TBM Blog Authors

Andy Andrews
Senior Management Consultant
Andy Andrews is a Senior Management Consultant and supply chain expert for TBM Consulting Group with over 20 years of management and operations experience across the value chain. Andy has a proven track record for helping clients transform their supply chains, logistics, transportation, distribution and warehousing using lean principles and methodologies. He has extensive expertise in logistics and transportation operations design and implementation.

Ashwin Badve
Senior Management Consultant
As an accomplished lean quality systems leader and ASQ-certified six sigma black belt, Ashwin Badve brings to TBM his extensive experience with policy deployment, new product development, value stream mapping, transactional/ business process improvement, and six sigma/ variation reduction kaizen.

Doug Bonner
Senior Management Consultant
A LeanSigma Master Black Belt and holder of two advanced degrees, Doug Bonner is a recognized expert in quality initiatives and in the integration of lean and Six Sigma. Doug has unique skills in key business areas such as flow improvement, quality improvement, material supply and replenishment, and
value chain mapping.

Brian Cromer
Senior Management Consultant
An experienced business professional and consultant facilitating lean transformations, Brian Cromer brings comprehensive knowledge of general management, lean business systems, and cost accounting. His strengths include business process, Policy Deployment, change management, inventory control, value stream mapping, cost analysis, Kanban, standard work, and 5S. His qualifications include Danaher Business System knowledge, lean manufacturing, JIT, cellular manufacturing, cost analysis, constraint management, inventory control, work flow analysis, financial forecasting, and financial reporting. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt and has received training from Shingijutsu.

Nero Haralalka
Senior Management Consultant
A LeanSigma master black belt with a background in Product Development and statistical problem solving, Nero Haralalka came to TBM with 15 years of experience in manufacturing management. Prior to joining TBM in 2000, Nero was a manager in charge of product / process development and quality at Freudenberg NOK, where he was also responsible for coordinating projects globally. Nero was senior manager of product and process development in the engineering and technical departments of Aeroquip Elastomers. He also has an AAMI Certification in the FDA CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) Quality Systems Requirements and Industry Practice.

Richard Herget
Senior Management Consultant
A lean leader and former plant manager, Rich Herget came to TBM in 2004 with nearly three decades experience in manufacturing. He brings to TBM expertise in Design for LeanSigma, specifically in the areas of plant layout, work cell design, and production preparation (2P).
Rich began his lean education in the mid 1990s working with TBM, and has studied lean principles in Japan. He is especially sought after for his skills in leading 5S implementation and shop floor kaizen events, as well as mentoring and coaching KPO personnel.

Ken Koenemann
Vice President, Business Development and Marketing
A lean leader with more than 20 years of experience with lean and Six Sigma implementation across the value chain on both the shop floor and in business processes, Ken Koenemann brings to TBM expertise in teaching and coaching lean and value-chain concepts and using those concepts in sourcing, manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, and planning and scheduling processes.

Beth Morrison
Senior Management Consultant
A LeanSigma master black belt with 24 years experience in aerospace and nuclear-submarine manufacturing, Beth Morrison comes to TBM with an extensive background in training and mentoring. Beth has been a leader in nearly every aspect of the value chain, from business analysis to sales, from research and development to fabrication. She has applied the tools of continuous improvement in each of these areas, leading initiatives in manufacturing and business processes, and has mentored Six Sigma green belts and black belts through hundreds of projects.

David Pate
Managing Director,
North American Business Development
A skilled business leader with experience in both process and discrete manufacturing, David Pate is recognized for his ability to deliver results and for his expertise driving lean transformations, facilitating culture change and developing lean leaders.David’s experience with lean leadership began in the 1990’s when his company worked with Toyota to implement the Toyota Production System. His career includes progressive levels of responsibility in operations at Collins & Aikman automotive where he served in multiple positions including director of lean manufacturing, director of planning and plant manager. In his role as director of lean manufacturing, David led lean transformations for four large factories and implemented a program for lean supplier development. As plant manager, he utilized lean to drive and sustain significant reductions in defects and increased productivity.

