Joseph E. Rizzo

Joseph E. Rizzo

Lean is Green, LLC

Mr. Rizzo has over 30 years of experience as an operations manufacturing and engineering leader.  His areas of expertise include high-growth companies, start-ups, turnarounds, new product development, and emerging technologies.  An innovative problem-solver who quickly assesses obstacles and strategizes tactical solutions, he is proficient in world-class manufacturing, strategic analysis and planning, organizational development, Lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, green technologies, and global operations.  Highly organized and creative in focusing organizations as well as developing and training personnel, he is adept at applying cutting-edge technology and processes to transform start-ups into high-performance manufacturing operations.

As executive director of Jacksonville Lean Consortium, Mr. Rizzo managed a 50-member organization that provided training in the basics of Lean and created networking opportunities for members.  He formed a 501(c)6 corporation, conducted quarterly board meetings, managed cash flow, prepared budgets and financial reports, negotiated agreements and partnerships, and was a speaker at several professional society meetings.  His accomplishments included increasing revenue for three consecutive years from $150,000 to $295,000, growing membership by 50%, assisting member companies in realizing cost savings of over $50M, and developing seven new revenue streams and seven training programs.

Prior to founding the consortium, Mr. Rizzo was a consultant in world-class and Lean manufacturing.  At Massachusetts MEP, he served as New Business Development manager and was responsible for the development of new business and target accounts, which he grew to $1M of new sales As Lead Project manager, he provided training and hands-on consulting services in Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma for Massachusetts companies and also conducted Lean and technology assessments.  He received the "Above and Beyond" award in 2005 and the "Top Gun" award in 2002 and 2005.

Previously, Mr. Rizzo held a variety of manufacturing leadership positions.  As director of Program Management for Nypro Inc., a custom plastic injection molding company, he successfully completed over 300 new product development programs and increased Engineering revenue from $5M in 1988 to $45M in 1999.  His other roles included plant manger for a compact disc manufacturer, division manager for two molding and assembly plants that made audio-cassettes, and manager of Equipment Engineering for North American Philips Display Products.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Rizzo was employed by General Electric, where he served as production manager for three Insulating Materials department facilities, Operations manager of a new product facility , and manager of Advanced Manufacturing Engineering for the cathode ray tube operation.

Mr. Rizzo is an active member of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence and has served on the board of directors and as a conference chair.  He also is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Institute of Industrial Engineers, and is a founding chairman of the Robotics Institute of the Society of Mechanical Engineers.


Graduate studies in Industrial Administration, Union College
Graduate studies in Business Administration, State University of New York, Albany, New York
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts