Larry B. Gray

Larry B. Gray

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Lakeland, Florida Area
Food & Beverages

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Larry B. Gray's Overview

  • Author at Larry B. Gray, Author
  • General Manager at Ben Hill Griffin, Inc
  • Agent at Realty World Homes of Distinction
  • Operations Manager at Wal-Mart Distribution Center
  • Sales Account Manager at Furmanite America, Inc.
  • Plant Manager at SunPure, Ltd
  • General Supervisor at Tropicana Products
  • Packaging Superintendent at Coca-Cola Foods
  • Production Supervisor at Kraft, Inc
  • Aurora High School

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Larry B. Gray's Summary

Over 35 years of management and leadership training.

Larry B. Gray's Experience


Larry B. Gray, Author

2009Present (5 years) Bartow, Fl

General Manager

Ben Hill Griffin, Inc

2004Present (10 years)

Responsible for all aspects of the operation of a Fresh Fruit Packing and Shipping facility from fruit procurement through sales and marketing. Responsibilities include productivity, quality, HACCP implementation, safety, regulatory compliance, environmental compliance, P & L responsibility, and leadership development.
Increased productivity 33%.
Reduced overtime by 21%.
Reduced labor cost per unit by 13%.
Increased raw material yield by 22%.
Increased on time shipments.


Realty World Homes of Distinction

2007Present (7 years)

Your real estate needs are my first priority. Having lived and worked in the Central Florida area for over 37 years I have a diverse understanding of the area and its resources. Specializing in land sales and marketing let me help you with your real estate needs. Whether buying or selling together we can make it happen.

Operations Manager

Wal-Mart Distribution Center

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; WMT; Retail industry

20042004 (less than a year)

Responsible for all aspects of operations for the receiving, warehousing and shipping operations of an 800,000 square feet refrigerated and freezer distribution center.

Sales Account Manager

Furmanite America, Inc.

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; Oil & Energy industry

20022003 (1 year)

Responsible for new sales and existing account management for a specialty mechanical services/ maintenance company providing services to the chemical, oil, pulp & paper, and power generation industry.

Plant Manager

SunPure, Ltd

January 1998January 2001 (3 years 1 month)

Responsible for all aspects of plant operations for a 300 employee citrus processing facility. Responsibilities including productivity, warehousing/distribution, maintenance, quality, safety, regulatory compliance, environmental compliance, budget preparation and administration of a $17mm operation budget and a $1.5mm capital project budget, leadership development and cost control.
Key Accomplishment:
De-certification of the Teamsters Union.
Increase Co-Product production by 300%.
Reduce energy use in the Feed Mill by 15%.
Improve Customer service in both timeliness and quality in distribution.
Reduced operating cost per unit by 14%.

General Supervisor

Tropicana Products

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; PEP; Food & Beverages industry

19951997 (2 years)

Responsible for all aspects of the Fruit Processing Operations including the coordination of fruit and line utilization to maximize efficiency and cost containment for a 32 million boxes of fruit processing facility. Responsible for budget preparation and administration, quality management and leadership development of the operations. Manage 9 Processing Supervisors and 140 hourly associates.
Key accomplishments;
Successful installation and startup of a FMC extractor line.
Increased fruit throughput by 8%.
Increased by-product production by 7%.

Packaging Superintendent

Coca-Cola Foods

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; KO; Food & Beverages industry

19881995 (7 years)

Responsible for the Can Manufacturing, Bulk Packaging, Tank Farm, Warehousing and Frozen Filling Packaging Departments. Managed 6 Production Supervisors, 1 Maintenance Supervisor, 3 clerical and 160 hourly Associates. Responsibility includes all aspects of the operations and maintenance including budget preparation and administration of a $17mm operating budget, a $170mm material budget and capital expenditures. Directly responsible for staffing, recruitment, and development of supervisors. Served on the Company negotiating team, which successfully negotiated a labor agreement with the Teamsters in 1990 and 1993. Other key accomplishment include:
$600,000 in reduction of material loses.
40% reduction in supervisor staffing and 20% reduction in hourly staffing requirements.
15% increase in the average case throughput.
Successfully transferred all day-to-day quality assurance functions from the Quality Assurance Department to the production Associates of the Can Manufacturing Dept.
Successfully implemented several automation upgrades and CIM processes.

Production Supervisor

Kraft, Inc

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; KRFT; Food & Beverages industry

19721988 (16 years)

Supervised in various operations of a 300 employee non-union plant. Operations included warehousing and distribution; concentrate production and storage, bottling, filling and packaging for both glass lines and carton lines.

Larry B. Gray's Skills & Expertise

  1. Packaging
  2. Shipping
  3. Warehousing
  4. Negotiation
  5. Selling
  6. Customer Service
  7. Strategic Planning
  8. Customer Relations
  9. Logistics
  10. Inventory Management
  11. Budgeting
  12. Contract Negotiation
  13. Planning
  14. Team Building
  15. Operations Management
  16. P&L
  17. Problem Solving
  18. Production
  19. Coaching
  20. Food
  21. P&L Management
  22. Supervisory Skills
  23. Purchasing
  24. Receiving
  25. Cost
  26. Procurement
  27. Process Improvement
  28. Change Management
  29. Cross-functional Team Leadership
  30. Cost Reduction
  31. Contract Negotiations
  32. Inventory Control
  33. Business Planning
  34. Team Leadership
  35. Continuous Improvement
  36. Income Statement
  37. Budgets
  38. Training
  39. Sales Management
  40. Management
  41. Manufacturing
  42. Account Management
  43. Supply Chain
  44. Quality Assurance
  45. Forecasting
  46. Pricing
  47. Sales
  48. SAP
  49. Supply Chain Management
  50. Project Planning

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Larry B. Gray's Education

Florida Southern College

BS, Business Admin


Polk State College

AA, Business


Aurora High School

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