Lee Schwartz is principal and founder of The Schwartz Profitability Group (SPG), a management consulting practice celebrating its 10 year anniversary. The SPG uncorks the operational bottlenecks of manufacturing and distribution companies, boosting bottom line results. Through Lee’s efforts clients have corralled runaway costs, fixed broken processes, streamlined work flows and employed operational best practices. His clients range from smaller family run companies to Fortune 500 firms covering a multitude of industries.
Lee brings significant focus and expertise to the functions of operations and systems management, understanding how to create operational integrity by employment of uncompromising standards. Through his hands-on approach, clients find solutions in areas related to supply chain management, inventory control, work flow design and optimization and systems integration. Results consistently include reductions in costs, improved efficiencies and increased productivity.
For instance, a client saved $200,000 annually in labor costs as a result of the SPG’s design of a 115,000 sq. ft. warehouse and concurrent implementation of a new WMS (warehouse management system). Once relocated into the new distribution center, the company was able to ship more than twice as much per labor hour than what they had been doing previously.
Some of Lee’s consulting assignments include:
- Optimizing work flow by simplifying the movement of people, product and information
- Implementation of streamlined process and procedures
- Enhanced utilization of computer systems to support best practices
- Strategic planning for sales/marketing programs
- Control and management of inventory and related systems
- Shop flow and warehouse design
Prior to launching his successful consulting practice in 2001, Lee spent over 20 years with distribution and manufacturing companies, primarily in senior management positions of CEO, President and COO. He demonstrated an acute ability to understand operational structure and create systems and processes to best utilize the available resources. His visionary approach repeatedly resulted in cost reduction, implementation of management and operational best practices, tighter financial controls and increase sales.
Lee was recognized and applauded by a highly regarded trade magazine for his new, more aggressive marketing approach that achieved a one-year 30% market share increase while expanding sales 42% over three years as CEO of an industry leading manufacturing company . He also was responsible for the transformation of a hardware wholesale company that saw its inventory offering grow by over 12,000 skus and its sales increase by more than 200% . . . all in three years.
In addition to creating operational best practices that optimize performance, Lee periodically advises corporate Boards of Directors and/ or business owners in strategic planning, operational best practices and customer support efforts. As the third arrow in his quiver of valued services, Lee has assumed interim executive level positions in client companies leading turnarounds, cultural transformations and corporate restructuring
Lee has previously been an active Board member for the Los Angeles Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP). He currently is Vice President of Programming for the Los Angeles Chapter of APICS and is an active member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Tool & Machine Association (NTMA).
He graduated from UCLA with a degree in Economics and attended the MBA program at Pepperdine University.
Lee is married, living in Los Angeles, and has two adult sons.