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Board of Directors – The Gund Company                                                 2016- Present

Vice President of Operations                                                                       2010 – 2016

The Gund Company

  • P&L responsibility for five plants in the US, Canada and Mexico concerned with the fabrication of electrical insulation materials and composites for power systems equipment. The markets served include the manufacture and repair of generators, transformers, switchgear, power supplies, electric motors, electric furnaces, and related electrical and electronic equipment.
  • Responsible to provide strategic direction, leadership and accountability for the organization’s Operational, Quality and Lean initiatives to achieve industry leading performance.


Bussmann Consulting, LLC                                                                        2009- 2010

  • Providing facilitation, coaching and consultation services to create a comprehensive program that improves process throughput, reduces costs, maximizes shareholder value, increases or exceeds customer expectations, reduced costs of poor quality, decreases cycle times and improves team effectiveness.

Director, Manufacturing System Support                                                2001¬2008

Bayer HealthCare

  • Responsible for directing the reagent, instrument systems and customer product support technical staff to ensure supply chain quality providing the necessary leadership in managing major product and process enhancements. This includes the necessary support of and participation with overseas suppliers in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and China.
  • Direct the Quality Control Testing Laboratory in the timely evaluation and release of intermediate and finished products produced.   
  • Led the implementation, continued facilitation, and support of the Operational Excellence/ Lean Six Sigma Programs at the Mishawaka, IN manufacturing site as well as the Bayer Product Supply Northeast Cluster, which includes plants in Pennsylvania and Kansas.
  • More recently led a team in the development of advanced manufacturing systems for high volume, web based format applying processes and techniques from Design for Six Sigma methodologies.  
  • Provide support and assistance with various ISO, TAC and FDA audits as it specifically relates to change control processes.

Program Manager                                                                                        1998¬2001

Bayer HealthCare

Elkhart, IN

  • Led an interdisciplinary team in the development of a portable point-of-care bedside blood glucose monitor. This encompassed conducting initial focus group studies to development of prototypes through clinical trials and into manufacturing and product launch. Launch activities included sales and branch training as well as on-site customer-use training.
  • Was instrumental in defining and implementing PACE (Product and Cycle Time Excellence) processes into the product new product design methodology.

Manager of Software Engineering                                                              1992¬1998

Bayer Diagnostics

Elkhart, IN

  • Provided functional management of a group of over twenty software engineers that designed, developed and validated embedded software used in the control of diagnostic instruments as well as PC-based data management systems.
  • Served on the core team to implement and refine the SEI Software Capability Maturity Model into the software development process.

System Manager/Network/CAD                                                                  1985-1992

Miles Laboratories/Ames Division

Mishawka, IN

  • Responsible for the selection, acquisition, implementation, and overall support of a multi-million dollar network/engineering data center. Duties also included training for designers and system operators.

Production Engineer                                                                                    1981 – 1985

Miles Laboratories/ Ames Division

Mishawaka, IN

  • Responsible for production planning and coordination of engineering support for a line of desk top blood glucose analyzers.

Engineering Group Leader                                                                          1978 – 1981

Boehringer Mannheim

Houston, TX

  • Directed efforts of engineering team members from conceptual design to manufacturing introduction on a blood chemistry diagnostic system.


  • B.S. Biochemistry

-Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 1975

  • M.S. Electrical Engineering

-Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 1977

  • Certified Six Sigma Black Belt

-The Juran Institute, 2003


•  US Patents – 5665215, 5251126, 369677

•  Miles Science and Technology Award, 1983

•  Bayer Achievement Award, 1998

•  Bayer Special Recognition Award, 2000

•  Bayer HealthCare Vision Award – Champion for Change, 2002

•  Bayer HealthCare Vision Award – Innovation. 2004

•  Bayer HealthCare Continuous Improvement Award, 2006

• Lean/ Six Sigma for Medical Devices Conference Presenter, 2007




•  Board of Trustees, Ivy Tech Community College

•  School Board, Christ the King School

•  Athletic Director and Coach, Christ the King School

  • Center for Hospice- Volunteer
  • St. Stephen Ministries


            References provided upon request  

Areas of Expertise

  • Business Strategy & Planning
  • Manufacturing & Product Development
  • Business Operations
  • Technology & IT Services

Industry Experience

  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Technical & Scientific Services
  • Professional & Business Services



  • B.S. Biochemistry

-Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 1975

  • M.S. Electrical Engineering

-Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 1977

  • Certified Six Sigma Black Belt

-The Juran Institute, 2003 

Steve Bussmann

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