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Chad Smith

Co-founder and Partner

Chad Smith is the co-author of the third edition of Orlicky’s Material Requirements Planning 3/E (Ptak and Smith, McGraw-Hill, 2011) and Demand Driven Performance – Using Smart Metrics (Smith and Smith, McGraw-Hill, 2013), Demand Driven Material Requirements Planning (Ptak and Smith, Industrial Press, 2016), Precisely Wrong – Why Conventional Planning Fails and How to Fix It (Ptak and Smith, Industrial Press, 2017) and The Demand Driven Adaptive Enterprise – Adapting, Surviving and Thriving in the VUCA World (Ptak and Smith, Industrial Press, 2018). He is a co-founder and Partner in the Demand Driven Institute, an organization dedicated to proliferating demand driven methods throughout the world.

In 1997 Chad co-founded Constraints Management Group (CMG), a services and technology company specializing in demand driven manufacturing, materials and project management systems for mid-range and large manufacturers. He served as Managing Partner of CMG from 1998 to 2015. Clients, past and present, include Unilever, LeTourneau Technologies, Boeing, Intel, Erickson Air-Crane, Siemens, IBM, The Charles Machine Works (Ditch Witch) and Oregon Freeze Dry. Chad is also a certified expert in all disciplines of the Theory of Constraints studying directly under the tutelage of the late Dr. Eli Goldratt.

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