TBM Blog Authors

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.

Michael Hatto
Client Manager
A operations leader with more than two decades of experience introducing LeanSigma® principles to aerospace, chemical, food service, and consumer industries worldwide. Mike also has experience implementing lean in warehousing and distribution systems. Clients benefit from his wealth of operations experience and lean expertise in productivity, 2P/3P, routing standardization, cell development and layout, setup reduction, heijunka (production smoothing), and kanban, total productive maintenance (TPM), policy deployment, and strategy development. He has extensive background in kaizen team development and training. His experience with the Toyota Production System stems from working directly with Shingijutsu for nearly a dozen years, both while employed at Pratt & Whitney and subsequently while working at Eastman Kodak.

David Hicks
Vice President – TBM Leadership Solutions, LLC
A lean leader and long-time quality professional, Dave Hicks offers a unique approach to quality and productivity improvements through implementation of lean methods. Before joining TBM, Dave served Teleflex Incorporated as corporate quality director, global director of quality and continuous improvement, and manager of quality and reliability. At Teleflex, he used his expertise to implement lean in many industries – automotive, aerospace, medical devices, industrial and marine. Since joining TBM, Dave has become a trusted advisor to several large, global clients where he is focused on improving profitability, supporting growth initiatives, driving quality, lead time and productivity, and reducing inventories. He also leads TBM’s affiliate, TBM Leadership Solutions, LLC, which provides interim operations and supply chain resources.

Gary Hoover
Vice President – Business Development
Gary has over 25 years of experience as a global leader. Prior to rejoining TBM in 2016, Gary was Vice President of Operations at ESAB (a Colfax company). ESAB is a global leader of welding equipment and consumables with over $2B in annual revenue. In his role, Gary led operations for the $1B business throughout North and South America. His responsibilities included 12 manufacturing sites, 19 distribution centers, and 2,400 employees throughout 8 countries. He was also President and Chair of the Board of Directors for ESAB’s Conarco business in Argentina. Prior to joining ESAB, Gary was a partner at TBM and worked with the firm for a decade. He last led TBM’s European and India practice. Before his overseas assignment, Gary was Managing Director of Business Development for North America. His previous experience includes roles at Intel and as an officer in the U.S. Army.

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.

Jeff Leake
Managing Director, Global Supply Chain Practice
Jeff Leake is a global supply chain professional with over 25 years’ experience in industrial manufacturing, consumer products and automotive industries. His areas of expertise include: planning and scheduling, logistics, inventory management, demand planning, materials management, warehousing and distribution, sourcing, lean manufacturing and team building. Additionally, Jeff is well-versed in customer service and plant management with experience in multiple manufacturing environments including: make-to-stock, configure-to-order and engineer-to-order. In his role at TBM, Jeff works with clients and practice leaders to improve performance and accelerate value creation by creating more nimble, efficient, and competitive global supply chains

John Lewis
Client Manager
John Lewis is a senior executive with over twenty-five years of experience bringing innovative solutions to unstructured problems. Throughout his career, John has provided superior leadership, team building project management and excellent communications. He has a proven track record in maximizing profit through cost reduction and streamlining operations with deep experience in turn around and startup leadership roles. He spent the first half of his career at AlliedSignal taking on progressively responsible roles in engineering, cell design, cell management, and remanufacturing. Most recently, John served as the CEO of Lewis Aerospace, an established provider of manufacturing, repair and overhaul to clients like Honeywell and Boeing.

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.

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.

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.

Keith Yeater
Vice President
Prior to joining TBM, Keith served as Vice President of Operations for STAHL/Scott Fetzer Company where he implemented lean manufacturing processes and built the foundation for a sustainable lean culture. He also served as Director of Operations for Ashland Operations, a Pentair Company. At TBM, Keith works with senior executives at client companies helping them to successfully execute their strategic objectives through the use of Strategy Deployment (Hoshin Kanri) and ensures that their continuous improvement initiatives are clearly aligned to strategic initiatives and key performance measures.