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Josh Tarter is a highly experienced operations management executive who has a proven track record for developing and supporting successful high-ROI project and solutions that incorporate a wide range of methodologies and technologies. As a venture capitalist at heart, Josh Tarter specializes in manufacturing, transportation, and metal service start-up companies, serving as a strategic negotiator and relationship builder.

Over the course of more than 20 years of professional experience, Josh Tarter has proven to be able to consistently improve organizational effectiveness and efficiency through leadership that aligns a business’ processes and resources to realize cost savings, accelerate performance, and sustain flexibility while creating a competitive advantage for the organization.

Josh Tarter’s key skills and core competencies include:

  • Tactical Execution
  • Relationship Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Leadership
  • Staff Development
  • Engineering Collaboration
  • Problem Identification and Resolution
  • Profit and Loss Management
  • Risk Management
  • Project Management
  • Distribution Management
  • Lean Methodologies
  • Performance Optimization
  • Capacity Utilization
  • Strategic Planning

As a graduate of the University of Kentucky in 1995, Josh Tarter has gained a vast amount of professional experience since receiving his bachelor’s degree.

Josh Tarter took on a Manager role upon joining Tarter LLC in June 1996, and has been in a Management and ownership role since 2011. While serving in this role, Josh Tarter has been responsible for growing this privately held corporation from a family-owned business to a world class manufacturing organization.

Using the Kaizen Theory of management, which means a gradual and steady improvement to maximize potential, Josh Tarter built incredible customer service that helped his business penetrate the market even further. He also integrated technology into many different locations, which increased production and the efficiency of overall operations.

Josh Tarter proactively pursued design changes that would better meet the needs of the customer and drove operational excellence by executing strategies that maximize savings and contributions to overall business goals. His work so far has improved productivity, quality, and efficiency at Tarter LLC, while also reducing inventory and cost basis.

Josh Tarter helped to grow the start-up, Stateline Steel location in Columbia, KY as Owner/Operator. He has since passed on the day-to-day responsibilities to focus on two new start-ups to be announced in the coming months, while still maintaining an Ownership position. Josh Tarter has been serving in this position since December 2009, and since then he has built strategic alliances with suppliers and customers and created win-win partnerships by assessing needs and discovering niches in the market. He also improved employee knowledge of business operations and helped streamline product flow. As the President at Stateline Steel, Josh Tarter has also combined financial and business planning with tactical execution to optimize long-term gains in performance, revenues, and profitability. He not only improved the company’s efficiency, he also he also reduced the cost of the business’ operation.