Production vs. Design: Breaking Down False Barriers (Part 1: Cross-Functional Teams)


Tuesday, December 1 2020 1:00pm (America/Chicago)

Production crews and designers depend on one another every day, yet the two departments can find themselves at odds: Was the callback caused by a poor design or a quality control issue in production? In this two-part series, learn how these CMs are breaking down barriers between the two departments. Part 1 focuses on how to create cross-functional teams to improve communication and increase engagement. Part 2 (coming in early 2021) will cover how breaking down barriers between these departments will have a positive effect on company culture.

  • Tony Acampa is the technical team leader at Shelter Systems Limited in Westminster, Maryland. He joined the component industry in 1998 after a school internship. His AutoCAD skills brought new possibilities to the design department and opened the door to more opportunities in multi-family design. Tony became design team lead in January 2015. His current team consists of 13 in-house designers and three support staff members. Tony enjoys hanging with his young son, playing bass guitar, and fly-fishing.
  • Zach Shepherd is operations manager at Engineered Building Design, L.C. in Washington, Iowa. He has been in the components industry since 1997, starting in the production facility at the age of sixteen. He has worked in production, sales, and design, including in management as design manager and most recently as operations manager. His claim to fame is that he helped bring bracing frames into the Iowa market in 2005. Zach has a passion to see the components industry grow and increase its market share by providing more prefabricated pieces to framers. His unofficial motto is “We have yet to see the blueprint we can’t truss.”