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J. Jerry Kaufman, BS, CVS, founder of J. J. Kaufman Associates, Inc., a Value Management services company, has over 35 years of Design Engineering, Value Engineering and corporate management experience in the industrial, electronic, processes, services and aerospace markets.

Formerly Corporate Director of Value Engineering for Cooper Industries, a multi-billion dollar corporation, his experience includes 25 years of progressively responsible management positions involving products, processes, and business management. Jerry is a Past President and Past Certified Value Specialist (CVs) Board Chairman of the Society of American Value Engineers (SAVE), and is internationally known and honored in his field. He has been cited in "Engineer's of Distinction" by the Engineers Joint Council in 1973, received the "Meritorious Service award," and is a "Fellow" and "Life Member" of SAVE.

In 1980 and again in 1999 he was awarded the "Presidential Citation" by the Society for Japanese Value Engineering for his contributions in establishing and supporting Value Engineering in Japan. The American Association of Cost Engineers (AACE) recognized Jerry as their "Speaker of The Year" for the period 1989-1990.

In 1994 SAVE presented The "Lawrence D. Miles Award," its highest SAVE achievement to Jerry for his many contributions to the field of Value Management. Jerry joins a select group of 5 recipients to receive this rarely presented award since its inception 30 years ago.

Jerry has written and presented over 20 papers, three text books and contributed a section on Value Engineering in the Encyclopedia of Management, published by Van Nostrand Reinhild. He has also contributed numerous articles for Japanese, European, and US publications on advanced Value Management concepts. His third book titled "Value Engineering for the Practitioner," published by North Carolina State University (NCSU) is used to train VE practitioners. Jerry's most recent book titled "Value Management--Creating Competitive Advantage" explores new VM techniques and management issues. Jerry served as an instructor for NCSU and McGill University's Management Institute, in Montreal, Canada, where he taught a series of industrial extension courses in Value Management.

Jerry has also conducted Value Management seminars in Canada, Europe, England, Japan, and Korea. As President of J.J. Kaufman Associates he has provided consultant and training support services and conducted VM workshops related to product development, manufacturing, process improvement (energy and chemical), Total Quality Management, and Organizational Effectiveness (Business System Reengineering) for many multinational corporations around the world.

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