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Irving M. Footlik, Founder and Chairman
Irving M. Footlik, licensed professional engineer, is an author, college instructor, material handling and plant layout consultant, and a practical engineer all rolled into one.

He graduated as a mechanical engineer from the Illinois Institute of Technology. His background covers over 50 years of practical, diversified experience in all types of industries. He has taught at Illinois Institute of Technology, at Northwestern University, and is guest lecturer at universities throughout the country, as well as teaching top material handling people (internationally) at the Industrial Management Center for 35 years.

Irv is especially known for his outstanding contributions to the material handling industry. He is a founder of the Association of Professional Material Handling Consultants and the International Material Management Association; he is a member of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, Professional Engineers in Private Practice, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Industrial Management Association, and IIE, The Institute of Industrial Engineering.

Best known for his palletless warehouse designs and the development of the first fully automated warehouse in the world at the Kitchens of Sara Lee; his diversified experience in the material handling industry has led to outstanding contributions in warehousing, distribution, manufacturing and industrial packaging, receipt of the International Materials Management Society Certificate of Merit and is a member of the Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning Industry Hall of Fame. Irving was honored by Illinois Institute of Technology with their Award for Professional Achievement on May 10, 1990.

In addition to his clients, many of whom are rated among the top five hundred in the country, he is material handling consultant to over twenty-five industries, was material handling editor for eight trade journals, and authored a textbook on material handling. Irv is a contributing author to the Material Handling Handbook. He is active in many civic functions where he has been honored for his contributions and guidance.

He is listed in Who's Who in Finance and Industry, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Steel and Metals, and Who's Who in Engineering.

Robert B. Footlik, P.E., President
Robert B. Footlik is a licensed professional engineer in the US and abroad, who graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology as an Industrial Engineer, and has worked extensively in the fields of materials handling, plant layout, packaging and management systems, throughout the world.

Bob has a broad background, not just in industrial engineering, but also in construction, machine processes and personnel training. He has been an instructor, author, consultant, and designer for a wide variety of clients and industries. Over the years he has developed and taught courses to middle and top management, and is one of the principal instructors for the Warehouse Productivity Clinics. Additionally, he has lectured extensively for a wide variety of professional and trade societies in the US, Canada and overseas.

Currently, Bob, and the firm of Footlik and Associates, serve as the staff warehousing and materials handling consultants to 6 trade associations, and he writes for 12 trade and professional journals. In addition, he has authored two sections in the Materials Handling Handbook (Wiley Interscience) and one section in The Warehouse Management Handbook (McGraw-Hill).

Bob's professional activities have included serving as an officer of the Materials Handling & Management Society, the Association of Professional Materials Handling Consultants, the Illinois and National Society of Professional Engineers, the Institute of Industrial Engineers and others. He has co-chaired the American Society of Mechanical Engineers MH 14 dockboard standardization committee and served on the American National Standards Institute MH 10 carton standardization committee, as well as the International Standards Organization TC-122 Transport Package Committee. In view of these and other activities he was recognized as an Outstanding Young Engineer in the State of Illinois.

William D. Bobco, Jr., Executive Vice President
William D. Bobco, Jr. is a mechanical engineer who received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Upon Graduation he spent thirty months on active duty with the United States Army, Ordnance Corps, as an officer at Aberdeen Proving Grounds; Gunzberg, Germany; and PhuBai and DaNang, Vietnam; attaining the rank of Captain after two years.

He worked for the American Can Company in production management before joining the firm of Footlik & Associates in 1973. As a consultant in material handling, plant layout and facilities planning, he has been involved in all aspects of designing and implementing distribution facilities and systems for companies both domestically and throughout North America and the Caribbean. Bill has been an instructor for the Warehouse Productivity Clinic, an affiliation of Footlik & Associates, since its inception. He has also taught Material Handling and Facilities Utilization at various colleges.

He received an MBA degree in Production Management and Finance from the University of Chicago in 1983.

Bill's professional affiliations include the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Past Chairman and Newsletter Editor, Chicago Section; Past Chairman and a Board Member of the Engineering Alumni Association of the University of Illinois at Chicago; a Past Board Member and committee chair for the Alumni Association of the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign, where he received a number of awards for his work with the Association; and is an active Member of the Industrial Advisory Board for the College of Engineering of the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is presently the co-chair of the Facilities and Grounds Committee at St Giles Church in Oak Park, IL.

He is listed in Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World, 2001 editions.

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