Patricia Yulkowski, President and CEO of Total Door Systems was recognized with the “Soaring Eagle” award by a group of her Vistage Michigan peers during its virtual summit held Friday, September 25.
The prestigious award from Vistage, one of the largest and oldest executive coaching organizations in the nation, is presented to the member of a collection of executive groups that exemplify the leadership, problem solving, and service to other members that the organization works to foster among its members.
“In service to others would best capture the frame of mind of Patricia,” commented one executive member during the recognition event.
Patricia Yulkowski is second-generation CEO and President to the privately held, American-owned and operated Total Door Systems.
For nearly a half century, Total Door Systems has custom designed, built and installed fully integrated door systems that lead the industry in performance, innovation, and fire and smoke safety.
Under Yulkowski’s leadership, Total Door Systems in 2009 moved into a new facility and over a three-year period remade the company around LEAN manufacturing and continuous improvement principles focused on quality, sustainability and local sourcing. Their results: a 250 percent increase in capacity, 30 percent increase in efficiency, 40 percent consumption of natural resources, 50 percent reduction in emission of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), and 99 percent on-time delivery.
Local sourcing and sustainability are achieved with 98 percent of materials locally sourced, 25 percent recycled steel, 80 percent post-consumer content and 20 percent post-industrial recycled materials.
Yulkowski has directed heavy investment in team learning and education, as well as innovation and product development to ensure continuous relevancy and engagement. Employee engagement has increased by more than 40 percent during the past six months, and the investment has resulted in Total Door Systems being recognized for its manufacturing excellence and leadership by both the MMTC and the Society for Manufacturing Engineers (SME).
Yulkowski is a current member of the American Institute of Architects Michigan. She serves on the board of the American National Standards Institute/Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association Subcommittee (ANSI/BHMA), where she was also the immediate past president of the organization. Yulkowski also serves on the International Code Council, the primary, global organization that develops and establishes the model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process. Yulkowski was also tapped by Oakland County Executive David Coulter to serve on the county’s Covid-19 Economic Recovery Task Force.