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Certification Oversight & Appeals Committee


Each certification program has an oversight body comprised of no fewer than five practitioners and subject matter experts from industry and academia. The committee evaluates certification exam performance on a yearly basis making sure that each item is performing accurately. They are responsible for responding to all requests for certification appeals. The oversight body also ensures that candidates are offered proper tools they need while preparing for the examinations, and makes recommendations for the development of said tools.

Chair
Jeff Fuchs Jeff Fuchs, LBC
President, Neovista Consulting LLC
Director, The Maryland World Class Consortia


Jeff Fuchs is president of Neovista Consulting LLC, a consultancy based in Baltimore, Maryland specializing in lean implementation, leadership development, and cultural transformation. Since 1997, Fuchs has worked with companies in a range of industries, including aerospace, textiles, pharmaceuticals and biotech, energy, consumer products and others. Prior to his consulting career, Fuchs held engineering, quality and production leadership roles in the aerospace and automotive fields. He has been a part of the development and rollout of the Lean Certification standard since its early inception in 2006. Since 2008, Fuchs has served as director of The Maryland World Class Consortia, a collaboration of 49 member companies sharing a common interest in using lean techniques to strengthen the economy and deliver business results. He is the representative of The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence in the state of Maryland and has been a lead examiner for The Shingo Institute since 2007. Fuchs received his B.S. in aerospace engineering from West Point.

 

Certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT) and Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE) Committee

Chair
Ted L. Driggs Ted L. Driggs, CMfgE
Okuma America Corporation


Ted Driggs has been in manufacturing for 38 years. From actual production machine operation, tool engineering, and programming at the start of his career, to advanced manufacturing concepts, application engineering, and sales experience in the machine tool and cutting tool industries, he has a well-rounded background. Couple this with an education from Columbus State Community College and The Ohio State University, a merging of both the theoretical and practical application worlds is complete. He holds a mechanical engineering degree. Driggs is program management principal engineer for the Okuma America Corporation, where he manages all aspects of multi-million dollar manufacturing programs within any of the prominent industrial sectors such as aerospace/defense, automotive, fluid power, construction/agriculture, finally focusing currently in the advanced medical manufacturing area. He is certified through SME as a Certified Manufacturing Engineer.

Co-Chair
Charles Gates, Jr. Charles Gates, Jr., CMfgE, CQE, CMQ, CPIM, CSCP
Retired, Caterpillar


Charles Gates has 40 years of work experience with Caterpillar Inc. as a division manager, which included global managerial responsibilities for product design, manufacturing engineering, quality engineering, six sigma, lean, factory operations, training, and management development. He has 27 years of teaching experience as an adjunct professor teaching a wide variety of technical and professional courses at the graduate level. Gates is an active board member for SME Chapter 5 in Chicago, the ASQ Fox Valley Section 1208, and the APICS Fox River Chapter 207. He has been an active SME member for over 37 years.

Gates holds a Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE), Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), Certified Manager of Quality (CMQ), Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), and Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP). He received the Olivet Nazarene University Excellence in Teaching Award and APICS Master Instructor. Gates holds a PhD in business administration, M.S. in industrial technology from Purdue University, a B.S. in management from the University of Illinois, an associate degree in applied science from Illinois Central College, and a four-year machinist apprentice graduate at Caterpillar Inc.

Members
Thomas M. Binder Thomas Binder, CMfgE, CMfgT
The Boeing Company


Tom Binder is a manufacturing engineer for the Boeing Commercial Airplane Company in Renton, Washington. He is currently assigned to the product development team for the 737 MAX, focusing on build integration of the redesigned jetliner. Binder started his career in the commercial airplane division in 1984 and has worked on 727, 737, 757, and military versions of the 707, 737, and 757 aircraft. Recently, he was a hardware manager for the Boeing Defense and Space group working on the P-8A, a derivative of the commercial 737, for the United States Navy. He was responsible for manufacturability, supplier coordination, and scheduling of military hardware installed in the forward fuselage.

Binder is a United States patent holder for Boeing's "Sky Interior" for the 737. He was recently honored with a 2012 Boeing Special Invention Award for that patent. Binder is certified through SME as a Certified Manufacturing Engineer and Certified Manufacturing Technologist. He is a member of the Boeing SME steering team and is a Certified Master Automotive Technician – National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Binder received his B.S. in mechanical engineering technology from Purdue University and holds an associate certificate in project management from George Washington University.

