Sammy learned and implemented the Toyota Production System (TPS) at Toyota facilities in Japan, Brazil, Venezuela and in the United States.
He has taught Lean to a multitude of consulting firms, educational organizations such as Harvard and Stanford, and even in humanitarian…
While at Toyota, Darril studied the Toyota Production System as a student of OMDD, Toyota‘s internal Sensei group. He also developed and implemented the Toyota Way 2001 at Toyota’s largest manufacturing plant in North America, and worked with The Toyota Institute in Japan to implement the Toyota Business Practice…
Bob began his career with 15 years of experience leading manufacturing operations, including Toyota experience at NUMMI, followed by 15 years of experience as Division President and CEO of both manufacturing and service companies. He has a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering…
Gerson worked for Toyota Brazil for 16 years in many production divisions, including die casting, heat treatment, machining, assembly and press. He holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and graduate degree in Business Administration for Engineers. He has large experience in TPS and Quality Control Circle (QCC) and is currently assisting many companies in South America…
Matt designs and leads implementation of lean organizational transformations in manufacturing, healthcare and other clients. He facilitates creation of learning organizations that deliver improved employee engagement, customer satisfaction, operations and financial results. Matt is a former Toyota executive, trained by TMC’s top senseis…
Ray organizes and leads results-focused business transformation programs. He has been actively involved in Lean since 1997 beginning his career as a production engineering trainee at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK), Powertrain Division. Ray gained further insight into lean systems as Industrial Extension Specialist, teaching and researching lean transformation methodologies…
Carlos Toshihiro Yamamoto
Carlos Toshihiro Yamamoto has learned TPS directly in Toyota Motors Japan, Honsha. He spent over 7 years in Toyota Brazil and Japan coordinating TPS implementation and Kaizen groups for forging, casting and heat treatment. Yamamoto has been leading Lean in companies in Japan and Asia for a decade and his fluency in Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and English allows him great mobility helping multinational organizations in Japan and throughout Asia.
John Shook learned about Lean while working with Toyota for ten years, helping the company transfer its production, engineering, and management systems from Japan to its overseas affiliates and suppliers. This real world experience in implementing Lean principles throughout an organization gives him extraordinary insights into the challenges faced by those who are interested in Lean manufacturing. As co-author of “Learning to See”, John helped introduce Value Stream Mapping as the tool which allows Lean practitioners to speak a common language. He now spends his time researching and developing Lean principles with Jim Womack, Dan Jones and Jose Ferro as a senior advisor in the Lean Enterprise Institute; co-directing the University of Michigan, Japan Technology Management Program; and working with companies to understand and implement Lean manufacturing. John is a true sensei who enthusiastically shares his knowledge and insights within the Lean community, and with those who have not yet made the leap.
Shiozaki is an Electrical & Production Engineer with an MBA degree in Welding Engineering. His TPS/Lean experience comes from 27 years of work with Toyota worldwide. In Toyota Brazil where he started, he took leading roles working in Process Engineering, Plant Maintenance, Quality Control, Production Engineering, Purchasing, Plant Production Control & Logistics, Customer Quality Assurance, Project Management, Plant Administration, Human Resources and Plant Utility & Facilities. He also had intensive leadership and technical training in TMC – Toyota Japan. Shiozaki has led technology transfer projects in Toyota Argentina, Venezuela, Indonesia, Europe, Thailand, Canada and USA. He has numerous articles published within Toyota and he has also developed training curriculum based on the Toyota Way in the following topics: Human Resources, Hoshin Kanri, Standardized Work, Kaizen circle, Cost, and many others.
Mr. Ryuzo Hoshino has an engineering degree and a post-graduate degree in industrial design engineering from Chiba University in Japan. Right after college he started at Toyota Motors in Toyota City, Japan as an exterior designer for the models Corolla, Publica and Sprinter as well as he became responsible for advanced design and product planning for trucks. During his 17 years with Toyota Motors, he underwent developmental courses in automotive design from the Royal College of Art in London, UK. Hoshino san was the assistant to the executive Vice-president during the life style research that resulted in the successful launch of the Lexus brand in the United States. Besides his many responsibilities with Toyota Japan, he accumulates numerous extracurricular activities and later on transitioned into academic roles in institutions such as the Tokyo University (Todai) as a member of the advisory board and also as an associate professor in Industrial Design. He has lectured about diverse design topics in countries such as Korea, China, India and the USA.
Yoshiharu Haraguchi graduated as a Mechanical Technician by Matsumoto Technical College in Nagano, Japan. He learned TPS/Lean directly from Mr. Taiichi Ohno and Mr.Itsuo Mamiya, TPS masters from Toyota Motors. During 29 years at Toyota, he worked in Quality Inspection and Control and Manufacturing areas like die casting, foundry, heat treatment and machining, then became the General Manager of Manufacturing Division. He has a large experience in Total Productive Maintenance and Total Quality Management with training received in the Toyota Motor Corporation Training Center, Japan. As a TPS/Lean advisor, he developed curriculum for training and also coordinated Quality Control Circle teams.
Alan J. Parsley, SCP, SPHR
Alan has gained the unique combination of operational and administrative experience over his 27 year career. Alan learned Leadership and Toyota Production System (TPS) methodologies while at Toyota.
During those years, Alan was involved in the startup of the company’s first North American auto manufacturing operation in Georgetown, Ky. which employed over 8,000 Team Members and produced over 200,000 vehicles per year.
Alan moved from manufacturing management at the plant to Human Resources and ultimately was assigned to lead HR initiatives for all North American facilities from the company’s manufacturing headquarters in Erlanger, Ky.
