Lean Leadership Event Hosted in Augusta

Augusta, GA — Local business leaders and educators from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Hull College of Business at Augusta State will came together Wednesday, May 11, to discuss Creating a Culture of Excellence.

The Georgia Lean Consortium Recognition program began at 9 a.m. with a presentation titled “Managers Need to Re-examine Their Processes and Think Beyond the Surface” by Craig Cochran, north metro regional manager for the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI²) at Georgia Institute of Technology. Cochran has served in a number of management roles in the textile, glass manufacture, semiconductor, and telecommunications industries over his 20-year career. He is a Certified Quality Manager, Certified Quality Engineer, and Certified Quality Auditor through the American Society for Quality. He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial management from Georgia Tech and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee.

A panel of local business leaders, David Johnson, Boral Bricks, Lisa Bazzell, Club Car, Kevin Duckworth, E-Z-GO, Paul Todd, GT EI², and Michael Hicks, Thermo King, addressed the topic at 9:45 a.m.

At 11 a.m., Bill Waddell, author of Simple Excellence and Rebirth of American Industry, made a presentation. A global supply chain expert and one of the original Lean Accounting ‘thought leaders,’ Waddell has served as a technical chairman for various manufacturing quality forums and is regarded as a leading expert in lean manufacturing. He has published numerous articles and is the most widely read manufacturing blogger on the Internet.