David Updegrove – Vice President, USA Operations
Dave is a Theory of Constraints implementation expert, author, and teacher. He has 30 years experience in TOC-based Performance Improvement, and has led or participated in some of the most successful and enduring TOC implementations in the world. Mr. Updegrove spent 20 years at the Boeing Company, working as a Senior Industrial Engineer in both commercial and defense divisions. He did his first TOC implementation at Boeing in 1988, and went on to do several factory production implementations and become an internal TOC consultant, training hundreds of Boeing engineers in the Theory of Constraints.
After Leaving Boeing, Mr. Updegrove worked as a TOC consultant for a Throughput Accounting software company, and then spent three years implementing complete Drum-Buffer-Rope Production and Critical Chain Project Management MRO solutions at several U.S. Defense Department facilities, including the famous United States Marine Corps Maintenance Center in Albany, Georgia, as well as implementing TOC solutions in many private companies. In 2004 he became a founding member of Afinitus Group, LLC, where he continued to implement TOC in the U.S., Canada, Japan, and around the world.
Currently serves as Senior Advisor to the TOC Think Tank of Nagoya, Japan, a TOC educational non-profit started by Being. He is recognized internationally as a leading TOC expert and is the author of “The Critical Chain Implementation Handbook.”
Jacob Netz- Vice President Analytics
Born in Israel, Jacob served in the Israeli Air Force as a pilot, as an instructor, a C-130 Hercules captain, and has Multi-Engine ATP.
Jacob holds M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering / HFE, and M.A. in Management Science Operation Research. In 1982 Jacob joined the Engineering Division of the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). He worked in a variety of programs as an engineer, designer, and as the department manager of Human Factors Engineering and Systems Operational Concepts.
In 2001 Jacob joined the IAI Bedek Aviation Group as a Director of Analysis & Strategy of Freighter Conversions, following four years of managing business development of the Engineering Division. For five years, until his retirement from IAI in June 2011, Jacob was the program analyst for M&B Conversions LTD (a joint venture company of IAI Bedek and Mitsui & Co. of Japan to convert 767-300’s). Following retirement, Jacob works from his home in Israel as a senior consultant at Cargo Facts