John H. Puckett

John H. Puckett

President & Founder
Visions of Excellence

Mr. Puckett has over 40 years of experience in manufacturing, including industrial engineering, program management, production operations, material management, and executive management operations.  His areas of expertise include business development, team-based manufacturing, lean manufacturing, and supply chain management.  Mr. Puckett’s experience in lean manufacturing includes training and facilitation in production demand flow, Kaizen process improvement, process improvement tools, and Strategic Planning.

Mr. Puckett is the founder and President of Visions of Excellence consulting and currently serves on the Board of Directors of M2 Global Technology and Callaway Park Church and is a Senior Examiner for the Shingo Prize in Enterprise Excellence.

Mr. Puckett also was co-founder and vice president of manufacturing for XEL Communications, Inc. of Aurora, Colorado, a manufacturer of private line/special service telecommunications equipment for telephone companies and other companies that maintain their own telecommunications networks.  Recognized by IndustryWeek magazine as one of America’s Top 10 Plants in 1995, XEL was an industry leader in the development and implementation of major cultural change through the philosophies of lean manufacturing and self-directed work teams in the manufacturing environment.  During his 13-year tenure at XEL, Mr. Puckett was responsible for all manufacturing operations including purchasing, material management, production, manufacturing engineering, and test engineering.  He facilitated the implementation of just-in-time manufacturing and surface mount technology and the integration of total quality control and world-class manufacturing philosophy into XEL’s manufacturing operation.  He also was responsible for the development and management of an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) business segment within the corporation.

Prior to joining XEL, Mr. Puckett held manufacturing management positions at GTE Communications Systems, Storage Technology Corporation, Teledyne Microelectronics Corporation, and RCA Corporation.

Mr. Puckett has been a member of the Association of Manufacturing Excellence for over 22 years and has served as President of the Southwest Region, Vice President of Products and Internet Development, Vice President of Alliances and was recognized with AME’s Lifetime Achievement award in 2005.  He is also a senior member and former President and Director (Rocky Mountain region) of the Institute of Industrial Engineers.  He served as a Judge for Industry Week’s Top 10 Plants for 5 years.  He belongs to the Alpha Pi Mu engineering honor society and was listed in Who's Who in Finance and Industry.


Bachelor of Industrial Engineering (BIE), Georgia Institute of Technology