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Lean Gold Certification (LGC) Recipients

Jeff Lytle, LGC

First Recipient of Lean Gold Certification

Jeff Lytle 2Jeff Lytle is a Master Black Belt at Momentive, a global leader in silicones and advanced materials. He is responsible for leading and developing Lean Six Sigma globally for Momentive’s Quartz and Ceramics business sector. 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.

Pat Wardwell, LGC

Second Recipient of Lean Gold Certification

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

Wardwell is an experienced lean trainer and consultant for a wide variety of companies and industries. She has been a Shingo Prize examiner since 2000. In addition to her Lean Gold Certification, she has an MBA.

Larry Anderson, LGC

Third Recipient of Lean Gold Certification

Larry AndersonLarry G. Anderson is the president of ResourceSyncing, a consultancy providing for lean transformation of mid-size manufacturing and service businesses. Anderson completed and achieved his Lean Gold Certification in November 2009 and is a registered professional engineer. He graduated with a BS in mechanical engineering from Texas Tech University and completed his graduate work in engineering management at the University of Louisville. Anderson is an active Shingo Prize team lead and examiner, serves on the southwest region board of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), and was 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

Fourth 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.

He 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 Boeing, 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.

Sandras holds a BS with dual majors in production management and statistics along with an MBA in operations research from the University of Colorado. He served on the joint Lean Certification Development Committee for SME, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), and the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence. Previously, he 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 AME’s Target magazine and the author of the acclaimed lean how-to book, Just-in-Time: Making it Happen.