SMS President and
Michael J. Cote, C.P.M.
A good consulting relationship is just
like any other relationship -- both parties need to know and feel
comfortable with each other. This section will help you become
acquainted with me and how I might be able to help your company.
"We help medium to large companies improve profits and
support growth through training, improving processes and developing
better supply chains. The pay back is always high. We customize our
consulting and training to
fit your budget and needs."
Call (978) 549-7884 today
to discover how we can help.
Recipient Northeastern University -- Recipient of 2004/05 Excellence in
Mike brings a unique mix of
management, purchasing, materials and manufacturing know-how to his consulting
practice, doing business as SMS consulting. He combines a
blend of strong coaching and problem solving skills with broad experience
in business environments to offer high quality advice and services to
companies of all sizes. He brings and-on experience --
not just classroom knowledge.
Masters of Business Administration from
Nichols College in Massachusetts in 1996.
Undergraduate degree in Psychology from the
University of Vermont.
He attained professional certification from
the National Association for Purchasing Management in 1983 and was granted
lifetime certification in 1998. He was a founding member of the
Vermont chapter and chair of the Professional Development committee.
Currently serves on the boards of
Purchasing Management Association of Boston
Institute for Supply Management
Association for Manufacturing Excellence
Society for Professional Consulting
-- Society for Professional Consultants
"Lean Supply Chain" -- Northeast Supply Chain
Chain Management" -- Purchasing Management Association of
Boston educational forum
"Creating Innovative RFQ" --
National Association for Education Buyers
"Supply Chain Strategies" -- Webinar,
"Lean Supply Management" --
Devens Economic Development Association/Mount Wachusett Community
"Do you really need a contract for outsourcing?"
Mike has been director of materials,
managed purchasing teams and provided consulting services for companies in such diverse markets as
high technology electronics, finance, medical instruments, food, automotive
diagnostics, semiconductor and industrial equipment. He has consistently achieved
Early in his career, he learned a
great deal about the challenges small companies face by helping them
reduce costs and improve product quality. He was fortunate to
work with Dr. William Ladd at Ladd Medical and Research. Dr. Ladd
was one of the inventors of the electron microscope and worked on the
Manhattan project. By contrast, at a multinational multi-billion
dollar conglomerate, he learned the benefits of buying consortiums to
leverage spend across the company. He traveled to Singapore and
other international locations to manage an efficient supply chain and was
twice recognized as a key contributor for his leadership and
He became the Director of Materials for a
High Tech company beginning to implement lean manufacturing. After attending an
in-depth M. I. T. curriculum on lean design he streamlined materials
and manufacturing practices by participating in multiple lean
Receiving Key Contributor award at Racal
He also learned the real value of statistical
process control, not just in improving quality but in managing people and
processes from Dr. Kazinsky, a student of the late Dr. Deming.
Recently, he helped develop and design an
e-procurement system for SupplyWorks. He provided consulting and
training services to assist in implementing the system with a number of
customers including such fortune 500 companies as Borg Warner and Ingersoll
He currently teaches Global Supply Chain Management,
Strategic Sourcing, Strategic Management, Negotiations, International Business
in the undergraduate program and
Effective Leadership and Lean Operations Management for the High Tech MBA
program at Northeastern University.
Recent consulting engagements include Tekcell, a leader in
biotechnology robotics and Old Mother Hubbard, a growing gourmet pet foods
company. He writes articles on purchasing and materials topics, is a
featured lecturer and conducts web seminars
"I have 25 years
of success in business... I have saved companies millions of dollars...
transformed broken business processes into effective systems. Now, I teach
at Northeastern University, one of the top business Universities in the US and
provide consulting, leadership and training services for local companies who
need to be successful and surmount ever more demanding competition.
Call me today.
I get great joy in helping companies succeed beyond their expectations."