Associates


Larry G. Anderson
Principal & Owner
Anderson & Associates

Principal of Anderson and Associates, he is a senior management and training professional with over 30 years of management, training, and engineering experience.  He has a strong lean manufacturing and Manufacturing Resource Planning improvement background that includes a variety of functional experience.  A people-oriented leader with a bottom-line focus, he possesses exceptional motivational skills and is known for transforming companies into world-class organizations.  He serves as an examiner for the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing and the Texas Award for Performance Excellence.

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Bill A. Blessing
Controller
M2 Global Technology, Ltd.

He has over 30 years of accounting experience in a broad range of businesses including manufacturing, wholesale distribution, medical, real estate, and the food service industry.  Proficient at analyzing companies' financial operations and presenting clear and accurate reports to management, he also possesses extensive experience in developing and implementing budgets.  He is exceptionally skilled in the management of data using MAS90, Peachtree, QuickBooks, Great Plains, CYMA, other customized accounting software, and MS Excel.

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Douglas F. Carlberg
Chairman & CEO
M2 Global, Inc.

Chairman and CEO of M2 Global Manufacturing and M2 Global Solutions, he has over 30 years of experience in operations management in the electronics, telecommunications, and defense industries.  His background includes more than 15 years of executive leadership with profit and loss responsibility for leading high-technology commercial and defense firms.  His areas of expertise include directing all lean manufacturing aspects of product development, production, supply chain management, sales, and service.  The recipient of numerous awards for excellence in manufacturing, he serves as president of the Southwest Region of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence and is on the board of governors for the Shingo Prize.

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Bob Cartwright
President & CEO
Intelligent Compensation, LLC

Founder and president of Intelligent Compensation (a human resources compensation consulting firm), he has over 20 years of diverse experience in all areas of compensation and human resource management.  A certified Senior Professional of Human Resources, his areas of expertise include executive and team-based compensation strategies, expatriate compensation, performance management systems, employment relations, strategic planning, personnel policy development, succession planning, litigation services, and Defense Contracting Compensation Systems Compliance strategies.

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Jean Cunningham
Principal & Owner
Lean Accounting and Business Strategy

Owner and principal of Lean Accounting and Business Strategy, she is a management consultant with over 16 years of experience applying lean concepts to a variety of organizations.  Co-author two books, Real Numbers: Management Accounting in a Lean Organization, and Simpler, Faster: Systems Strategy for Lean IT, she received the Shingo Prize for Research in 2004.  Her areas of expertise include business strategy development, process improvement, and growth and acquisition planning.

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James Cupello, Ph.D.
Sole Proprietor & Six Sigma Master Black Belt

A quality management expert and ASQ–certified Six Sigma Black Belt, he has a 30-year record of maximizing quality and productivity in industry, government, and academia and over 15 years of experience deploying process excellence and Six Sigma.  His areas of expertise include transactional and manufacturing Six Sigma, strategic planning, market research, research and development, new product development, and linking team efforts to strategic goals.  Author of numerous articles and co-author of the book Managing Six Sigma, he holds a Ph.D. in radiation biophysics from the University of Kansas.

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R. Tim Dickinson, Ph.D.
President
Dickinson Engineering

Owner and president of Dickinson Engineering consulting firm, he has an extensive history in engineering and manufacturing technology, including over 15 years of executive experience.  He is proficient at assisting manufacturing senior management with cost and lead time reduction projects, and he has a solid history of helping supply chain managers achieve substantial improvements in productivity.  His areas of expertise include process technology development and the application of lean and Six Sigma manufacturing techniques.  He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas.

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James N. Edwards
Principal & Owner
River Oaks Resources

Principal and owner of River Oaks Resources management consulting firm, he is a Certified Management Consultant with over 30 years of experience.  He specializes in manufacturing consulting with an emphasis on business process re-engineering, just-in-time manufacturing, lean manufacturing, and manufacturing control systems.  His areas of expertise include overall business planning, manufacturing resource planning, enterprise resource planning, and distribution systems.  He has a strong history of achieving dramatic reductions in lead time and work-in-process inventory, with significant gains in productivity and quality.

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Adrian Guardia, Ph.D., SPHR
President
Applied Group Dynamics

President and principal consultant for Applied Group Dynamics, he has over 30 years of experience in Human Resources.  His expertise spans diverse fields including financial services, electronics manufacturing, soft drink bottling, and high-end retailing.  His career assignments have included nationally recognized firms such as JPMorgan Chase, Harris Corporation, Dr. Pepper Bottling Company, and Federated Department Stores.  He holds a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Our Lady of the Lake University.

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Robert K. Hall

A manufacturing executive with over 15 years of multi-site management and profit and loss experience (including five years at the vice-president level), he has an extensive background in lean manufacturing.  As a lean manufacturing improvement consultant, he has markedly increased profits and efficiency for numerous companies in diverse industries including automotive manufacturing, mining equipment, construction equipment, steel production, industrial products, medical devices, communications, information technology, and various consumer products.

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Christopher James
Principal
James Financial Consulting

Principal of James Financial Consulting, he is a finance professional with over 20 years of experience in fast-paced, high technology manufacturing environments.  His areas of expertise include cost accounting, general accounting, and financial planning.  He is proficient at developing accurate financial models and markedly improving planning, reporting, and forecasting processes.  With superior organizational skills, he is adept at successfully managing financial operations throughout challenging periods.

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Claudio S. Mariotta
President
Mariotta Consulting

An accomplished executive, he has over 35 years of domestic and international experience in general management, operations, new product development, manufacturing, and quality management.  His achievements include managing joint development of products with AT&T and a startup company, developing an offshore software contractor, completing technical due diligence for acquisitions and equity investments, obtaining ISO 9001 certification, attaining dramatic improvements in operational efficiency and cost reduction, and playing a key role in redesigning the first digital radio.

