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Keith Hummel

Keith Hummel Process Improvement and Operations

Keith Hummel is a Financial Principal at MLA. His long career in manufacturing for privately held companies has given him extensive experience with distressed and evolving organizations. This makes Keith well-suited to guide corporate transitions. Keith’s expertise also includes process improvement and operations analysis to help companies achieve greater efficiencies.

He brings the perspective of a long career in manufacturing working for privately held companies. Keith’s expertise includes process improvement and operations analysis to help our clients achieve greater efficiencies.

Prior to joining MLA, Keith held financial leadership roles with several private equity-owned companies. As a corporate controller at Tooling Technology Group, he helped the company transition from entrepreneur leadership to a multi-site, consolidated entity model. This involved implementing margin and mix analysis tools and developing standardized metrics for measuring performance across six operating locations. He also built consolidated reporting mechanisms for cash management, financial reporting, and lender compliance reporting.

Prior to working for Tooling Technology, Keith was division controller for Holloway Sportswear. There he led the implementation of budgeting and forecasting software, and a shift from a multiple operating entity business model to a multiple brand approach. His work also involved transitioning the finance and accounting team to a remotely-based, consolidated entity.

Earlier in this career, Keith was controller for SMART Papers, where he developed an operations-based costing methodology and implemented a profitability analysis at the product level. Following a corporate reorganization, Keith worked with the CEO to close SMART Papers, overseeing the exit of the workforce, termination of company benefits and retirement programs, and maximization of cash returned to the ownership group.

Keith holds a bachelor’s of science in accounting from St. Cloud State University (Minnesota).

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