For A Bit Of Work History…
My working career began right after graduation from high school, when I enlisted in the United States Navy. During my 11-year navy career, I would have the opportunity to serve in various leadership capacities including that of Machinery Repair Department Leader on board a nuclear-powered submarine, home ported at the Submarine Naval Base, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. My primary work duties revolved around machinery repair and machinery department leadership and organization. A highlight for me occurred when I attained Engineer of the Watch certification, holding both 600 lbs. and 1200 lbs. steam propulsion plant engineering and operational leader status.
As part of my naval service, I earned the prestigious NEC-9502 Naval Instructor designation, allowing me to serve as a Training and Development Instructor, focused on Leadership and Management development. In addition, I earned Navy Command Career Counselor certification, allowing me to help others individuals succeed, as they made their navy career pathway decisions.
Upon completion of my military service, I began my career at Snap-on Tools – Milwaukee Plant, serving as their Machine Repair Department Supervisor, working within a 500-member manufacturing facility and leading a 17-member, three-shift work group of licensed journeymen electricians and mechanical repair technicians.
In progressive roles after Snap-on, I went on to serve as the Plant Engineer for Roller Fabrics Inc. and for J.W. Speaker Inc. – a Germantown WI, plastic lighting molding and manufacturing company. During my service at J.W. Speaker, I was responsible for all machinery repair activities, machinery and facility planned maintenance, employee and plant safety, and a 55,000 square foot capital building expansion project and I served others as Plant Manager – People.
As my career progressed at J.W. Speaker, I went on to accept the role of Human Resource Leader, and began to focus my career goals towards technical workforce development. This focus prompted me to accept the role of Global Sales and Technical Training Leader at Enerpac, a high-pressure hydraulic components manufacturer.
Over my working career, I have succeeded in the following roles: Plant Engineer and Manager, Human Resource Leader, Operations and Training Leader, Regional Sales Leader and Global Sales and Technical Training Leader.
My workshop and seminar experience includes: Talent And Strengths Development, New Associate Orientation, Safety, LEAN Manufacturing including PDCA , 7- Wastes and KanBan, Industrial Sales, Industrial Machinery Repair, and advanced Leadership and Production Management including: Project and Time Management. Finally, I have been certified to present Gordon Training International’s leadership development program – Leader Effectiveness Training – (LET).
Schleif/Learning was created in back in 2003, as a vehicle to expand my work into different areas of study – part time. Working nights and weekends, I introduced myself to the ever-changing world of learning and talent development consulting.
In 2005, I became a full-time technically-focused Learning and Talent Management Consultant and over the years, I’ve worked in various industries including industrial tool sales, health care, aerial lift manufacturing, equipment rental, plastic injection molding and electrical component assembly. In 2016, I became certified as a Gallup Strengths Coach.