Jason Schulist – VP of Continuous Improvement at Appvion Inc.

JasJason Schulist 11-2013 casualon Schulist joined Appvion as Vice President of Continuous Improvement in September 2013.  Prior to joining the company, Jason served as DTE Energy’s Director of Project Management, Engineering, & Construction and Director of the Program Management Office from May 2010 to September 2013 managing a $1B portfolio of projects.  He also led DTE Energy’s continuous improvement efforts as Director of Continuous Improvement from January 2007 to May 2010 saving over $700M while building CI capability and winning the IPQC’s Best Process Improvement Program in 2010.  Prior to DTE Energy, Jason held management positions in lean operations, business development, and corporate strategy with General Motors.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Marquette University in 1991 and a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Master’s of Science in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997.  Jason is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and has a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. He is a co-founder of the Michigan Lean Consortium and past Chair.  He currently serves on the Board of Recovery Park in Detroit, MI.



John Toussaint – CEO of Catalysis

John is one of the foremost figures in the adoption of lean principles in healthcare. Under his leadership, Catalysis has launched peer-to-peer learning networks, developed in-depth workshops, and created many products – including books, DVDs and webinars. Catalysis sponsors the Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit each year – both in the U.S. and in Europe. The Catalysis team has John Toussaintbuilt C-suite coaching capability and partners with many organizations throughout the world advancing the idea of healthcare value through delivery redesign using lean, transparency of healthcare performance data, and payment reform.

He was the founding chair of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality and of the Wisconsin Health Information Organization, as well as the non-executive leader of the Partnership for Healthcare Payment Reform in Wisconsin. He has participated in many Institute of Medicine subcommittees and has directly worked with CMS leaders to broaden their understanding of lean for government.

Dr. Toussaint’s healthcare improvement work using Toyota Production System principles has been well documented in articles published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Health Affairs, The Journal of Patient Safety, The Journal of Healthcare Management, Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation, Harvard Business Review and Frontiers in Health Services Management. His work on payment reform and the transparency of provider performance data has been featured in The American Journal of Managed Care, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs, and the Commonwealth Fund publications.  News publications such as TIME, The Wall Street Journal, the CNBC Blog, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Healthcare Finance News have featured articles about Dr. Toussaint’s work.

Dr. Toussaint has been recognized for his work in transforming healthcare by organizations such as The Business Healthcare Group of Wisconsin, which awarded him the “Driving Meaningful Change” award in 2014, The Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME), which inducted him into its 2012 Hall of Fame, and the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, which hosts the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence. Dr. Toussaint was named a lifetime member of the Shingo Academy in 2011. Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle also honored Dr. Toussaint with a Certificate of Commendation for Innovation from the State of Wisconsin in 2005.

He has been a featured speaker at the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, The Shingo Prize, The Lean Enterprise Institute, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and many international conferences. He also presents regularly to legislators, Medicare leaders and government staff on the topic of healthcare value.

Dr. Toussaint has written three books all of which have received the prestigious Shingo Research and Publication Award. His groundbreaking first book, On the Mend: Revolutionizing Healthcare to Save Lives and Transform the Industry reveals how healthcare can be fundamentally improved at the point of delivery using the proven principles of lean management. His second book, Potent Medicine: The Collaborative Cure for Healthcare, describes the three core elements necessary to transform healthcare and deliver better value; delivery of care designed around the patient; transparency of treatment quality and cost; and payment for outcomes. His third book, Management on the Mend: The Executive Guide to System Transformation is a study of eleven organizations and the successful attempts to apply lean principles in healthcare.  Dr. Toussaint is also the winner of ACHE’s 2014 Dean Conley Award for his article “A Management, Leadership and Board Road Map to Transforming Care for Patients,” published in the Spring 2013 issue of Frontiers of Health Services Management.


Landen Garner – Director of Engineering Good at US Synthetic

Landen joined US Synthetic as a production technician worker in 2008 and has been a key team member in developing the Continuous Improvement culture with positions in leadership and organizational development. Landen now directs the corporate social responsibility efforts for the organization and can always be found positively greeting everyone he meets with a cheerfuLanden Garnerl “Hey there.”

