March 11, 2020 – Barton, WI – I’ve known Oscar Estrada for approximately 27 years. We met in College in 1993 and became close friends soon thereafter. Initially, what drew us together was our dedication to family, work and education.After college we’ve kept in touch and worked together at several companies. On company in particular was Federal Mogul lighting in Franklin Park. They were struggling and losing over $6 million yearly. They hired Oscar to get them out of their financial predicament.Oscar is very good at looking at situations and figuring how to best make changes that increase profits.
For example reviewing and reducing the follow,
Over producing or spending,
Overtime in the labor force, and
He is very passionate and motivates people with his vision. In order to address the above issues he had to change the way of thinking.
First, he spent time with all the managers and employees. Explaining how the current way of business was not in the company’s best interest. Then he creates teams to do special events. Once the teams accomplished their goals they’d celebrate. This had a positive effect in the company culture and made it easier for other projects.
Second, Oscar gathered all the vendors and informed them of his vision and how we were going to control purchasing and incoming inventory.
Third, had the vendors come to the plant and showed them our Kanban or Pull system for ordering.
This had a positive effect with the vendors and with our plant.
Doing all this within 2+ years the plant went from losing $6M+ to making $2M.
I can go on and on about all the things that Oscar has accomplished but, I just gave a small insight into his capabilities.
That being said, I believe Oscar would be a great asset to the community.
Between being a devoted husband and father who supports his daughters in their education and sports.
Some key attributes I believe he has and are very important to run a community and city are:
Creating team concepts, he knocks down barriers between departments so everyone is working for the better good.
Being a Master Black Belt in Six Sigma, has skill sets that most do not have.
Thinks outside the box. Many people have limited skill sets. Oscar has worked in many industries and has prevailed. As mentioned before with improvements that have a major positive effect on the company’s bottom line and morale.
Finally, another example of his effect on people, to this day some of our key professors from college still call on him to socialize or make a class presentation.
I hope this letter gives you some insight into the man Oscar Estrada.
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