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About Us

People ♦ Products ♦ Processes

John Payne, Founder and Principal, of PDE has wide ranging experience dealing with People, Products and Processes.  He possesses 25 plus years of experience in the product development and manufacturing arena with an emphasis Engineering Product Development, Program /Project Management and Cross Functional Teams.

He has built, led and mentored cross functional teams at all levels of an organization, served as Department Supervisor and an individual contributor doing Engineering Product Development.  Examples of these levels of accomplishment and expertise are presented in this web site.

During his career he has built effective communication skills.  He can communicate with those on the manufacturing floor, the C suite, government agencies, outside consultants and with legal counsel. He has made presentations at technical society meeting and have published technical documents.

He has worked with a wide range of technologies and in a many different industries. He is comfortable working with  and can quickly learn new technologies and products.

His formal education consists of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Chemistry from Monmouth College located in Monmouth, IL; a Master of Science (MS) in Chemistry from Indian University located in Bloomington, IN and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a Marketing emphasis from DePaul University located in Chicago, IL.

He has previously been certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP®) by the Project Management Institute and as a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM®) by The Institute for Hazardous Materials Management.  He isGreen Belt trained by The Chicago Deming Association.

PDE is headquartered in Wheaton, IL and our primary market is the greater Chicago area but we are open to opportunities in other markets.

We look forward to working with your organization providing our experience and expertise as we seek to address the challenges presented.