In his role of president and chief operating officer, Stephen R. Sperlazza reports directly to the chairman and chief executive officer of TAG Holdings, LLC. He is responsible for the management and overall results of three TAG companies - Wolverine Assemblies, LLC, Shared Vision, LLC and Barton Manufacturing, LLC.
Mr. Sperlazza began his career with PepsiCo Frito-Lay as a production supervisor after earning a bachelor of science degree in manufacturing technology in 1984. He held various progressive management positions up to the level of plant manager.
In 1992 he joined Bandag, Inc., the world’s largest supplier of retread systems for over the road truck tires. As a plant manger managing multiple facilities, he provided leadership in transforming the manufacturing operations into a lean system and quality driven organization. He was selected by the CEO to lead and facilitate the development of a corporate strategic planning model for all manufacturing locations.
In 1996 he left Bandag, Inc. to become general manager for the world’s largest manufacturer of closed cell foam rubber products, Rubatex Corporation. He was responsible for merging a recently purchased company into Rubatex that required the relocation of the manufacturing operation from the northeast to the southeast. This was achieved with no interruptions to existing or new customer orders.
In 1998, he left Rubatex to become division manager for Nishikawa Standard Company a Japanese, American joint venture company producing sealing systems for the automotive industry. He was successful in turning around the financial and quality performance of this tier one automotive supplier primarily serving JAC customers.
In 2000, he joined Freudenburg-NOK as vice president/general manager running their NVH products division. He was successful in turning around the financial and quality performance of this division. In 2002, a minority joint venture partnership was formed with TAG Holdings, LLC and he was asked to assume the role of president and chief operating officer for this newly created company. He successfully led the company in achieving the prestigious "Shingo Prize" for lean manufacturing.
In 2006, TAG Holdings was restructured into two operational groups, the Modular Assembly Group and the Assembly Group. Mr. Sperlazza was named president and chief operating officer of the Assembly Group and assumed responsibilities for three companies.
Today, Mr. Sperlazza is the number two person at TAG Holdings and he works closely with the chairman in matters of divestitures, acquisitions and the development of corporate strategies. In the management of three TAG companies, he works to align activities with the strategic corporate vision and guides personnel in the attainment of sales and revenue generation.
Mr. Sperlazza is very active in his community and has served on the executive council for the local United Way organization. He has two sons who attend college, and he lives in Wolcottville, Indiana.