is currently the President of SAVE International (the premier global professional Value Methodology [VM] society). He started his journey in the profession of VM in January 1997, the first week he joined TRW Automotive, by attending a Module I Workshop facilitated at that company. Within 3 years, he became their corporate VM specialist for the company and was asked to expand this process from the Seatbelt and Airbag division to all other divisions within the company due to the success that the VM methodology was consistently bringing each year. During that time, TRW made the decision to initiate a separate Value Engineering (VE) department within the engineering department to focus on utilizing this process for all products in all divisions. Hundreds of personnel were trained globally and a fulltime VE staff of 78 delivered $143M of annualized savings using the VM at the end of 2007 when Jim received an offer to join Whirlpool Corporation.
Jim joined Whirlpool Corporation in January 2008 where he has been the Global Design for Value Leader to embed these value enhancing tools of the value methodology and Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA) to the largest appliance manufacturer in the world. Jims global staff has brought value to the company for both new products and existing products and has been successful in embedding these methodologies into Whirlpools product development process. In addition, in recent years, this DFV process has been expanded to engage strategic suppliers globally with the same type of success that was being achieved internally. The key has been analyzing functions with cross-functional teams working together to ensure that the customer receives the best value compared to all competitors. Jim was proud to be a part of two large manufacturing organizations both when they turned 100 years old (2002 and 2011 respectively) and is very excited that each of these companies made conscientious decisions to promote VM principles within their organizations. Both organizations have benefited greatly from their decisions.
- Facilitated over 450 studies using value analysis, value engineering, DFMA, lean, TRIZ, and competitive teardown tools. Jim is one of the co-authors of the book called, Value Methodology, a pocket guide to reduce cost and improve value through function analysis. This book has recently been designated by SAVE International to become their Body of Knowledge.
- Jim has published numerous articles and presented technical papers globally on the subject of the VM, DFMA, TRIZ, Lean, and Six Sigma in such countries as Bahrain, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungry, India, Japan, Korea, and the United States. In addition, he has conducted workshops in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chez Republic, China, England, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Scotland, Slovakia, Sweden, and the United States.
- Bolton has helped two large manufacturing organizations, TRW Automotive and Whirlpool Corporation, develop successful internal VM programs and embedded the process within their product development process. In addition, he has consulted for companies such as Mahindra and Mahindra to also build their own internal VM process within their various major divisions.
- Jim has been exposed to many different types of manufacturing processes globally including assembly, stamping, injection molding, die casting, extrusion, blow molding, forging, turning (screw machining), cold heading, steel manufacturing, sand casting, brazing, vulcanization, PCB manufacturing, and welding due to his 43 years of experience in manufacturing.
- Jim is a Certified Value Specialist Life (CVS®-Life) which means that due to many successful re-certifications as a CVS, he is longer required to re-certify, as well as a Professional Engineer in the states of New York and Michigan, a Professional in Value Management (PVM) which is a European designation similar to CVS recognized globally, and was inducted into the College of Fellow which is an honor only given to those highly recognized for their accomplishments in the VM profession for more than 15 years.
- Other professional certifications include becoming a Black Belt in Six Sigma and a Black Belt in TRIZ, which stands for the theory of inventive problem solving. I have used both processes very successfully to solve technical issues and add value to various organizations.
- Service to SAVE International includes his current position as President of SAVE International®, the premier global non-profit professional organization dedicated to the promotion, advocacy, certification and education in the field of the value methodology, Executive Vice President (2011-2013), Vice President of Global Affairs (2009-2011), and Vice President of Manufacturing (2007-2009).
- In addition, Jim served a six -year term as a Director on the SAVE International Certification Board (2003-2009), a five-year term as a Director on the Miles Value Foundation (2004-2009), and also the President of the Greater Michigan Chapter of SAVE International from 2001-2005 during which time it increased from a small struggling chapter, to the largest chapter within SAVE International.
- Additional professional honors include being granted a Presidential Citation from the President of SAVE International in June 2006 for his work in the VM, a Rising Star Award granted by SAVE International in July of 2004 for a rising young professional in the field of the VM, the DFMA® International Distinguished Supporter of the Year Award in 2007, and three US patents for his research in the field of automotive heat exchanger design while working for General Motors (GM).
- Prior to working at TRW Automotive, Jim served as Design Quality and Validation Manager for Valeo Thermal Systems in Rochester Hills, MI and previous to that, he held various positions of increasing responsibility for 23 years with Harrison Division of GM (now Delhi Thermal Systems) in procurement and engineering including an overseas assignment to build a joint venture factory with Daewoo and GM in 1986-7.
- Jim holds a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and was a co-operative education student with General Motors. In addition, he was a residence assistant (RA) for two years and served in the NAVY ROTC program for 2.5 years while at Purdue.