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Dr. Omar Hatamleh is the Executive Director of the Space Studies Program. Prior to assuming his new assignment, Omar was the Chief Innovation Officer, Engineering at NASA Johnson Space Center responsible for empowering the organization creative thinking and develop capacity to innovate.
Prior to that he was the Associate Chief Scientist at NASA ARC responsible for identifying new and promising areas of scientific research and supporting technologies that can be integrated into the Center's capabilities. Previous roles at NASA also included Technology Relationship Manager, Advanced Development Manager, and Space Shuttle Orbiter Structures Subsystem Manager.
Omar has Nineteen years of aerospace industry experience and has published over 33 international journal articles; he has four engineering degrees, speaks four languages and has been an invited keynote speaker to multiple national and international events. Omar has also been the recipient of several prestigious awards and recognitions from NASA.
Priya leads global operations for Trust and Safety across Google. In her role, Priya works with all product teams across Google to fight spam, abuse and fraud and deliver a safe user experience. In her time at Google, Priya has streamlined global operations across multiple teams and partnered with product, operations, finance and legal teams to drive transformations. She leads the Googlewide deployment of “gLean” a program to coach Googlers about adopting lean within Google’s highly dynamic and fast paced environment. Prior to Google, Priya spent 10 years in management consulting at Bain where she advised healthcare, technology and consumer goods companies on global growth strategies and operations improvement. Before her career in consulting, Priya worked for GlaxoSmithKline and focused on global manufacturing and with Unilever on marketing and supply chain. In addition, Priya was a public accountant with Ernst & Young. Priya holds an MBA from Wharton and is also a Chartered Accountant.
Priya has lived and worked in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and US. When she is not at work, Priya loves spending time with her family, introducing her kids to the joys of camping, trying out new vegan recipes and searching for the elusive perfect cappuccino in the US (It is a little known fact that Australia has some of the best coffee in the world and the quest to find it in the US continues...)
Priya leads global operations for Trust and Safety across Google. In her role, Priya works with all product teams across Google to fight spam, abuse and fraud and deliver a safe user experience. In her time at Google, Priya has streamlined global operations across multiple teams and partnered with product, operations, finance and legal teams to drive transformations. She leads the Googlewide deployment of “gLean” a program to coach Googlers about adopting lean within Google’s highly dynamic and fast paced environment.
Prior to Google, Priya spent 10 years in management consulting at Bain where she advised healthcare, technology and consumer goods companies on global growth strategies and operations improvement. Before her career in consulting, Priya worked for GlaxoSmithKline and focused on global manufacturing and with Unilever on marketing and supply chain. In addition, Priya was a public accountant with Ernst & Young. Priya holds an MBA from Wharton and is also a Chartered Accountant.
Sisir joined Verizon in 2011 and is the Vice President of Process Excellence and Innovation. Prior to joining Verizon, Sisir was part of the General Electric Company, where he held several leadership roles at GE Appliances, GE Transportation Systems, Pratt & Whitney, GE Corporate, and GE Aviation, in design, process excellence, e-Business, and strategic marketing. Sisir led the global P&Ls for GE Aircraft Engine and GE Smart Grid Automation businesses.
He has published more than twenty papers in conferences, professional journals and books. In addition, Sisir has chaired many technical conferences and attended executive education at Wharton, Stanford and Harvard Business School. He received his masters in mechanical engineering with specialization in Artificial Intelligence and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.
Alex Jones is a Lean Transformation Leader at Intel. He is responsible for driving organizational and process changes that increase quality, decrease cost, and accelerate time to market across Intel's product development value streams. Jones joined Intel in 1997 as an Industrial Engineer and has held a variety of positions in manufacturing, technology development, strategic planning, platform architecture, and lean leadership. He holds a bachelor's degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Oregon.
Zac is the Senior Director of Business Excellence and Customer Insights for eBay Marketplaces. In this capacity, he is responsible for the operating effectiveness of the Global Customer Experience organization which includes customer service, policy and risk management, billing and payments, and operations support service functions. His team’s mission is to create consistently excellent and efficient experiences that result in loyal customers.
