Dick's focus areas include Manufacturing Industries Strategies and Best Practices; Real-time Performance Management and Operational Excellence Solutions, Oil Refining, Chemicals, and other Process Industries; Advanced Software and Systems Technologies such as APC, Optimization, PIMs, and DCS.
Dick has over 30 years of experience in the areas of manufacturing and automation. As a process engineer, he gained experience in oil refinery operations and applications of advanced process control. Later, he expanded this knowledge of manufacturing solutions applied to other process industries.
Dick has broad international experience by virtue of his extensive international assignments with The Foxboro Company. Dick spent three years in Tokyo as Vice President of Foxboro's joint venture from 1989 through 1991. In addition, during his 17 years at Foxboro, Dick's assignments included product marketing management for the company's flagship system, the I/A Series, and related software. Prior to Foxboro, Dick was a senior process control engineer with BP Oil, developing and implementing advanced process control applications. As a chemical engineer, Dick was involved in refining process engineering and refinery unit operations during his eight years with Standard Oil of Ohio and BP.
Dick has been with ARC since 1995. Prior to ARC, Dick was the US General Manager of Walsh Automation, a major engineering consulting firm and supplier of CIM solutions to the pulp and paper, petrochemicals, pharmaceutical and other process and manufacturing industries.
With extensive experience in the petroleum industry and advanced systems applications, Dick provided both product knowledge and industry leadership in many major petrochemical and other process industry projects worldwide. Since joining ARC, Dick has utilized his extensive experience in advanced software for the process industries to provide a series of technology forecast studies for process information management systems, simulation, optimization and model-based control software.
Dick is a graduate of Lowell Technological Institute with a BS in Chemical Engineering. He has completed post graduate courses in network technologies and relational database structures at Northeastern University.