HOW WE SOLVE PROBLEMS to ENABLE GROWTH
We work with you to analyze your current situation and determine the root issues that could impede growth. Through our process, we help identify and understand the real issues.
We are an objective third party and experts in what we do. We bring people together to address the problem and with a real, implementable solution.
We’ve applied our process and knowledge to different types of organizations, industries and manufacturing models. Each situation is unique. We design the solution according to your objectives, future goals and budget. Measurable benchmarks are set and the implementation plan and timeline is made according to your needs.
Ultimately, we transfer knowledge to leadership and employees with the goal of creating a culture and management system that can manage continuous improvement processes on its own.
Meet Our Professionals
Steve 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 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.
Dave 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 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 is one of Optima’s youngest professionals making his mark in the world of continuous improvement consulting. He has worked with companies implementing lean initiatives in various industries such as retail, healthcare, service and manufacturing. Focusing on the tenet of Respect for People, Chris plays a key role with Optima’s Continuous Improvement Alliance; connecting people and companies with a desire to improve everybody every day.
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.
Tom has more than 30 years of experience in continuous improvement, project management, new product development, and training. He is leading Optima’s continuous improvement alliance in Southern Wisconsin facilitating member tours, best practice sharing, and education. Tom is a master facilitator striving to solve problems through balanced participation of cross-functional teams. He has led successful continuous improvement programs in multiple industries including life sciences, drug development, insurance, personal care research & development, and public utility.
“This is a great program and I would recommend it fully to anyone who is serious about implementing Lean in their organization, all I need to do is make a call to Optima, and they have an answer for me.”
“Beyond their technical expertise, your team brings a passion for what they do that carries over to our improvement teams. Optima has had, and will continue to have, a significant role in strengthening our continuous improvement efforts.”
“The Optima approach is a more “hand-on” approach. Their team works directly with our people from the production floor all the way to top management. They are comfortable in all environments and have been successful in gaining credibility with the employees.”
“Our engagements with Optima have paid off ten-fold in our business and they have played a key role in helping move our culture to one of continuous improvement.”