Forward Motion Associates, LLC

Each of our Associates brings decades of personal experience in industry, working with hundreds upon hundreds of people in a variety of settings and company cultures, including all workers from the floor to the executive office. 

Terry Krauss, MBA is the founder of Forward Motion Associates LLC, dedicated to supporting business sustainability in North Carolina and the USA. Terry worked for 20 years in manufacturing engineering, plant engineering and production management then served for six years as a Business Extension Specialist for North Carolina State University’s Industrial Extension Service, followed by forming Forward Motion Associates in 2004. The firm provides process improvement and quality system training as well as business development support for startup companies. He holds a BS Engineering from Duke University and an MBA from Virginia Tech. Memberships include the Southern Textile Association (STA) and North Carolina Healthcare Engineers Association.

Alain Forgues has more than 30 years of diverse experience in Manufacturing & Engineering roles for The Dow Chemical Company, a large global company.  He has strong experience in leading and implementing business improvements and has deployed hundreds of continuous improvement initiatives to achieve and sustain manufacturing operational excellence.  The depth of Forgues’ knowledge comes from having worked extensively with manufacturing facilities across the world, small and large chemical sites mostly in Canada and the United States but also in South America, Europe and Asia where facilities benefited from the dual effect of multi-million dollar savings and in increased in productivity.

 Production Leadership: 

Achieving business goals and customer needs by providing organization effectiveness for safe operation and sustainable process improvements of manufacturing facilities.
Technology Leadership: 

Leading teams to develop, implement, standardize, and maintain the most effective technology for manufacturing facilities.
Six Sigma Black Belt: 

Leading Six Sigma projects on a large global site to improve product flow and integration across manufacturing facilities.

Lean Six Sigma Specialist: 

Performing data mining and analytics to extract insight in data for identification of areas of process inefficiency and opportunity for improvement. Facilitating implementation of performance management systems and organizational behaviors to continuously improve manufacturing operations, cost and work processes to add value.

Change Management Leadership: 
Driving change management strategies at new acquisitions for organizational alignment and work processes standardization to reduce complexity, improve repeatability and accuracy.

Barbara Hodges,CQA is an active ISO practitioner with over 20 years experience.

All aspects of ISO implementation and maintenance, led 7 successful initial registrations:

ISO9001 and  QS9000  

Conducting gap analyses, internal auditing, project development, time tables, project management

Extensive Training Program development and delivery:

Internal auditing, system documentation, setting up and maintaining document controls, supplier evaluation, corrective action programs, Train the Trainer

Extensive interaction with Registrars

General mentoring:

Providing internal consulting, education and support to all levels of the organization.  

Certified Georgia Tech Center of Excellence trainer

OSHA Outreach Trainer

Our Associates apply their Wisdom gained from decades of experience toward ensuring successful implementation and sustainability of the initiatives.