Gary Rascoe
Senior Trainer and Design Specialist
A LeanSigma black belt with extensive experience in both Operations and business processes, Gary Rascoe came to TBM in 1995. Gary is especially sought after for his expertise in integrating business processes with lean operations and has led successful kaizen events and company-wide lean implementations for more than a decade. Gary joined the TBM Institute team in 2007 and has focused on helping organizations sustain results.

Bill Remy
President and CEO
A senior executive with over twenty-five years of leadership experience in business management and manufacturing operations. Bill returned to TBM in the summer of 2011 after working at Invensys as Vice President, Continuous Improvement. Prior to Invensys, Bill led the initiative to develop and launch TBM’s lean supply chain practice. He currently serves as Executive Vice President of International Operations with responsibility for developing and growing TBM’s business outside of North America. He helps North American companies expand and build strong operations abroad and works with privately-held and state-owned industry in China, Southeast Asia and India.

Melissa Slater
Interactive Marketing Specialist 
A keen observer of lean methodologies and culture, and regularly reports on success stories from companies around the world. Based in Durham, she has worked with TBM for over 10 years. In her position as Interactive Marketing Specialist, she helps to increase qualified traffic volume to www.tbmcg.com through SEO, paid search, interactive promotions and social media. Melissa helps nurture leads and clients using relevant thought leadership to assist them in their Operational Excellence journey.

Alistair Stewart
Director of Business Development
With a proven history of creating superior competitive advantage for C-suite executives seeking to maximize enterprise value in manufacturing, distribution, and service sectors. In the last decade, senior executives at almost 300 clients, from large publicly traded companies to medium-sized and small privately held firms, have independently verified realizing >2000% immediate ROI on their investments in his operational excellence, growth and innovation solutions.For over twenty-five years, Alistair’s consulting clients and business experience have included organizations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.An alumnus of Plymouth (U.K.) and Northwestern Universities, Alistair holds professional certifications in innovation, growth and continuous improvement disciplines; he is a contributing author to two editions of the EPA’s Lean and Environment toolkit. He has served on several Advisory Boards in the healthcare and IT sectors, and is currently an advisor to a socially responsible farm-to-fork food business. Alistair is also very active on the Boards of Directors of two chapters of Trout Unlimited.

Harold Tessman
Senior Management Consultant
A lean coach and certified Six Sigma black belt with more than 20 years experience leading continuous improvement in process manufacturing and supply chain operations, Harold Tessman has been instrumental in helping his clients achieve excellence across multiple business functions. Harold also has significant experience in turnarounds, mergers and acquisitions, and consolidations. Harold’s lean training began with the Yamazaki Group where he was responsible for leading the business transformation of a U.S. acquisition.

Steve Weise
Client Manager
He has over 25 years of senior management experience in the Food and Beverage Industry with the ability to build and develop teams that deliver superior results. He has worked in an executive level position for food companies with annual revenue ranging from $60 million to $36 billion. He comes to TBM with supply chain expertise in food and beverage, consumer products, wholesale and retail sectors. Steve has held P&L responsibility in both the food business and in the supply chain services business and has provided leadership to attain above-average growth in both manufacturing and service environments.

Ken Van Winkle
Senior Management Consultant
A student and teacher of lean principles for more than a decade, Ken Van Winkle is recognized for his expertise in supply chain management and using, implementing, and teaching MRP and ERP systems. Ken brings to TBM a passion for lean and strong communication and organizational skills. He has in-depth experience with setting up and continuous use of performance metrics (QCDS) boards, set-up reduction, and total productive maintenance (TPM). Ken has CPIM certification from APICS and is experienced with Six Sigma methodologies.

Michael Serena, Ed. D.
Vice President – Medical Products, Pharmaceutical and Industrial
He has been with TBM for nearly 20 years and has held positions of director of consulting and managing director of UK and France operations as well as heading up international TBM LeanSigma Institute operations. A partner with TBM since 2002 and an educational psychologist, Mike is recognized for his expertise regarding site and corporate cultural transition, management development, and new product/process launches. He has lived and worked in the U.S., Europe, India and Japan.