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Chad Kymal, Chief Technical Officer & Founder
Chad Kymal

Dave Watkins
Dave Watkins

Gregory F. Gruska
Gregory F. Gruska

Dave Barber, Omnex Canada
Dave Barber

Arun kumar (Omnex India, Vice President of Omnex Asia Operations)
Arun Kumar

Ravikumar (Omnex Middle East)

Rajasekharan Pillai (Omnex Singapore)
Rajasekharan Pillai

Dan Reid (Omnex USA)
Dan Reid

Martin Hettwer - (Managing Director,Omnex Europe)
Martin Hettwer

Chad Kymal, Chief Technical Officer & Founder

Chad Kymal, Chief Technical Officer & Founder
Chad Kymal is the CTO and founder of Omnex Inc., an international consulting and training organization headquartered in the United States. After graduating from the General Motors Institute, Chad spent a number of years working at General Motors and KPMG before joining Omnex. Over the course of Chad’s successful career, he has served on the Malcolm Baldrige Board of Examiners and has received numerous quality achievement awards, including the Quality Professional of the Year award by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) Automotive Division in 2005. In addition to his bachelor’s degree from GMI, Chad holds both a master’s degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Michigan and an MBA Cum Laude from the University of Michigan. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi.

Chad is the President of Omnex Systems a software provider of ISO 9001, 14001 and 27001 management systems including risk tools such as FMEA and Control Plans. Omnex software is used globally by organizations such as Bose, Micron, NXP, Valeo and others.

Chad both developed and teaches auditor training for ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001 / ISO 45001, as well as an Integrated Management Systems Lead Auditor training course where all three standards are combined in a single audit. Chad is the founder of AQSR, a global registrar that routinely provided integrated audits in QMS, EMS, and OHSMS. Chad is also on the ISO/TC 176, ISO/TC 207, PC283 committees for ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management), ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management) and ISO 45001 (Health and Safety Management Systems.

Omnex has been working in the Automotive industry for 30 years and Omnex principals been active in writing different automotive standards including QS 9000, ISO/TS 16949, Semiconductor Supplement, APQP, FMEA and Core Tools. Chad conducted the first world-wide witness audit for QS 9000 a predecessor to IATF 16949. He is the author of seven books and more than 100 papers including several on integrated management systems.

Chad is a certified Lead Auditor for IATF 16949, ISO 14001, ISO 9001, FSSC 22000, HAACP, OHSAS 18001, AS9100 and teaches many other courses for Omnex.

Dave Watkins

Dave Watkins
Executive Vice President and Director of International Operations for Omnex, Inc., Dave Watkins has a wide range of experience encompassing full profit and loss responsibility in General Management, as well as manufacturing, production, Human Resources and distribution management in a variety of industries. Dave has had responsibilities at all levels of manufacturing, from production shift supervisor to President, and has led total process re-engineering efforts in several plants, involving a number of different process and product technologies.

Dave's focus is on employing approaches that enhance the client's ability to create value for customers and stockholders; as a result he is particularly adept at the integration of quality and business management systems to enhance overall performance and competitive capability.

He has developed and delivered training and consulting services domestically and in all major international markets, primarily to senior and executive management groups, in the strategic implementation of integrated management systems incorporating QS/ISO 9001:2008, ISO/TS 16949:2009, QOS/BOS, Product Development & Launch (NPD), Supplier Development & Supply Chain Management, and lean enterprise systems in rational, profit oriented solutions.

Having pioneered the application of these approaches in non-manufacturing companies, Dave has authored or co-authored most of Omnex's seminars for service companies, including ISO 9001:2008 for Service, Advance Quality Planning (AQP) for Service, and QOS/BOS for Service. He has worked with clients in industries as diverse as banking; local, regional and global multi-modal transportation; product development & engineering; software development; logistics; contract professional services; construction; and project management.

His extraordinarily broad industry experience ranges from automotive and semiconductor design and manufacturing, to the design, development and bottling of package solutions for the liquor industry, production of aerosol cans, gear sets for oil rigs, magnets for electric motors and printing production processes for standardized testing. He has worked with chemical companies, R&D Groups, seating assembly plants and complex electronic component and assembly companies.

Dave has delivered papers on a variety of topics in the U.S., India, Bahrain, Thailand and China and has published articles in a variety of periodicals.

His education includes a BA from Widener University and numerous professional courses. Dave has served on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association, as a Trustee for the IMA's Education Foundation, and as a Trustee for Northeastern Illinois University Foundation.