 

Eric Dean Eric Dean, CMfgE
Mazak Corporation


Eric Dean is an account manager for the Mazak Corporation serving the San Diego area to assist local manufacturers in improving their manufacturing cycle efficiencies, production costs and much more by providing innovative solutions for their manufacturing operations. Prior to joining Mazak, he worked at Solar Turbines, Inc. starting as a manufacturing engineer with process responsibility for compressor and exhaust housings and progressed in different roles as a Six Sigma Black Belt, technical group lead and as a value stream manager in large component manufacturing and tooling operations. During his career at Solar Turbines, he led machine tool acquisition projects, implemented safety and quality initiatives, and employee development opportunities. Dean has obtained certifications in internal auditing from Det Norske Veritas and is certified through SME as a Certified Manufacturing Engineer. He is also involved in his local SME chapter 44 as the membership chair. He received his B.S. in manufacturing engineering from California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo.

 

Patrick Ferro Patrick Ferro, PhD, CMfgE, PE
Gonzaga University


Patrick Ferro is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Gonzaga University and has twelve years of process engineering experience in the investment casting, silicon wafer, and alternative energy technology industries. He has five years of experience as an engineering educator, providing instruction on materials and manufacturing. Ferro has research interests in hydrogen storage and hydrogen embrittlement. He has also been a materials consultant since 2000. He received his B.S. in materials science and engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. At Oregon Graduate Center in Beaverton, Oregon, he received his M.S. in materials science and engineering and he received his PhD in metallurgical and materials engineering at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. Ferro has also achieved his professional engineer (PE) license in Michigan and Ohio and is certified through SME as a Certified Manufacturing Engineer.

 

 Rick Kortekaas Rick Kortekaas, CMfgT
Parker Hannifin


Rick Kortekaas is a supplier development engineer at Parker Hannifin. His key experience is driving CI efforts at suppliers for cost improvement, lean implementation, QMS implementation, DFM/DFA projects to improve total cost, and COPQ, project management of capital projects, and facilities layout to convert to CFM. Kortekaas has a background working in electronics, plastics, and fabricated metals and has developed a process for new process introductions.

He received his A.A.S. in business administration from Itasca Community College and a B.S. in industrial technology with a minor in manufacturing management. Kortekaas is certified as a Certified Manufacturing Technologist, certified in quick response manufacturing, and Certified Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) through APICS. He is currently working on his Greenbelt Certification.

 

Steve Piotrowski Steve Piotrowski, CMfgT, CMfgE
Pentair Technical Products


Steve Piotrowski has been actively involved with manufacturing for over 20 years and is currently an OEM process engineer with responsibilities ranging from concept through completion. Prior to joining Pentair, he was responsible for supporting the medium to large weldments team while working with BAE Systems – a solutions provider for our military and service members. As a manufacturing engineer, his roles have ranged from facility layouts, floor space reductions, facility relocations, international product line start-ups, product testing, field service, and new product development. Piotrowski has been a member of SME since 2001, has a B.S. in industrial technology with a concentration in manufacturing engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and is certified through SME as a Certified Manufacturing Technologist and Certified Manufacturing Engineer. He also holds certifications from the American Welding Society as a Certified Weld Inspector (CWI).

 

Lean Certification Committee

The Lean Certification Oversight and Appeals Committee is made up of industry leaders whose diverse backgrounds represent years of lean experience. The leaders of the SME, AME, and the Shingo Institute work closely together to appoint lean practitioners. The Lean Certification and Oversight Appeals Committee plays a critical role in administering the SME-AME-Shingo Institute Lean Certification program.

Chair
Anthony Manos Anthony Manos
Profero Inc.


