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Lean Gold Certification (LGC) Recipients

Jeff Lytle, LGC
1st recipient of Lean Gold Certification


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Jeff Lytle is a LEAN SixSigma Master BlackBelt for OMNOVA Solutions Inc. In this capacity Jeff not only mentors BlackBelts and Greenbelts across OMNOVA, he also plays a critical leadership role in establishing the direction of LEAN SixSigma through training platform development, execution of projects to drive out waste and variation in key business processes, and to extend training and enhanced solutions to OMNOVA's customers.

As part of the first wave of LEAN SixSigma BlackBelts within OMNOVA in February 2003, Jeff served as the primary BlackBelt in a major change initiative at the Company's Specialty Chemicals Facility. Jeff worked closely with plant and business leadership to ensure LEAN SixSigma and Kaizen activities were clearly aligned to business objectives. Utilizing Value Stream Mapping, Baseline Processes, and Kaizens he delivered more than $2M in financial impact in two years.

As he continued to expand his role in the organization, Jeff went on to facilitate dozens of Kaizen events across the Corporation in both transactional and manufacturing environments.

In his current role as Master BlackBelt, Jeff has developed and implemented an enhanced GreenBelt Platform that fully integrates the disciplines of both LEAN and SixSigma. Jeff has had direct responsibility for several waves of GreenBelts with projects delivering more than $1M in financial impact. He also played a key role in the development and implementation of OMNOVA's unique Kaizen Facilitation Training and Certification Platform; through which more than 10% of the workforce has been trained in Kaizen Facilitation and are actively leading Kaizen events across the Corporation. He is currently working to enhance the BlackBelt training platform to drive greater productivity and financial impact in the early stages of wave training for new BlackBelt candidates.

Jeff continues to play an instrumental role in looking at the extended value stream to bring value and unique solutions to OMNOVA's customers through GreenBelt Project partnering and has facilitated several joint Kaizen events with some of the company's largest customers.

Jeff joined OMNOVA Solutions' former parent, GenCorp, in 1997 as an Information Systems Analyst, where he earned SixSigma GreenBelt Certification, and ultimately joined the LEAN SixSigma organization full time.

Jeff is a graduate of Malone College where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Organizational Management. He has been published in Smart Business Magazine and The International Latex Council.

OMNOVA Solutions Inc. is a technology-based company with 2006 sales of approximately $700 million and a current workforce of 1,700 employees worldwide. The Company is an innovator of emulsion polymers, specialty chemicals, and decorative and functional surfaces for a variety of commercial, industrial and residential end uses.

Pat Wardwell, LGC
2nd recipient of Lean Gold Certification, 1st Woman


Pat Wardwell Pat Wardwell is Chief Operating Officer for the Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership. Prior to joining the GBMP, she was a past manager in continuous process improvement and VP Operations for a Shingo Prize winning company.


She is an experienced Lean trainer/consultant for a wide variety of companies and industries. Wardwell has been a Shingo Prize examiner since 2000. Pat has also earned her MBA.


Larry Anderson, LGC
3rd recipient of Lean Gold Certification


Larry Anderson Larry G. Anderson is the president of ResourceSyncing, a consultancy providing for lean transformation of mid-size manufacturing and service businesses. Anderson completed the lean gold exam and achieved lean gold certification in Nov. 2009 and is a registered professional engineer. He graduated with a BS in mechanical engineering from Texas Tech University and completed graduate level work in Engineering Management at the University of Louisville. Larry is an active Shingo Prize team lead and examiner, serves on the southwest region board of AME, and has been an examiner and team lead for the Texas Award for Performance Excellence. He has been active in the lean certification process serving on the oversight and appeals committee, where he is a past chairman.



William "Bill" A. Sandras Jr., LGC
4th recipient of Lean Gold Certification


William A. Sandras Jr. Since founding Productivity Centers International in 1985, Bill Sandras has provided his consulting expertise to organizations throughout the world in manufacturing, health care, engineering, software development, insurance, natural resources, transportation, distribution, administration and customer service. Sandras began his career with Continental Oil Co. as a computer systems/programmer analyst. He then worked for Hewlett-Packard for 16 years in five divisions in expanding management positions in IT, manufacturing, materials, software development and marketing. As an independent consultant, Sandras has worked for large and small clients throughout the world, including The Boeing Co., Eaton, Hallmark, JD Irving, LB Foster, Medtronic, Motor Coach, Motorola, NCR, Tellabs and many others. He hosted two lean learning trips to Japan for leaders from Virginia Mason and Park Nicollet health care organizations, and facilitated the Leadership Fellows development and world-class health care curriculum development for Park Nicollet. He holds a BS with dual majors in production management and statistics, and an MBA in operations research from the University of Colorado. Sandras served on the joint Lean Certification Development Committee for SME, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence and the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, and is certified at the Gold Level. Previously, he also served on the APICS JIT Certification Committee and passed at the Fellow Level. Sandras was an "Industry Week" best-plant reviewer, has written many articles and given numerous speeches throughout the world. He is on the editorial board of Target magazine and the author of the acclaimed lean how-to book "Just-in-Time: Making it Happen."