Gregory F. Gruska

Gregory F. Gruska
Greg Gruska is the Omnex Champion for ISO 26262, and a Fellow of the American Society for Quality (ASQ). He has led multiple ISO 26262 engagements for Omnex for the last several years. His strength in ISO 26262 is a strong understanding and experience in systems engineering and reliability/safety analysis in both hardware and software development. Greg managed the Quality Engineering Activity at Chevrolet. This group provided benchmarking, quality engineering and statistical support to all divisional and corporate activities and their suppliers. Besides the application of statistics within the design, manufacturing, and support environments, this group was active in the development of new technologies and training in these areas. Greg additional served as a Divisional and Corporate consultant in Statistical Engineering and Management. He has traveled extensively in assisting engineering, financial, and support staffs and manufacturing plants in the investigation and solution of problems affecting quality, new product development, product failures and customer satisfaction.

Greg has also been a writing member of the MSA, SPC, FMEA, and EFMEA Manual subcommittees of the American Automotive industry’s Supplier Quality Requirements Task Force which is part of the international task force governing TS-16949. Greg is an adjunct professor at Madonna University. He has advanced degrees in mathematics and engineering from the University of Detroit, Michigan State University and Wayne State University. He was the Deming Memorial Lecturer at the Sheffield Hallam University for the year 2000.

Greg is a charter member of the Greater Detroit Deming Study Group and the W. E. Deming Institute. He is an ASQ certified Quality Engineer, a licensed Professional Engineer (CA - Quality) and a member of the Board of Examiners of and Judge for the Michigan Quality Leadership Award (1994-2011). Greg is on the writing committee of AIAG on FMEA, a member of the SAE Functional Safety Committee (J2980) and is considered one of the foremost authorities on risk management in the world. He has considerable hardware and software experience in Automotive applications.

Greg is approved to conduct training for Omnex under our Exemplar Global Certification for the QM, AU and TL Modules.

Greg is a trainer for the following subjects:

  • ISO 9001 Understanding Requirements, Internal Auditor and Lead Auditor
  • IATF 16949 Understanding Requirements, Internal Auditor and Lead Auditor
  • Core Tools Training (APQP, D/PFMEA, Control Plans, PPAP, MSA, SPC)
  • 8D Problem Solving
  • Effective Problem Solving
  • VDA 6.3 Understanding and Auditor Training
  • ISO 26262

Dave Barber (Omnex Canada)

Dave Barber (Omnex Canada)
Mr. Barber is the General Manager and Senior Quality Consultant / Trainer for Omnex Canada Inc. He has been a full time consultant since 1998, and estimates a total of 4,500 hours of in-class instructional training and 2,500 hours of client consultation since that time.

Mr. Barber has over 18 years experience in the Quality profession with the majority of this time being spent in Quality Director / Manager and Quality Engineering roles. He has a diverse background with experience in the automotive, medical devices, consumer electronic, telecommunications, plastics, machining, and stamping industries. Mr. Barber has assisted companies in the development and implementation of cohesive quality systems that have resulted in the achievement of ISO 9001:1994, QS-9000, TS 16949:1999, ISO 9001:2008, TS 16949:2002, TL 9000, ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and Six Sigma projects.

Mr. Barber is a ten-year member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and is a Certified Quality Engineer. He received his Quality Assurance Certificate (accredited by the ASQ) from Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology, has a diploma in Electronics from Radio College of Canada.

Areas of knowledge and training include:

  • Quality Systems Implementation & Development
  • Quality, Safety & Environmental Systems Auditing
  • Process Mapping and Lean Principles
  • Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)
  • Failure Modes and Effects Analysis
    (Business, Environmental, Safety, Systems, Design and Process)
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC)
  • Design of Experiments (DOE)
  • Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA)
  • Production Part Approval Process (PPAP)
  • Team Building & Problem Solving (8D)
  • Project Management
  • Ford Methods
  • Six Sigma

Arun Kumar (Omnex India, VP of Omnex Asia)

Arun kumar (Omnex India, Vice President of Omnex Asia Operations)
Mr. Kumar has been with Omnex in various management positions for over 24 years. He has immense experience in business consulting and quality systems implementation/training for a range of industries including automotive, general manufacturing, telecom and service industries. He was primarily responsible for starting up Omnex' operations in India and other parts of Asia in the late 90s and has helped several organizations in their quest to continual improvement.

His career objective is to assist companies in achieving significant improvements in their competitive positions, both operational as well as technology oriented through the introduction of professionally managed quality/business systems, Integrated Six Sigma deployment and TQM philosophies.

His problem solving, analytical and people skills gives him an added edge on value added implementation of Integrated management systems and Strategic breakthrough improvement.

A certified Lead Auditor and a Master Black Belt, he manages and leads a dedicated team of more than 120 professionals who take care of the needs of Omnex' clients in India, China, Thailand, Malaysia and Middle East. His education includes a degree in Computer Science Engineering and other professional courses.

