Exceeda employs a team of professional Lean, Business Process and Six Sigma consultants with broad industry and area expertise. With knowledge covering all functional areas from shop floor to senior management, our team is uniquely aligned with a focus of bringing your company on a successful transformational journey.
Tom has over 25 years of lean operations experience with wide-ranging experience across all levels of operational responsibility in the United States, Europe and Central America. Tom began his lean journey as an Operations Manager at an international electrical component manufacturer leading a turnaround of the business using lean tools and techniques in the United States and Central America. He furthered his lean acumen with Alcoa while leading one of their medical packaging facilities and working on lean implementations throughout the United States; and as Vice President of Operations with an international packaging company driving improvement through the use of lean.
As a principal at Exceeda, Tom has continued to share his knowledge and implement Lean at various companies in the manufacturing, wholesale, distribution, healthcare, government and service industries. Tom holds a degree in Business Management, Electrical Engineering Technology and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.
Carlos is a Toyota trained production engineer and Lean Sensei with over 20 years of lean experience. He became an expert in lean after several years of intense personal coaching and working directly with Toyota sensei’s in Toyota Motors Kamigo (Japan) and Toyota Motors SBC Brazil where he worked for many years.
Carlos is experienced in implementing major change initiatives with a proven track record in widely diverse environments. He has international experience leading hundreds of Kaizen events and directing organization wide Lean deployments. Carlos is highly skilled and knowledgeable in all lean tools and techniques and especially enjoys working with clients on Muda (waste) Reduction, Kaizen, Visual Workplace, 5S+1, Kanban implementations and problem solving in the workplace. He has several specialized courses from Japanese and American institutions and speaks fluent Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and English.
Jeff is a human resource executive that has directed the human resources function as a strategic partner in five world class global companies. He has held the position of Vice-President Human Resources with several publically held Fortune 100 companies including Alcoa and Alumax as well as having been VP or CHRO position with several private equity owned companies. Most recently Jeff was Chief Human Resources Officer for D&W Fine Pack LLC, a privately held rigid food packaging company with operations around the globe. He has leveraged employee engagement and talent management strategies to significantly improve business performance.
Prior to his last two assignments, Jeff spent 22 years with Alcoa and predecessor companies. While there, Jeff was extensively mentored in lean methodology as an internal consultant for Alcoa’s Lean Consulting Group. He has years of experience deploying lean manufacturing methodology throughout various Alcoa business units and has successfully done so leading the turn-around of a $60 million aluminum business. Jeff enjoys managing the cultural shift that is critical to success in lean deployments. He is highly skilled in change management, organizational design, dispute resolutions, employee relations, training and leadership and standardized work. Jeff holds a BA degree as well as a MS HRD from Villanova, graduating Summa Cum Laude.
Don is a seasoned professional who has created stakeholder value through continuous process improvement strategies in multiple industries in both the private and public sectors. His qualifications include over 30 years of experience as an executive in Process, Manufacturing and Quality Engineering and in management consulting as an Engagement Director.
Don has an extensive background in the design and deployment of enterprise wide Lean Transformations and Lean Six Sigma process improvement programs in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing industries. As a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, he has personally provided training and coaching to more than 1000 Lean Six Sigma green belts and black belts in both the public and private sectors. His private sector clients include Rolls Royce, Alstom Power, General Motors, Pratt & Whitney, Carrier Corp., Black & Decker, Titleist & Foot-Joy, and Pella Windows & Doors. Public Sector clients include the Department of Homeland Security, DoD CIO, NAVAIR, US Army ASA(ALT), US Army Reserve Command, US Army Joint Munitions Command, and the US Postal Service.
Don is a veteran of the US Navy and holds a BS in Industrial Engineering and an MBA in Management Science from the University of Rhode Island.
Diane is a Lean Management and Information Technology professional with over 25 years of experience in the field. She has held the positions of Network Administrator, Systems Analyst, Project Manager and most recently as CIO of a $1 Billion corporation.
Diane has lead and supported Lean, process improvement and technology project implementations at companies in diverse industries. These projects have focused on matching the best technology solutions to the needs of the business, ultimately supporting the overall strategy of the company. Diane’s strength lies in her ability to blend lean methodology to application technology by defining and streamlining workflow that leads to improved bottom-line results. She believes in implementing systems that remove waste from the process and improve value from the customer perspective; not technology for technology’s sake.
Diane holds a Bachelors Degree in Management Information Systems, is a certified Project Management Professional, certified business analyst and Six-Sigma Green Belt.
Jim has over 16 years of experience in the Information Technology industry. Most recently during his tenure with CGI, he served as a Senior Business Analyst and Project Manager.
Across multiple vertical markets (Finance, Utility, Insurance, State and Federal Government), Jim has worked with a variety of large corporations throughout the United States and Canada. He has lead project teams dispersed on a global level and has delivered many successful project implementations. Jim has managed and executed business analysis tasks during all phases of the systems development life cycle – working in tandem with his clients to deliver value added services. He believes in leveraging industry best practices and promoting a thorough communication plan to help ensure engagements are delivered on time and according to budget.
Jim holds a B.A. from Hamilton College and is a member of International Institute of Business Analysis.
Michelle is a highly accomplished and experienced Operations Executive with over 20+ years of driving operational efficiency, increased performance, employee engagement and increased client satisfaction. A mentor, motivator, and hands-on leader with proven abilities in instilling a culture of performance based on the 3 organizational pillars: People, Process & Technology.
Michelle is a certified Project Management Professional, Lean Bronze certified and co-founder of the New England Continuous Improvement Collaborative.