President & Chief Executive Officer
Peter Anthony joined UGN as a sales and marketing manager in 1992, determined to work with people, be creative, and have a positive effect on growth.
He has accomplished those goals, and then some.
His first steps, while responsible for business development, were to increase UGN sales from $42 million to $118 million, implement standard costing models to ensure consistent quotations to customers, develop worldwide customer focused sales teams to coordinate business acquisition activities and build an internal packaging department which became a profit center for the company.
Upon taking the helm of chief executive in 2002, Anthony successfully shepherded UGN through the recent economic downturns, ultimately reinventing the company—expanding it from a niche supplier to a broad-based corporation with a diversified product line.
His drive to embrace the Toyota Production System as the foundation of the UGN business model resulted in maximum productivity and efficiency throughout his manufacturing and business management structure. His overall strategic planning for acoustic, interior trim, and thermal management business for the Japanese transplant automotive industry in North America allowed him to provide his executive leadership across the entire organization.
Today, Anthony spearheads the company’s more than $400 million in revenue across six manufacturing facilities in the United States—Farmington Hills, Michigan; Jackson, Tennessee; Monroe, Ohio; Somerset, Kentucky; Tinley Park, Illinois; and Valparaiso, Indiana; as well as a location in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico—which specialize in manufacturing, research, development, testing, and service support. A brand new facility is under construction in Monroe, Ohio, which will bring 150 jobs and a $50 million dollar investment to the city in 2015.
A career like Anthony’s clearly demonstrates a powerful combination of independent thinking, perseverance, and high standards. At the heart of his achievements are his ability to maintain strong business relationships, anticipate market changes, experiment with new organizational structures to maximize team member growth and potential, and to always be on the lookout for organizational cost savings, such as sourcing and eradicating bottlenecks. These all ensure UGN remains a highly profitable enterprise and an industry leader in the delivery of innovative, state-of-the-art automotive products.
Peter is a past board member for Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. He is a past-chairman of the board for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois, a member and past-president of the Bluegrass Automotive Manufacturers Association (a Toyota Production System independent forum), a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, a member of Vistage International, was recognized as one of Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40 in 2003, and a 2013 and 2014 finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award Midwest.