Thomas D. McBride, president
Tom started Partners for Creative Solutions in 1999 to help businesses of all types make dramatic improvements in their performance and profitability. Over the 28 years prior to starting PCS, he worked in a broad spectrum of industries engaged in the manufacture of custom-engineered products. These included nuclear pressure vessels, machine tools, circuit board drilling and assembly machines, custom automation, size-reduction (recycling) machinery, and specialty pumps for the chemical industry.
Tom served in a senior engineering management role in each of these industries prior to becoming Operations Manager for a major global supplier of custom-engineered pumps in the mid-1990’s. Throughout his career he has led the charge to rid wastes that prevent client companies from optimizing their quality, customer service, or profitability.
Since starting PCS he has helped various organizations
remove waste from their operations by implementing waste-elimination techniques
such as lean, Six Sigma, and Total Productive Maintenance.
His seminars on lean manufacturing, waste reduction, kaizen events, and lean/six sigma
for service have been sponsored by organizations such as the Central
Massachusetts Employers’ Association, the Purchasing Managers’ Association
of Boston, and
Tom’s formal education includes a BSME from the
University of Missouri-Rolla and an MBA from the