During his time at Toyota, Alan benefitted from Toyota’s ‘multi-skilled’ approach to team member development and took on a wide range of roles including leadership roles in Manufacturing, Safety, Kaizen Team, Staffing, Recruiting, Employee Relations, Team Member Development, and Investigations.
Alan continued his career at Saft America in Jacksonville Florida where he again served both human resource and operations functions for a greenfield startup of a $220 million Lithium Ion battery manufacturing facility. Alan progressed to the role of Director of Operations for the company where he implemented state of the art human resource and continuous improvement programs.
Alan has also taken a leadership role in the Jacksonville community where he has served as Vice Chairman of the Jacksonville Lean Consortium and serves on the Board of Directors of the First Coast Manufacturer’s Association, Executive Member of the Dean’s Leadership Council and is a Jax Chamber Trustee at the Leadership Level.
Bob served as a Group Vice President and Officer of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. and General Manager of Toyota´s North America Parts Logistics Division. Leading the development of Toyota´s service parts and accessories procurement, warehousing and logistics operation, he deployed The Toyota Production System (TPS) throughout his supply chain of 535 North American and global suppliers, 13 distribution centers, 7 North American distributors and 1,400 Toyota and Lexus dealers, creating the icon of the automotive industry.
His works have been documented in Jim Womack and Dan Jones’ book, Lean Thinking. He has the experience of having done it on the shop floor throughout Toyota´s service parts supply chain.
Carlos is a production engineer with over 20 years of TPS/Lean experience. He became an expert in Lean after spending several years working directly with Toyota sensei in Toyota Motors Kamigo (Japan) and Toyota Motors SBC Brazil. He has several specialized courses from Japanese and American institutions and he is currently providing support for companies in the US and in Mexico. He speaks fluently Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and English.
Carlos specializes in QCC activities, 5S, kanban implementation, PDCA in work place and kaizen.
Successful track record in lean marketing, market intelligence and analytics, product planning and development at Nissan Motor Co. (Japan), Volkswagen, Toyota, and Yamaha. International experience negotiating strategic issues with headquarters, subsidiaries, distributors, importers, suppliers, and government agencies, under circumstances of extreme volatility and uncertainty. Strong understanding of global markets: Latin America, USA, China, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, United Kingdom, India. Fluent in English, Japanese and Portuguese; intermediate knowledge of French and Spanish. Academic background: MBA from Yale (USA), Master of Science degree from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (Brazil), and Bachelor in Law degree from the University of São Paulo (Brazil). Computer Science and Programming: Machine Learning in Python, Applied Data Science, Marketing Analytics. Teaching experience in Marketing and Product Development. Areas of experience and expertise include:
• Product Portfolio Strategy
• Product Planning / Development
• Lean Marketing
• Brand Management
• Strategic Planning
• Competitive Strategy
• Market Intelligence and Analytics
• Market Research
• Data Science
• Machine Learning
With 22 years at Toyota Brazil, Clovis gained a broad experience in the Toyota Production System (TPS), supervising the Production department. He worked directly in the application and training of combinations of standardized work, workload balance and standardized work chart, visual management techniques such as production status board and Andon, and production management system – kanban. He coordinated CCQ teams, Kaizen groups and 5S programs. Also, he received training from Toyota, obtaining the BRASA (Brazilian Suppliers Association) certification in TPS – practical application in Hyoujun Sagyou & Kaizen and Identification of Wastes (3MU) and Standardization.
David shares his passion for Lean by coaching and developing leaders. He also helps companies design more satisfying work systems and conducts workshops in problem solving, team building and related topics in human performance. Retired from the U.S, Army in 2001, David serves on the boards of Kentucky World Trade Center and Ideas America, and is a senior advisor to the Compression Institute. He has a BA in International Relations, a MS in Industrial Management, and has completed post-graduate studies in educational and industrial/organizational psychology. David was part of the team that partnered with Toyota Motor Manufacturing to develop the University of Kentucky College of engineering Lean program.
Dan’s career has spanned over 30 years with General Motors and Toyota Motors learning and implementing the principles of the Toyota Production System in a variety of manufacturing, engineering, logistics and distribution environments. His intimate working knowledge of the preeminent vehicle manufacturers supply chain, manufacturing strategy and procurement activities provides a unique detailed perspective on the key attributes and differences for each.
He gained his practical expertise in lean supply chain while working directly with the Toyota experts as Project Manager transforming the Toyota NA Service Parts supply chain consistent with TPS. The project included reengineering the layout Parts Warehouses and completely transforming the daily receiving/picking operations. This project has been cited in ‘Lean Thinking’ authored by Jim Womack and Dan Jones.
Dan was steeped in the Toyota methodology while part of the Strategic Planning team and gained a working knowledge of Toyota Kaizen while training facilitators that drove the improvement projects throughout the parts distribution centers. In this assignment, he developed the overall Kaizen strategy including evaluation criteria and the annual celebration. At Toyota he led workshops in Hoshin Kanri and A3 training.
David Dressman is an expert in business transformation. David brings Lean and Six-Sigma backgrounds serving multiple transformation roles including: Lean Coordinator, Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt, Manufacturing Engineer, and Kaizen Leader. Including manufacturing and health care, David has learned and worked within Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, 3M, Trane Ingersoll Rand, as well as numerous contracted facilities. David has an M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering with Lean systems Certificate and a B.S. Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky. David’s diverse project management work and leadership roles facilitate an effective lean work environment applying lean principles and techniques, simulation modeling, and daily management for rapid transformation and sustainability.
