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Lean Boot Camp

October 03, 2017
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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1 Glen Lake Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30328
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This is a public, hands-on workshop that highlights the critical elements and “must know” concepts for driving effective, positive change in your organization. You will walk away with practical Lean tools and concepts for leading improvement. Join us for a fun, engaging day of professional development and cross-industry best practice sharing.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the language of lean that anyone can understand
  • Learn critical thinking elements that all leaders should know in order to successfully lead people, manage processes, and lead operations
  • Learn tools that you can immediately implement at your company to more effectively engage your workforce, uncover waste, and find new improvement opportunities
  • Gain new ideas & best practices for breaking down cross-functional barriers to enhance successful collaboration
  • Understand proven concepts that you can immediately apply to improve your operation’s overall performance


Agenda Includes:

  • 5S & 8 Wastes
  • Kaizen
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Lean Rattlesnake Hunt (for waste elimination)
  • Problem Solving Tools & Techniques
  • Overview of Lean Applications Throughout the Enterprise
  • Strategic Alignment of Goals & Objectives
  • Windshield vs Rear View Mirror Metrics


$89 APICS members
$109 non-members and general public

All net proceeds to be donated to APICS Atlanta’s charitable initiatives to attacking the Veteran Transition Gap, the Gender Gap in Supply Chain, and the Skills Gap. These monies fund grants, scholarships, programs, etc for those in need. Please note: APICS Atlanta is a 501(c)6 non-profit. Donations to support our charitable initiatives are accepted.

Veterans may attend on a complimentary basis.

Sponsored By:

Mark Preston has been driving change in manufacturing and front office environments for over 25 years using continuous improvement – lean. During his 11 years with TDK Electronics, he studied Kaizen manufacturing techniques in Japan during TDK Executive Sensei training. He later led the TDK Georgia Plant lean initiatives, which drove significant productivity gains. After TDK, Mark invested 7 years in successively progressive executive roles within Respironics Inc (Phillips Healthcare), including leading the lean layout of a new Georgia plant. In 2006, Mark became the Director of Acuity Business System at Acuity Brands Lighting. He led the deployment of lean in the Acuity supply chain for 16 plants, 5 distribution centers and 14 supplier development programs. During this time, he continued his personal training with Shinjujitsu in Japan and was promoted to Vice President of Supplier Development and Operations Excellence. Currently, Mark is a lean champion for the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME). He is also on the AME National Board where he leads the board’s Key Result Area for Enterprise Excellence. In 2017, Mark published his first book, Southern Sensei, a collection of stories, tools & experiences from his 25+ years of working in the U.S. manufacturing industry.


$109.00 Non-Member and General Public

$89.00 APICS Members

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