Alicia Harris
Manager, Quality and Planning
Brunswick Corporation - Brunswick Boat Group

“A manufacturing career is fun, exciting and challenging every day as we're given the opportunity to see a product from the design phase, through manufacturing integration, and experience customer satisfaction. Working with builders or operators on a daily basis on issue resolution or process and product improvements is very rewarding.”

For nearly 15 years, Alicia Harris has been a guiding light on the Sea Ray factory floor of the Brunswick Boat Group. Now serving as Manager, Quality and Planning, her journey began in the assembly build process, where she ran a production line with 35 employees. Alicia became Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certified, running projects on canvas inventory improvements and balancing newly integrated 29-foot cruisers—with both efforts resulting in significant savings.
 
As Project Engineer, she directed the addition of a 24,000-square-foot lamination area along with the integration of sport yachts up to 44 feet in length, concurrently developing new technologies to improve the build process. In product engineering, Alicia focused on model change activities and new product integration process improvements, while maintaining production rates and consumer quality expectations. Now LSS Black Belt Certified, Lisa has trained new Green Belts and completed an additional 15 projects with total savings in excess of $1 million. Her leadership skills were also critical to the smooth transition of an intraplant product line relocation and the design of a new facility in Brazil, including its Quality Management System.
 
Focused on the success of her colleagues, Alicia has leveraged her experience to develop the broader organization with training on Lean Six Sigma techniques, the fiberglass boat build process, the use of data to drive decisions and more. She finds reward in working with up-and-coming engineers and students from the University of Tennessee, and enjoys teaching the practical side of project management.
 
For nearly a decade, Alicia has also volunteered in the local American Youth Soccer Association program as a coach for her daughter’s team. Alicia believes giving these young women an appreciation for physical activity, the confidence to participate in a competitive game and an opportunity to build new relationships is crucial to personal development and self-esteem. Alicia also regularly volunteers at her children’s school by reading, assisting with art projects and helping with special activities.

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