Jeff Fuchs, Maryland World Class Consortia
Jeff Fuchs serves as the executive director of the Maryland World Class Consortia, a non-profit organization that helps members understand lean principles, achieve performance excellence, and strengthen the state and regional economies. He served on the Consortia’s founding member Advisory Board in 1996, and has previously been a consulting service provider to MWCC member organizations.
Jeff is also President of Neovista Consulting, a services firm specializing in operational excellence, Lean Thinking, leadership development, change management, and building cultures of continuous improvement.
Jeff was deeply involved in the creation and expansion of a nationally-recognized system of Lean Certification that is today jointly supported by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, the Shingo Institute, and the American Society for Quality. He is currently pursuing his Lean Silver Certification and he has served on the Lean Certification Oversight Committee continuously since its inception in 2006.
Jeff received his Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from West Point. He is an examiner for both the Shingo Prize and AME’s Manufacturing Excellence Award. He is the past Chairman of the Maryland Advisory Commission for Manufacturing Competitiveness.
Matt Roth, Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Matt Roth is the Lean Production Systems Manager at Harley-Davidson Motor Company’s York Vehicle Operations in York, Pennsylvania. Matt utilizes the Company’s Continuous Improvement System to maximize the operational efficiency of the organization while maintaining a culture of continuous improvement and lean thinking.
Matt’s career with Harley-Davidson began in 2007. He started as a Manufacturing Engineer in Final Vehicle Assembly and was then promoted to an Area Manager role. In his last role as the Paint Department Area Manager, he was able to utilize his lean systems knowledge and experience to create flow, shorten lead time, minimize waste, and increase quality. He utilized a mix of Kanban and order scheduling to improve on time delivery and shorten the time from order genesis to order confirmation.
Matt is a 2006 graduate of York College of Pennsylvania with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He obtained his Master of Business Administration with a focus in Continuous Improvement and Lean Systems in 2012. Matt is also a graduate of Leadership York and currently serves on the Board of the Manufacturer’s Association.
Elizabeth "Eli" Jamison, Adjunct Professor at Virginia Tech
Dr. Jamison has been engaged in leadership and organizational development consulting for public, private, and nonprofit organizations for over 20 years. She spent more than 10 years at Radford University serving as director of the Master of Business Administration program and Leadership Development Center, and as an adjunct instructor of management in the College of Business and Economics. She is currently an adjunct professor at Virginia Tech and Hollins University.
Eli's expertise, engaging presentation style, and ability to create customized training programs have afforded her the opportunity to provide keynote addresses for a variety of professional associations, as well as deliver customized training programs for organizations both locally and across the United States. Eli received her Bachelor's degree from James Madison University, Master's degree from Vanderbilt University, and Doctorate degree from Virginia Tech.
Jason Bingham, Trane North America and Ingersoll Rand
Jason Bingham is the Vice President of Energy Services and Controls, an $800M strategic business of Trane North America and Ingersoll Rand. He previously served as VP for Trane’s central territory, a $1.2 billion segment of the business. Jason has held numerous other leadership positions including Vice President of Strategy for Trane North America and District Manager for Trane’s VA District.
He has proven his ability to deliver business results while developing strategies, planning processes and leadership curriculum that have now been distributed across the nation. Under his leadership and guidance, Trane has exceeded business expectations and created a winning culture regionally and nationally. Jason paid forward these lessons through his book, “Cultureship: The ACBs of Business Leadership,” which has far-reaching implications in shaping the way businesses perceive and strategically develop their cultures to deliver bottom line results. The book clearly shows how culture is not only directly connected to business results, but that contrary to popular belief, culture can change quickly. He delivers this through a genuine, no-nonsense approach that achieves real results.
Mike Leigh, OpX Solutions
Mike Leigh is the President of OpX Solutions, LLC, a performance improvement company that specializes in helping organizations pursue operational excellence by improving their processes and developing their leaders. Mike has over 25 years of operational leadership and process improvement experience in both government and corporate organizations, and currently supports the City of Roanoke’s lean initiatives by providing training, consulting, and strategic services through the Virginia Tech Roanoke Center. He specializes in helping organizations implement lean techniques and create a culture of continuous improvement.
Prior to starting his business, Mike was a leader in GE Energy’s Global Lean Office where he developed lean programs, implemented lean concepts, and trained site lean leaders and executives at over 25 businesses, both domestically and internationally. During this time, he led or consulted hundreds of kaizen teams, and worked side-by-side for 45 weeks with consultants from Shingijutsu. Mike has held various supply chain management positions including Operations Manager, Quality Leader, and Global Master Scheduler.
Prior to his manufacturing career, Mike served in the US Navy where he qualified as a Nuclear Engineer and retired as a Commander. He resides in Roanoke, VA.
Chuck Springer, City of Denton, Texas
Chuck Springer has over thirty years of experience in local government finance. He started his local government career in 1983 as an administrative intern with the Town of Flower Mound and progressed to Assistant to the Town Manager and Assistant Town Manager. He then went to work for the City of Arlington, Texas for 18 years as Interim CFO, Treasury Manager and Cash and Debt Administrator. One highlight of his service in Arlington was working on the financial aspects of the construction of a baseball stadium and football stadium. In 2006, Chuck returned to the Town of Flower Mound in the role of Assistant Town Manager/Chief Financial Officer and a brief time as Acting Town Manager.
In February 2013, he accepted the position as the Director of Finance for the City of Denton. He is responsible for the functions of accounting, budget, customer service, purchasing and materials management, municipal court and treasury operations. His educational credentials are a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Texas (1985) and a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University (1981). He is a Certified Government Finance Officer (CGFO) of Texas and served as the President for the Government Treasurers’ Organization of Texas (GTOT) in 1996.
Jeff Cole, JCG Management Consulting
Jeff Cole is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and is also certified as a Change Management Consultant and Trainer. As President of JCG Management Consulting, Jeff has trained and coached over 5000 people in quality and change across a wide range of industries throughout North America and Europe. Prior to forming his consultancy, he spent 20 years in industry where he held a variety of positions ranging from software developer to a quality executive in a Fortune 500 global firm. He holds a BS in Quantitative Business Analysis and an MBA in Management.
A frequent speaker at conferences, Jeff is co-author of an Amazon business best seller Driving Operational Excellence (ISBN 0982787103), authors a monthly column for the PEX Network called Street Smarts for Change Management, and is author of the recent e-book by that same title. He also writes the Excellence Insights newsletter and curates the Excellence Insights online Flipboard magazine.
David J. Williamson, PhD, PMP®, ITIL-F, Advance Auto Parts
Dr. Williamson is a full-time project and program manager, a part-time college instructor, and the founding president of the PMI® Southwest Virginia Chapter. He has worked in information technology and project management for more than 25 years, and is currently the Program Manager for IT Store Support at Advance Auto Parts in Roanoke, VA.
Williamson has taught management, information systems, and project management for more than 13 years at Mary Baldwin College, Virginia Western Community College, UVA Wise, Walden University, Colorado State University-Global Campus, and Virginia Tech. He has also provided training in project management, software engineering, and software quality management to several corporations, non-profits, and government agencies. He co-founded the PMI® Southwest Virginia Chapter in 2003 and served as its first president, contributed to the PMI® OPM3® standard, and published a paper on IT project complexity, complication, and success in 2012.