Eric has over 20 years of experience in the Consumer Products and Industrial channels where he has been using lean methodologies to transform the operations, supply chain, planning, and strategic management functions. Most recently, Eric served in a series of executive positions at Emerson Electric including his last role as the executive leader of operational excellence and continuous improvement for three of Emerson’s global business groups.
His approach involves garnering a deep understanding of both channel partner and end-customer expectation within his client’s markets and utilizing VCM, Standard Work, 5S, Kaizen PDCA and meaningful metrics to enable the cultural and process transformation required to deliver a world-class experience.
Eric holds a Bachelor’s of Science and Masters in Business from the University of Wisconsin – Madison where he currently serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management.
Francisco (Paco) Estrada
Paco has over 10 years of experience in supporting the implementation of Lean methodologies in numerous industries, and together with Toyota senseis, has helped the Lean journey of companies in Service as well as Manufacturing areas such as Pharmaceutical, Healthcare, Steel, Beer, Non Woven Fabric, Pet Food, Medical Equipment, Banking and others, in Latin America, the United States and Europe. He holds a Bachelor´s Degree in Design, and post Graduate studies in Quality Engineering and Project Management. Paco is also a Certified Six Sigma and Lean Sigma Black Belt.
Fred has over fifteen years using Toyota lean practices leading organizations requiring deep manufacturing understanding, both discreet and process. As an executive, he is a dynamic business leader with proven experience maximizing operational performance, improving products and processes in both domestic and international environments. His experience includes multisite and international environments, managing resources to exceed all established benchmarks and objectives.
- Packaging Best Practices
- Manufacturing Operations Excellence
- Organization Design & Change
- Lean Implementation Strategies
- P&L / Budget / Cost Control / Analysis
- Team Leadership / Development
- Capacity Planning / Management
- Effective Communications & Reporting
- Strategic Planning & Execution
Greg Lane’s 22 years of worldwide lean implementation began while working with Toyota when he was one of a handful selected to be developed as a Toyota Production System Key Person through specialized training in Japan by Toyota’s masters included among others was Mr. Ohba, then returning to train others at NUMMI.
His lean implementation work in 31 countries with diverse types of organizations has not been his only form of continued learning, personally buying and profitably transforming his own manufacturing company really connected the principals to his own profit and loss.
Greg is a facility member of the Lean Institute’s in the USA and Spain as well as lecturer of post-graduate lean studies at the University of Barcelona & University Polytechnic Catalunia. He holds an B.S. in Mechanical Engineering as well as an MBA and has published two mainstream books & various magazine articles:
- Made to Order Lean – Excelling in a High-Mix, Low-Volume Environment (Productivity Press, New York: 2007)
- Mr. Lean Buys & Transforms a Manufacturing Company – The True Story of Profitably Growing an Organization with Lean Principals
(CRC Press, New York: 2010)
For 28 years Greg has been working with companies at times of critical change. For the past fourteen years he has been a core member of the Operations & Management Development Division (OMDD), the group responsible to support implementation of TPS in Toyota manufacturing plants and suppliers in North America. As a result of preparing for and leading over fifty intensive Kaizen of Standardized Work programs in Toyota and supplier plants, Greg developed the core Standardized Work Kaizen Leader training course and manual used by Toyota in North America. Greg is particularly interested in the strategic implementation of TPS with attention to the cultural context of each situation. Besides the US and Canada, he has also worked in Mexico, Japan and Australia.
Hong “Henry” Li
Mr. Hong Li has more than 20 years operation management experience in various roles including Senior Specialist at Mckinsey & Co, Vice-President at Lean Enterprise China (LEC), Director of Productionat Qoros, in addition to engineering roles at both Ford and Toyota Kentucky.
Hong Li takes a practical yet principle based approach to lean transformation drawing from his engineering background, his first hand Toyota experience, and the breadth of experience and study of lean thinking and practice. His consulting experience covers a wide range of manufacturing, and service industries including different types of enterprises including State Owned Enterprises (SOE), multinational (MNE), and local private companies in China. Hong Li maintains a global presence having worked throughout China, Southeast Asia, North America, the EU, Russia, and Australia. His transformation support has included both operations in manufacturing, warehousing, and supply chain management.
Howard Artrip came to us an expert in the areas of Manufacturing Operations, Continuous Improvement, as well as Logistics Planning and Kaizen. He is currently focuses on the Development and Implementation of the Lean Techniques and Daily Management systems utilized in the Transformation Process.
His knowledge and experience include Automotive Lighting, Injection Molding, Stamping, Machining, Glass Manufacturing, as well as Major Plywood Manufactures. Prior to joining the Team, Howard held multiple Leadership positions at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (Georgetown), for over 21 years. His manufacturing knowledge during his time at Toyota is based upon the principles of The Toyota Production System, where he had the opportunity to learn and work directly with the Japanese Sensei counterparts.
Ivan has over 10 years of experience in Lean.
He is graduated in Electrical Engineering and has always worked with Production and Planning in large industries. He was trained by TMC (Toyota Motor Co – Japan) and was certified to teach TPS. He lead classes for leaderships development for Sao Bernardo do Campo and Indaiatuba plants. Has also been trained in TBP (Toyota Business Practices – Problem Solving Method), Toyota Traditions (Toyota Way concepts), 5S, MASP and CEP (Process Statistical Control). He is an expert in Standardized Work and costs reduction. Fluent in Portuguese and English.
Jan has worked as both a full-time HR team member and HR consultant at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) in Georgetown, KY and Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America (TEMA) in Erlanger, KY since 1994. She brings a unique combination of deep expertise at the plant level as well as broad experience supporting programs coordinated by headquarters for all North American affiliates in the areas of Organizational Development, Training, Projects and Planning, Team Member Relations, Positive Employee Relations, Policy Development, Communications, Strategic Planning and Supplier Support. Jan provides leadership and creative problem solving skills to help organizations improve performance and leverage employee and organizational capability to achieve business objectives.
