Gerry specializes in writing about business, finance, supply chain management, building certification procedures, test and development for new construction materials, cash flow, and international business issues that affect the manufacturing industry. His studies have included the impact of global currency issues and civil unrest on international companies.
Gerry has written several articles for national publications on understanding the five most important economic indicators.
He has taken a short course at the London School of Economics that dealt with processes to assist global companies optimize their strategic partnerships with foreign counterparts.
He has recently expanded his writing to include strategic planning and budget management for corporations; both domestic and international. Buying parts from foreign corporations for installation in major assemblies in the U.S requires a firm grasp of currency trends and timing.
He was employed by the Ford Motor Company to study and write on the global position of Ford, and the potential for Ford to expand its European market. This process was one of constant study since the market and supply parameters were always changing.
This also involved researching the supply of critical raw materials needed to support international projects. He was the manager of a staff of ten researchers and writers who developed executive briefing papers on potential investments in global ventures and critical sourcing issues for the Vice-presidential level and above
Over a ten year period, Gerry was based in Cologne, London and Paris where Ford had unique supply issues that would disrupt the supply base and adversely affect quality if no one was monitoring these activities. He developed a very good working relationship with Ford employees and suppliers in each location. He learned how to integrate the work life with performance expectations, and he developed many social relationships that exist today. His work contacts have also continued to exist and this has been very helpful to his U.S. clients.
The last ten years of his service were utilized by Ford to work on joint ventures with Europe for the purpose of building engines that had global applications instead of just one country or one vehicle. This project involved obtaining the agreement of all international participants on how a common engine would be designed and manufactured.
This was the first joint international venture for Ford, and it was a learning process for the Company and for Gerry. However, Ford did launch the Zeta engine in plants on three continents with high quality common parts. He also worked with Porsche, and studied how they design their products compared to the way Ford designs its products.
He studied strategic planning at the Wharton School, and he has expanded his writing to include strategic planning and budget management for domestic and international corporations.
Gerry lives in a suburb of Austin, Texas, and he finds this location useful for taking continuing education courses in writing at the University of Texas. He continues his education through his travels to Europe to study the European perspective on American venture capital.
He has been a ghostwriter of white papers for Fortune 500 companies, and has written over 500 research papers for businesses of all size..
He follows both the resale and new construction housing markets to maintain an analysis of the price trends in both industries. The construction industry suffered the most devastating loss of jobs during the housing bubble, so he eagerly observes the return of new construction jobs.
He follows all of the economy's key indicators including those published by the Institute for Supply Management. These are indicators that every citizen can follow, and he often writes articles on how to interpret the data they are reading. For example, the Gross Domestic Product is a key indicator, but few people fully understand its meaning and its implications for Americans.
Gerry has published articles on the economy and the housing market, and parts of some articles are attached for review. He will be glad to supply more.
He has been a long-time consultant to the Arizona Office of Manufactured Housing. In this position he wrote documents on Park Models (400 sq. ft.) homes with respect to the ANSI inspection and the lack of inspection. Modular housing and the similar double wide mobile housing were topics that Gerry wrote about for the legislature and the Arizona Housing Authority. He helped the Arizona Association of Mobile Home Owners structure their book on maintaining this kind of housing, and on the units that come under HUD and which do not. Gerry developed an inspection procedure for inspectors to use on pre-owned homes.