Anthony Manos is a catalyst with Profero Inc. where he provides professional consulting services, implementation, coaching and training to a wide variety of organizations, large and small, private and public, in many industries focusing on lean enterprise and lean healthcare. Manos has extensive knowledge of lean and quality in a wide range of work environments. He is trained and certified by the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute for Standards and Technology in all elements of lean manufacturing. Relying on his diverse knowledge of business, manufacturing techniques, and applications, Manos has assisted numerous clients in implementation of lean enterprise and lean healthcare. Over the past 10 years, he has helped more than 150 companies in several aspects of lean implementation, including team building, standardized work, 5S workplace organization and visual workplace, quick changeover, plant layout, cellular, kanban, total productive maintenance, kaizen events, and Hoshin planning. He is an internationally recognized speaker and expert on lean, and presents at several conferences every year. As a member of the American Society for Quality's faculty, he teaches a two-day course in lean enterprise and a one-day course on kaizen. Manos is the past chair of ASQ's Lean Enterprise Division. He has been an SME member since 1997 and is a member of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence. Manos is the co-author of the book Lean Kaizen: A Simplified Approach to Process Improvement and the author of many articles on lean and its allied subjects. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Co-Chair
Jeff Lytle Jeff Lytle, LGC
Senior Lean Leader
Swagelok Company


Jeff Lytle is a senior lean leader at Swagelok Company, which designs, manufactures, and delivers an expanding range of the highest quality fluid system products and solutions. As a member of Swagelok’s corporate continuous improvement group, he is responsible for partnering across the organization to drive rapid deployment of continuous improvement tools and methodologies, along with the rapid development of associates in a variety of continuous improvement disciplines. Throughout his nearly 20-year career in manufacturing Lytle has received Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Black Belt, and Master Black Belt certifications as well as a Fundamentals of Management certificate from Case Weatherhead School of Management. He is also a certified Crucial Conversations trainer. He received his bachelor's degree in organizational management from Malone University.

Members
Richard Evans Richard Evans, LBC
President
JR Lean Inc


Richard Evans has spent the past 40 years helping companies become more effective in delivering quality and value to the production process, while focusing on customer success. Having a manufacturing engineering background, Evans teaches companies how to recognize waste through applied lean tools and techniques. His extended knowledge of various industries, such as automotive, aerospace, railroad, packaging, and fasteners, enable him to quickly focus in on opportunities for improvement. As an approved Lean Bronze Certification review course trainer for SME, Evans is able to coach teams to increase value-added content to a maximum. He has held various positions in industry from manufacturing engineering director-to-director, lean enterprise.

Evans has assisted companies in developing lean transformations and has facilitated more than 50 kaizen events. He is a director of the Canadian Board of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence and was past program chair for the 2007 and 2009 AME Regional Lean Conferences. He was also past tour chair for the 2008 AME National Lean Conference and program chair for the 2010 AME National Lean Conference. Future roles include program chair 2013 AME National Lean Conference as well as the 2011 AME Regional Lean Conference.

 

Jeff Fuchs Jeff Fuchs, LBC
President, Neovista Consulting LLC
Director, The Maryland World Class Consortia


Jeff Fuchs is president of Neovista Consulting LLC, a consultancy based in Baltimore, Maryland specializing in lean implementation, leadership development, and cultural transformation. Since 1997, Fuchs has worked with companies in a range of industries, including aerospace, textiles, pharmaceuticals and biotech, energy, consumer products and others. Prior to his consulting career, Fuchs held engineering, quality and production leadership roles in the aerospace and automotive fields. He has been a part of the development and rollout of the Lean Certification standard since its early inception in 2006. Since 2008, Fuchs has served as director of The Maryland World Class Consortia, a collaboration of 49 member companies sharing a common interest in using lean techniques to strengthen the economy and deliver business results. He is the representative of The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence in the state of Maryland and has been a lead examiner for The Shingo Institute since 2007. Fuchs received his B.S. in aerospace engineering from West Point.

 

Marian Lemne Marian A. Lemne, PE, PMP, LSC, CSCP, MBA
Cameron International Corp.
Surface Systems Division


Marian A. Lemne is global supply chain manager at Cameron International Corp. Prior to joining Cameron in 2008, Lemne held leadership positions with Husky, ThyssenKrupp and Concord Elevator, in design engineering, quality, project management, lean/continuous improvement and plant management. He is a professional engineer and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario. Lemne obtained a project management professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute, a Lean Silver Certification (LSC) from SME and a Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) from the Association for Operations Management. He has participated in the Delphi Panel, which was formed for the validation of the Lean Body of Knowledge and is an authorized trainer/portfolio reviewer for SME’s Lean Bronze and Lean Silver Certifications. Lemne received his degree in mechanical engineering from Gheorghe Asachi Technical University and an M.B.A. from Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria.