Joe spent 26 years with Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) with 15 of these years dedicated to TPS and Lean deployment. As an Associate Dean for the University of Toyota (UOT), a corporate university, his research and practical application of TPS, TBP curriculum and High Impact Teams training have been effectively applied across warehouse operations, vehicle distribution centers, marketing, administration, financial, and field support organizations, including Toyota’s partners and UOT external clients.
He also helped launch the Toyota Consulting Group, the University’s Center for Lean Thinking, now called the Center for Toyota Way, and initiated the design and implementation of the first company-wide TPS Certification Program. His extensive experience and practical approach developing trainers and consulting with Toyota senior leaders, has had a direct impact on business results. This impact has led to the development and growth of a culture of Kaizen, Jishuken, PDCA, and VSM (visualization) in TMS.
Joe is certified by the Toyota Institute, Japan, in Toyota Business Practice
(TBP) an advanced problem solving methodology, and TMS as a certified Jishuken and Kaizen leader. He has MBA from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California.
Jon Yingling, Ph.D.
Dr. Yingling leads key engagements and activities for clients and spends much of his time in developing novel technologies and solutions for its customers to help them resolve their most complex operational problems. He leads operational assessments and value stream design workshops where future state system designs, often very creative, are established that enable clients to realize major gains in operational performance. Subsequently he guides them in their implementation and has a track record of impressive results. He has strong capabilities in all lean and six sigma tools, as well as all types of manufacturing operations, lean product development, scheduling and production control, lean health care, warehousing and distribution centers, office and transactional systems, and supply chain development. Before consulting, Dr. Yingling was a Professor at the University of Kentucky, where he led development of a Toyota sponsored graduate-level academic program in lean systems.
John began his career in the automotive industry at the General Motors Assembly plant in Fremont, California. Hired as a production team member, he advanced to production supervisor, working in several capacities until the plant closed in 1982. In 1984, John returned to the Fremont auto plant, New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI), a joint venture between General Motors and Toyota. During his 21 years with NUMMI, John held several positions in Manufacturing, Safety, Human Resources and Labor Relations. He was promoted to Assistant Manager in Training and Development in 1995. During his tenure, he earned certifications as a Master Trainer in PDCA, Standardized Work, Job Instruction Training, Practical Kaizen Training, and Group Leader and Team Leader Development Training. He is one of only two people to attain Master Training Status in Practical Problem Solving within the Toyota family. He has trained team members as well as executives in the Toyota Way, Problem Solving, and Lean Manufacturing principles and philosophies throughout Toyota’s facilities in both North America and Europe. Since 2006, he has been teaching and consulting. His key projects include:
- Development of the Hertz Improvement Process (HIP) for the North American car rental agency.
- Development of the Siemens Productions System (SPS) in North America, Mexico, and Europe.
John led/leads several projects in Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) including:
- Electrical Inspectors Work Standardization and Kaizen
- DOSH Project
- L&I Field Audit Project
- Leadership Team Training
John also teaches for a local San Francisco area college to provide training to various industries in California.
Kathy Hunter began her career in lean manufacturing at New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI), a joint venture between General Motors and Toyota. As a production Team Leader, she had the opportunity to learn the Toyota Production System in Japan as part of the Team Leader training program. She returned to Japan several times after being promoted to Group Leader and while working on the ‘89 model change project, and then again as the Project Manager for the successful launch of the ’98 model change (Prizm and Corolla). She was then promoted to Assistant Manager in the Tacoma Truck Paint Shop. During her 15 years at NUMMI, she was certified by master trainers in Standardized Work, Job Instruction Training, PDCA, and Practical Problem Solving and was instrumental in the TPS training of production team members and management. Because of her production background, Kathy is most comfortable on the shop floor. She is a hands-on trainer, combining classroom training and practical application. In 2000, Kathy was asked to come to General Motors to help implement the Global Manufacturing System (GMS). She was part of a team that helped GM change the way they manufactured cars and trucks in North America. After five years leading GM’s lean plant conversions, she was assigned to an elite team which supported the launch of new plants in India, Russia and Mexico. Her responsibilities included the introduction and deployment of GMS, ensuring “lean” was built into each process from groundbreaking through start of production. In the past three years, Kathy has supported various companies in their pursuit of establishing a lean culture. Some include Tecumseh Products, WellStar Health System and Navistar Truck and Bus, all of which have achieved numerous process improvements throughout their organizations.
Mechanical Engineer from the Escola Politécnica of Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Lean expert and Lean consultant for over 10 years. He is vice-president and founder member of the Lean Academy Portugal. He was Senior Advisor and Project Manager at Intitut Lean France. In his professional career has trained managers and has implemented Lean in manufacturing, hospital, administrative and services sectors in more than 30 countries in South America, Europe and Asia.
Leonardo T. Yoshida
Leonardo is a mechanical engineer with an MBA from USP. He learned TPS/Lean while working at Toyota Brazil for over 15 years managing projects in production, EHS, among others. He also trained for over 2 years at Toyota in Japan learning and practicing the Toyota Way. He left Toyota as the head of production engineering dept. for Mercosur (Brazil and Argentina) and is currently coordinating the Lean manufacturing implementation for Latin America at Eaton.
Leonardo specializes in Productivity; Quality; Environmental Health and Safety; Cost reduction; Production Flow and cell layout.
