RICHARD D. RAHN
Richard Rahn is a seasoned and inspirational Lean authority with more than 20 years of Lean experience. His professional career in Lean began at the John Costanza Institute (JCIT), where as Vice President of Technology, he introduced Flow Manufacturing to some of the best known companies in the world, including General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, John Deere and Emerson. Six years later, Richard joined Kiran Consulting Group as a Vice President, where he expanded his Lean skill set to include simulation modeling and successfully applied Lean process improvements in the banking industry. He is the creator of the Lean operations track for the Aerospace Supplier Excellence Alliance (SEA), an international organization of aerospace suppliers.
In 2003, Richard co- founded Leonardo Group Americas, headquartered in Boulder Colorado. As Principal of Lean Manufacturing Practice, he has trained over 5,000 engineers and Lean professionals. He is the co-author of the source book for Flow Manufacturing, The Complete Guide to Mixed Model Line Design, Aerospace Flow, The Roadmap for the Lean Hospital, and five other Lean Hospital books.
Richard was raised in Manila and Mexico City and teaches and consults in Spanish and English. He graduated Cum Laude from Middlebury College in Vermont and received his MBA from the University of Colorado. He is APICS certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), and has an additional 14 years of manufacturing and management experience with Ball Aerospace and Storage Technology Corporation in Boulder Colorado.
Gerard Leone is a seasoned Lean veteran with more than a 20-year career delivering game-changing Lean transformations. His professional Lean career began at JCIT, where as a Vice President of Technology, he built a track record of successes as a respected leader in the fields of productivity improvement and manufacturing systems. Gerard has instructed and implemented Flow Processing techniques throughout entire enterprises, from factory to office administration and engineering in Fortune 500 manufacturers like General Electric, American Standard, and Carrier. In 1999, he co-founded Business Process Consulting Group, and lead Lean transformations at GN ReSound, New Piper Aircraft, Whirlpool, Mobile Tool International, Lucent Technologies, Beltone, AVAYA, and Thermo King. He is the co-founder of Leonardo Group Americas and co-authored The Complete Guide to Mixed Model Line Design and Aerospace Flow.
As Principal of Lean Hospital Practice, Gerard has pioneered the introduction of transformative Lean thinking and methods to hospitals and healthcare. He is a frequent and articulate speaker at OR Manager and AORN conferences, personally coached hundreds of hospital managers in a five-day Lean Leadership workshop, and lead dozens of week-long Kaizen events. He is the co-author of The Roadmap for the Lean Hospital, Lean in the OR, and four other books in the Lean Hospital Suite.
Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, his bilingual skills in Spanish and English have been valuable in spreading Flow Manufacturing around the world. He taught statistics at the University of Buenos Aires and Production Management at Colorado State University, his two Alma Maters.