Alejandro Tassara is currently the Global Director, Luvata Production System with over 10 years of experience in Operational Excellence and a strong focus on Industrial and Manufacturing Continuous Improvement. He has delivered substantial change in a variety of production sites around the world utilizing Lean techniques in a structured way that emphasizes Performance Management, Standard Work, Team development and Organizational Cultural Change. He is a strong supporter of engaging and empowering people through Personal Coaching and Effective training from shop-floor level personnel to Senior Management. Alejandro holds a BS in Philosophy from Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile and MA in Organizational Counselling.
VP – Kohler Operating System and Supply Chain
Amy Meyer (Adams) is Vice President of Kohler Operating Systems at Kohler Co, where she is responsible for company-wide supply chain and manufacturing centers of excellence. Included in the Kohler Operating System (KOS) are Safety, Quality, Supply Chain, Continuous Improvement, Maintenance Systems, and Sustainability. Amy is focused on Operational Excellence and through KOS, enables the creation and distribution of durable knowledge throughout all global operations. In addition her responsibility for KOS, she leads three service based, global organizations for Kohler: The Chemical and Metallurgical Laboratory, the Machine Build and Process Automation Team, and the India Technical Center.
Amy joined Kohler in February 2009 as Vice President – Engineering, Kohler Engines where for five years she was responsible for global engineering and execution of product innovation for Kohler Engines.
Dr. Andrew L. Lux, Ph.D., serves as the Vice President of Manufacturing Operations - Renal Division for Baxter Healthcare. Dr. Lux served as Senior Vice President of Operations and Quality Assurance at AtriCure, Inc. since January 2013 until October 23, 2017. Dr. Lux served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Enpath Lead Technologies, Inc. (formerly, Lead Technologies). He served as the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of AtriCure, Inc., since January 16, 2012 until 2013.
The Clorox Company
Atul has learned Continuous Improvement processes at Kraft, General Mills and Clorox and has experience using process tools for improvement in the manufacturing world.
Supply chain leader managing Change Management in CPG supply Chain with experience in Plant Management, R&D, Engineering, Quality, Marketing, Operations, Project Management within Fortune 100 companies. Last ten years greater exposure on TPM.
Sr. Director – Continuous Improvement Deployment
Aubrey has over 30 years of experience in food, ingredient and consumer manufacturing companies. He began his career in engineering for a large food company and progressed to leading their corporate engineering. During that time he also worked in roles in product development, technology development and operations. There was significant focus on not only capital engineering, but also incremental and step change efficiency improvements through both technology and process improvements. He currently leads a very successful continuous improvement implementation for a $6B corporation, where he is a primary architect and driver, along with a skilled and motivated global team, delivering business critical results.
Director, Innovation Strategy
Zero Nine Design & Development
As a kid David was constantly designing and building products, fdeck chairs, drafting tables, ski racks, airplane tires and a turntable that could play both sides of a record without flipping it over. All in his father’s garage before the age of eighteen.
His first design degree was in Corporate Identity and Media, then attending the prestigious Art Center College of Design earning a BS in Industrial Design. In 2001 he co-founded San Francisco based Zero Nine Design, a design consultancy and visionary incubator combining next generation technologies and consumer products with alternative business models creating markets wherever possible. Clients include; Verb Surgical, Inc., Google, SRI Intl. Robotics, Panasonic, DARPA, Nike, Disney, Universal Studios. SRI Intl. Bio-Sensing, Philips Medical, Stanford University.
David is a guest instructor for Stanford Engineering’s Design Program, guest lecturer at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University’s MBA program.
Dean L. Bartles, Ph. D.
Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition
Dean Bartles, Ph. D., FSME, FASME, is the Senior Technology Advisor to ASME and the former Chief Manufacturing Officer for UI LABS and the founding Executive Director of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) as well as the founding Chairman of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition.
Dr. Bartles also currently serves as the 2016 President of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the 2016-2017 President of the North American Manufacturing Research Institute. Dr. Bartles has had a distinguished 38-year career in manufacturing, implementing multi-million dollar programs domestically and internationally, and setting up manufacturing operations in Egypt, Turkey, and the US. His responsibilities have included managing research and development, technology transfer, program management, and manufacturing operations.
VP of Operations
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 on-site USS customer engineer at Halliburton. He later became the product manager 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 the 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 receive the world’s most prestigious award in 2011 for enterprise excellence, The Shingo Prize. Under Mr. Pope’s leadership, the company maintains a strong focus on empowering employees and encouraging continuous improvement. This focus helped the company implement more than 32,000 employee-sponsored improvements in 2011. 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 in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration both from Brigham Young University.
Continuous Improvement Manager
Becton Dickinson (BD)
Vice President of Operational Excellence
Commercial Vehicle Group
Jack Feng joined CVG in October 2014 in the new position of Vice President for Operational Excellence.