Leslie is a People-Centered Lean expert who combines her lean background with years of Human Resource experience.
Leslie began her career in Hiroshima, Japan teaching and running public workshops for the community around the Mazda automobile plant. Upon returning to the US, she worked at Toyota Motor Manufacturing (TMMK) in Georgetown, KY where she was directly responsible for the Japanese trainers teaching the Toyota Production System to the American workers. In this hands-on lean environment, Leslie learned first-hand how to create the Toyota culture in the U.S. facility by managing over 400 Japanese trainers.
Leslie’s next move at Toyota was into the Organization Development department where she led efforts to create a performance management process that aligned with the purpose of the organization. Her work included the implementation of an organization-wide values-driven decision making process as well as designing and developing core and role specific competences that served as a basis for linking the people systems of education, recruiting, development, performance and compensation together.
Leslie holds a BA in Economics and a BA in East Asian Studies from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, as well as a Masters Degree in Human Resource Development from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio. She has also achieved her Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certification, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Firo- B, and Profiler 360 certifications as well as a deep knowledge of many other lean leadership tools and practices.
Luís Fernando Peira Ruffino
Luís has a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from Sao Carlos School of Engineering at Sao Paulo University and is fluent in English and Spanish. Beside his experience as a Quality and Engineering Manager at multinational and national companies, he has solid knowledge in Efficient Projects Improvement, Administration and Processes, introducing Lean Thinking in several companies such as automotive, aeronautical, metallurgical, pharmaceutical, food industry, plastic, of process and supermarkets.
During his seven years at Toyota, Tamashiro gained experiences in different productive areas, like operation of printwork machines, preparation for installation of rolling lines and bridges, programming of tools, quality, operator performance, TPM and OEE.
He was also responsible for the management of various teams: production, equipments, quality, environment, productivity and work safety. His responsibilities involved decision-making and problem-solving in production.
At Toyota, Tamashiro received trainings in Team Leaderships, Production Handler, Toyota Way, Toyota Business Practive, Risks and Danger Evaluation and Management, Toyota Communication Skills. He also interned at the Toyota headquarter in Japan.
Martyn has over 27 years’ experience in occupational health, safety and environment in Australia working in manufacturing and heavy industries as well as for the Tasmanian Government. Martyn has more than 20 years’ experience consulting in WHS, Occupational Hygiene and Training, providing a broad range of WHS services to organizations across Australia and New Zealand. Martyn’s interest is in making a difference to work health and safety so that everyone stays safe and well every day. Martyn is a straight talker with a wealth of knowledge and diverse practical experience, having grown up in regional New Zealand he does talk with a bit of a twang. But after so many years living in Tasmania and contributing to positive WHS practices and culture across Australia we embrace his twang and the clarity he brings with his practical no nonsense approach.
Mike is Executive Director for the Center for Quality People & Organizations (CQPO). Mike Hoseus brings both manufacturing operations and specialization in Human Resource experience to CQPO. CQPO is an organization developed in 1999 as a vision of Toyota Motor Manufacturing to share Lean Quality philosophy and human resource practices with education, business, and community organizations. CQPO’s current projects with Toyota include New Hire selection and training process, Team Leader and Group Leader post promotion training, Quality Circle Leader and Manager training, and Global Problem Solving for all levels.
Mike is an adjunct professor with the University of Kentucky’s Lean Manufacturing Program. Mike is co author with Dr. Jeffery Liker (Author of the Toyota Way) of Toyota Culture. Mike is an adjunct professor with the University of Kentucky’s Center for Manufacturing and a member of the faculty of Lean Enterprise Institute. Prior to CQPO, Mike was a corporate leader for 13 years at Toyota Motor Manufacturing’s Georgetown, Kentucky, plant both in Human Resources and Manufacturing. As Assistant General Manager in Human Resources, his responsibilities included personnel, safety, HR development, employee relations, benefits, training, and manufacturing/human resource teams for a plant of 8000 team members.
Mike currently supports organizations with Lean Culture transformations focusing on the roles of Executive Management and Human Resources and how the quality people value stream connects to the production value stream.
Michael has 25 years of experience working in healthcare. He has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Music Therapy from Anna Maria College and a Master’s of Science in Psychology from University of Phoenix, where he also completed a year of doctoral work in Industrial / Organization Psychology. Michael spent the first 20 years of his career working in long-term care with people with developmental disabilities in a variety of administrative roles. Over the past five years, He acted as a Clinic Director for a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). As a Clinic Director, he managed the daily operations for and the implementation of Lean methodology for primary care clinics. He used PDCA, Kaizen Teian, 5s, Standard Operations, and Visual Management to transform the culture of an underperforming clinic into a performance leader within a system of clinics. He opened a new clinic, using Lean methodology and culture as the foundation of operations. Michael has a passion for coaching leaders on Lean principles, who in turn can develop motivated and high functioning teams.
Mike Settles brings a variety of lean, engineering and six sigma experience to ILS. He is a graduate from the University of Kentucky with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering. Mike has proven abilities in Product Engineering is Lean-Six Sigma Black Belt, Project Manager and Operational Excellence leader. Mike has coached all levels of leadership on successful lean transformation and sustainment in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing environments.
For over 20 years, Monte has lived Toyota’s Production System (TPS) and its relentless pursuit of True North. Today he finds a tremendous amount of satisfaction helping companies realize operational excellence. Monte started his career with Toyota at the NUMMI facility where he managed various departments including Production, Special and New Model projects, and the TPS Group. In 2003 Monte was selected from a pool of over 600 managers to join Toyota’s three year Executive Development Program-Operations and Management Development Division (OMDD) where he continued to develop his TPS knowledge and capability.
