Michael Claudio, Owner/CEO
EHD Technologies co-founder and CEO, Michael Claudio, earned his bachelor degree in electrical engineering from Tennessee Technological University. He joined the work force as a production supervisor for Duracell Battery in 1989. He then entered the automotive industry as a product engineer for Nissan Motor Manufacturing (Smyrna, Tenn.) in 1991. Frequently voted the most productive OEM manufacturer in North America, Nissan provided a solid foundation for excellence in manufacturing. He worked in both the interior and electrical engineering groups while at Nissan, with complete part management responsibilities for product, process and supplier quality control.
His career path then led south to the startup of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance, Alabama. Here Michael helped implement the production system established by Mercedes, an adaptation of the Toyota Production System. He spent the initial years with Mercedes in an advanced engineering capacity for both interior systems and electrical components, developing the product for system launch and providing assistance in team member training. Michael then transitioned to Supplier Quality management and was responsible for the Electric and Interior teams, as well as the Receiving Inspection function for the plant.
Traveling extensively to plants in Japan, Europe, and North America, Michael saw the need for skilled quality engineering support and launched EHD Technologies in 2002. EHD Tech began as a boutique engineering Service Company, providing managed service support for new program launches and supplier quality initiatives. In 2009, EHD Tech expanded its service offerings in automotive to include 3rd party quality assurance services. In 2011, EHD Tech formalized its focus on staffing in the automotive space. EHD Tech began diversifying its clientele to include Information Technology (IT) and Contract Engineering (CE) clients in 2012.
EHD Tech was recently recognized as number 809 on the INC 5000 list, and was also identified as the 8th fastest growing staffing company by Staffing Industry Analysts for 2014.
Currently EHD Tech supports clients in 16 states, Canada and Mexico.
Michael Huffman, Owner/CFO
EHD Technologies co-founder, Michael Huffman, earned his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan. He entered the automotive industry with General Motors as a wiring harness customer service engineer to multiple vehicle assembly plants. He then progressed into wire harness and electrical center design as an application engineer and then a product release engineer. As the Saturn product development team leader, one of Michael’s main initiatives was warranty reduction. Leading a cross-functional team with a FMEA mentality, he drove Saturn’s wiring warranty to the best in the GM.
Michael’s next position was in advanced manufacturing quality planning. In this role, he helped Saturn launch their small car model change and the new midsize vehicle. He traveled extensively to Europe and Mexico to draw the global team and best practices together to achieve successful vehicle introductions. With the experience of global program introduction and a new Executive MBA from the University of Delaware, Michael was transferred to Delphi’s Cockpit and Console operations supporting Mercedes Benz in Alabama. There he managed the mid-cycle model change for the M-Class sport utility.
He then moved from Engineering to Sales and Account Management. Michael managed $140 million worth of business with Mercedes. He also helped improve profitability margins and developed processes that drove reductions in Accounts receivables. He left Delphi to help develop business for EHD Technologies, and he currently serves as Chief Financial Officer.
Jeff McKeehan, Owner/President
Jeff McKeehan, the President of EHD Technologies, has more than 20 years experience in manufacturing, operations, and quality management systems. As a former Director of Manufacturing Operations for a global supplier of electronic components, Jeff’s core competencies includes high-volume manufacturing, metal stamping, machining, molding, plating, and assembly.
Prior to joining EHD, Jeff served as the Vice-President of Business Operations for a leading quality control and engineering firm. A senior member of ASQ, Jeff earned a B.A. degree from Belmont Abbey College and a M.S. from Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, NC.
Jeff Weisenauer, VP Sales and Marketing
Jeff Weisenauer has more than 25 years’ experience in the automotive industry and was self-employed for over 18 years. As the previous founder and President of Preferred Sourcing, which provided specially trained employees to assure the quality of its customers' parts and quality systems, Jeff directed and grew the business from a start-up to a $40 million dollar business. Among the OEM customers were Honda, BMW, Ford and GM. He has experience and a strong record of developing and cultivating relationships with customers and employees. Key experiences include managing large accounts, formulating and executing long-term strategies related to customer satisfaction, sales and marketing, human resources and financial business planning.