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Dana Marks

Dana Marks

Senior Consultant

  • Areas of Expertise: GFSI certification (IFS, BRC, ISO 22000, SQF); HACCP; internal audit; document management; food safety zoning; food-safe packaging; Total Quality Management; process design, improvement, and implementation; management system implementation; chain of custody; ISO 9001
  • Education: B.S. in Paper Engineering, Western Michigan University; numerous certifications in Total Quality Management; food safety certifications in advanced HACCP, BRC, ISO 22000 training and internal auditor, HACCP, prerequisite programs

As a Senior Consultant, Dana provides expert consulting and project management to clients seeking business process design, improvement, and implementation. He uses his experience and insight to create systems and structures that link business operations and manufacturing production systems with effective and practical management solutions.

Dana has worked in the food packaging/contact materials industry for over 35 years, beginning with food contact paper and coatings. In the past five years at Kestrel, Dana has focused exclusively on the food safety management, particularly in the food safe packaging markets, and has received certifications in the various GFSI certification schemes. He has demonstrated expertise in document management, internal audit, root cause analysis, HACCP, GMPs, and food safe certification processes.

Dana has guided successful certification in food contact materials, including paper, flexible packaging, plastic molding, glass, and food ingredient facilities. He has led clients in the conformance of food contact-approved ingredients, including trace optical brighteners in base-sheet and coatings. In addition, Dana has applied risk-based Food Safe Zoning techniques to a variety of food contact packaging production facilities, including approved materials and processes for packaging fitments (pour spouts, vents) and closures, including metal tabs.

Since joining Kestrel in July 2005, Dana has helped clients implement management systems in the areas of quality, safety, and environmental process management. Dana has a diverse management systems background, including ISO 9001 and 14001, quality systems, continuous improvement, internal auditing, facilitation/training, and as a Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award Examiner.