At OMDD Monte was responsible for the implementation of Jishuken (Rapid Kaizen) in the North American Paint and Plastics facilities as well as the implementation of TPS at a number of supplier companies. During his tenure at OMDD, Monte was mentored by members of Toyota’s elite Operations and Management Consulting Division (OMCD). Monte’s extensive TPS expertise has been utilized in a myriad of industries (including automotive, retail, finance and building products). His innovative strategies have been applied to Greenfield sites, plant expansions, consolidations, product development and product launches. Monte has worked with companies in the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, China and the Middle East.
Nelson E. Takeuchi
Nelson has over 15 years of experience with Lean manufacturing principles. He started at Toyota Brazil in 1990 and has done training at Toyota Japan. He joined Arteb in 2002 as plant manager responsible for all production processes. Nelson specializes in:
- Kaizen groups
- Just in Time concepts and techniques
- Lean implementation in suppliers
- Training and Development
- Production transfers
Newton T. Kishimoto
Newton is a mechanical engineer and business administrator who learned TPS while working in Toyota Brazil for over six years. While heading the purchasing and procurement division, he received TPS training at TMC Japan. Newton’s training included visiting several first tier Toyota suppliers, such as Asahi Glass, Arako, Horie, Sango and others. He was also a leading member in Toyota’s internal Kaizen, A3 and the Proposal System committees.
Oscar T. Sakamoto
Oscar has over 16 years of experience with Lean manufacturing. He was introduced to the concept in Toyota Brazil and continued for four years in Toyota Japan. He has also been awarded three times by Toyota for improvements in production processes through Kaizen activities. Currently he is improving Kanban and JIT at Embraer and its suppliers.
Oscar specializes in Logistics and production planning; Development of cell production; One piece flow line design; Leading kaizen groups; Andon (error proof); Total productive maintenance (TPM); Standardized works; Jidoka and SMED.
Parthi was part of the Toyota Motor Manufacturing partnership with the University of Kentucky’s Engineering Department. Parthi has extensive experience in transforming companies in a variety of industries, most notably health care, wood products, glass products, plastics, food processing and distribution. He has worked with several private equity companies as transformational partner and helped create value for their portfolio companies and investors. In each of these specialized environments, his innovative thinking made him deliver customer value with exceptional financial results. Parthi is also a CEO of ILS. Parthi has a B.S. and M.S. in manufacturing systems engineering and an M.S. in bio-medical engineering.
Pascal is a professional engineer, author, and advisor to North American firms making the Lean leap. Pascal developed his skills on the Toyota shop floor in North America and Japan and by working with major international companies. He has supported Lean implementation at leading international companies in sectors as diverse as automotive, process industries, heavy equipment, construction and healthcare. The focus of his Lean practice is strategic planning and execution (hoshin management), human resources, quality, machine maintenance, and new product development.
Pascal is the author of 3 books and 25+ articles:
- Andy & Me – Crisis and Transformation on the Lean Journey, (Productivity Press, New York: Feb, 2005).
- Lean Production Simplified – a plain language guide to the world’s most powerful production system, (Productivity Press, New York: 2002)
- Quality, Safety & Environment – Synergy in the 21st Century, (ASQ Quality Press Milwaukee: 1997)
Patrick has a BS Degree in Engineering; he joined Toyota Motor Marketing and Engineering Europe (TMME) In 1992. He has been employed in the Automotive and Non-Automotive sector: ITT Teves, Toyota Motor Marketing and Engineering Europe, Saint Gobain, Ford Motor Company, Portola Packaging, Atys US Inc. and is currently a Senior TPS Sensei working with Honsha Associates and assisting various productive and non-productive sectors. Patrick has given several lectures at Suppliers Conferences and he speaks multiple languages.
Paulo Henrique da Silva
Paulo has worked for 13 years in Toyota Brazil in logistics: General parts store, material handling, inventory replenishment, parts and components ordering, follow up with suppliers, internal logistics control, training on third party logistics, etc.
He has strong experience in communications, people management, PDCA and cost reduction analysis.
With a background in Organizational Psychology, Rebecca is committed to working with organizations to achieve sustainable outcomes which center on the people within the system. Rebecca has experience working with businesses to assist them in understanding the impact of leadership on culture and the elements important for organizational change. Rebecca has a proven track record in facilitating cultural change, and tailoring solutions to suit the unique circumstances of the business. She has provided coaching and mentoring support to all levels of people employed within an organization, from those at the front line of a business to the CEO. Rebecca also has experience coaching at board level. Rebecca is a registered psychologist, having completed a Master’s degree in Organizational and Industrial Psychology, has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and has completed study in executive lean systems. Rebecca is also an accredited practitioner with Human Synergistics Australia.
Renato E. Kitazuka
Renato is a mechanical engineer and is pursuing his master’s degree in manufacturing and logistics management (Unicamp). His TPS/Lean expertise came from Toyota Brazil where for three years he developed Toyota suppliers to comply with TPS requirements. He heads the TPS implementation for Delphi Thermal and Interior South America and has been recognized by Autodata magazine as a key implementer leading the Jaguariúna plant to be the most productive and profitable company per square meter among Delphi Thermal companies. Currently based in Indianapolis IN USA, Renato leads Lean implementation at CTB/McGraw Hill. He has also been extensively involved in TPS knowledge exchange with organizations in Chile, Hungary, France, Poland and Portugal.
