My name is Ryan Mills and I just realized I never posted an introduction of myself to this board. I have over 20 years of experience in food production, processing, and quality assurance. Most of this has been in the dairy fluid processing industry, as well as, evaporation and drying. Some of my experience is in fruit bases and flavorings for yogurt, bakery, and other food companies.
Most of the companies I have worked for have been medium sized to small. I tend to enjoy the smaller companies as there is more of a team atmosphere and less red tape to deal with.
I have experience implementing and managing SQF system, internal auditing procedures, CAPA, food defense, and audit preparations. I also have lots of experience in building food safety and quality systems from the ground up. I have done this in 4 separate facilities over my career and it is one of my favorite things to do. Most recently, I have designed and built a laboratory, hired personnel and designed / implemented SQF Level 3 within 6 months of a brand new facility. The pace has been breakneck, but it has been very rewarding.
I have shown an innate ability over the years to translate food safety and quality systems to what people do in their respective positions. Sometimes, this stuff gets complicated and can go over their heads. My philosophy is to keep it simple stupid. If you make things too complicated they won't be adhered to and you run the risk of food safety, quality and audit failures along the way. Our lives are ever more complicated...I try to simplify where I can and so far I've had good success with it when it comes to audit compliance and food safety / quality systems.
On a more personal note....I've recently become a father so I really have two babies to deal with; the new facility and my daughter at home which has been much of a challenge.
Also, I want to say thank you for the MOTM...it was a great surprise to see this morning in my mailbox!
I look forward to sharing and learning from all of you.