For more than 30 years, Brian Jones has been an active management executive, with over 20 years dedicated to the plastics industry. His experience includes electronics, electronic control systems, defense contracting, nuclear control switches and relays, as well as biomedical manufacturing, including designing and producing open-heart surgery products and other cutting-edge medical devices.
Jones joined injection molder Nypro Inc. (www.nypro.com) in 1987 to manage the quality function and advanced through a series of executive positions until he was elected president of Nypro North America in 1999 and then president of Nypro Inc. in January 2002. He added CEO duties in September 2003. When he left the company in February 2006, it had grown into a billion-dollar contract manufacturer with more than 13,000 employees in 18 countries.
Under his watch, Nypro's revenues in the healthcare sector grew to more than $300 million, concentrated in intravenous components, diagnostics, surgical and general healthcare applications. He was directly responsible for the launch of Johnson & Johnson's Vision Care Inc.'s Vistakon contact lens business (www.jnjvisioncare.com), and was a visiting lecturer at J&J's operations institute at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, teaching J&J executives the principles of Six Sigma, world-class manufacturing, and supply-chain optimization for five years.
Jones was responsible for turnaround executive leadership at Nypro's headquarters operations, Nypro Clinton in Clinton, Mass., as well as at Nypro Puerto Rico, and most recently, helped revitalize the firm's North American operations.
He is a past president of the Arlington Heights, Ill.-based Association of Manufacturing Excellence (www.ame.org), volunteering his time to help hundreds of U.S. manufacturers to compete and win in domestic manufacturing. He currently is a lead investor in the manufacturing industry, and specifically in the plastics market.
Now living in Las Vegas, Jones holds an MBA from Nichols College in Dudley, Mass., and dual bachelor of science degrees in education and manufacturing technology.