Mike Hoseus, Executive Director, Center for Quality People & Organizations (CQPO)
Mike is Executive Director for the Center for Quality People & Organizations (CQPO), 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. He is also an adjunct professor with the University of Kentucky’s Center for Manufacturing, the University of Dayton’s Center for Competitive Change 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. Mike is the co-author of Toyota Culture: The Heart and Soul of the Toyota Way. He 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.
Karen Martin, President, TKMG, Inc.
Karen Martin, president of the global consulting firm TKMG, Inc., is a leading authority on business performance and Lean management. Known for her keen diagnostic skills and rapid-results approach, Karen and her team have worked with clients such as AT&T, Chevron, Epson, GlaxoSmithKline, International Monetary Fund, Lenovo, Mayo Clinic, Prudential Insurance, Qualcomm, and the United States Department of Homeland Security to develop more efficient work systems, grow market share, solve business problems, and accelerate performance. An in-demand speaker, she’s the two-time Shingo Award-winning author of The Outstanding Organization, coauthor of Value Stream Mapping, and coauthor of two other titles on business performance improvement. Her latest book, Clarity First, is her most provocative to date and is garnering deep praise.
David Veech, President, D. Veech & Company
David is the author of three books: Leadersights: Creating Great Leaders Who Create Great Workplaces , The C4 Process: Four Vital Steps to Better Work, and FirstLine: A Team Leader’s Guide to Lean Thinking. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University, teaching in the Master of Business Operational Excellence Program. His research focuses on people in organizations and how Lean, leadership, and learning systems contribute to overall employee satisfaction and well-being. He joined the University in 2013 after serving as Executive Director of the Institute for Lean Systems for seven years, coaching and consulting with clients in a wide range of industries. David was Lecturer in the College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky from 2001 to 2006. He is a 20-year veteran of the US Army.
Dave Macfarlane, President, IC Group, Inc.
David Macfarlane is president of IC Group, a Salt Lake City-based company that has grown since its founding in 1982 into one of the largest privately-owned providers of marketing solutions in the intermountain west, currently employing 150 team members. IC Group offers a complete suite of innovative services, from commercial printing to web-to-print portals to digital marketing, with a specialty of high-value and secure programs. Dave has worked with IC Group since 1985 when he accepted a sales position, later assuming the general manager’s role. Under his leadership the company has been harnessing the power of continuous improvement and technical innovation to reduce waste, meet stringent service requirements, and focus on customer-defined value.
Travis Russell, Production Manager, US Synthetic
Travis, production manager at US Synthetic (USS), has been a key player in USS’s Lean journey. In 2011 this Utah-based manufacturer of diamond cutting devices received the world’s most prestigious award for operational excellence, The Shingo Prize. During Travis’s 17 years 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 in several companies through USS’s change management model. Travis has a passion for people development, and believes that everyone has the potential to be great if we create the right circumstance.