Before joining CVG, Jack established and held various leadership positions at Caterpillar in Lean Six Sigma, advanced industrial and manufacturing planning and strategic human resources as well as an international assignment to Asia Pacific.
Jack has also served as a tenured Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Bradley University and an Assistant Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State University. Previously, his consulting company conducted funded projects or provided consulting services to several multinational corporations and government agents.
He serves on the Council of Industrial and Systems Engineering, the Greater Columbus Chinese Chamber of Commerce, the China State Six Sigma Promotion Committee, and the Editorial Board of International Journal of Production Research.
Jack holds Mechanical Engineering bachelor and master’s degrees from Wuhan University of Technology and master’s and doctoral degrees in Industrial and Management Engineering from the University of Iowa.
Director of Technology (CTO)
Jason Marsh is responsible for setting the technical direction of NextFlex, including managing Technical Council activities. Prior to joining NextFlex, Jason worked in Japan, India, Germany, Mexico, Malaysia and China, where he lived between 2003 and 2008, establishing greenfield factories for Kyocera. As Vice President at Insulectro, Jason focused on new materials and supply-chain strategies for the printed circuit board and flexible hybrid electronics industries, focusing on high reliability applications.
Jason studied materials science and robotics at Stanford University, and worked on early versions of 3D printing using ceramics and metals, as well as developed instruments for physics experiments such as Gravity Probe B. He has served on advisory boards and consulted for companies in artificial intelligence, outdoor equipment, solar power, and agriculture.
Jaymee Del Rosario
International Metal Source
Jaymee Del Rosario is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of International Metal Source (IMS). With over 10 years of collective experience in Aerospace, Defense and Commercial Industries, Jaymee Del Rosario is an entrepreneur who has experience developing client relationships, marketing campaigns, and businesses in multiple industries.
Former Senior Director, Global Lean Enterprise
An executive with progressive leadership responsiblities in manufacturing & service organizations with national and international operations. A high energy change agent with a consistent record of leading breakthrough change and improvement initiatives utilizing lean, six sigma and innovation tools.
John worked as the Senior Director for the Global Lean Enterprise at Nike from 2012 until earlier this year, driving the whole deployment of lean and continuous improvement innovation throughout Nike’s global operations.
Director of NA & EMEA Client Development
Jordan Workman is Director of Client Development for Performance Solutions by Milliken. He works with clients in North America and Europe to help them assess their operational strategies and improve production values. The clients served span a variety of industries including agricultural, medical, automotive, chemical, food and beverage, mining, and specialty plastics.
Prior to joining Performance Solutions by Milliken, Jordan was employed by Owens Corning for almost a decade, where he served as Marketing Director for a global business unit and as Business Development Leader based in China. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience on bridging cross-cultural differences in the journey to business growth and operational excellence.
Jordan holds a degree in Economics & Political Science from West Virginia University.
Director, Global Connected Enterprise
Extensive experience with numerous Fortune 500 clients in automotive, aerospace and defense, healthcare, consumer products and industrial products. Leadership roles with world-class entities including PwC, Kohler and Goodyear. Exposure to business dynamics in Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America.
Lorinda Lewis, PhD
Sr. Director, Continuous Improvement
Lorinda Lewis is responsible for leading and fostering a culture that embraces continuous improvement in the Defense business segment of Oshkosh Corporation. Her role is to deploy the corporate operating system through coaching, guiding, teaching, facilitating, and influencing a transformational culture change to drive process improvements through the use of lean principles, concepts, and tools.
Prior to this role, Lorinda was the Director of Parts Support and DLA Programs for Oshkosh Defense where she was responsible for all aftermarket parts sales, to include planning, parts sales administration, and DLA business development and customer relationship management. Ms. Lewis’s team administered the parts management and support for the Oshkosh Defense Army, Marines, International, and Joint program offices as well as the dealer and reseller programs.
Ms. Lewis joined Oshkosh Defense in May, 2009 after a 20 year Air Force career. She has experience in a wide range of logistics processes at field, headquarters, retail, and wholesale levels.
Ms. Lewis earned a Ph.D. in Business from Northcentral University, a Doctorate in Quality Systems from American Meridian University, a Master’s of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from University of Maryland University College.
Director of Business Liaison
International Metal Source
Coming from a humble beginning Lucia Piedra is the first in four generations to complete her MBA in Business Administration inspiring many to seek more for themselves despite any circumstance or obstacle. She has invested seventeen years of her devoted self to forming strategic partnerships, managing relationships with Fortune 100, Fortune 500 companies and small businesses alike throughout the United States and Mexico.
The MAX Group
Mr. Mario Faria serves as Vice President of Operations for the US market for the MAX Group. Mario Faria has 17 years’ experience in the semiconductors industry with broad technical and operations background. Previously worked as a Project Manager for MAX working in NPI and Operational Efficiency projects for the Semiconductors, LEDs, and Solar industries.
