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There are good suppliers and bad suppliers, Lyle J. Otremba, vice president, sales and program engineering, global sealing systems, Cooper-Standard Automotive, tells seminar attendees here.
Therefore, the same consideration should go into the selection process as is given to a partner in marriage.
âIn our private lives, if we want to get married, we spend a little time doing some research on our spouse,â Otremba says. âHopefully, youâve done some good homework there.â
The same holds true when selecting a doctor or lawyer and should apply to business relationships, as well. âYou certainly can do your research on your suppliers,â he says. âUnfortunately, some of the research doesnât get done the way it should.â
Check Your PC at the Door
Not many attendees at the Management Briefing Seminars seem to favor a partnership betweenCorp., Motor Co. Ltd. and SA, a very unscientific opinion poll reveals.
One journalist says GM invited him to spend half an hour with Bob Lutz on a tour of the auto makerâs design studio in order to persuade him GM has what it takes to get out of its hole withoutâs help.
Freudenberg-NOK CEO Mohsen Sohi says if he were on the GM board,
heâd tell management to focus on the turnaround plan and talk with Carlos
Dick Dauch, CEO, chairman and founder ofand Mfg., is somewhat more blunt. âI canât believe the garbage thatâs going on now,â he says. âWe donât need to have the French owning America.â
The comment provoked spontaneous applause.
& Mfg.âs Dick Dauch was on a roll Wednesday on stage at the Management Briefing Seminars. He seemed to have an opinion or witty words for every topic.
On the United Auto Workers Jobs Bank: âPaying people not to work? Thatâs not right.â
On AAMâs âadequateâ profitability: âPigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. I said âadequate.ââ
On work ethic: âAmerica has gotten lazy. It doesnât want to do math. It wants to do basket-weaving or whatever.â
His Yogi Berra imitation: âIf you do what you did, youâll get what you got.â
Fields âNo Protectionistâ
John Mendel, senior vice president-automobile operations for AmericanMotor Co. Inc., feels compelled to respond to comments from a former co-worker, Mark Fields.
Mendel and Fields,Motor Co. executive vice president, worked together previously at Motor Corp., owned 33% by Ford.
In June, Fields said Japanese auto makers have an unfair advantage in the U.S. market and are not as American as they want people to believe.
"Mark is no protectionist,â Mendel says. âHe is really suggesting perhaps that I may have givenan unfair advantage. The reality is I still see myself on the same team as Mark."
Attendees at Wednesday afternoon's "The AutoWorld Future: Round or Flat?" presentation were taken out of their element for a moment, as Eleanor Josaitis, co-founder of the Detroit-based charity Focus: HOPE, spoke and presented a number of engineering students from the organization's Center for Advanced Technologies.
The crowd was moved to applause as the students got up and introduced themselves. Josaitis was filling in forNorth America Inc.'s Jim Morton, who had to cancel due to illness.