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Meet Radar Huntsinger, Corporate MRO Manager Great Lakes Cheese

Roanoke, VA

Radar Huntsinger is man of many trades. Because Maintenance, Reliability, and Operations (MRO) is his trade by day, he has many intersecting skills and certifications that work in unison to make him an MRO superhero. In his role as MRO Manager, Radar coordinates his company’s purchasing efforts and ensures that all systems will run smoothly. Radar says,

“My true passion is organization and improving life for others.”

We see this shine through not only as a theme in his life, but also in his day-to-day work.

Radar Huntsinger, thank you for everything you do. You drive your team to maintain equipment performance so that others can maintain their way of life. For that, everyone is grateful – whether they know it or not!

How did you get started in maintenance?

In 1983, I graduated from Southeast Institute of Culinary Arts with a Management Degree then continued my education at various schools including the University of Kentucky and Old Dominion University, to name a few. Currently, I reside in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of Southwest Virginia, which is very refreshing, considering I grew up all over America.

When not working, my time is spent mentoring and tutoring children in various areas, including mathematics and science, along with coaching soccer with my wife.

Radar, his wife, and their two sons!

Having been involved with Maintenance/Reliability and Continuous Improvement fields for 30+ years in multiple capacities, from technician to President, I can honestly say there is always more to learn and share on a daily basis within the M&R community. For me, M&R is not work but rather a passion flowing continuously through my existence.

My first job was doing a Volkswagen commercial in the 1960’s, but for Maintenance, it wasn’t until the mid 1970’s when I got a real taste working as a “Yardboy” at the largest Septic Company in South Florida. There, I organized the maintenance shop and learned technical skills from maintaining heavy equipment to reading blueprints for material requirements.

Throughout all these decades I’ve continued to educate myself from being a Certified Chef to becoming a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Blackbelt, Certified Material Management Instructor, Certified Maintenance Reliability Professional, SPC Analyst and a Data Analyst.

What is one of your proudest achievements?

Becoming a Lean Six Sigma Black belt is one of my proudest accomplishments.

What is one thing you wish people knew about your job?

MRO Material Management is the “Hidden Elephant” people see and talk about, but rarely improve or truly consolidate within their maintenance programs.

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Thank you, Radar!

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