Zac has 20 years of global leadership experience spanning military/government, operations/manufacturing, and technology industries. He joined eBay in 2010 from the world’s largest drilling services company where he led global operations responsible for 5500 employees and the profitability, productivity, safety, and asset management of a $1.2B business. Prior to that, Zac served in a variety of leadership roles in operations; finance; strategy; and mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.
Zac earned a B.A. from New Mexico State University and an M.A. from the University of Phoenix. He holds certifications in Project Management, Strategic Change Management, Six Sigma Black Belt, and Lean. He is also the General Manager for eBay in Austin, Texas where he lives with his wife and three sons.
Kevin Goldsmith oversees the development and IT teams at Avvo. Prior to joining Avvo, Kevin was the VP of Engineering at Spotify, the popular digital music service, where he led a team of 175 engineers for the company’s mobile, desktop and web platforms. He also served as the Director of Engineering for Adobe Systems for nearly a decade. Kevin has been an industry forerunner in the areas of GPGPU for commercial applications, leading development teams for both Adobe and Microsoft’s Virtual Worlds (later social computing).
Kevin speaks around the world, on topics ranging from product development to how culture affects work productivity and morale. He earned degrees in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.
Jeff Hastie is the Global Director – Lean Enterprise at Bose Corporation. His responsibilities include leading Lean and Six Sigma programs in Manufacturing and Global Supply Chain, Sales and Marketing, Product Development, Research and Corporate Administration including IS, HR, Finance and Legal.
Jeff started his career at Bose in 2001 as a senior Quality Engineer and Six Sigma Black Belt. He worked with Finance to quantify the cost of poor quality and over the next 4 years he led improvement Teams across Manufacturing to bring more value to the company. In 2005, he initiated and led the formal deployment of Lean Six Sigma at Bose Corporation. In 2007, Jeff developed and implemented a strategy to pilot and then expand the Bose Production System (the Toyota Production System) across Bose Manufacturing Plants and Distribution Centers. Today Lean Enterprise is a strategic imperative enabling the success of Bose Corporation business improvement strategies worldwide.
Prior to Bose, Jeff was employed at Wyman-Gordon Company, producers of technically advanced structural and engine components for the Aerospace Industry. During his 18 years at Wyman-Gordon, he held a variety of leadership roles in Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Operations, Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement.
Jeff has over 35 years of manufacturing and Continuous Improvement experience in the Wood Products, Metal Working, Aerospace Forging and Consumer Electronics Industries. He has spent the last 19 years dedicated to leading Lean & Six Sigma programs to accelerate business value.
Jeff hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wood Products Engineering from the State University of New York and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Syracuse University. He is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
Since 2010 Dave Margil has served as the Lean deployment leader for Bose Corporate Information Systems (CIS). He is responsible for developing the Lean Enterprise Vision and deployment roadmap in CIS and for driving Lean Six Sigma practices throughout the IT function. He leads value stream improvement activities, contributes to the internal Lean Six Sigma curriculum development, and delivers training and coaching to employees throughout Bose Corporation.
Prior to this role, Dave spent several years as a Business Engagement Manager and as a Project Manager in the Bose Online Commerce Group. Before joining Bose he co-founded and spent several years as the VP of Product Development for a Cambridge, MA-based computer game company.
Dave is a Bose certified Master Black Belt and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts.
Joe has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, primarily running large operating departments and businesses. As Chief Operations Strategy Officer he is responsible for driving operational excellence practices across all business lines and has led strategic change initiatives in the US, Canada and the UK. Before his current responsibilities, he was the firm's Chief Operating Officer of the US Equity Services business—the largest corporate stock transfer business in the US.
He joined Computershare in July 2007 from AXA Equitable where he led several strategic process improvement initiatives and became the firm's first Certified Master Black Belt in Six Sigma. Prior to joining AXA, Joe was President of First Chicago Trust Company where he led the shareholder servicing group for many years, building it into a service leader among large transfer agents. His broad experience includes senior leadership positions in treasury operations, commercial lending operations and securities processing—all within the financial services industry.
Joe is a CPA and has broad expertise in risk management and operational controls from serving as Audit Group head at First Chicago and Citibank. He is also a licensed Securities Principal and former President of Georgeson Securities Corporation—the US broker-dealer of Computershare.