US Synthetic is on a mission to Build the World’s Best Problem Solvers in the community.  We believe problem solving skill is the foundation for great leaders, employees, parents, teachers, and students.   When we build and develop our community with problem solving skills, it will bring prosperity to us all.

US Synthetic is located in Orem, Utah and is the industry-leading diamond manufacturer for polycrystalline diamond application in down hole drilling for the oil and gas industry and is a recipient of the Shingo Prize, the world’s most prestigious award for enterprise operational excellence.



Kelly Nutty – Director of Resource Management at Riverview Gardens

Kelly Nutty is the Director of Resource Management at Riverview Gardens, Inc.® Mrs. Nutty directs strategic revenue development of the mission through major gifts, grants, and eKelly Nuttyarned revenue. Kelly works with the Executive Director to lead program design/implementation and collaboration opportunities for the mission. Kelly also oversees Riverview Gardens’ robust volunteer and community engagement programs. Mrs. Nutty has twenty years of professional experience in advocacy, messaging and stewardship, and managing and retaining volunteers for a variety of organizations. Before moving to Wisconsin, Kelly practiced law in the Washington, D.C. area in the fields of construction litigation and government contracts. She graduated with a B.A. from the University of Central Florida (1991) and magna cum laude from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law (1996).  




Greg Vandenberg – Director of Giving and Community Engagement at U.S. Venture Inc.

Greg is the Director of Giving and Community Engagement at U.S. Venture, Inc. He serves as Executive Director of the U.S. Venture/Schmidt Family Foundation and oversees the Basic Needs Greg VandenbergGiving Partnership, a funding collaborative in Northeast Wisconsin which will grant more than $3 million dollars in 2017. Greg also leads the U.S. Venture Open – a one-day golf outing that funds the Basic Needs Giving Partnership and raised more than $3.6 million in 2016. He has more than 16 years of non-profit experience, most recently with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW) where he held the positions of Ambulatory Care Manager and Director of Development. In 2014, he received the Servant Leadership Award from CHW. Prior to CHW, he was with Life Promotions and Lifest Music Festival, where he worked in fundraising, program development and served as Festival Director. He also has been a guest speaker at Christ The Rock Community Church. Greg holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and an Associate Degree of Arts and Science from the University of Wisconsin – Fox Valley. Greg enjoys spending time with his wife, two daughters and son, and attending their sporting and theater activities. His hobbies include playing cards, ice fishing, beer tasting, reading and studying theology, and anything related to comic books and superheroes.



Brian Pertl – Dean of the Lawrence Conservatory of MusicBrain Pertl head shot with Zeek

Brian Pertl is currently the Dean of the Lawrence Conservatory of Music. For 16 years he was the manager of Microsoft’s Media Acquisitions Group in Redmond, Washington. He is a trombonist, ethnomusicologist, didjeridu player, Deep Listener, and an advocate for nurturing creativity in the workplace. He is a sought-after speaker, advisor, and workshop leader.  He is passionate about bringing the lessons of his conservatory music culture into the world of business.  His entrepreneurship course at Lawrence University seamlessly blends high level business skills with exercises in improvisation, creative play, and collaborative problem solving.  More than anything else, the world of business needs a creative, innovative workforce to tackle the rapidly changing demands of today’s world, but businesses are woefully lacking in the skills and methodology to build a creative workforce. Brian combines his unique background in business and the music conservatory to help make businesses more creative, innovative, productive, and fun.



Kathi Seifert – Executive Director for Kimberly Clark

Kathi P. Seifert retired as Executive Vice President for Kimberly-Clark Corporation after 26 years at the company (leading the company’s personal care business and sales organization). Previous to Kimberly-Clark, Seifert was employed by Fort Howard Paper Company, Beatrice Foods, and Procter & Gamble.Kathi Siefert

Seifert is a member of the board of directors of Eli Lilly and Company, Appvion, Investors Community Bank, Fox Cities Building for the Arts, Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Riverview Gardens, Habitat for Humanity, and New North, Inc., an economic development collaboration for Northeastern Wisconsin.

