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Operational Excellence

Improving plant floor operations to increase productivity and profit.

Workforce Excellence

Leadership and Culture

Operational Excellence

Technology, Innovation and Strategic Growth

Day 1 Track Sessions

10:45–11:45 a.m.
BREAKOUT SESSION 1

Practical Innovation: How Innovative Thinking Can Transform Your Business

Jon Boggiano, Co-Founder, Everblue

  • Learn a new approach to rapid prototyping to quickly discover which ideas are your best
  • Hands-on exercises prepare you with new methodologies and approaches to your work
  • Take action with a practical toolkit and core skill set
  • Change your mindset to break out of patterns and embrace new opportunities
  • Gain the confidence that you need to empower innovation within your organization

Jon Boggiano is co-founder of Everblue. As a serial entrepreneur, he is an innovator, leader, and investor who focuses on forging organizations that positively impact the greater good. His twin passions are building things (products, experiences, and companies) and mentoring professionals. Jon serves as a board member and advisor to a number of companies and nonprofits.  He holds a BS from the US Military Academy at West Point and an MS from Stanford University. In 2011, the White House recognized Jon as a Champion of Change for his work at Everblue.

1:45–2:45 p.m.
BREAKOUT SESSION 2

Southland Group’s Blueprint for Success-How Planning for Success Made it a Reality

Greg Martin, General Manager, Southland Electrical Supply 

Leadership Advantage and how the investment in leadership training in 2019 helped to prepare Southland for the uncertainty and chaos of the last 18 months and come out a stronger company.

  • Risk Management and Safety Excellence- we will discuss SHARP status and how this was attained and sustained for 8 years.
  •  Risk Identification and mitigation strategies which were developed through the  NC State EAP
  • How SOAR strategy planning helped to identify Southland’s 5 year goals- brief explanation of this strategy planning and how it affected where they are today.

Greg Martin is an industry leader who has practiced servant leadership for the past 30+ years while managing domestic and international manufacturing sites, including China, Mexico, Costa Rica and Honduras.  His background includes VP and Director level positions in textiles, body armor and electrical equipment.Greg enjoys coaching, teaching, and training new and seasoned managers and supervisors to obtain measurable results that contribute to EBITDA, customer service, and meeting or beating ‘budget’. He loves to play offense when addressing challenges and always tackles the most difficult tasks the first thing every day.

Greg has degrees in Industrial Engineering and Management and Green Belt in Six Sigma and is champion of training and upskilling the workforce.He has led Southland Group through many changes, including industry disruptions, workforce staffing shortages, succession planning, growth in new states and the COVID-19 pandemic.  In the last several years, despite these challenges, Southland has grown over 50% and now employees approximately 140 employees.

3:00–4:00 p.m.
BREAKOUT SESSION 3

Toyota Kata Part 1

The Toyota Kata method is all about: organization developing new patterns and allow employees to think differently about dilemmas and goals, creating ways to work as a unit more adequately, using scientific reasoning as an approach to make teams more effective and successful and developing a culture of continuous improvement and learning at all positions through purposeful practice. This is a 2 part workshop.

Bill Iacovelli, Improvement Specialist, NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES),
Chris Koontz, Improvement Specialist, NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES)

  • Kata – a problem-solving approach utilizing scientific thinking and structured routines
  • Mindset used by Toyota to drive sustained continuous improvement
  • Overview of Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata

Bill Iacovelli, is an extension specialist with NC State’s Industry Expansion Solutions (IES). Based out of the IES Concord office, he works state-wide to help manufacturers, businesses, health care systems and public health departments make improvements through Lean and Six Sigma thinking and methodology. Bill assists organizations in developing systematic, long-term Lean implementation and leadership programs. He also trains and develops Lean Six Sigma Green Belts. In twelve years, relative to his project work with them, Bill’s clients (by way of third-party survey) have reported to NIST over $74M in economic impact and over 500 jobs retained or created. Before joining IES, Bill worked for Eastman Kodak Company in technical and supervisory roles in manufacturing and research and development. He was also a Lean implementer, trainer and coach in manufacturing, utilizing leadership coaching, Kaizen and other Lean tools. Bill holds a B.S. in industrial engineering and operations research from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and an MBA (concentrating on manufacturing management and quality management) from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Bill serves on the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) southeastern region board, Jay M. Robinson High School’s engineering and automation academy’s advisory board and is a member of NC State’s academy of outstanding faculty engaged in extension and engagement.

Chris Koontz is an IES Lean improvement specialist based out of the Greensboro, NC office. His focus is on assisting small to medium manufacturers with their lean transformation by teaching lean tools, mentoring staff and facilitating on-site improvement events. Chris has over 20 years of experience in continuous improvement and quality assurance in various manufacturing industries. In recent years, Chris held quality management, operations and continuous improvement roles within the aerospace industry. In his most recent assignment, he served as a subject matter expert for Toyota Kata and leveraged this methodology to greatly reduce operational task times, optimize material flow, implement rapid change-overs and eliminate production errors. Chris holds a B.S. from NC State University and an MBA with an operations management concentration from Regis University. Additionally, Chris obtained his Six Sigma Black Belt in 2001 and AS9100 auditor certification in 2013.

Chris Hartley, Lean Improvement Specialist, NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES). Chris serves as a Lean improvement specialist working with hospitals, physician’s offices, public health departments, government agencies and many other types of organizations to teach and guide them through their lean journey. Chris has over 15 years of process improvement and project management experience in government, hospital, and laboratory service industries. Chris’ responsibilities include teaching classes, training on-site with organizations to lead them through their lean journey, and coaching and mentoring personnel to become lean leaders in their respective organizations. Chris has led Kaizen teams to see dramatic decreases in throughput in hospital emergency departments, decrease in time to hire for human resource departments, as well as increasing capacity and production for multiple government agencies. Chris holds certifications as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt; DDI Leadership Content Facilitator; and The Culture Works – All In Culture Course. Chris has a B.S. in psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Chris operates out of the Greensboro, NC office servicing North Carolina and Virginia to bring the lean message to healthcare organizations.

