Operational Excellence, Lean & QRM Certified

608.770.9012 | [email protected]

Jerry brings over 25 years in progressive roles of responsibility from front line Supervisor to Plant Manager.

Skill Set

  • Operations Management
  • Enterprise Business Systems
  • Lean Project Facilitation, Consulting and Training
  • Lean Transformation
  • Lean Product Development
  • Business process mapping and improvement
  • Plant layout and design
  • Lean Leadership
  • Problem Solving – A3, 8D
  • Lean Culture, Change Management
  • Lean Kaizen, Rapid Continuous Improvement
  • Expertise in all Lean methods


  • Plant Manager for a fabrication Job Shop serving large and small OEM’s with double digit yearly growth and ISO and military quality specifications.
  • Director of Manufacturing operations for a building systems company, consistently registering/realizing significant growth and success metrics over a thirteen-year period
  • Master Scheduling, Industrial Engineering and shop floor plant management
  • Consulted, Facilitated and assisted in improvement projects, at hundreds of organizations, in TWI, QRM, Value Stream Mapping (VSM), Plant Layout, Lean Culture, Leader/employee Development and the utilization of Continuous Improvement tools and methodologies as appropriate.
  • Facilitated improvement project in non-manufacturing settings in health care and government

Training Leadership

  • Trained and developed personnel in Leadership, Lean, TWI and QRM
  • Led the training and understanding of manufacturing management philosophies such as Lean and QRM
  • Facilitated hundreds of Lean training sessions in a mix of public and private settings and venues
  • Trained clients on Lean implementation tools such as VSM, QCO, 5S, TPM, Product Development, etc.


  • QRM Certified,
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt,
  • LEAN Certification from AME/SME/Shingo Prize,
  • NIST Certified Lean Trainer,
  • Certified in Production and Inventory Control (CPIM) and Integrated Resource Management (CIRM) from APICS.


  • BS—Industrial Management, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL

Jerry and his wife have 2 sons and 1 grandson. As a couple they enjoy traveling to Vermont and Minnesota to visit each of them. His interest presently involves physical activities such as bike riding, entering a sprint triathlon, building a split rail fence and other landscaping projects too numerous to mention.

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