Seifert is a past board member for Lexmark, Inc., Revlon Consumer Products Corporation, Supervalu, Albertsons, Aid Association for Lutherans, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Wisconsin Children’s Trust Fund, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Chancellor’s Council of Advisors, State of Wisconsin Superintendent’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Arts Education, Wisconsin International Trade Council, ThedaCare, and the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.

Seifert is currently the President and Owner of Katapult, LLC.

Seifert was named NACD Directorship 100 which recognizes the most influential leaders in the boardroom in 2015, Fortunes’ 50 Most Powerful Women in Business in 2002, and Forbes Top 50 Women in 2001.

Seifert earned a Bachelor of Science from Valparaiso University in marketing and management in 1971. She also received an honorary Doctorate from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 2014.


Norman Bodek – President, PCS Inc.

It has been an amazing journey. In 1979, after 18 years working with Data Processing companies, I started Productivity Inc. – Press by publishing a newsletter called PRODUCTIVITY. I quickly became fascinated with the subject and went to Japan to discover the processes that were making them the world leaders in quality improvement and productivity growth.

In these past 38 years I have visited Japan 85 times, visited over 250 plants and published over 100 Japanese management books in English, all without originally knowing a single pNorman Bodekerson in Japan nor speaking their language. As a fortune cookie once told me, “You have the talent to discover the talent in others.”  That is it in a “nutshell.”  My claim to fame is just finding the amazing tools, techniques and new thoughts that have revolutionized the world of manufacturing. Somehow magically I met Dr. Deming, Dr. Juran, Phil Crosby, Dr. Ishikawa, Dr. Akao, Mr. Ohno, Dr. Shingo and a least 100 other great manufacturing masters and most fortunately published many of their books in English.

Each person I met gave me a new perspective on continuous improvement. I was one of the first to find and publish books, training material, and run conferences and seminars on TPS, SMED, CEDAC, quality control circles, 5 S, visual factory, TPM, VSM, Kaizen Blitz, cell design, poka-yoke, lean accounting, Andon, Hoshin Kanri, Kanban, and Quick and Easy Kaizen.

As a presenter I like to share my journey and tell you wonderful stories about the amazing people I met, what I learned from them and why that information is so vital to your companies and your personal success.

To me my most powerful discovery was the way Toyota, Canon and other Japanese companies opened the infinite creative potential lying often dormant inside every single worker. When you unlock this hidden talent people become highly motivated and actually love to come to work

Recipient of The Shingo Prize* for Manufacturing Excellence and also created the Shingo Prize with Dr. Vern Buehler sponsored by Utah State University. Also was inducted into Industry Week’s Manufacturing Hall of Fame. Received the Six Sigma Global Grand metal from ICBUPR. Called “Mr. Lean” in Quality Progress Magazine.

Books Published: Taiichi Ohno – Toyota Production System (JIT), Henry Ford – Today and Tomorrow, A New American TQM, Yoji Akao – Quality Function Deployment (QFD) and Hoshin Kanri, Dr. Ryuji Fukuda – Managerial Engineering, CEDAC and Building Organizational Fitness, Dr. Shigeo Shingo’s – Toyota Production System, SMED, Poka-Yoke, Non-Stock Production, etc., Shigeichi Moriguchi – Software Excellence, Shigeru Mizuno – Management for Quality Improvement (The 7 New QC Tools), Seiichi Nakajima – Total Productivity Maintenance (TPM), and over 250 others.

Books Written: The Idea Generator – Quick and Easy Kaizen Co-authored with Bunji Tozawa PCS Press 2001 / The Idea Generator – Workbook PCS Press 2002 / Kaikaku: The Power and Magic of Lean PCS Press 2004 / All You Gotta Do Is Ask Co-authored with Chuck Yorke PCS Press 2005 / Rebirth of American Industry Co-authored with Bill Waddell PCS Press 2005 / How to do Kaizen PCS Press 1/1/ 2010 / The Harada Method Co-authored with Takashi Harada PCS Press 2012

*For information on the prize:  http://www.shingoprize.org/shingo/index.html


Mike Hoseus – Executive Director for the Center for Quality People and Organizations

