What we DO
Our team of continuous improvement professionals brings a wealth of problem-solving experience to help our clients scale to be more responsive to their customers’ needs. We work with all types of organizations and industries – from Fortune 500 companies to regional businesses in manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, education and government.
Our Commitment to CLIENTS
We value our working relationships with our clients. We are committed to providing the support and resources needed for effective and lasting change. Through this process, we are flexible, accountable and build a relationship based on mutual trust.
OUR VALUE PROPOSITION
By developing an engaged leadership team and culture of continuous improvement, our impacts are substantial.
5.6% - 40%
15% - 50%
13% - 65%
PEOPLE, FACILITIES & EQUIP.
$100K - $2.5M
The more engaged Optima is in the process, the greater the impact on positive results.
* Results based on 3rd party report.
MEET OUR PROFESSIONALS
Steven M. Hirt
Steven has a passion for guiding organizations on their continuous improvement (lean) journey. He is skilled at helping leaders link their behaviors and actions with business results. He provides customers with a strategic approach of planning, leading, measuring, monitoring and controlling the change and standardization of critical processes. The focus is on a systems approach to improving business results. Steve’s mission is to help organizations optimize change to create world-class performance.
Roger E. Wolfe
Roger is a 30-year manufacturing veteran. He has developed a keen skill for helping organizations assess, plan and implement lean management systems. He has extensive experience in rubber, wood, paper/film converting and metal manufacturing with 5 years spent in the design and manufacture of custom machinery that supports lean manufacturing. Roger has also led and participated in over 300 Kaizen events and led numerous 3P and Design for Manufacture events including Green Belt.
David B Lange has consulted with a wide variety of manufacturers throughout Wisconsin to improve productivity and bottom line results. Dave’s primary responsibility is to teach lean principles and to apply lean tools with employees at all levels and in all functions of the organization through a variety of methods. Dave’s role in the implementation of lean manufacturing techniques was that of coach and mentor, and emphasized the importance of connecting strategy to actionable operations improvements. He creates lasting change with his clients.
Christian is a passionate change agent focused on inspiring organizational excellence. His years of continuous improvement experience in multiple business sectors include; manufacturing, social media, government, justice, finance, IT, service, retail, NGO and non-profit. His approach is honest, understanding and exacting; the alignment of people, the discovery of opportunity and provision of resources to understand the voice of customer and needs of all people aligned toward service. When an organization has the opportunity to see and experience working with him, the ultimate result is an organization inspired, armed, confident and re-purposed to drive sustainable results with financial and cultural impact.
Laurie J. Stoveken
Laurie assists clients with the implementation of Lean business improvement strategies throughout their organization. With a strong background in project management and systems implementation, she has extensive experience leading company-wide initiatives in a variety of industries, especially government, manufacturing and distribution. She collaborates with clients to help them uncover the keys to successfully creating a culture of ongoing process improvement. Under her guidance, clients’ Lean Enterprise implementations are successful and rewarding.
Chris Schermer is a young professional that is starting to make his mark in the world of consulting. Chris has experience in documentation, creation and utilization of standard work documents and tools. He has participated in assessments of manufacturing organizations in Wisconsin. Chris has also participated in and led 5S teams within the food service industry for over seven (7) years.
Richard A. Cole
Richard’s focus is the relentless maximization of value for shareholders, customers and employees through integrated operations and supplier performance. His background and experience in operations and manufacturing ranges from the shop floor to the executive level. Past positions included: production supervisor, unit manager, plant manager, director of operations, vice president of operations support, vice president of operations, and president and chief operating officer. He has worked with small privately held companies, medium-sized companies, and large global corporations.
Sam is the Director of the AME Consortia for Business Excellence for the Northern Kentucky and the Cincinnati/Dayton areas. “The mission of the Consortia shall be to promote Lean, Six Sigma, Manufacturing Skills Standards and other Continuous Improvement methodologies. This shall be accomplished through practitioner to practitioner learning: networking, knowledge sharing and Consortia sponsored training opportunities.” He works with companies to implement Lean manufacturing within their facility and helps create awareness and a culture of Lean philosophy through simulations.
Edward B. Miller
Edward B Miller is the President of Strategy Development Services, LLC, a consulting company he founded to help companies along their Lean transformation by developing corporate and go-to-market strategies based on Lean Business Principles as well as deploying them (using Hoshin Kanri) through the entire enterprise and to the customer. Ed is a senior level executive who is experienced with developing, leading, and executing successful business strategies including enterprise-wide lean transformations. Ed has over 36 years of industry experience as an executive in marketing, sales, and engineering with the practical know-how of applying Lean principles to win in the marketplace. Ed has co-authored several articles and case studies on Lean strategies in marketing and sales.
Mike Fabich is the founder and Managing Partner of Foxwood Associates. He is an experienced leader, executive coach, Certified Behavioral Analyst, facilitator of meaningful organizational change, teacher, business owner, husband and father. Mike brings more than thirty years of business leadership experience to each advisory engagement. He has held senior leadership positions in small, family-owned businesses as well as multinational, publicly traded companies. He is a member of the Turnaround Management Association, an international network of professionals dedicated to business renewal; and the Institute of Coaching Professional Association (ICPA), an association of professionals dedicated to enhancing the integrity and credibility of the field of executive coaching.
Steve is a passionate award-winning marketing, communications and journalism professional providing innovative written and visual content. By integrating decades of marketing, photography, video, writing and editing experiences he offers a total creative package including, brand development, management of multi-disciplinary marketing campaigns, writing/editing, event planning/management, social media and website development, photography and video production. As a filmmaker, Steve produced the award-winning documentary, Jerabek, which premiered at the Tribeca Films Festival in NYC. As a photojournalist, Steve has worked for magazines, newspapers and wire services worldwide covering events from Olympic games to presidential campaigns. As a marketing professional Steve was instrumental in the rebranding efforts of Optima, Humana, the Greater Green Bay Chamber and more.
Prior to joining Optima, Bob Poggi’s experiences came from managing sales and operations in distribution centers throughout the Midwest. His industry experience includes electronics, furniture, plumbing, electrical and electric motors along with service centers to support the dealer structure in six states.
Brian Gallagher is vice-president of sales for Selling to Zebras, Brian manages worldwide sales. Brian has more than thirty years of experience in executive sales management and sales consulting. He has developed large sales organizations within companies such as ADP, Contel, SSA, BAAN Supply Chain and Matrix-One. Under his leadership, these organizations achieved record sales leading to very successful IPO’s.