Ravikumar - General Manager (Omnex Middle East & Africa)

Ravikumar - General Manager, Omnex Middle East
Ravikumar is the General Manager & Principal Consultant / Trainer for Omnex - Middle East & Africa. Ravikumar has 25+ years of rich experience encompassing Strategy & Innovation for Manufacturing and Services in a variety of industries & organizations such as precision engineering, automotive, oil & gas, banking, investment services, transportation, project management & IT-enabled services such as BPO & E-commerce.

Ravikumar is a Metallurgist and Quality Management professional who has rich experience in different aspects of Quality Management (coaching, training, consulting and mentoring). He has assisted organizations in the development and implementation of management systems such as IATF 16949, AS9000 series, ISO 9001, 13485, 14001, 17020, 17025, 20000-1, 22000, 22163, 22301, 26001, 26262, 27001, 29001, 31000, 37500, 45001, 50001, 50501, 55001 Lean/ Six-Sigma, etc., as a single system or integrated with other management systems.

An Expert in Integrated Business Management Systems Implementations and practices, he has also proved his expertise in fields like Strategic Innovation Management which makes him an integral part of OMNEX's Strategic consulting team in Asia. He has the rare distinction of having implemented IMS practices for oil mining companies both on-shore and off-shore.

He has helped more than 50 companies in achieving best in class integrated management systems based on multiple management system standards. His expertise and command over best in class business management systems has been appreciated by companies over a wide spectrum. His career objective is to consistently meet the client's requirements and nurture Omnex's ambitions of Building Business Excellence worldwide.

Rajasekharan Pillai (Omnex Singapore)

Rajasekharan Pillai

Rajasekharan Pillai is the Managing Director and CEO of Omnex' Singapore operations. He has immense experience of around 20+ years of which the last 6 years has been in operations consulting with McKinsey and Company. Apart from being the Expert Associate Principal and Leader of the Asia Operations Practice based at the Singapore office, he was also a leader of the Mckinsey Global Energy and Materials (GEM) Practice and Reliability Practitioners' network.

His McKinsey experience includes:

Operations transformation leadership

  • Ports and shipping network of one of the National Oil and Gas Company in South East Asia- (Lean operations reducing turnaround time, improving vessel performance and port performance and maintenance)
  • Refinery in South Asia to lift performance close to world class- on reliability improvement, procurement improvement, contractor management, operations of processing complexes
  • Leading global Oil and Gas Corporation in their upstream exploration assets in Asia Pacific to deliver top quartile performance of the assets. (improve shutdown maintenance and equipment reliability)
  • World-class cement plant in South East Asia lifting performance from Good to Great- (maintenance, contractor management, reliability system improvement, spare parts procurement)
  • National Post and logistics company in South East Asia - Improved performance of logistics, mail and delivery operations. Currently working on developing growth strategy to "Go international"
  • Heavy electrical equipment manufacturing company in Taiwan - Lean operations improvement and capability building- improved capacity, productivity, reduced manufacturing lead time and inventory
  • Various, short operations improvement studies in South African coal mines

Overall company transformation

  • Led Growth Strategy and operations transformation program for the national postal and logistic company in South East Asia to double the revenues, develop a balance portfolio of businesses and necessary capabilities to implement the same.
  • 20 month long program with a Belgian-Sri Lanka JV manufacturing specialty transportation systems - in manufacturing, purchasing, supply chain, Design-to-cost and organizational redesign (establishing new vision, mission, values and capabilities through leadership workshops and capability academy)

Knowledge development

  • Maintenance and Reliability improvement in manufacturing and process industry (including refinery ports, refinery operation, Oil Exploration, Cement mfg)
  • Quick diagnostic tool kit (Manufacturing Excellence Diagnostic - MED) and applied in Asia and South Africa. Developed project manager guide for MED application Mining industry.
  • Architected the Singapore Manufacturing Excellence Award - its framework and execution. Still guiding EDB (Economic Development Board) on this project
  • Developed several transformation case studies and documents.
  • Fire walk - to break limiting thoughts of people to increase belief in delivering peak performance

Prior to McKinsey, Raja has around 14 years experience in Manufacturing, Procurement, Production control/ logistics and Engineering functions across Asia Pacific region. He worked with Delphi and Delphi suppliers across India, Malaysia, and Singapore as Senior Manager and Director. He has a great passion for Lean transformation of business units and functions. He was a member of the Asia Pacific Leadership team of the company as "Lean Change Champion". As the Component business manager for Asia pacific he developed strategies for supply and manufacturing of components in Asia. He developed plants in Singapore and China. Increased regional component supply base from 20% to 65% in less than 3 years.