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Patti K. Meisetschleager
Chief Financial Officer
M2 Global, Inc.

Ms. Meisetschleager has over 25 years of experience in finance and cash management in industry and banking.  She is proficient at developing and implementing banking and cash management operations for large corporations, including directing multimillion-dollar negotiations and managing relationships with hundreds of banks.  Her extensive experience with major US banks includes integrating cash management operations for numerous acquisitions and mergers.

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Don F. Pankey
President
Business Improvement Solutions

An expert in quality evaluation and improvement, he has over 30 years of management experience in manufacturing and quality control at major corporations in industries such as communications, electronics, and utilities.  He has a solid history of developing and implementing quality and customer satisfaction improvement strategies that lead to substantial increases in sales and profits.  He has served as examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and senior examiner for the State of Florida Governor’s Sterling Award.

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John H. Puckett
President & Founder
Visions of Excellence

Founder and president of Visions of Excellence (a consulting firm specializing in coaching companies in the transition to lean manufacturing), he has over 35 years of experience in manufacturing.  His areas of expertise include industrial engineering, program management, production operations, material management, and executive management operations.  He is proficient at business development, team-based manufacturing, lean manufacturing, and supply chain management.  His experience in lean manufacturing includes training and facilitation in production demand flow, Kaizen process improvement, process improvement tools, and statistical process control tools and methods.

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James W. Randle Jr.
Owner
Small Biz Advocate Group

A senior management professional with over 38 years of experience in corporate, educational, and entrepreneurial environments, his areas of expertise include supplier development, supply chain management, sourcing, education, training, strategic planning, program management, team building, supplier and customer relations, communication, and customer satisfaction.  He is proficient at developing, implementing, and presenting innovative and effective training programs in a variety of fields.  In his 23-year career at Lockheed Martin, he received numerous awards and recognitions.

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Wayne A. Richie
Quality Manager
M2 Global Technology, Ltd.

A Certified Quality Engineer (American Society for Quality), he has over 20 years of experience in electronics, manufacturing, quality improvement, telecommunications, and computer systems.  His areas of expertise include electronics test technology, quality engineering, and team-based management.  He is proficient at achieving process and product enhancements by using quality improvement and management tools such as statistical process control, benchmarking, Kaizen techniques, and Six Sigma.

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Joseph E. Rizzo
President
Green is Lean, LLC

An operations manufacturing and engineering leader with over 30 years of experience, he is an expert in 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.  Adept at generating new business and shepherding new product development, he has a history of achieving remarkable gains in new business and revenue.

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Ross E. Robson, Ph.D.
President
DnR Lean, LLC

A Lean management expert with over 20 years of experience as an educator, consultant, and evaluator.  From 1989 to 2007, he served as executive director of the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing and was a Lean management professor and associate dean for Business Relations at Utah State University.  He has participated in over 200 comprehensive site evaluation visits to companies that have challenged for the Shingo Prize and NASA Excellence Award for Quality and Productivity.  In addition, he has conducted training related to the Shingo Prize Approach to World Class Manufacturing at numerous organizations.  He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

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John A. Saathoff
Principal
Saathoff & Associates

A manufacturing productivity expert, he has over 30 years of experience helping businesses achieve substantial increases in productivity and profit.  He has served as a consultant to several Fortune 500 companies and is proficient at improving the bottom line of medium to large-sized organizations by identifying and implementing the techniques of lean thinking and the solutions of constraints management.  His areas of expertise include all aspects of lean manufacturing, Kaizen process improvement, and just-in-time manufacturing. His experience is international in scope, covering Europe and the Far East as well as the United States.

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Dan L. Shunk, Ph.D.
Industrial Engineering Professor
Arizona State University

Dr. Shunk has over 30 years of experience in the field and has been recognized in the semiconductor, electronics, and automotive communities for his innovative approaches to product development and productivity improvement.  Presently he is working with major electronics companies as the principal investigator on a $1.5M project, developing a strategy and achieving a reduction of times and costs by 20 to 80%.  His educational background includes a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Purdue University.  He has authored several books; the most recent is Integrated Process Design and Development.

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Maria Elena Stopher
Principal & Owner
Ultimate Lean, Inc.

Ms. Stopher has over 16 years of experience in applying lean concepts to a variety of organizations.  Her areas of expertise include lean assessments, implementation, training, strategy deployment, leadership, and tools.  With a proven ability to strategically analyze and capitalize on business, product, and growth opportunities, she has a track record of developing and executing strategic and tactical solutions that have markedly improved competitive performance for numerous businesses and government organizations.

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Nicholas Tantaros
Strategic Sourcing & Supply chain Consultant
Independent Consultant

A supply-chain executive with over 25 years of industrial electronics manufacturing and consulting experience, he has a long-term record of success using Lean principles in supply management, logistics, strategic procurement, material management, inventory management, production control, and engineering.  His experience spans a broad range of industries, and he has worked with numerous firms that are global leaders in their field Boeing Company, Seagate Technology, Allegheny Technologies, Premier Inc., Chevron, Intel, Mueller Industries, SYSCO Corporation, and Northrop Grumman.

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Archie A. Wohlfahrt
Senior Director of Business Development
M2 Global Technology, Ltd.

Director of business development for M2 Global Technology, he has over 30 years of experience in technology-related manufacturing, focused primarily in the electronics and metalworking industries.  His areas of expertise include directing all aspects of manufacturing engineering, production operations management, facilities management, and environmental health and safety.  He has a strong history of developing and implementing highly successful business improvement initiatives, including a new-product introduction process that reduced product development time by 60 percent.

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