Jay Kirihara

VP Strategy & Business Development Jay Kirihara

The first week I joined Advanced I wrote down all 6 core values. I wanted to see how many times I could witness these core values in action.  By the end of the week, I had witnessed at least one example of a core value being represented and mostly 2 to 3 examples for each value.  Seeing that confirmed I was in the right place. One of our core values is creative and critical thinkers who demonstrate common sense. This core value has a lot of significance since our most sophisticated customers are expecting their strategic suppliers to provide ideas.  Ideas like converting two parts into one, or adding automation at the press, or alternative material selection, or unique applications of technology like CT scanning & moldflow analysis.  Creativity, combined with collaboration, translates into unlocking novel ideas that are valued by the customer.  It’s one of the most important ways we can “Find a Better Way.” 

I’ve been involved with injection molding-based contract manufacturing for over 25 years, mostly in the medical arena.  In that time, I’ve been fortunate to be a part of several teams that have created and produced life sustaining devices and therapies.  My background is in engineering (B.S. Mechanical Engineering University of Minnesota) and Marketing (M.B.A. University of St. Thomas). After being here, I have come to realize that my coworkers are my friends first and I happen to work with them second.