Chris Carpenter is the Vice President of Business Improvement at Turner. His team of internal consultants deliver high-impact management consulting and program management services to initiatives associated with the continuous improvement of the enterprise. Recent initiatives include working with senior management on large-scale business unit reorganizations, process transformation, technology strategy, merger integration, and organizational redesign. Chris’s consulting career spans 18 years and includes extensive experience advising c-suite executives.
Chris joined Business Improvement in late 2007 but spent the four previous years working with Turner as the lead external consultant on a number of initiatives including a global, finance transformation initiative. Prior to working with Turner, Chris spent 10 years in management and technology consulting, holding a variety of regional, practice‐leadership responsibilities at Andersen Business Consulting, BearingPoint (formerly KPMG Consulting), and 33West. His project work was concentrated in the media & entertainment with a heavy functional focus on CFO advisory services. In addition, Chris led a number of large scale international projects in Europe and South Africa.
Graves began his career with Toyota in 1987 and progressed through a series of positions in production at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) responsible for assuring overall quality within all production shops.
In 1997, he was assigned to TMMK’s operations development group where he trained Toyota Production System (TPS) know-how to team members from all levels of the organization and coordinated internal TPS activities. During his 15 years at TMMK, Graves supported multiple production launches and all-new model introductions.
From 2003-14, he served as manager for TEMA’s operations management development division, working closely with Toyota’s North American plants and suppliers to help streamline processes and strengthen TPS activities. In this role, he supported internal & external continuous improvement projects and training workshops.
Prior to joining Toyota, Graves worked at the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Louisville, Kentucky where he was an auditor for the white collar crime unit.
He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Operational Management from Western Kentucky University (1981) in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Originally from Columbia, Kentucky, Graves still owns and maintains a family farm.
Marsha Maldonado is a Sr. Business Improvement Lead in Business Improvement at Turner. Business Improvement is a team of internal consultants who deliver high-impact management consulting and program management services to initiatives associated with enterprise-wide continuous improvement. Recent initiatives include working with senior management on organizational redesign, process transformation, technology implementation, and merger integration. Marsha’s consulting career spans 17 years.
Marsha joined Turner and Business Improvement in 2004. Prior to working with Turner, she spent over 5 years in management consulting in a leadership role at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Consulting and IBM Global Services. Her project work spanned multiple industries with a focus on financial transformation, including performance management, budgeting and forecasting redesign, and cost reduction initiatives. Prior to consulting, Marsha managed an Investment Operations accounting team at Prudential Insurance Company. Marsha holds an MBA from Duke University - Fuqua School of Business.
Julio Urrutia has been in the technology industry for more than 15 years, now as Head of Operational Excellence and CISO at Ricoh Latin America. Julio holds a Degree in Strategic Marketing Management, a Master's Degree in IT Service Management, a Master's Degree in Business Analysis plus multiple Industry Certifications.
In his current position, Julio is in charge of many critical corporate initiatives. Working in a Global environment and with an extend knowledge of Latin American cultures, markets & economies. Lead and manage major expertise area programs and company-wide critical projects; responsible for the creation of methodologies and standards, measurement criteria and leading-edge initiatives to improve productivity, efficiency and organizational excellence. He is an active-global public speaker and takes part in consultations.
Julio credits his success to great passion for what he does and constant learning. Manage the full range of design and development efforts from concept to implementation; communicate at all levels and hold negotiations with large-scale vendors; maintaining expertise on industry, products and technology trends through research and training. Manage and optimize working relationships; with great expertise in creating, developing and leading high-performance teams, facilitate innovation, and promote openness to and participation in change. Also accountable for creating and controlling organizational budget to accomplish desired results.
Fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, and is able to communicate in French, Julio is in progress to obtain a Certificate of Professional Development in Strategy at Wharton - University of Pennsylvania.
David Seth Feierstein joined NCR Corporation in February 2016 leading the newly formed Transformation Office and Zero-Based Budgeting initiative. From August 2013 to January 2016 David was the Global Head of Zero Based Budgeting, CAPEX and Working Capital at Kraft Heinz and was instrumental in the Kraft integration and Heinz transformation delivering over $550 million in SG&A cost savings during his tenure. From July 2011 to August 2013 David worked at Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, the private equity arm of Goldman Sachs and from July 2007 to July 2011 at J.P. Morgan’s Investment Bank in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Natural Resources groups. David continues to serve as an advisor to multiple companies including those owned by Berkshire Hathaway, Blackstone and other large private equity funds on the topic of Zero-Based Budgeting. David currently lives in Atlanta.