 

Mark Paulson Mark Paulson, LBC
Quality Manager
Crystal Distribution Inc.


Mark Paulson has 30 years in the quality field as quality manager at several manufacturing organizations. He was the regulatory affairs manager at a Class 2 medical device manufacturer responsible for compliance to FDA regulations. He was involved with acquisitions and led integration of several merged organizations. Paulson planned and managed ISO 9001 registration efforts at several manufacturing organizations. As a principal in a process improvement consulting firm, he assisted clients with lean enterprise implementation and process improvement projects to reduce costs and cycle times by identifying waste in organizational processes. He trained employees and led continuous improvement efforts employing lean enterprise principles and tools. He created quality systems and processes that improved efficiency and effectiveness in all areas of the organization. Paulson has been an ASQ member since 1979 and has earned the following certifications: ASQ Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence, ASQ Certified Quality Engineer and ASQ Certified Quality Auditor. He is also an authorized facilitator for SME, AME, The Shingo Institute and ASQ Lean Certification review course and exam. He is an active portfolio reviewer. Currently, Paulson is the AME North Central Region president and has been part of the North Central Region board of directors since 2001. From 1998-99, he was a Minnesota Quality Award examiner/team leader. Paulson earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

 

Beth Reid Beth Reid
Six Sigma Green Belt, Six Sigma Black Belt
Northrop Grumman Corp.


Beth Reid is a continuous improvement manager for Northrop Grumman Corp. Reid has five years of experience directing, facilitating, and managing all continuous process improvement projects within Northrop Grumman’s operating unit utilizing lean and six sigma (LSS) methodologies for complex strategic programs. She was awarded the 2008 Northrop Grumman Team Quality Award and the 2011 Northrop Grumman Operational Excellence Award. Reid graduated cum laude from Faulkner University with a bachelor’s in business administration and summa cum laude from Strayer University with an M.B.A.

 

Chad Vincent Chad Vincent, LBC
Greif, Inc.


Chad Vincent is a lean manufacturing specialist for Greif, Inc. in St. Louis, Missouri where he provides professional guidance, facilitates implementation, and coaches and trains personnel at manufacturing facilities on lean enterprise and operational excellence. Prior to Greif, Inc., he worked as a quality engineer in the medical device manufacturing industry, as a project engineer in the construction industry, and was in management in the logistics and transportation industry. Vincent earned a B.S. in engineering management specializing in quality engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He is a senior member of ASQ and SME, and is currently the ASQ Lean Enterprise Division Treasurer. Vincent is a Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE), Certified Manager of Quality/Operational Excellence (CMQ/OE), Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB), and is Lean Bronze Certified (LBC). He has also served as a senior lead examiner and judge for Arkansas’s Governor’s Quality Award and is past president for the Leadership Arkansas Alumni Association board of directors. Vincent is an advocate for social responsibility and has written articles on the utilization of lean to achieve socially responsible and environmentally favorable results within organizations. He was also a voting member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the ISO 26000 Guidance for Social Responsibility. He routinely supports various organizations as a presenter for conferences and as an author and reviewer for publications related to lean topics.

 

Mark Volesky Mark Volesky, LBC
Dakota Manufacturing Extension Partnership


Mark Volesky is a senior business advisor with the Dakota Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards & Technology Hollings MEP. Since 2003, Volesky has been assisting companies in a wide variety of industries to increase profits and create and retain jobs. He has conducted more than 150 kaizen events, including co-facilitating continuous improvement efforts with Shingijutzu Consulting and Normen Bodek. Along with proctoring the SME Lean Bronze Certification exam, he developed the Dakota MEP LECP course curriculum and has taught it to more than 500 individuals from nearly 60 companies. For this work, Volesky was selected as MEP Practitioner of the Year at the 2007 national MEP conference. In 2007, he received his Train-the-Trainer certifications in Training-Within-Industry’s Job Instruction, Job Methods and Job Relations and he has been Lean Bronze certified since 2008. He is a member of the Board of Examiners for the Shingo Institute and serves on the board of directors of the Minn-Dak Manufacturers Association. Prior to joining the Dakota MEP, he was principle engineer with Steelcase Inc., holding positions in R&D, new product development and manufacturing process improvement. Volesky received his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and Management from North Dakota State University.