Sep 22, 2014

Northeast L.E.A.N Conference is coming to Springfield


Toyota, Goodyear, MillerCoors, Whirlpool, IBM, ThedaCare and University of Michigan Health System Among Those to Present Their Lean Journeys at the Northeast L.E.A.N. Conference in October 

Only 12 days left until the BEST Continuous Improvement Conference of the year. Whether you are a top manager seeking ideas to motivate and engage your leadership team, a middle manager trying to better understand how to balance improvement and daily management, or a floor employee who wants to take charge of improvement in your department, the two-day Northeast L.E.A.N. Conference is the single best, most time and cost-effective means to drive your organization to a new, sustainable level of improvement.  

SPRINGFIELD, SEPTEMBER 12 -The Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership (GBMP, Inc.), a not-for-profit whose mission is to help US companies implement the philosophies and tools of Continuous Improvement to enable them to compete profitably in the global economy, will host its tenth annual Northeast L.E.A.N. Conference, October 1 and 2, 2014 at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, MA.

Billy Ray Taylor, Director of Commercial Manufacturing North America at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, will present the opening keynote address. Billy is a visionary leader with more than 20 years of experience in all phases of manufacturing management and leadership. He has been repeatedly called upon to implement improvement strategies in under-performing operations, to improve production efficiency and employee engagement. As plant manager for a 2.2 million sq-ft consumer tire manufacturing plant in Fayetteville, N.C., he was instrumental in improving performance across all areas of production efficiency, labor costs, quality and safety. In June 2012, Taylor was appointed Director, Commercial Manufacturing and now oversees operations at four commercial tire manufacturing plants in Buffalo, N.Y.; Danville, Va.; Social Circle, Ga.; and Topeka, Ka.

Jamie Bonini, Vice President of TSSC at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA), will present the conference's closing keynote.  TEMA & TSSC support Toyota's engineering and manufacturing operations to share Toyota Production System (TPS) know-how with North American organizations that have a true desire to learn and adopt TPS. Jamie began his career with Toyota in 2002, as assistant general manager for TSSC and later joined Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky's powertrain group as assistant general manager responsible for V6 and four cylinder engines as well as axle production, quality and safety.   

Other experts scheduled to keynote the conference include Kim Barnas, Senior Vice President of ThedaCare and President of Appleton Medical Center and Russ Scaffede, retired vice president of manufacturing for Toyota Motor Manufacturing and Toyoda Boshuku U.S.A, where he worked directly with Fujio Cho the former President and Chairman of Toyota worldwide. In addition Russ also spent 19 years in various leadership positions at General Motors and led the lean turnaround at Donnelly Corporation.  

The Northeast L.E.A.N. Conference is focused on providing today's process improvement and operational excellence professionals with interactive learning, not only from the outstanding roster of world class keynotes, but also from peers from an impressive list of American companies, including Whirlpool, IBM, MillerCoors, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and others, who will share their stories and provide valuable takeaways from their Lean journeys.

The Northeast L.E.A.N. conference is a sharing opportunity second to none in the region. The event provides attendees with the knowledge, resources and tools they need to make their organization exceptional. Attendees will learn not only the technical aspects of operational excellence, but also how to create leadership models and favorable work environments to enable floor employees to develop as change agents. The focus of the event is on the technical and cultural challenges every organization faces in its lean transformation and pursuit of perfection and shining a light on the relationship between guiding principles, management systems and improvement tools (the Human, Strategic and Tactical components of Lean) as the foundation for achieving operational excellence.

The innovative format features:

Six tracks of world-class learning sessions divided between industry experts and leading lean practitioners, including 4 exceptional keynote presentations and more than 40 breakout talks
Interactive workshops (including hands-on Lean tool simulations), team panels, the always popular Virtual Plant tour and exceptional opportunities to network with other lean practitioners
Our unique Community of Lean Lounge (a collection of practitioners sharing their real-world lean learning in a trade show atmosphere)
A dedicated track for Lean implementers from Healthcare
A networking cocktail reception at The Springfield Museum of History

Additional details and registration information are available at For group rates, student registrations or exhibitor/sponsorship inquiries, contact Lela Glikes at

About GBMP

GBMP, is a not-for-profit located in the College of Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Our mission is to assist companies in implementing the philosophies and tools of Continuous Improvement (Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma) to enable companies to compete in the global economy. Our vision is to contribute to the profitability of these companies by helping them cut costs, eliminate waste in their processes and increase capacity to ensure their future in America (the Northeast United States in particular), and to ultimately positively impact the creation of jobs in all sectors of the economy. We accomplish this through onsite customized training, coaching and mentoring, creating original lean training content (DVDs, books, training simulations, podcasts and more - available at and through public workshops, benchmarking plant tours, roundtables, certificate courses, a blog ( and an annual conference. Learn much more about GBMP at  GBMP is a licensed affiliate of The Shingo Institute with three Certified instructors on its staff.

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