Gary has worked for The O.C. Tanner Company for 29 years. His current assignment is Executive Vice President, Supply Chain & Production.
Prior to working in his current roll Gary has held an impressively diverse set of jobs with the O.C. Tanner Company, including Manager of Market Research, Manufacturing Change Facilitator (where he was instrumental in moving the operation from “batch” to lean, resulting in their receiving the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing), Vice President of Manufacturing, Marketing Vice President of Award Development, and Vice President of Research and Professional Services.
Gary serves on the Executive Advisory Board for the Shingo Institute, and is a Shingo Examiner. In 2015 he was inducted into the AME (Association for Manufacturing Excellence) Hall of Fame. His experience with Lean Enterprise sends him around the globe helping others improve their operations.
Gary holds an MBA and a Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics from Brigham Young University. He recharges his batteries by snowboarding, playing basketball, hiking, watching his 16-year old daughter play soccer, and being with his six (soon to be seven) grandchildren.
Srisu Subrahmanyam is a senior operations executive who delivers significant and sustainable value through supply chain optimization, technology and organizational transformation and continuous improvement, with a relentless focus on execution. He has over 20 years in consulting and as an executive in multiple Fortune companies. Subrahmanyam has deep process experience, with proven results in manufacturing, distribution/logistics and service sectors, having served in companies in automotive, aviation, technology, logistics, distribution, maintenance, repair and overhaul, consumer goods, education, pharmaceutical, beverage and chemical industries. He is focused on improvements and optimization across the value chain and delivers competitive advantage through supply chain transformations, technology strategy and investments, organizational transformations and rigorous performance management and execution.
Subrahmanyam is currently Senior Vice President of Business Transformation at KAR Auction Services, Inc (NYSE:KAR). Previously he served as Global Vice President of Engineering for Ingram Micro, a HNA Group company, recognized as world’s largest wholesale technology distributor and a global leader in IT supply-chain, mobile device lifecycle services and logistics solutions with $45B in revenue and operating in over 40 countries. In this role, he leads global functions in supply chain planning, operations and customer solution engineering, real estate, quality, continuous improvement, environmental health & safety, sustainability and overall program management. Prior to this, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for BrightPoint Americas, a business unit of Ingram Micro based in Indianapolis, Indiana. In this role, he led the supply chain operations, quality, continuous improvement, program management, advanced planning, procurement and information technology functions.
Subrahmanyam held earlier roles as a consultant and in senior corporate positions including Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer at Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO) from 2008 to 2011, and as Vice President of Continuous Improvement and Business Transformation for United Airlines (NYSE:UAL) from 2006-2008.
Bernard Borowski is a Vice President, Deputy Head of Global Process Excellence & Lean at Sanofi, based in NJ. Bernard is a Business Process Excellence executive with 20 years of global experience and functional expertise in finance. He led cross-functional initiatives that required reengineering processes, coordination of system overhauls and managed financial services operations. Bernard was certified as a Lean-Six-Sigma Master-Black-Belt in 2003 while on the prestigious GE Corporate Audit Staff.
Prior to joining Sanofi, Bernard served as Principal, at the Boston Consulting Group in New York; Executive Director in the Finance Strategy, Operations and Technology group at Morgan Stanley in New York where he led regulatory readiness and efficiency programs. Prior to that, he held leadership roles in Quality and Financial Operations at GE for 12 years in the United States and in France, in the consumer and commercial lending businesses of GE Capital and at GE Treasury. Bernard also held Financial and Operational Auditing roles at Arthur Andersen in Paris, France and Tel-Aviv, Israel, and at Bestfoods (Unilever) in the United Kingdom.
Bill Owad, senior vice president of Operational Excellence specializes in the strategies and tools that support the pursuit of a lean enterprise. Working with a team of nearly 150 Operational Excellence staff members and coaches aross Cardinal Health, Owad is responsible for developing and implementing an enterprise approach to Operational Excellence at Cardinal Health, ultimately improving the value delivered to the company’s customers.
