Some of the best automation experts call Pyramid Solutions home. We know that Pyramid Solutions would not be thriving today without our most important assets – our people. To help take us to the next level, we are excited to introduce you to our newest Pyramidian – Don Allar as our Account Executive responsible for our Intelligent Manufacturing Business.
Don has over 24 years of relevant manufacturing experience and has been through many manufacturing facilities across multiple industries. In this role, Don has responsibility to grow our Manufacturing Execution Software business. Pyramid Solution’s IntelliWorks is an industry leading MES software that helps manufacturing companies improve quality and efficiency by providing error proofing, process enforcement, part and process traceability, defect tracking and many other features. Our highly customizable software allows customers from any industry to use it for their specific needs.
Pyramid Solutions’ engineers have over 25 years of experience deploying our MES software, providing quick and responsive, 24 hour customer support if needed. For more information on MES, please reach out to Don at [email protected] or click the link below for more information.
Some more fun facts about Don!
What career accomplishment are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the choice made to move from my home state of Michigan to Georgia for the mission of developing an underperforming territory. I made the decision in 2010 and moved our family to the Peach State after selling assembly machinery to the automotive industry for the past 12 years. The new role was selling to non-automotive customers in the states of Georgia, Florida, and Puerto Rico. In the beginning, there was only $500k of annual revenue for the company. By 2015 there was $6.5M of annual revenue! This move created the opportunity of reinventing myself by moving outside of my comfort zone. It drove an entrepreneurial culture where we (myself and team members) aligned with local resources, improved sales channel partnerships, and developed new customers with justified business propositions. I made friendships in these regions who are mostly customers valued to this day. It was a great run before moving back to Michigan late 2015 to assume a national role designed to continue development for the company in the same manner for the next several years.
Where is your happy place in Michigan?
My happy place in Michigan is not on land… but on the water! My family lived near Lake St. Clair which is connected between Lake Huron and Lake Erie, north of Detroit where we spent many weekends and vacations using it. We would fish, waterski, explore waterways, camp on islands, and travel. It wasn’t until I was older and owned my own boat when I started traveling Lake Erie, Lake Huron, and Lake Michigan to see much of what the Great Lakes has to offer. There are so many wonderful places I’ve experienced and so much more to see!
What is something people don’t know about you?
This might sound kind of silly, but what many people don’t know about me is that I have no self-control around Peanut M&Ms! They are so delicious and when I am at a party with a bowl of them nearby, I will stand near and eat so many that I get sick 😊
What book did you last read?
The last book I read was called The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. It was a game changer for conducting business within a company by gaining a better understanding of the five categorized dysfunctions of many companies, how to identify them, and how to overcome. It was a fast read and I would recommend it to anyone with a leadership role or improve situations within their team.
What is your least favorite food?
This is the toughest question of them all! As a father/stepfather of three boys, I have assumed a ‘dad role’ by not allowing leftovers go to waste. Almost like a human garbage disposal 😊. Then I thought about it a little bit and recalled Spaghetti-Os. Yuck!
To keep production running, manufacturers require a number of elements. Some of the most important ones are real-time visibility, communication between production lines, and product traceability.
When preparing for integration between your production machinery and a MES (manufacturing execution system) it can be difficult to ensure the process goes smoothly. Most of this is in the hands of outside vendors that you don’t directly control, but the outcome of this process can make or break your production schedule.