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Marquis Who's Who Honors Rick R. Fernandez for Expertise in Consulting

Rick R. Fernandez is noted for his work in innovation management consulting and training

Among his many accomplishments Mr. Fernandez co-founded the Innovation Management System Professionals organization. He is also a prominent member of the American Society for Quality.

    MIAMI, FL, April 19, 2024 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Rick R. Fernandez has been selected for inclusion in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Mr. Fernandez is a distinguished figure in the field of innovation management systems. Since 2019, he has been the President of 20-20 Innovation Inc., a business consulting and services organization based in Miami. In this role, he has advised numerous US and international clients in the implementation of Innovation Management Systems. In addition, he is one of the founders of the Innovation Management Systems Professionals organization that helps prepare professionals as they grow in the IMS field.

An experienced entrepreneur, Mr. Fernandez's leadership extends to his position as the managing principal at Advent Group Inc. in Miami since 1991, showcasing his strategic consulting services expertise. Moreover, he has been instrumental as the current Chair of the US Technical Advisory Group TC 279 for Innovation Management, ISO 56000 Series internationally since 2018. He notably served as the vice chair from 2013 to 2018 before being named to his new position.

Mr. Fernandez's corporate experience includes serving as the strategic sourcing director for hotel operations at InterContinental Hotels Group in the Greater Atlanta area from 2011 to 2013 and as the director of procurement systems and processes for the organization between 2008 and 2013. Earlier in his career, he managed procurement and materials management systems at Florida Power & Light from 1987 to 1991.

Mr. Fernandez's journey into his profession began with an academic appointment at the University of Miami, where he taught classes while earning his master's degree. He also taught courses as an adjunct professor at Florida International University, Nova Southeastern University, Universidad del Pacífico, and the Universidad Francisco Marroquin.

Mr. Fernandez's academic background has significantly contributed to his professional success. He earned a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering, Magna Cum Laude, and a master's degree in management sciences and quantitative methods, also Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Miami in 1974 and 1977, respectively. He is also a certified purchasing manager through the Institute of Supply Management and a registered professional engineer in Florida.

Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Fernandez co-founded the Innovation Management System Professionals organization. He is also a prominent member of the American Society for Quality. Additionally, he has served as a senior examiner for Florida's Sterling Award for Performance Excellence and as an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality and Performance Excellence Award.

As an expert in his field, Mr. Fernandez has contributed several articles to various professional journals but most important was his recent co-authorship of the book, 'The Framework for Innovation: A Guide to the Body of Innovation Knowledge,' as well as a contributing author for the book, 'Total Innovative Management Excellence (TIME).' Earlier in his career, he authored the book, 'Total Quality in Purchasing and Supplier Management.' He has also been recognized for his accomplishments during his tenure with Florida Power & Light, where his work coincided with the company's achievement of the Deming Prize, marking a significant milestone early in his career.

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