockwell Collins, Cessna Aircraft Company, Honeywell, Hitco Carbon Composites, Firth Rixson, Dresser-Rand, Roberts Tool Company, Cristek Interconnects, Photo Etch Company, Bodycote Thermal Processing, DRS Technologies and Bombardier.


SEA sponsors include Mori Seiki and Kennametals.



SEA partners and alliances include Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG), Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC), California Council for Excellence, California Employment Training Panel, California Space Authority, UAW-Labor Employment and Training Corporation, and ASG Renaissance. partners


Contact Information


For further information and answers to your questions about SEA, please contact:


Headquarters: 2062 Business Center Drive, Suite 225, Irvine, CA 92612

SEA Website: http://www.seaonline.org

Main telephone: (949) 476-1144 Ext 339

Executive Director: Mickey Wiebe, Ext 307 <mickey@seaonline.org>

Director, Supplier Outreach: Barry Neighbors, Ext 304 <barry.neighbors@seaonline.org>

Director, Operations: Hilda Pacheco-Taylor, Ext 316 <hilda@seaonline.org>

Director, Small Business Group: David Blanco Ext 334 <david@seaonline.org>

Director, Communication: Paul Roelofs 831-626-2777 <paul@seaonline.org>