Mario started his career as a Test Engineer for IBM Microelectronics in Burlington, VT. He has progressively increased his leadership with Texas Instruments and ITT Corporation where he shepherded products from design to production. Mario is now responsible for operations management and business development growth for the Americas region, including the US, Canada, and Latin America.
Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII)
Global Director, Luvata Production System
Richard Hainrihar is an operations professional with 22 years of experience in leading manufacturing organizations. Over the last 10 years, he has worked for Luvata Special Products and is currently the Global Director, Luvata Production System. Throughout his career Richard has implemented lean transformations globally, across multiple industries, business processes, and cross-functional teams. He is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt with a leadership style that strongly emphasizes teamwork and a ‘learn by doing’ philosophy. Richard holds a BS in Business Administration – Operations and Supply Chain Management, as well as an MBA from Bowling Green State University.
Ron Dunford was President, Schreiber US. He spent over 30 years in the dairy industry with roles in Operations, Sales/Marketing, and General Management. Additionally, Ron is a member of the Schreiber Foods Board of Directors. In the food industry, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Dairy Foods Association, and also a member and officer of the Board of Directors of the National Cheese Institute.
Director of Operational Excellence
Wabash National Corporation
Ryan King moved into the newly created position of Director of Operation Excellence for Wabash National Corporation in November 2016. He previously served as Director of Engineering and Quality for the Commercial Trailer Products business segment. Since 2006 Ryan has held a number of positions with increasing responsibility in the areas of operations and engineering at Wabash National.
Prior to joining Wabash National, Ryan worked in the power transmission, directional drilling and power generation industries.
He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Krannert Business School. He has also participated in general management training at the Booth School of Management from University of Chicago, and Six Sigma Black Belt training through Villanova University.
Ryan lives in West Lafayette, Indiana, with his wife and three children.
Vice President of Manufacturing
Nestlé USA - Ice Cream
Stephanie Pullings Hart is the Vice President of Manufacturing – Ice Cream, Nestlé US. From January 2013 till March 2016, Stephanie was the Executive Director Technical & Production, Nestlé Australia Ltd. She was responsible for safety, quality, engineering, regulatory & scientific affairs, and manufacturing for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Stephanie has been a Nestle employee since 1995 and throughout her career has had roles of increasing responsibility both in manufacturing, research and development and human resources.
Stephanie also worked as the Vice President Operations, Nestlé Nutrition – Jenny Craig from January 2010 to December 2012. Preceding Jenny Craig, Stephanie worked as the Program Director at the Nestlé International Training and Conference Centre located in Vevey, Switzerland where she was responsible for developing, recommending and delivering learning strategies and plans to build competencies for over 1000 Nestlé employees. Stephanie was appointed to the Forum of Young Global Leaders in 2008, an integral part of the World Economic Forum.
In 2005, she received a “40 Under-Forty” achievement award from the Network Journal Magazine in recognition for her professional accomplishments and the impact that she has had on the business industry while actively contributing to the community. Stephanie is a Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, a non-profit organization focused on providing assistance to local communities throughout the world and a previous member of the Nestlé Australia and Nestlé New Zealand Board of Directors. She holds an Executive MBA (Benedictine College, USA) and Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering (Florida State University, USA).
Travis Russell, Production manager at US Synthetic, has been a key player over the past 14 years in US Synthetic’s lean journey. During his time at USS he has held many positions ranging from manufacturing leader, to consultant to integrations manager. He is considered a change management expert with expertise in leadership development, value creation, cultural transformation, strategy goal deployment, scientific method (PDCA), systems thinking, lean principles, cultural transformation, situational leadership and kaizen methods.
He has successfully coached leaders and organizations through the change management model in several companies including; Ebsray, Liquip, Tipper Tie, and Asante Foundation. He is currently leading/guiding one of our new businesses through the change management model. Travis has a passion for people development, and believes that everyone has the potential to be great if we just create the right circumstance.
Chief Technology Officer
Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation
Uday Vaidya is an expert on the manufacturing and use of fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites.
His research focuses on developing applications for thermoplastics in the military, the housing market, the health care industry, and commercial transportation.
Vaidya holds joint appointments in UT’s Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering and at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Senior Vice President, Global Manufacturing & Quality
Mr. William H. Osborne, also known as Bill, has been Senior Vice President of Global Manufacturing and Quality at Navistar International Corporation since May 2013. Mr. Osborne served as Senior Vice President of Custom Products at Navistar, Inc. since April 2011. He served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Federal Signal Corp., an affiliate of Diamond Consulting Services Ltd. from September 2008 to November 1, 2010. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited, a subsidiary of Ford Motor Co. from January 2008 to September 2008. Mr. Osborne served as Chief Executive Officer of Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited, a subsidiary of Ford Motor Co., and served as its President from 2005 to January 2008. He is a 30 years veteran of automotive industry.