In addition to his role as senior vice president, Owad also supports the extension of Operational Excellence external to Cardinal Health as the executive sponsor for the company’s relationships with the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) Partner Program, the Healthcare Value Network, The Ohio State University Fisher College Center for Operational Excellence and the Conference Board Quality Council. During his tenure, Owad has held several positions within Operational Excellence and has served as the primary architect of the company’s enterprise-wide deployment of Operational Excellence, which, over eight years, yielded significant improvements in customer loyalty, employee engagement, operational performance and working capital utilization.
Prior to joining Cardinal Health, Owad held several operations and administrative roles that have used the tools of Lean Six Sigma to transform health care provider organizations, supply chain and medical supply companies. These roles include corporate director of quality for ProMedica Health System, executive director for Cordelia Martin Health Center and several adjunct faculty positions with the College of Pharmacy at the University of Toledo and other nationally recognized programs.
Owad is also active in the community, serving in the past as board chair for the Central Ohio American Red Cross BioMedical Services, board chair for Cordelia Martin Health Center, senior examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program, and examiner / team leader for the Ohio Award for Excellence. Currently, Owad serves as a board member for the Partnership for Excellence, Mid-Ohio Foodbank, and the ASHP Research and Education Foundation.
Owad received his bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and his Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Toledo. His post-graduate work includes the achievement of Fellow status with the American College of Healthcare Executives, multiple Lean Six Sigma certifications and continued development as a Lean leader through his work with Cardinal Health and LEI. Owad has also authored several publications and presentations on quality systems and customer loyalty.
Anil Nair is an operational excellence executive, with expertise and experience in delivering robust and sustainable results for a balanced scorecard across the supply chain. He has over 20 years of rich and progressive leadership experience in Lean Six Sigma program design, development & deployment, Operations Management, New Venture implementation, and integrative operating system design & development covering QMS/EMS/SMS/CSR elements, deployment, certification & maintenance to ISO 9001, 14001, 18001, R2 & 26000 standards, across diverse industries, including engineering & construction, aviation, printing, education, and distribution and logistics.
Anil is currently Sr. Director of Global Quality, Lean, EHS, and Corporate Social Responsibility for Ingram Micro (NYSE:IM), a Fortune 100 company, recognized as world’s largest wholesale technology distributor and a global leader in IT supply-chain, mobile device lifecycle services and logistics solutions with $46B in revenue and operating in almost 40 countries. In this role, he leads global deployment and overall program management of Quality & Lean Operating System, Safety Management System, and Corporate Social Responsibility program.
Prior to this, he served as Sr. Director of Purchasing and Process Excellence at Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO), a $2B education company based in Hoffman Estates, IL, from 2009 to 2013. He led the transformation of Procure-to-Pay operations involving multiple programs and channels at 80 campuses and corporate office nationwide. This included deployment of PeopleSoft Financial e-Procurement workflows, P-card program design & deployment, ensuring SOX regulatory compliance for financial transactions, and leveraging economics of scale and process improvements.
Anil lives in Chicago, IL with his son, and enjoys swimming, golf and traveling across the globe. He also enjoys volunteering as a Math tutor whenever he gets the opportunity.
Peter Evans was born in 1955. He joined the LEGO in February 2016.
The early part of his career was in Finance in various industries, including Defence, Financial Services and Telecommunications. Peter worked for General Electric throughout the 90’s including spells in
Manchester, Brussels, Shannon (Eire) and Connecticut.
From 2000 to 2013 he worked in Telecoms in the UK, first with Vodafone, then Cable & Wireless, before finally leading Operational Excellence for Virgin Media. From 2013 to 2015 Peter led Process Excellence in Northern Europe for Maersk Line, based in Copenhagen.
Since February 2016 Peter has been Director of LCI (LEGO Continuous Improvement) at LEGO with
specific responsibility for Business Service Operations and is actively involved in establishing a
Global Business Services Organisation for Finance.
Angel R. García is an engineer and process improvement executive with over 20 years of experience in Global Operational Excellence Programs, Global Supply Chain Management and Commercial Operations. Currently Angel holds the position of Global Continuous Improvement Leader at Catalent Pharma Solutions.