Mike is Executive Director for the Center for Quality People & Organizations (CQPO). Mike Hoseus brings both manufacturing operations and specialization in Human Resource expeMike Hoseusrience to CQPO. CQPO is 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. CQPO current projects with Toyota include New Hire selection and training process, Team Leader and Group Leader post promotion training, Quality Circle Leader and Manager training, and Global Problem Solving for all levels. Mike is co author with Dr. Jeffery Liker (Author of the Toyota Way) of Toyota Culture. Mike is 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. As Assistant General Manager in Human Resources, his responsibilities included personnel, safety, HR development, employee relations, benefits, training, and manufacturing/human resource teams for a plant of 8000 team members. His major initiative was development of the enhanced relationship between Human Resource and Manufacturing. Mike’s operational responsibilities in manufacturing started in 1987 as a front line supervisor in vehicle assembly. This included all aspects of safety, quality, productivity, cost and morale for operations. With experience as Assembly Plant Manager and eventually Assistant General Manager, his responsibilities increased to include both assembly plants including operations, maintenance, and engineering.

Mike 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.

Mike has served and contributed to numerous community boards such as the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and the Lexington Mayor’s Partnership for Youth. Mike has degrees in Business and Psychology from Xavier University and a Masters of Arts in Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary. Mike’s wife, Suzy and he are co-founders of CMH, Inc. and Life Learning Ministries and have three children, Ben, Leah and Lindsay.


Ben Hoseus – Founder and Director of SpreadThinking

Ben Hoseus is an impact-driven millennial who seeks to redefine paradigms of leadership in the next generation. He is the founder & director of SpreadThinking. The vision is to cultivate a gBen Hoseuslobal community of purpose-driven lean practitioners to catalyze sustainable development in emerging, frontier, and least-tapped environments.  His current project is supporting micro-finance  development projects in Kenya & South Africa. He gained exposure to production & leadership principles within Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky as a human resources contractor before working as a lean facilitator & instructor across Australia & Asia. He also serves as a strategic partner of the non-governmental organization PeruHope. Professionally, Ben has earned his Certified Public Accountant license, Graduate Certificate in Lean Systems & Practices, and Certificate in Organizational Training & Assessment. He has a BA in Accounting & Business Administration from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.




Ron May – Chief Executive Officer and Consultant – May Technology Group

Ron A. May is chief executive officer and consultant, May Technology Group.  May Technology Group invests in technology and related businesses, advises and consults on business matters, and supports educational endeavors.  May is nominated to be an Executive in Residence for the Center for Positive Organizations, Ross Business School at the University of Michigan.  May is a member of the Oakland University Engineering Advisory Board, The Center for Ethics, and the President’s Campaign Committee.  May also teaches an advance leadership course. 

Ron A. May recently retired as executive vice president of Major Enterprise Projects for DTE Energy, Detroit based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy related businesses and services nationwide.  

May was responsible for major generation construction and environmental projects at DTE Energy’s power plants, the company’s new nuclear power plant development project, operating nuclear power plant modifications, gas projects, development of renewable, metering and distribution assets, along with strategic facilities and service projects.

Major Enterprise Projects is an ISO 9001 organization and was recognized by the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Organization finalist for PMO of the Year 2014.   

May previously served as senior vice president of DTE2, an enterprise resource planning project.   He served as senior vice president of Energy Distribution, and was responsible for engineering, operation, construction and maintenance of the company’s electric distribution, transmission and thermal operations. Additional responsibilities included customer service, corporate facilities and security.

He also held a variety of nuclear leadership positions at DTE Energy, including in materials management, maintenance, modifications, outage management, controller and administration. 

Prior to joining the company, May was vice president at Project Management Associates, a project controls consulting business.

Earlier in his career, he held leadership positions at Townsend and Bottum, Inc., a heavy utility construction business.  

May earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering at the University of Michigan, and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard.   May was bestowed an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from Oakland University.  Additionally, he completed graduate course work at Eastern Michigan University, Youngstown State University and Pennsylvania State University. May attended the Center for Creative Leadership.  May is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Project Management Professional and holds a Michigan real estate license. 

May has served as the chairman of the Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer Science Advisory Council and Michigan Roundtable of Diversity and Inclusion. May has also served on numerous educational and civic organizations, including the Construction Industry Institute, University of Michigan Engineering Advisory Council, and The Detroit Police Athletic League.  