With a background in lean systems and human resource development, Rina brings a people centric approach to applying lean systems methodology to organizations. She has been heavily involved in designing and leading lean systems training programs, delivering to many levels of the organization from front line team members to senior managers. She has a unique ability to coach and build teamwork to assist organizations to undertake a disciplined approach to achieving lean systems transformation, supporting sustainable results while respecting the workforce. As an Improvement Specialist, Rina delivers onsite training and is a team leader of our Vocational Graduate Certificate program in Competitive Systems and Practices. Rina has extensive experience delivering outcome-focused, nationally accredited training programs from a variety of packages including: business, environmental sustainability, and competitive systems and practices. Rina holds a Bachelor of Human Resources in Organizational Learning, a Vocational Graduate Certificate in Competitive Enterprise, Masters of Business Administration, a Diploma in Environmental Sustainability, has completed advanced study in Industrial / Organizational Psychology, Training and Education for Sustainability, Lean Systems (USA and Japan Study Missions), and is currently pursuing her PhD at Swinburne University of Technology Faculty of Business and Enterprise.
Robert is President of LeanCor LLC, headquartered in Florence Kentucky. He has fifteen years of transportation, consulting and third party logistics experience. This experience includes multiple Lean Logistics implementations, supporting such successful organizations as Toyota Motor Manufacturing and Maytag Appliances. Robert is a student and teacher of Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Lean and Six Sigma. He is currently an active instructor for global programs offered by the Lean Enterprise Institute and Saint Louis University – John Cook School of Business. In addition to authoring the leadership book Success in 60 Seconds; Robert has co-authored the logistics management book Lean Six Sigma Logistics. Robert sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of “Logistics Quarterly” magazine.
Robert Uyekawa has spent 22 years studying and applying the Toyota Production System. He worked for both Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc. and Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America. He gained both production and administrative support in paint, weld, stamping, maintenance, quality and production control. He spent 15 months studying production preparation and engineering at Toyota in Japan. Robert has taught and implemented the TPS and Lean principles in the aerospace, biotechnology, beverage, energy, food and the medical device industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University of Pomona.
Roberto Cuellar González
Roberto worked for Toyota Brazil for 27 years in many production divisions including press, weld, paint, assembly, and quality. As a department manager he received TPS training at Toyota Japan and represented Brazil at Toyota Motor’s annual kaizen convention. For two years Roberto received intensive TPS training from Mr. Sakamaki and Mr. Tsuruhashi from Toyota Japan’s Operation Management Consulting Division.
Ryan’s 25-year career spans from agency consulting, to being in the integration hub of a Fortune 25 company, through multiple acquisitions and corporate integrations. He has focused on disciplines, such as lean transformation, change management, and operations and systems assimilation. He holds a Bachelor of Communications degree from the University of Northwestern and an MBA from the University of Missouri.
In his capacity within a Fortune 25 company for 17 years, Ryan lead various internal teams and external practice groups – focused in area such as change management, cultural transformation, synergy analysis and cost reduction, and operations and systems integration.
Joining Honsha in 2013, Ryan works on a variety of lean transformation and change management projects. He directs client teams in areas such as lean problem solving, process improvement, strategy deployment and quality improvement. Additionally, with his experience in a Fortune 25 culture, Ryan works proficiently with client teams to build relationships, from senior leadership, to department heads, to front line staff. Ryan’s understanding of strategic personnel and information management in the change process is significant. He is highly motivated by purposefully bringing multiple audiences (employees and stakeholders) into awareness and consensus on critical issues surrounding the process of change and improvement.
With a background in engineering, business, lean systems and environmental sustainability, Sasha brings a systematic approach to assisting organizations in their improvement journey. His leadership experience in various roles from project engineer, operations analyst, operations manager, to lean transformation manager, has given him the skills to rapidly grasp the operational condition and design highly effective improvement programs throughout Australia and Southeast Asia. As a Senior Improvement Specialist, Sasha supports and leads transformation projects and lean systems training programs onsite. In addition to extensive lean transformation experience, Sasha has a proven track-record in environmental sustainability and carbon footprint reduction programs. Sasha holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, a Vocational Graduate Certificate in Competitive Enterprise, a Graduate Diploma in Manufacturing Operations, and, has completed advanced study in Training and Education for Sustainability, Carbon Accounting, Six Sigma, Lean Systems (USA and Japan Study Missions), and is currently pursuing his PhD at Swinburne University of Technology Faculty of Business and Enterprise.
Sergio Osamu Onizuka
For 12 years, Sergio worked at Toyota Brazil in the Quality Control Department. He has experience in worldwide projects with internal processes and TDB suppliers in Brazil, Argentina and Japan.
He is a specialist in the Quality Validation Requirements in the productive processes of printwork, welding, painting and assemblage, and also has vast experience in application of TPS in standardized processes, 5S and kaizens in cost reduction and quality problems.
Sergio is also an auditor of special QTF (Quality Task Force) processes for Arc Welding, Spot Welding, Projection Welding, Foundry and Thermal Treatment to avoid complaints in the field.
He ministered many training programs in Analysis of the Root Cause (Report A3), Quality Tools and Supplier Workshops.
He graduated at FATEC in Sao Paulo in Welding Technology.
Sidney has over 10 years of experience in Lean.
He is an engineer with master degree in management with 6 year-experience at Toyota Brazil in Quality Control and Quality Assurance Departments. Specialist in steel sheets and chemical materials quality, he was trained in Toyota Headquarter and in Kentucky. He developed Quality Assurance System for Raw Materials, managing quality information between suppliers and Toyota Plants in Indaiatuba, São Bernardo do Campo and Zarate – Argentina for countermeasures and raw material quality improvement.
Stephen J. Ansuini
Mr. Ansuini started at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) in 1987 in the Skilled Trades Development area with responsibility for development of intermediate maintenance training.