Before joining Catalent in 2016, Angel was the Vice President of Operational Excellence for Univision Communications Inc. where he developed and executed the first OpEx Program at the number one Hispanic Media Broadcasting Network in the United States.
In addition, Angel has held several leadership positions in Medical Devices Manufacturing, Technical Service, Global Sourcing, and Six Sigma within Covidien, Tyco Healthcare, Medtronic Diabetes and several business of the GE Company. He holds certifications in Lean Six Sigma as a Black Belt and Master Black Belt and he is a certified Project Management Professional
Ted is Director of Operational Excellence for Global Shared Services at The Coca-Cola Company. He is responsible for deploying Operational Excellence across the Finance, Human Resources, Data Management, Accounts Payable, Workplace Services, Creative Business Solutions and User Experience lines of business, involving greater than 1300 employees in 7 main hub locations globally. The Operational Excellence program utilizes Lean, Six Sigma, Program Management, Business Process Management and Human Centered Design concepts and internally created methods to drive value for the business.
Ted has been with The Coca-Cola Company leading implementations of OE in Shared Services, Information Technology, Human Resources, Supply Chain and Franchise Bottling partners for 10 years. Prior to The Coca-Cola Company, Ted worked in the Automotive Industry with Ford Motor Company and Tier I suppliers in product development. In total Ted has been working as a continuous improvement professional for over 20 years.
Daymond is the Engineering Excellence Coach, New Product Development at Ingersoll Rand. He is the senior coach for about 40% of Ingersoll-Rand business, coaching executives down to project managers.
He is retired US Army Officer, former enlisted Air Force Staff Sargent with over 30 years’ experience in business development, healthcare, logistics, and information technology include roles in senior leadership, company startups, profit and not for profit hospitals along with extensive experience in trauma and critical care programs. Daymond is a decorated soldier with an extensive military career in both active duty and reserves. He is a senior member of ASQ (American Society for Quality) and a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Daymond holds a Master Black Belt and Lean Master Certification from the George Group/Accenture, among other Continuous Improvement certifications.
Daymond has proven success as a leader in civilian and military environments. His experience includes healthcare delivery, management, logistics, operations, process redesign, and resource management. Additionally he has proven success in strategic development, program development, marketing, product line management, information technology management. Daymond works at both enterprise and frontline staff levels in developing best practice solutions including strategic process redesign utilizing Lean, Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma methodology.
As part of the Lean deployment at the US Army, he was assigned for 2 years to the US Army Medical Command assigned including the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command (NARMC) based at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. D. C. He is led the deployment at NARMC…Encompassing 21 states...supporting two medical centers, four community hospitals, four other MEDDACs, dozens of health clinics, which provides medical mobilization/demobilization support to seven power projection platforms. Daymond also led the Team Leader for the NARMC, US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine (CHPPM), and the Army Medical Action Plan Access to Care for Warriors in Transition (AMAP) teams. As Founder and CEO of the International Society for Six Sigma Certifications, he and his team grew the consulting and training company 100% year over year for 7 years, developing a franchising system leveraging standard work and Training within Industry (TWI). He expanded from one location to 9 states, 3 continents, offering over 200 courses while assisting companies to save millions of dollars in productive costs. Daymond has an Associate of Science degree from Elizabethtown Community College/University of Kentucky, Elizabethtown, KY, a Bachelor of Science from Barry University, and a Master of Business Administration degree in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix.
Jeff Porada is the Operational Excellence Manager at Jabil. Jeff manages the lean deployment, plus expanding the exposure and responsibility of Jabil's Quality Systems deployment and Industrial Engineering.
He is responsible for the strategically-driven transformation efforts of Jabil’s Corporate Functions and Capabilities, including: Information Technology, Human Resources, Finance, Legal, Supply Chain Management, and Engineering Technology Services. Jeff has 20 years of professional experience of working in various industries with the ability to successfully influence and positively impact a culture at all levels of an organization to embrace a philosophy of continual improvement. Jeff has a demonstrated track record of driving business transformations resulting in significant financial savings and operational performance.
Prior to joining Jabil in 2012, Jeff was the Vice President for Operational Quality & Training for Wyndham Consumer Finance. He was responsible to develop and deploy the strategic direction of the process excellence methodology, quality assurance processes, and the career development of internal associates.
