Continuous Improvement Alliance members Kwik Trip, Miller Electric, and Andis Corporation will lead our Virtual CI Roundtable focused on setting your CI strategy, getting stakeholder buy-in, resources, and measuring success. The panelists will also share what initiatives they focused on in 2021, what worked well, and what they’ll do differently in 2022.
Join us, and bring your own success stories, failure stories, and questions, for an open and honest continuous improvement discussion.
Meet your panelists:
Colin Pugh joined Kwik Trip Production Operations in October 2019 as the Process Improvement Manager. He is responsible for leading Lean transformation across the Dairy, Bread & Bun, Kitchens and Bakery plants through training and implementation of continuous improvement tools, techniques, and philosophies to bring about meaningful, tangible positive change.
Prior to joining Kwik Trip, Colin held several positions over 14 years with Irish Food and Beverage company Kerry Inc., ranging from Continuous Improvement Manager to Division Director of Operations. Colin, a British native has worked in the UK, Ireland, and several Midwest states.
Ryan Scherer is the Director of Operations at Miller Electric and works in the Power Systems Division, a division of Miller/ITW. The Appleton native has a degree in Engineering Technology with a concentration in Operations Management from UW-Stout. Ryan started his career in Mitchell, South Dakota at consumer packaging company Graphic Packaging. Since then, he earned his MBA from Concordia University and worked for Mercury Marine and Appvion (Appleton Papers).
Throughout his career, Ryan has held various roles including: Six Sigma Black Belt, Production Supervisor, Operations Excellence Leader, Director of Continuous Improvement, Manufacturing Area Manager, and Operations Manager. He also had the opportunity to implement the Toyota Production System (TPS) while being coached and mentored by the Toyota System Support Center (TSSC, Inc).
Outside of work, Ryan is the Board President of Appleton Technical Academy (ATECH) at Appleton West High School, a youth hockey and football coach, co-chair for Miller – United Way, and enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
Chris Stanton is the Director of Lean for Andis Corporation. He joined Andis in 2017 as a manufacturing manager with more than 25 years of manufacturing and process leadership experience. His professional experience has been with both industrial and consumer product companies where he has transformed organizations, implemented Lean methodologies/processes, and coached his teams to think differently.
He has held positions starting with Project Manufacturing Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer Manager, Sr. Manufacturing Manager, Director of Operations and worked for companies such as Binks Manufacturing, Valspar, and Weber-Stephen. Chris earned his BS Degree in Technical Education and MS Degree in Industrial Technology from Eastern Illinois University.