He is a member of the American Association of Cost Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Nuclear Society and the Engineering Society of Detroit. He is a distinguished volunteer for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Detroit Chapter. Formerly, May was a board member of the Warren Conner Development Coalition, Crossroads for Youth, Arab Community center for Economic and Social Services, the campaign for the United Negro College Fund, Oakland Leadership and United Way 211. 

May received the Diversity Champion awards from the DTE Energy African American Action Association Birmingham – Bloomfield Diversity Task Force, the Detroit Chapter of the Association of Asian Pacific Americans, The distinguished Leader Award from Leadership Oakland, the Honorary Alumni Award from Oakland University. May received the Distinguished Leader Award from the University of Michigan, Dearborn.

May has contributed to the forward of the 2006, The Human Side of Enterprise, Annotated Edition by Joel Cuter-Gershenfeld, McGraw Hill. He wrote a chapter in Lenses of Leadership: A Call to Action, 2014 by B. A. Nick, Cato.  He co-authored with Victor Allen Project Management for Experienced Project Managers, 2016, Dog Ear.


Beau Keyte – Founder of The Keyte GroupBeau Keyte

The Keyte Group, www.keytegroup.com, helps organizations build new capacity within their organization to effectively address the changing environment we all face. Beau’s role in this is to teach, coach, and facilitate on two important fronts of a lean transformation: changing the work processes and changing the roles and responsibilities of leadership to support new work processes. This work keeps him happy as he guides systemic learning and change: teams learn how to understand, prioritize and solve performance problems while management learns how to coach the staff in a way to develop them into better thinkers and employees. His work includes support in healthcare, financial services, and manufacturing.

Beau also has been active in designing ways to help organizations learn in highly leveraged collaborative models, including working with 62 emergency departments across the Michigan to simultaneously improve patient outcomes. He has two Shingo Prize-winning publications, The Complete Lean Enterprise and Perfecting Patient Journeys. He is a Faculty Fellow for the Shingo Institute and also coaches students in Ohio State University’s Masters of Business in Operational Excellence program, lectures for the Lean Enterprise Institute and is a contributing author of the Huffington Post.


Lance Lewis – Senior Manager at Toyota Production Systems Support Center Lance Lewis

Lance Lewis is Senior Manager in TSSC (Toyota Production Systems Support Center). Since joining TSSC in 2014, Mr. Lewis has advised 5 General Industry & 7 Non-Profit Organizations.

Previously, Lance was a Manager in Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America (TEMA) – Purchasing, Supplier Support & Development responsible for strengthening Production Systems of suppliers.

Lance joined Toyota Purchasing in 1990. Since that time, he has held various management positions in Technical Support, Supplier Production Preparation and Supplier Development.

Prior to joining Toyota, Lance held Engineering Management positions in Grede Foundries Inc. and Eaton Corporation.



Gene BellingerGene Bellinger – Systems Thinking

Gene has been a passionate Systems Thinker for almost four decades. He is highly respected member of the systems thinking community, the author of several hundred articles and 1,000+ videos on Systems Thinking, and a member of the System Dynamics Society. In 2013 Gene coauthored Beyond Connecting the Dots: Modeling for Meaningful Results with Scott Fortmann-Roe, the developer of Insight Maker. For almost six years Gene hosted the Systems Thinking World discussion group on LinkedIn, a group of ~24,000 members focused on developing a better understanding of, and employing systems thinking principles. Gene also promoted the development of the Systems Thinking World Group on Facebook. Gene is also the developer of the Systems-Thinking and SystemsWiki websites. He has also been a major contributor to the development of Insight Maker, a web based modeling and simulation environment, and Kumu, a web based relationship mapping environment. Presently Gene is activity engaged in developing the The Perspectives Project focused on understanding relationships and their implications.


Joseph Weight – US Synthetic

Joseph Weight has been a part of US Synthetic since 2004 where he started as a production worker while pursuing degrees in English and Anthropology from BrighamNepali Joe Young University.  As a team leader during the early stages of Lean implementation, he was able to see many sides of what manufacturing can look like and be a part of early efforts to learn, teach/coach, implement, and develop a culture of continuous improvement.  With that background, and the aforementioned English degree, he was recruited to help with US Synthetic’s application for the Shingo Prize, which they were awarded in 2012. 