Years before joining Wyndham Worldwide, Jeff worked for HSBC Mortgage Services, ICI-Paints, Solectron Technologies, and Automata International. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and is an active volunteered leader with American Society for Quality’s International Team Excellence Awards.
Jeff graduated from Ohio University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the School of Engineering and Technology. He has lived in Tampa, Florida for 13 years with his two teenage children. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys riding his jet ski, traveling, and playing organized ice hockey.
Ezra Eckhardt is the VP/COO and a principle at Wave Form Systems, a premier provider of regional mobile medical services. Additionally, Ezra is an accredited investor serving on several private company boards of directors and small business advisory councils.
Prior to his current role, Ezra was a senior executive in the financial services space serving as president and chief operating officer of Sterling Bank, chief operating officer of Sterling Financial Corporation, and executive vice president of operations and Umpqua bank. His prior experience includes general management, operations, leadership and continuous improvement work at Microsoft, Honeywell and the U.S. Army.
Ezra is currently the chairman of the finance committee and member of the board of directors for the Spokane International Airport and sits on the board of directors for Gonzaga Preparatory School. Ezra has also served as adjunct professor at the Gonzaga University Graduate School of Business, appointed advisory roles for local and national elected officials, numerous chamber boards and committees, and the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.
He is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He also has earned a master’s degree in business administration from Gonzaga University and has advanced training in applied statistics from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Ezra has an established background in operational excellence and continuous improvement.
Maria Thompson is a senior technology operations leader with international experience in innovation, change management, and organizational capability improvement. She facilitates teams to creatively solve problems to generate strategic patent portfolios and new product and service designs. She has introduced new processes, technology, and culture change to organizations, resulting in creativity, quality and productivity improvements. She’s an accomplished innovator and patent-holder skilled at fostering alliances with senior management, strategy, legal, research, marketing, engineering & services personnel. She’s successfully improved the innovation capability of organizations ranging from five to 5000 staff across AT&T Bell Laboratories, Motorola and now Illinois Tool Works, Inc. (ITW).
Since early 2014, Maria partners with ITW business innovation leadership in a Senior Director role to accelerate organic growth with a global innovation process framework. In addition to harmonizing business stage gate processes with the Innovation Framework for continuous improvement, she facilitates innovation tool workshops, expedites cross-Segment communications and creative problem solving, and enables best innovation practice sharing with an annual global Innovation Summit. Workshop topics include: Facilitating Small Teams, Customer Interviewing, Value Proposition derivation, Go To Market Strategy and Planning, and Structured Brainstorming.
She holds an M.S. in Math and Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and B.S. Computer Science with a Statistics minor from Iowa State University.
Christopher Govero has over 15 years of Lean/Six Sigma process improvement experience in a wide range of industries, including Healthcare, Manufacturing Government, Department of Defense, Education and other service industries. He has also spent time consulting both domestically and abroad.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri Southern State University and a Master of Business Administration from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri. In addition, he also holds an ASQ Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification.
Chris currently works as the Executive Director of Performance Improvement and Outpatient Services at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s in Belleville, IL. His key responsibilities include leading hospital wide Lean Six Sigma efforts as well as operations in Outpatient and Revenue Cycle departments.
Anu George is Chief Quality Officer for Morningstar. She is responsible for providing strategic direction to Morningstar’s operational excellence & continuous improvement initiatives. She works at the intersection of operational excellence, human behavior & technology. Anu is an avid reader, and has an eclectic choice of the books she reads. She enjoys learning and experimenting with new thoughts in the world of change management, organizational behavior, operational excellence, LEAN & Agile.
Anu has more than 20 years of experience in operations management and Lean Six Sigma. Before joining Morningstar in 2010, she had worked for Unilever and GE. She is a frequent speaker on topics including business process excellence and leadership.
Anu holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and accounting and a master’s degree in business administration, with a specialization in marketing, from the University of Mumbai.
