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Tom Frabrizio Lean Practitioner Portland State University Center for Executative and Professional Education School of Business Administration

Tom Fabrizio, president and founder of Lean Manufacturing Tools, LLC and a founding member of the Northwest Center for Performance Excellence (NWCPE), has been teaching leadership, team development, and Just-In-Time systems for over 25 years. He received his original Lean training from first-generation experts, including Dr. Shigeo Shingo (co-architect of The Toyota Production System), Hiroyuki Hirano (author and noted JIT expert), Dr. Ryuji Fukuda (member of The Sigma Project in Japan and winner of the Deming Prize), and TPM experts from Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance. Mr. Fabrizio holds an undergraduate engineering degree, a MEd, and a law degree. He has authored several books and training programs about Lean.

  John Major is an original Founding Partner of Northwest Center for Performance Excellence (NWCPE) working to promote the implementation of effective Lean Six Sigma based structured continuous improvement programs. John has over 30 years’ experience leading operational teams within the high tech industry including VP, Customer Support and Service for Xerox Office Products Group, VP, Worldwide Manufacturing & Global Supply Chain for Tektronix Corporation, and most recently as VP, Global Operations for Radisys Corporation. John has led the implementation of continuous improvement programs based on the fusion of Strategy Deployment, Lean Thinking, Six Sigma Structured Problem Solving, and Kaizen Methodology at a number of diverse companies over the years. He teaches continuous improvement principles at Portland State University and holds both a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an Executive MBA from the University of Washington.