May 20, 1945 - July 12, 2023
Beloved husband of the late Nancy. Loving father of George Jr. (Katy), Donald (Mabel), Ellen Warren (Joe). Dearest grandfather of Nancy and Garry. Dear brother of Carol Dazy and uncle of Kevin Dazy and Kristen Walters.
IMA Founder George J. Miko made significant contributions to both the certification/training process and implementation of MODAPTS within the automotive industry. In the 1980’s when Ford Motor Company sought to have a system that would eliminate the need to rely solely on stopwatch studies and performance rating of individual workers, George Miko helped to introduce MODAPTS.
Numerous predetermined time standards were reviewed, included methods MTM, MOST, Work Factor, and MODAPTS. George’s testing of MODAPTS at the Dearborn, Kansas City, and Wixom assembly plants confirmed that the standardized system produced approximately the same, and in some instances, duplicated standards using other time study methods. Ultimately MODAPTS ability to provide a common language understood by engineers, UAW (United Auto Workers) representatives, personnel, and others involved with operator workloads was the key decision.
IMA will forever remember George J. Miko and his part in the proliferation of MODAPTS around the world.
Husband of Kerry Pareja. Father of Carla Patricia and Sandra Marina. Stepfather of Alexander, Justine and Nicole Fernandez-Gatti. Brother of Roxana Patricia.
Surrounded by his family, José passed away peacefully in his home in West Bloomfield, after a courageous battle against cancer, on February 4th, 2017.
José was born on February 29, 1952 in Lima, Peru, to the late José Pareja Gonzales and Rosa Marina Tello de Pareja. He attended the Inmaculada school in Lima. He studied mechanical and industrial engineering at the Federico Villarreal National University of Lima, before continuing on to post-graduate studies at Georgia Tech University in Atlanta. José moved to Toronto, Canada where he completed an M.B.A. at York University and began his engineering career. José resided in Toronto for 17 years where he had his two daughters before moving to Michigan.
He had a love for cars and the American car industry. This great passion showed through in his dedication to both Chrysler, where he worked as an engineer for 20 years, and Ford Motor Company for over 5 years, where he was in the Ford Hispanic Network. A dedicated, honest, hard-working professional; he has been recognized over the years for his achievements through numerous awards. He enjoyed Indy car racing and held an Austin Healy Club membership.
An adventurer at heart, Jose loved the water. This love included surfing, fishing and spending time on his boat the "Pisco Sour" where he enjoyed hosting and serving pisco sours. 'Mi casa es tu casa' (my house is your house) was one of the mottos he lived by; he will be remembered for his kindness, charisma and welcoming nature.
Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy, are asked to consider a donation in Jose's memory to Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, VE01FS, 4100 John R, Detroit, MI, 48021; Custom Hospice, 928 East 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI, 48067 or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266.
Dr. Michael D. Shinnick, 71, passed away, on October 21, 2016, at his home in Blacksburg. He was born in Lowell, Mass., on August 26, 1945, to parents, William James Shinnick and Clara Williams. Michael grew up in Florida and was an avid sailor, scuba diver, adventurer, and collector of antique cars, who had a zest for life, and a sparkle in his eye. He received one Masters Degree in Rehabilitative Counseling and Psychology and another Masters Degree and Ph.D. in Rehabilitation and Special Education Services. All degrees were received from Auburn University, where he also served as an associate professor. He was also founder and director of Dynamics Research Group, which provided expert services in applied ergonomics, work injury and disability management, since 1981. He was also one of the (13) Founders of the International Modapts Association that has become a worldwide system that trains and evaluates the day to day operations in all operating environments through the language of the Predetermined Time System of Modapts. Michael was one of the driving forces that made Modapts accepted worldwide today through its inherent ergonomic factors and as a valid and useful work measurement tool.
He is survived by his daughter, Lauren Shinnick, and his nephews, Ronald Shinnick Jr., Michael Sirven, Chano Sirven Jr., along with their families and his loving dog, Asher. In his memory, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.