Mr. Totten, a 54 year old American, is the founder and president of Saigon Wash & Rag Company. His company manufactures and distributes men’s, ladies and kids apparel to retailers and wholesalers, throughout the U.S. and Canada. The company also has its own retail outlet.
He has 34 years of business experience across multiple industries. During the most of his career, Mr. Totten held key senior management positions in North America and Europe within Aircraft, Defense and Automotive industries. After that, he moved his manufacturing and operations experience into the emerging market investment banking world, with focus on Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia.
During 2007 and 2008, Mr. Totten was Partner and Chief Executive of International Trade at Vietnam Partners LLC (VPLLC), a New York based emerging market Investment bank. At VPLLC, he was responsible for overseeing the company’s Vietnam investments with companies that manufacture and export; Textiles, Garments, Furniture, Seafood, Automotive and Consumer Products. He also headed up major projects involving western company expansion into Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. This included the formation of Indochina Automotive Group, which became the exclusive distributor for a major global car maker, along with several prominent motor cycle and sport-rec vehicle companies for Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
Prior to 2007, Mr. Totten spent 16 years with Magna International. With over $40 Billion in sales, Magna is the worlds largest and most diversified OEM Automotive systems supplier. Mr. Totten held several top executive positions which included operations responsibility for operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. With Magna, Mr. Totten earned industry recognition for heading up several successful divisional turnarounds and also for bringing to market 4 industry leading patented technologies with Magna Interior Systems. He has significant experience with international start ups and new business development.
From 2004 thru 2007 he was acting President/ Vice President of Operations for Magna’s UK based Intier Automotive Interiors – Europe.
Prior to 2004, Mr. Totten held several executive positions with Magna, including; Vice President- Atreum Interior Group, Vice President of Manufacturing – Magna Interiors North America and Corporate Manager of Business Systems for Magna International North America.
He started his automotive career with the industry leading exterior trim supplier, JAC Products Inc., where he was Plant Manager for 5 years, then at age 28, became Group Director of Quality and Ops Improvement, at the Corporate Headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan at.
From 1982 thru 1985, Mr. Totten held middle management positions in quality and engineering at Triple Tool & Manufacturing Company, a large precision Tooling and Parts supplier, serving the Aircraft, Aerospace and Defense industry, in Tampa, Florida.