As a hands-on consultant and executive coach, Bob Lane blends Lean/Six Sigma principles, product development optimization, strategic business initiatives and participative management philosophies to grow organizations and develop high-performing, motivated teams. Bob is highly sought after for his Keynote Speeches on Turnaround Management and Operational Excellence and he serves on the advisory boards of National University and two technology firms. Bob has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from California Polytechnic State University and a professional certificate in Construction and Architectural Engineering from the University of California at San Diego. For more on Bob Lane and his firm, LaneOpX, click here.

Keith Boyle has over 30+ years of lean transformations, company turnarounds and process improvement experience. He has spent almost 18 years working with leading lean San Diego-based manufacturing firms along with some of the region’s largest healthcare providers. He is a certified Master Black Belt and recognized Lean Sensei and has coached hundreds of Lean and Six Sigma “Belts” at all levels from Master Black Belts to Yellow Belts. Prior to full-time consulting he managed the Total Quality / Process Improvement programs including Lean and Six Sigma at Solar Turbines / Caterpillar leading to their winning the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. He was awarded the coveted Outstanding Instructor Award at UCSD where he developed the successful Lean Enterprise and Six Sigma Programs. For more on Keith, click here.

Karen Martin is the President of the Karen Martin Group. With over 25 years of experience in operations design and business management, Karen has led the development of infrastructure for several rapid growth start-up operations that each grew into multi-billion dollar companies. Her expertise also includes a keen understanding of customer value, which she honed while serving in sales and marketing roles. Karen is also an instructor for the UCSD’s Lean Enterprise program and an Industry Advisor for the University of San Diego’s Industrial and Systems Engineering program. She’s the author/co-author of 2 Shingo research Prize winning books: The Outstanding Organization and Value Stream Mapping. She is the co-author of The Kaizen Event Planner and Metrics-Based Process Mapping. For more on Karen Martin click here to go to her website.

Mike Osterling is a coach, facilitator, speaker and author. With 20 years of experience leading organizations in improving their problem solving and continuous improvement capabilities, Mike has supported a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, service, oil production, financial services, pharma and construction. Mike is the President and Principal Consultant at Osterling Consulting, Inc. and has clients in the US, Mexico, Europe and Asia. In 1999 he helped found San Diego State University’s Lean Enterprise Certificate Program and continues to facilitate in the program. Mike co-authored the Shingo award winning book Value Stream Mapping as well as The Kaizen Event Planner. For more about Mike and for contact information, please visit his webpage here.

OUR CONSULTANTS


This page provides SLCN consultants that can provide Lean or Lean Six Sigma training or services to your organization

Our SCLN Consultants listed here are highly recommended by our members. For more information or recommendations, please contact Jerry M. Wright, PE. MBA at jerry.wright@san.rr.com or call him at 760-802-7957.

Steve Ebbing, President of the Ebbing Group, LLC, has been focused on business performance improvement and operational excellence for over 25 years. A certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Steve's background also includes engineering and operations management. As a Corporate-wide Operational Excellence leader, Steve developed and implemented a widely accepted Lean Maturity Assessment process, a Policy Deployment/Hoshin Kanri process and he initiated a standard Operating System for the company, leading Lean transformations for a number of sites. Throughout his career Steve has been implemented Lean Six Sigma in aerospace, medical device organizations, hospitals, pharmacies and other companies in manufacturing operations and transaction or administrative areas. For more info click here.

Our Consultants

Ric Van Der Linden is the Principal Consultant for ProgressivEdge, a consulting business based in the San Diego area focused on the applications of Continuous Improvement techniques to any business type (private, public, service, tech, healthcare, manufacturing and military). His career has focused on Continuous Improvement. For the past 28 years, he has led and supported business growth including the start up of two large operations which included facilities, equipment and staffing. He managed production operations and for the past 15 years has had a full time dedication to Continuous Improvement through the application of Lean Six Sigma and other improvement approaches. Ric is also an instructor at UCSD and SDSU teaching Lean and Lean Six Sigma courses. To visit Ric's website, please click here.

Jerry Wright is President of LEANwRIGHT, Inc., a lean consulting company. With 30 years of industry experience and 20 years of lean transformation work, Jerry knows how to create a lean culture, lead kaizen events as well as coach, train and mentor Lean Leaders and their teams. He has personally facilitated more than 800 formal kaizen events. Jerry has led more than a dozen lean enterprise transformations during his 16 years at DJO Global. His lean accomplishments include receiving the Shingo Prize, Industryweek's Top Ten Best Plants in North America, and 3 AME Manufacturing Excellence Awards. Jerry is Lean GOLD Certified and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He is an instructor at both UCSD and SDSU. You can visit his webpage by clicking here.

Ken Rolfes is the Principal Consultant for KDR Associates, Inc. KDR helps organizations translate improvement efforts into meaningful business impact. KDR is a management consulting and education firm in corporate strategy and operations that provides business performance improvement services on a focused or enterprise-wide basis for Service and Manufacturing companies. Committed to delivering results, KDR collaborates with its clients to help them become high performance businesses and organizations. KDR Associates brings a unique pairing of strategic acumen, and strong Lean execution capabilities to help identify new opportunities, drive process improvements and develop people to maximize the value of the business to its customers, employees and shareholders. For more click here to go to Ken's website.

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John has over 30 years of leadership experience in the delivery of successful large-scale Lean Transformations across a broad range of industries and companies. John has held positions as a Corporate Continuous Improvement Manager, Plant Manager/General Manager, Director of Manufacturing and Vice President of Operations. John gained his experience from Toyota at the NUMMI plant in the Bay Area and was instrumental in many lean implementations including development of the Ford Production System. John has developed extensive experience in the health care industry working with hospitals and clinics of all sizes including Scripps, ThedaCare, Cedars Sinai, City of Hope, Denver Health and St. Joseph's Health System. John is a Lean Master Black Belt. John is a VP for Simpler-Truven. For more on Simpler-Truven click here

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Tracy is an accomplished facilitator, coach, trainer and presenter with Integris Performance Advisors. She has interfaced and collaborated with all levels of an organization from CEOs to front line employees. She has trained over 1,300 people and has helped complete over 300 successful performance management projects with results that range between $50,000 and $8 million dollars in savings. Some of the companies Tracy has helped include: Callaway Golf, Charles Schwab, Yum! Brand Foods, Cisco Systems, Oracle, Motorola, Sears & Roebuck and DC Shoes. Tracy is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt with her initial certificate in Six Sigma from General Electric. Tracy is an instructor in Lean Certification program at SDSU and Lean Six Sigma at UCSD. You can see more about Tracy at her company'swebsite. Click here.