Since that time, he has helped in the legal department creating and improving systems for new intellectual property and analysis of the industry’s patent landscape, been on the quality team improving supplier quality through understanding and improvement of raw materials and components, and aided in the community efforts through USS Engineering Good initiatives to spread the US Synthetic Visions of Improving Lives and Creating the World’s Best Problem Solvers.  This work has included a Choice Humanitarian Expedition to Nepal in 2015 and preparations for one to Peru this October, where he will serve as a Co-Expedition Leader, having recently joined the ranks of Choice Certified Expedition Leaders.

He is also, with other USS employees and alumni, a founding member of A 10 Life which is working to develop curriculum and systems to help others identify, understand, and work towards attaining A 10 Life.  This includes understanding personal Values and the pursuit of Skills and the synergy of the two as part of A 10 Life.


Lynn Coriano – Project Director for the POINT Regional Poverty InitativeLynn Coriano

Lynn Coriano is the Project Director for the POINT Regional Poverty Initiative.  She works collaboratively with place-based funders, skilled volunteers, service providers and nonprofits to explore new ways of working together to reduce poverty in NE Wisconsin.  In 2016 Lynn moved to Wisconsin from Seattle where she spent the last 20 years working in various leadership positions in the nonprofit (Communities In Schools of Washington, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce) and philanthropic sectors (Social Venture Partners) where she built collaborative partnerships to advance the issue areas of environment, education, youth development, and nonprofit capacity.  Most recently Lynn spent 8 years with Social Venture Partners Seattle, an engaged venture philanthropy model where managed internal operations – including a $2.7 million budget – while overseeing community investment strategies totaling $1 million in annual grant distributions.  Lynn holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Syracuse University.


Karl Ohaus – Partner at Lean Transformation GroupKarl Ohaus

Karl Ohaus is a Partner at Lean Transformation Group and a faculty member for the Lean Enterprise Institute. Since setting sail on the consulting waters, he has had the privilege of working with the top thinkers and leaders in health care, financial services, manufacturing, and product development. His unique gift for being able to quickly understand processes and to see how pieces fit together gives him many opportunities to do what he loves. Karl provides guidance in the transformation to Lean principles at the shop floor and at management levels with a strong understanding of how to create the cultural changes required.

Karl received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University, School of Engineering in 1980. After Graduation he was at American Standard where he was a Design & Development Engineer, responsible for overseeing new products from the marketing “wish list” to concept development to product design and full production.  He was awarded 10 patents during this time.  In 1991 Karl left American Standard and became CEO of a manufacturing company producing parts used in safety sensitive automotive components.  It was during this time that Karl developed his understand and passion for Lean.  In 2002 Karl left the manufacturing company to begin consulting and teaching Lean.


Jason Crane – President of Home Instead Senior Care Jason Crane Headshot

Jason Crane is the President of Home Instead Senior Care franchise locations in Green Bay, Madison, Appleton, Oshkosh, Cedarburg, and Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin employing nearly 700 CAREGivers and administrative team members. Before joining Home Instead, Jason spent 21 years with national music retailer Guitar Center, where he helped the company grow from 15 to over 250 stores nationwide. He held various positions at Guitar Center including Director of the Hi-Tech Division at the corporate office in West Lake Village, California and District Manager of the 11-store Chicago Market. Jason received a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Marquette University and a Master’s of Fine Arts (MFA) from the Professional Theater Training Program (PTTP) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has acted at the Utah Shakespearian Festival, Monomoy Theater Company in Cape Cod, MA and in Sydney, Australia during his graduate studies. Jason is an avid songwriter, musician, and recording engineer and has studied voice, guitar, piano, and recording. Jason became a worship leader in 1998 and has lead worship at Conejo Valley Community Church and Calvary Community Church in California; Willow Creek Community Church and The Compass Church in the Chicagoland area; and Appleton Alliance Church – where he currently leads once a month. Jason won Nashville’s Embassy Music Christian Songwriting Competition in 2000 for his song Feel It Inside.



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