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SME-Published “Lean Epiphanies” Recognized with Shingo Institute Award

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(DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 8, 2015) – Author and manufacturing improvement expert Gary Conner has been recognized with the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award for his book, “Lean Epiphanies: Catapult the Cow and Other Inspirational Continuous Improvement Stories.” Published by SME, “Lean Epiphanies” is available at

In “Lean Epiphanies,” Gary Conner relates inspirational stories of his 20 years of experience conducting hundreds of continuous improvement initiatives. The book offers transformative insights and encouragement in refreshing, conversational short stories.  Both students and experienced practitioners of lean manufacturing techniques can learn through Conner’s compelling insights into human nature, company culture, leadership, and the steps to business success amidst the ever-changing dynamics of a new world economy.

SME, a nationally recognized leader in learning and development, has published other Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award-winning titles, including a previous work by Gary Conner, “Lean Manufacturing for the Small Shop.”

“SME is committed to advancing the manufacturing industry through sharing best practices and leading learning and development resources with members, enterprises, and practitioners,” said Jeannine Kunz, SME director of Tooling U-SME. “This book creatively documents and shares with readers an industry expert’s years of valuable experience. We’re proud to have published this work.”

A group of accomplished professionals and trained examiners from the Shingo Institute, part of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, thoroughly review submitted publications and select recipients based on a rigorous set of standards.  “Receipt of the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award signifies an author's significant contribution to advancing the body of knowledge regarding enterprise excellence,” said Ken Snyder, executive director of the Shingo Institute.

Conner will receive the award during the Awards Gala of the 28th International Shingo Conference in Washington D.C. in April, 2016. The conference is a five-day event featuring a selection of workshops, plant tours, keynote speakers and breakout sessions designed to provide ongoing knowledge, insights and experience for organizations in pursuit of operational excellence.


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About the Shingo Institute

Housed at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, the Shingo Institute is named after Japanese industrial engineer Shigeo Shingo. Shingo distinguished himself as one of the world’s thought leaders in concepts, management systems and improvement techniques that have become known as the Toyota Business System. Drawing from Shingo’s teachings and years of experience working with organizations throughout the world, the Shingo Institute has developed the Shingo Model™ which is the basis for several educational offerings including workshops, study tours, conferences and the Shingo MBA. It also awards and recognizes organizations that demonstrate an exceptional culture that continually strives for improvement and progress. Those interested in more information or in registering to attend the 28th International Shingo Conference may visit




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