Tony Jonas has 25+ years of leadership experience including managing a multi-site $500M business. Tony has also developed a comprehensive continuous improvement strategy for a $16 Billion multi-national corporation. His industry segment experience includes plastics, textiles, rubber, metal forming, electronics, assembly, and multiple service industries.
Tony is a Lean Expert (Master Sensei and Six Sigma Master Black Belt). His lean journey began in 1990 with multiple trips to Japan studying TPS and direct training from Toyota. He has led several companies through the lean transformation. Tony led the development of a continuous improvement strategy for Lear Corporation where he integrated Lean and Six Sigma and developed a new annual strategic planning system utilizing Hoshin Kanri (Strategy Deployment). His efforts led to a $120 Million annual cost reduction initiative across their 32 manufacturing facilities in North America. He has worked in multiple industries implementing Lean strategies such as automotive, commercial, industrial, health care, aerospace and defense.
Tony has created numerous Lean organizations and his latest transformation was where he created a lean enterprise as the Chief Operating Officer for Keter’s North American operations. He had the opportunity to integrate lean into all business practices including launching 2 greenfield sites where he utilized the 3P process and established 100% one-piece flow lean facilities. In addition he integrated an acquired facility into the organization and started them on their Lean journey. Lean was utilized not only in the manufacturing facilities, but also in product development, supply chain management, and office practices. While sales for the business grew from $240 Million to $500 Million, the labor cost reduced at a 5% YOY rate while significantly increasing labor rates for the employees. Profitability grew from -3% to over 18% EBITDA, resulting in the value creation of over $250M.
As the Founder of Transformational Industries, Tony is dedicated to partnering with his clients, helping them create value, improve productivity and customer service and ultimately become a world class Lean enterprise.
Executive Coach | Sensei
Experienced Plastics Industry Executive
Steve Matteson has decades of leadership experience in the delivery of successful Lean Transformations across a broad range of industries and companies. Steve’s Lean journey started with a visit to Japan in 1989 and has continued ever since including sensei guidance from Shigijutsu.Throughout his career in Lean Transformations, Steve has held various positions as Production Manager, Plant Manager, Division Manufacturing Manager, General Manager, Director, Vice President and Executive Vice President.
Steve spent 15 years with Simpler and was a Partner in the company as well as Vice President and Health Care Practice Leader. Steve was a pioneer in applying the Lean principles in the Healthcare industry and is well recognized for his efforts. Steve has been a national speaker at International Healthcare Improvement (IHI), AME – healthcare track (Association for Manufacturing Excellence), Becker’s Health IT + Revenue Cycle and guest Lecturer at Columbia University Executive MPH class. In addition he has been part of Advisory Board: ISE Group at RIT, Rochester, NY, HVN Group at Thedacare, Appleton, WI and the Simpler Healthcare Council.
Sensei | Gemba Coach
Experienced Plastics Industry Lean Leader.
Naveen Rathi has over 20 years of experience in coaching and implementing Operations Excellence tools. His expertise has led multiple teams to perform value stream analysis of various businesses, coached groups in the use of Lean tools and facilitated workshops to optimize processes, resulting in improved customer experience, reduced risks and reduction of in-process defects. He has supported various clients with their learn transformation within the automotive, aerospace, energy, food manufacturing, health care and financial services industries.
Experienced Operations & Manufacturing Executive
Steve has decades of experience as a Senior Operations and Manufacturing Executive with specific expertise in the industrial business sector. He is skilled in identifying organizational strengths/weaknesses, developing strategic direction, and creating processes that add value and maximize efficiencies. He has been recognized as a “bridge-builder” with the ability to bring disparate entities together into a unified and productive workforce. Steve excels in creating a positive working atmosphere where pride and motivation are reflected by results. His proven success in resolving complex organizational deficiencies have lead to increasing productivity through use of policy deployment and lean manufacturing techniques.