From there he started the TMMK Suggestion System in 1989, and supported Quality Circle deployment in 1990. Mr. Ansuini provided pre-hire assessment and system development support for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Baja California – the new Mexico plant in 2004. He supported the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas plant start-up in 2005 by providing pre- and post-hire assessments and TPS (Toyota Production System) training to new maintenance team members and Group Leaders.
Mr. Ansuini then moved to the North American Production Support Center (NAPSC) located in Georgetown, KY. His role included deployment of the Visual Manual to all North American Toyota affiliates, chair of the NATQC Forum (North American Toyota Quality Circles). He also provided Toyota Job Instruction training, role training, Quality Circle training, Group Leader training and NAPSC Visual Manual user support for North America. Mr. Ansuini retired from Toyota with over 20 years experience in May of 2007.
Toni Davies brings over 27 years of experience developing Kaizen organizations worldwide, including Asia, Africa, Europe, South and North America. She provided sensei, consulting, and leadership for two premier consulting groups prior to Honsha; Productivity Consulting Group and the Kaizen Institute, the latter of which she served as Director of the North American Strategic Business Unit (SBU-NA 2004). Leading Kaizen Study Tours in Japan & Europe has also afforded her an exceptional view of the changes in the improvement industry over time. She feels fortunate to have learned by working side by side with inspirational early leaders, including Shigeo Shingo (Zero Quality Control & SMED), Bunji Tozawa (Kaizen Teian Systems), Ryuji Fukuda (Policy Deployment, CedacÔ), Shigehiro Nakamura (Standardization), Masaaki Imai (Kaizen Institute) and graduate work with Dr. Peter Drucker (Leadership, Management). Toni’s mission is to usher in sustainable and purposeful kaizen work cultures within an unwavering environment of respect for people.
Toni Davies brings lean implementation experience in both manufacturing and service sectors, including automotive, aerospace, health care, engineering, insurance, administrative, and professional work.
Humanitarian development is a top priority and Dr. Davies led the Honsha Lean for Hope mission for World Vision in Africa in 2014. A commitment to quality in all environments has led to her serving as an Examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (2009-2010), and a Member of the Board for International Relief Teams (IRT), a Charity Navigator 4 Star running medical, humanitarian, and disaster relief organization
Dr. Davies earned a joint Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School and San Diego State University focused on organizational and leadership influences on productivity and change
Tony spent over 20 years learning the Toyota Production System at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky. Tony learned the system on the floor as a group leader where he led his team in the day to day real life operation of TPS. While at Toyota Tony was certified in the areas of:
- Toyota Production Systems Standardized Work
- Toyota Global Production Center Trainer
- Toyota Business Practices Trainer
Tony was also active in Toyota North America regional activity as he led and organized improvement activity for paint shops. For the past 5 years Tony has been working as a consultant on various projects in diverse industries such as banking, government, aircraft manufacturing, garment manufacturing, where he leads problem solving activities and develops internal resources to become lean practitioners. Tony is also an active speaker at conferences and company events.
Vidas Petraitis (Academy)
Vidas Petraitis has a Business Management degree and an Executive MBA degree. He also studied in the United Kingdom and Norway. Vidas has started his career at Mars Inc. as a Leadership Development Program participant, which aims to develop managers. He has worked with various teams in different departments such as Operations, Project Management, Sales & Marketing, Supply Chain and Logistics and Personnel & Organization. He also led Lean transformation with the team of 27 people within the organization as Lean Manager and under International Toyota senseis. Vidas is currently the General Manager for Lean.lt, which is Honsha’s partner in the Baltics and Eastern Europe.
Valdemir da Silva
Valdemir is graduated in industrial production management and has over 20 years of Lean experience.
He spent 11 years at Toyota do Brasil and is specialist in:
- Production management and productive process with lean applicability
- Development of results focused people (kaizen processes)
- Floor management development system – FMDS, KPIs
- Development of productive processes and production lines
- Development and training on Lean Manufacturing and TPS (set parts supply, picking light, PDCA, Pokayoke, Paretos, Andon, Kamishibai, Hyoujun, Kumiawase, Yamazumi, Jundate, Minomi, Kowake and 5s)
- Development of lay out and productive processes procedures
He also went to Toyota Corporation to study TPS at Toyota´s Technical Center.
Vlad has over 28 years experience in precision tooling and machining. He spent 18 years learning and applying TPS in Toyota Brazil with specialization in Toyota Japan and other countries. Some of the industries where he has utilized his skills and abilities include the automotive, plastics, glass, paper and others. He has also applied TPS around the world in countries such as Colombia, Italy, Spain, etc.
His post-graduate degree is in production engineering.
Alexander R. Butt has been consulting since 2012. He is graduation of the University of Kentucky’s College of Engineering. He joins the team with experience and skills in Lean manufacturing and education in manufacturing facilities such as aluminum squeeze casting, plastic injection molding, HVAC/Heating and Cooling systems, and most notably the automotive industry. He has lead and supervised rapid implementation projects that have resulted in instant efficiency improvements and boosted productivity.
Ben Hoseus comes to Honsha with a background in accounting and finance along with experience within Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky as a Human Resources contractor. Ben’s familiarity with the Toyota People Development system enables him to promote a collaborative and respectful mentality towards building Lean cultures across all levels of an organization. While facilitating Lean Transformation, Ben focuses on coaching around operational effectiveness coupled with the encouragement of servant leadership and strategic alignment.
Ben’s qualifications include: Cert IV Training and assessment, Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Business Administration from Transylvania University (KY, USA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA) qualification.