Eric Pope serves as vice president of operations at US Synthetic (USS), a leading provider of diamond solutions for the energy industry. Mr. Pope joined US Synthetic in 1990 as a machine operator, with a focus on processing diamond products. He has worked as a production manager, process engineer, and R&D engineer during his time at US Synthetic. In 2001, Mr. Pope worked as an onsite USS customer engineer at Halliburton. He later became the product manger over the USS diamond rock bit and percussion product lines, in 2004.
Throughout his career, Mr. Pope has been a driving force behind US Synthetic’s move from a typical batch and queue manufacturing system to a world-class, Lean manufacturing facility. As part of senior leadership team since 2006, Mr. Pope has been instrumental in implementing Lean training and techniques at every level of the organization. These efforts helped the company received the world's most prestigious award in 2011 for enterprise excellence, The Shingo Prize. Under Pope's leadership, the company maintains a strong focus on empowering employees and encouraging continuous improvement. This focus helped the company implement more than 34,000 employee-sponsored improvements in 2014. As a result, product innovation has increased and USS customers have been better served with improved delivery times, decreased inventory, and superior quality and performance. Lean improvements have allowed US Synthetic to grow at 23 percent annually since beginning the journey in 2005.
Mr. Pope holds a Bachelor of Science degree (BS) in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Brigham Young University.
The Technology Excellence World Summit (TECHX18) is the large-scale spin off event that has come out of the Business Transformation & Operational Excellence World Summit & Industry Awards (BTOES17). TECHX18 is set to be the largest leadership-level event of its kind. Please click here to view the video highlights from a recent BTOES17 event.
I was impressed at the diversity of industries that were represented at the conference. From technology to steel, to pharmaceuticals, there were a wide variety of companies who are really interested in learning best practices and sharing them with others.Senior Manager, Consumer Care and Tech Support Strategy, Dell Inc.
The range of companies and industries that were represented resulted in superb exchange of ideasLead Master Black Belt, DuPont
This was a great opportunity to see first hand how other companies approach building quality into the design process. I have taken away numerous new ideas that I will incorporate into our modelVP Six Sigma Business Excellence, Cigna Corporation
The WCBF Global Six Sigma Summit and Awards Conference was our most successful marketing event for 2007. This was largely the result of the personal interest WCBF staff took in finding ways to optimize our visibility and facilitate contact with key prospects. VP Marketing, Instantis
Overall the summit was excellent, and I especially enjoyed, and had some good new learnings from a couple of the keynote speakers (Al Switzler and Norman Bodek) Good mix of topics on the panel breakout discussions. VP Operational Excellence, Intel
We are extremely excited to have received this recognition from WCBF for Best Emerging Business Improvement. I believe this terrific award recognizes that customers can depend on our ability to live our mission statement every day with on time delivery, lowest industry turn times, customer service of exceptional value, service and products of the highest quality. Also, I'd like to compliment WCBF for their excellent recognition program.President and Chief Executive Officer , PAS Technologies
The summit was outstanding! The most beneficial event was definitely the round-table topic discussions with the speakers.Lean Six Sigma Deployment Leader, Jabil
Incredible content from so many diverse speakers all of which tended to support the core ideas that flowed through the entire summit.Chief Operations Strategy Officer, ComputerShare
Great meeting, good location and speakers.Engineering Excellence, Ingersoll Rand
Summit was well-organized and the most beneficial aspect was the opportunity to network, communicate with and learn from other attendees and speakers.Associate Director, Research Informatics, Christiana Care Health System
Great summit! Overall the summitt helped our organization KNOW we're on the right track.BB Consultant, Southwest Airlines
Loved the summit. I met some wonderful people both practitioners and beginners as well as hearing some inspirational speakers.Director of LCI, LEGO
Very well organized...probably the best I've been to in terms of organization considering the sheer size.AVP Continuous Improvement and Consulting Head, Guardian Life
Excellent industry leading summit to showcase more industry perspectives - this is more important than general domain.STSM, Sr. Manager, IBM
Great event - Networking and sharing experiences with participants who are really passionate about leadership and what leadership actually means.Senior Manager Manufacturing Engineering, Varian Medical Systems, Oncology Systems
I really enjoyed it. I felt it was very well organized and extremely beneficial.Associate Director, Continuous Improvement, Allergan
Hearing the diversity of thought and insights from the speakers - this event had a great, broad representation from multiple industries.Senior Manager, TD Bank
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