Raja holds a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Kerala University (College of Engineering Trivandrum), India, and Masters in Business Administration from the California State University, Hayward, USA.

Dan Reid (Omnex USA)

Dan Reid

R. Dan Reid, the Omnex Director of Consulting is best known as an author of QS-9000, ISO Technical Specification (TS) 16949, ISO 9001:2000, the first ISO International Workshop Agreement (IWA 1), which applies ISO 9001 to healthcare and its replacement, AIAG’s Business Operating Systems for Healthcare Organizations (HF-2). He also worked on the Chrysler, Ford and GM Potential Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, Production Part Approval Process and Advanced Product Quality Planning manuals. While at AIAG, he led successful projects for Effective Problem Solving, Cost of Poor Quality and Supplier Management. While at General Motors, among other assignments, he led the Supplier Development Administration, served on the Chrysler, Ford, GM Supplier Quality Requirements Task Force, which was responsible for QS-9000 and later ISO TS/16949, and he established a Supplier Quality function at GM Service Parts. He later established a Supplier Quality function at Baxter BioScience Division’s Los Angeles plant before serving as the BioScience Divisional Supplier Quality Director.

Reid is

  • The first Delegation Leader of the International Automotive Task Force (IATF);
  • A member of the Parenteral Drug Association;
  • A member of the American College of Health Care Executives;
  • A published author with McGraw Hill, ASQ Press and others;
  • A member of the ASQ Administrative Committee and Technical Reviewer;
  • On the A2LA Board of Directors

Reid, an ASQ Fellow and ASQ Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), has received awards including:

  • 2010 Quality Improvement Coaching Excellence for Primary Care Practices, Michigan Primary Care Consortium
  • 2006 Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) Healthcare Focus Group Chairs’ Award;
  • 2005, 2004, 1993 Cecil C. Craig Awards, ASQ Automotive Division;
  • 2004 ASQ Automotive Division Quality Leader of the Year;
  • 2003 Leadership Award from the European Quality Institute ISO9000 International Conference;
  • 2002 AIAG Outstanding Achievement Award.

Martin Hettwer - (Managing Director,Omnex Europe)


Martin Hettwer is a Consultant with Omnex, a professional project manager and certified manager of quality and organizational excellence. Martin specializes in developing unique production and quality management systems for new manufacturing plant launches and program management for new product development projects. Since starting in 1983 Martin spent his career with several world class tier 1 suppliers and working in new product development with one automotive OEM. During his progressive career he has served as Quality Engineer, Supplier Development, Quality Systems Manager, APQP Project Manager, Productions System Manager, and Program Manager, and now as an OMNEX Inc. consultant and instructor.

Having worked in several different types of industries his knowledge of product development and production processes is quite broad. Examples include:

  • Metal forming and high pressure die casting
  • Vehicle and component assembly operations
  • Production planning, inventory control, warehouse management, and distribution logistics
  • Supply chain development and improvement project management
  • Agile Project Management for Web Applications and Information Systems maintenance
  • Manufacture and delivery of Consumer Products and Solid Surface Materials

Martin earned a Masters certificate from York University’s Schulich Executive Education Centre and dual diplomas in Project Management and Industrial Management, and he maintains seven professional certifications with PMI, ASQ and NADCA. In 2000 he began teaching Quality Assurance and Project Management in the classroom for Fanshawe College and continues to offer tailored onsite and open enrollment training seminars with Omnex Inc.

Martin especially enjoys delivering training in:

  • Core Tools
  • Planning for Quality, new production launch
  • ISO/TS Internal Auditor
  • Project Management and Risk
  • Continuous Improvement

Martin has been a member of the ASQ since 1991 and served as an Executive Chair (section 403). He has been an assessor for the London Quality Award and the ASQ sponsored Quality Award for Excellence. Martin is approved to conduct training for Omnex under our Exemplar Global Certification for the QM, AU and TL Modules.

Martin is a trainer for the following subjects:

  • ISO 9001 Understanding Requirements, Internal Auditor and Lead Auditor
  • IATF 16949 Understanding Requirements, Internal Auditor and Lead Auditor
  • Core Tools Training (APQP, D/PFMEA, Control Plans, PPAP, MSA, SPC)
  • OHSAS 18001 Understanding Requirements, Internal Auditor and Lead Auditor
  • ISO 14001 Understanding Requirements, Internal Auditor and Lead Auditor
  • ISO 13485 Understanding Requirements, Internal Auditor and Lead Auditor
  • AS9100 Understanding Requirements, Internal Auditor and Lead Auditor
  • 8D Problem Solving
  • Effective Problem Solving
  • VDA 6.3 Understanding and Auditor Training