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The third person named as Servant Leader-in-Residence is Mr. Jim Cnossen. Mr. Cnossen is actively involved with the Center for Faithful Leadership in four areas: CFL Advisory Board Member, ASI Consulting, CFL Mentoring Program, and HEI (Mentor-in-Residence).
Jim has extensive experience within the Automotive Industry, a proven track record of leadership within the Information Technology field, and unique experiences as an entrepreneur implementing ideas and solutions within a for-profit environment. Jim has expert knowledge and senior level management experience in strategic IT leadership, business process re-engineering, and manufacturing operations all within an international context. He is recognized as a visionary and a results-oriented leader with strong communications and people-related skills.
After 30 years with Ford followed by several years of Management Consulting, Jim brings a distinguished record of providing solutions that address strategic business needs from within Fortune 5 corporations. Drawing from his automotive and manufacturing experiences, these solutions typically are an effective blend of people, process, and technologies.
During his career at Ford, Jim held 14 different management positions within both the IT and non-IT functions. In these positions, he was responsible for IT operations in virtually every major segment of automotive operations including Product Development, Manufacturing Engineering, Production Operations, Finance, Purchasing, Sales & Marketing, Dealership Operations, Strategic Corporate Decision Support, and Corporate Data Center Operations. In addition, he held responsible operating positions in plant production operations and quality management.
Academically, Jim has strong credentials with two undergraduate degrees (Math/Science and Engineering), a Masters Degree in Systems Engineering, MBA graduate work, and held Adjunct Professor positions at the University of Michigan, Henry Ford Community College, and Walsh College.
“We are blessed to have Jim on our team,” says Steve VanderVeen, Director of CFL. “Jim complements the strengths we have by providing CFL with the additional process-thinking competencies we need. But more importantly, Jim is a person of deep character, perspective, and heart for students. Like all of us, his desire is to empower and transform students to be positive change agents to the glory of God. To quote another Jim, he seeks to “grow world Christians in the soil of Hope.”
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