Day 2 Track Sessions

9:00-10:00 a.m.
BREAKOUT SESSION 4

Toyota Kata Part 2

The Toyota Kata method is all about: organization developing new patterns and allow employees to think differently about dilemmas and goals, creating ways to work as a unit more adequately, using scientific reasoning as an approach to make teams more effective and successful and developing a culture of continuous improvement and learning at all positions through purposeful practice. This is a 2 part workshop.

Bill Iacovelli, Improvement Specialist, NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES),
Chris Koontz, Improvement Specialist, NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES),
Chris Hartley, Lean Improvement Specialist, NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES)

  • Utilizing a tabletop simulation to build a typical kata storyboard and PDCA cycles of learning record
  • Reinforces the training and discussion from Session 1 – practical application

Bill Iacovelli, is an extension specialist with NC State’s Industry Expansion Solutions (IES). Based out of the IES Concord office, he works state-wide to help manufacturers, businesses, health care systems and public health departments make improvements through Lean and Six Sigma thinking and methodology. Bill assists organizations in developing systematic, long-term Lean implementation and leadership programs. He also trains and develops Lean Six Sigma Green Belts. In twelve years, relative to his project work with them, Bill’s clients (by way of third-party survey) have reported to NIST over $74M in economic impact and over 500 jobs retained or created. Before joining IES, Bill worked for Eastman Kodak Company in technical and supervisory roles in manufacturing and research and development. He was also a Lean implementer, trainer and coach in manufacturing, utilizing leadership coaching, Kaizen and other Lean tools. Bill holds a B.S. in industrial engineering and operations research from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and an MBA (concentrating on manufacturing management and quality management) from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Bill serves on the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) southeastern region board, Jay M. Robinson High School’s engineering and automation academy’s advisory board and is a member of NC State’s academy of outstanding faculty engaged in extension and engagement.

Chris Koontz is an IES Lean improvement specialist based out of the Greensboro, NC office. His focus is on assisting small to medium manufacturers with their lean transformation by teaching lean tools, mentoring staff and facilitating on-site improvement events. Chris has over 20 years of experience in continuous improvement and quality assurance in various manufacturing industries. In recent years, Chris held quality management, operations and continuous improvement roles within the aerospace industry. In his most recent assignment, he served as a subject matter expert for Toyota Kata and leveraged this methodology to greatly reduce operational task times, optimize material flow, implement rapid change-overs and eliminate production errors. Chris holds a B.S. from NC State University and an MBA with an operations management concentration from Regis University. Additionally, Chris obtained his Six Sigma Black Belt in 2001 and AS9100 auditor certification in 2013.

Chris Hartley, Lean Improvement Specialist, NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES). Chris serves as a Lean improvement specialist working with hospitals, physician’s offices, public health departments, government agencies and many other types of organizations to teach and guide them through their lean journey. Chris has over 15 years of process improvement and project management experience in government, hospital, and laboratory service industries. Chris’ responsibilities include teaching classes, training on-site with organizations to lead them through their lean journey, and coaching and mentoring personnel to become lean leaders in their respective organizations. Chris has led Kaizen teams to see dramatic decreases in throughput in hospital emergency departments, decrease in time to hire for human resource departments, as well as increasing capacity and production for multiple government agencies. Chris holds certifications as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt; DDI Leadership Content Facilitator; and The Culture Works – All In Culture Course. Chris has a B.S. in psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Chris operates out of the Greensboro, NC office servicing North Carolina and Virginia to bring the lean message to healthcare organizations.

10:30–11:30 a.m.
BREAKOUT SESSION 5

Implementing an ISO 50001 Energy Management System, A Success Story

Michael Stowe, Senior Energy Engineer, Advanced Energy (Moderator)

From Daimler Truck North America (DTNA): Brantley Cocklereece, Facilities Engineer, Colin Buchanan, Environmental Sustainability Specialist, Ryan Pennington, Corporate Environmental Engineer and Scott Fister, Environmental Engineer MODERATOR: Michael Stowe, Senior Energy Engineer, Advanced Energy

ISO 50001 is an international standard for energy management systems and is data and performance-driven to ensure continual improvement. Actively and strategically managing your energy consumption will improve your process efficiencies, reduce your operational costs, improve your competitiveness, and reduce your carbon footprint. This presentation will focus on Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) and its successful journey in the implementation and certification in ISO 50001 across eight of its large manufacturing sites. We will cover the goals, the process, the lessons learned, the team approach, the tools used, including 50001 Ready and the energy mapping spreadsheet, and results. 50001 Ready is a self-guided program for facilities to establish an energy management system and self-attest to its successful completion. Recognition from the US Department of Energy is available to those that complete the program, and it is an excellent preparation for ISO 50001 certification. If you are considering implementing ISO 50001 this presentation will provide you an excellent overview of how it can be done.

  • Recognize the benefits of implementing ISO 50001 for energy management
  • Gain a perspective of the implementation of ISO 50001 across a large and complex multi-site manufacturing organization
  • Understand the benefits of using the 50001 Ready tool 25 task structure to help prepare for ISO 50001 certification
  • Understand the successes and challenges associated with an ISO 50001 implementation

Michael Stowe is a Senior Energy Engineer with Advanced Energy. He has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing plants including roles as production manager, maintenance manager, and plant engineer. Currently, he works with utilities, equipment vendors, and manufacturing plant teams to find the best technical and most energy-efficient solutions for industrial processes.