Rich Tree

Chief Operating Officer
PhD (In progress), Operations Management, University of Texas Arlington; MBA (Hons), Southern Methodist University; BS (Hons), Business, Columbia College

Rich is an operation executive with 35 years of experience leading teams to achieve organizational excellence in supply chain, asset management, reliability, and human performance. A lean operation expert, he is personally credited with the lean transformation of 9 manufacturing sites, mentoring over 34 manufacturing sites in advanced lean operations, and designing and implementing asset management strategies at 15 manufacturing sites.

Rich’s operations leadership journey began with a 22-year career in the US Navy and then continued in several key operations leadership roles in three manufacturing companies prior to coming to CAI.

He is currently working toward a PhD in Operations Management at the University of Texas Arlington where his research has focused on Behavioral Operations and Statistics. He holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University.