Robert B. Mlakar
Robert B. Mlakar
In 1964, while a 10th Grader, I was invited by my father to meet a gentleman at the Holiday Inn, Euclid Ohio cocktail bar. Mr. Ernie Frase, of Dayton Reliable Tool & Die, asked the bartender to bring a beer in a glass with the rim about 3 inches. Then he put a round aluminum disc on the glass and pulled a ring tab off the lid. The Easy Open Pop Top was invented! That got my attention!
Manufacturing with machine tools is most important a “value-added” occupation.
I was honored to work with others. We sold the first 600 ton stamping press to extrude the valves that inflate airbags to protect drivers, and now children in the back seats. We cut 50 ft diameter gears to make coal strip-mining shovels in the late 1970s. Then came Robots (GMFanuc) and 3D Printers (Stereolythography) in the mid 1980s. Early on we machined the first dies and molds for orthopedic implants.
Machine tools are a futuristic lifestyle. Precision and Operator Safety has marked the route for all of us. Working with others through AMT, AMTDA and other supplier and customer trade organizations has personalized and inspired us all.
|2012-present||Management Consulting||Executive Coach|
|2014-present||PowerInterface, LLC||Managing Partner|
|2012-2013||Shenyang Machine Tool Co., Ltd. - USA||President and COO|
|2007-2008||Dalian Machine Tool Group - North America||General Manager|
|2004||HomeField Advantage Group, LLC||Founder and Managing Partner|
|1998||The Intercore Group||Chairman of the Executive Committee|
|1996||Machine Tool Corporation||Founding Partner|
|1980||Excel 2000 Machinery Company||Founding Partner|
|1980||Methods Machinery Company||President|
|1970||Methods Machinery Company||Sales Engineer|
Business Associations and Advisory Boards
American Machine Tool Distributors Association
Chairman of the Board – 1993-1994
Board of Directors – 1983-1994
Machine Tool Builder/Distributor Advisory Boards
Makino, Inc. 1993-2001
Minster Machine Company 1986-2000
Monarch Machine Tool Company 1984-1990
3D Systems, Inc. 1983-1986
Studer, Inc. 1980-1988
Charmilles Technologies 1980-1990
The Executive Committee – TEC 1996-1999
Dartmouth College, BA in Economics, 1970