Jim Drager, 
Executive Director, Strategy & Operations Practice

BS, Management, Kutztown State College
Professional studies in Lean Manufacturing, risk mitigation, project management, estimating, team development, and organizational change.

Jim Drager

A former Chief Operating Officer with over 30 years of experience of deep business strategy and operations experience. Hired by public and provide owners to provide leadership and support of high-profile turnarounds, pre-IPOs or other planned exit strategies. Recognized within the Firearms Industry (and beyond) for providing award-winning, world-class Sales & Operations Management driving 1,000%+ increase in production and 35% cost reductions.

Practice Specialty

  • Business Strategy and Growth
  • Mergers & Acquisitions and Growth Financing
  • World Class Operations and Turnaround Management
  • Sales & Operations Planning   ∘ 
  • Category Management and SKU Optimization
  • Inventory Optimization and Management
  • Lean & Six Sigma Enterprise Development
  • Visual Operations & 5s Techniques
  • Manufacturing and Engineering Process Excellence
  • ISO Quality Function Deployment
  • Sourcing, Procurement and Supply Chain Management

Firearm Regulatory Expertise

  • Gun Control Act (GCA)
  • Arms Export Control Act (ACA)
  • International Traffic in Arms (ITAR)
  • OSHA and Environmental regulations

Previous Employment

  • COO – Century Arms, Burlington Vermont
  • COO – Mission Arms Group, Whitefish, Montana
  • COO – Intrepid Tactical and Intrepid Ammunition-Columbia Falls, Montana
  • COO – Butler Arms USA, Salt Lake City, UT
  • COO – Defiance Machine, Inc., Whitefish, MT
  • Founder and Chief Executive Officer -The Drager Group, Inc.

Notable Accomplishments and Roles

  • Winner of Grumman’s Allied Division Supplier of the year Award in world class competition.
  • ·Facilitated fast track strategic plan and task force for a $500MM organization, comprised of 9 divisions from across the country.
  • Production increased by 1,100% in 12 months (400 upm to 6,500); Decreased cost of production by nearly 35% per unit.
  • Launched Intrepid’s RAS 12 product went concept to market to licensing in less than one year, was voted the #1 new shotgun by Guns.com and secured a 17 year licensing and manufacturing agreement with Remington.
  • Highly talented at coordinating and expediting the design, launch, manufacturing and go-to-market of new mission-critical products.
  • Implementing firearms industry ERP applications, shop floor / manufacturing execution systems and logistics support tools.