Advancing excellence in management and process performance

About Ascendigy's Team

 

Ascendigy’s team members provide the essential skills to guide your organization on the Ascent to Excellence. First, we have thorough knowledge of the methods and tools of Management Systems and Lean Six Sigma that were gained through instruction, coaching, and years of practical application experience. Second, we have been taught and practice excellent facilitation skills so that we can keep teams moving effectively and effectively engage senior leaders. Third, we have excellent communication skills such as active listening, speaking authentically, and dealing with resistance. Fourth, we use the Socratic Method for instruction which focuses on asking questions to help the learner discover and buy-into the key concepts. Finally, we are effective at driving projects and management teams forward on the Ascent to Excellence.

 

Team Member Bios

 

Mike Bresko has over 29 years of international business and consulting experience, the past 24 of which have focused on guiding or managing Lean or Lean Six Sigma transformations. His specialties include Lean Management, Lean Transformations, Lean Six Sigma deployments, client-specific Business Operating System creation, Training Within Industry (TWI), and product and service innovation.  

 

Mike began developing his expertise in 1986 as a member of Alcoa’s corporate quality team which benchmarked best-in-class companies for Lean and Total Quality practices and developed and implemented the Alcoa Business System, modeled after the Toyota Production System. He has managed large-scale, world-class transformation projects applying the methods of Lean, TPM, Six Sigma, and Management Systems for clients in manufacturing, technology, and service industries.

 

Mike’s clients include Cigna, MicroSurgical Technology, Boeing, multiple companies in the aerospace supply chain, Verigy, Agilent, the U.S. Army, Gerdau AmeriSteel, U.S. Steel, Nucor, Rolls-Royce, Ford, Mercedes, and automotive Tier 1 suppliers.

 

Mike has conducted seminars for Shingo Prize, Association for Manufacturing Excellence, Noria Lean for Reliability, National Association of Purchasing Managers; and has authored 14 articles on Lean Transformations. Mike holds a BS and MS in Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh; and is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

 

Prior to starting consulting 14 years ago, Mike served as President of Alcoa-Zepf and Global Manager Alcoa Packaging Equipment. In this role, he served on Alcoa CSI’s Global Lead Team which set strategy and drove Operational Excellence as this Alcoa subsidiary with facilities in 22 countries grew annual revenue from $190 million to over $1 billion. Prior positions included Product Engineering, and Strategic Planning, and Total Quality Management. Mike holds a BS and MS in Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh; and is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

 

 

David Dubinsky has 25 years of business and consulting experience, the past 18 have been guiding Lean Transformations. David’s specialties include Operations Strategy, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Maintenance Management, Business Process Re-engineering, Change Management, and Organizational Development.

 

David served as the Vice President of the North American Industrial practice for Kepner-Tregoe where he helped to grow the practice by 25% within the first year.  Prior to joining KT, David worked as a management consultant for 18 years as both an external and internal consultant delivering operations excellence solutions to a variety of industries.  Positions held with consulting firms include: Director of Tefen USA, Principal at GP Deltapoint, and a Manager at Coopers & Lybrand Consulting for both the US and Korean practices.  As an internal consultant, David was a Corporate Lean Transformation consultant at the Case Corporation, where he co-designed and co-led the worldwide implementation of the Case Production System at facilities in North America and Europe; and a Factory Automation Consultant for Samsung Electronics in Korea

 

David’s clients include Boeing, GM, Ford, DaimelerChrysler, ABB, Eaton, PPG, NCR/AT&T, Citibank, Samsung Electronics, Samsung Motors, LG, Strategic Petroleum Reserve, Xcel Energy, Commanche Peak Nuclear Power, Schneider Electronics, Michelin, Bausch & Lomb, Merck, Ivax Pharmaceuticals, Abbott Laboratories, Guidant, Massachusetts General Hospital, Women & Infants Hospital Rhode Island, and the San Diego Naval Medical Center.  David holds an MS degree in Human Resources Management Systems from Chapman University and a BS degree in Computer Studies from the University of Maryland.

 

 

Adina Suciu has over 17 years of business and consulting experience. Her specialties include Lean Six Sigma, Business Process Management, Customer Focus Systems, Strategic and Business Planning, and Business Operating Systems, including those based on the Baldrige National Quality Award criteria.

 

Adina served as VP and Senior Black Belt-Process Manager, Operational Excellence at JP Morgan Chase Bank where she established the Business Process Management roadmap and basic framework to transform the culture from functional and vertical management to business process management culture, and led three complex Process Transformation efforts to standardize Technology core processes across business lines. While at Chase, she also served as VP Technology Operations Manager and VP Data Analysis. Prior to joining Chase in 2003, she was a software development manager at Nimble Technology, senior application consultant at Dun & Bradstreet, and systems engineer at Independence Blue Cross.

 

Her client experience includes The City of Bellevue and The University of Washington, and she instructs Six Sigma at Everett Community College. Adina holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science, University Polytechnic Bucharest, Romania. Her certifications include: American Society for Quality (ASQ) Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence, and ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt. She is also a Baldrige Award examiner and judge for the ASQ International Team Excellence Award.

 


Geoffrey Mika has over 25 years of international business and consulting experienced devoted to implementing Lean and Six Sigma. His specialties include Lean transformation and Lean Culture implementation emphasizing changing the whole business system to “By the People, For the People, With the People” to ensure sustainability. To share his knowledge, he has authored numerous articles and several books including the best-selling Kaizen Implementation Manual, and Poka-Yoke: Eliminate Errors and Mistakes, Lean Manufacturing (Spanish), Work Smart Management System. (Chinese, English, and Romanian). He has led over 350 kaizen events.

 

Geoffrey has served in manufacturing and consulting positions in Aerospace, Automotive, Electronics, Medical Device, Appliance Manufacturing and assorted non-manufacturing venues, including Engineering, Design, Programming, Set-up, and Maintenance. His positions included Corporate Director, Continuous Improvement and Process Engineering; Plant Manager; and Vice President Engineering and Quality. Geoffrey’s clients include Cameron (Huston, TX), Systron Donner (Concord, CA), and numerous others.

 

He received his Master Black Belt from AlliedSigma, was indoctrinated into Lean Thinking as a Group Leader at NUMMI, and received sensei training from Shingijutsu Consulting Co., Japan.  He has led over 350 kaizen events worldwide.

 


Edie Meador has over 20 years delivering operational improvements through the application of Lean principles. Her specialties include transforming facilities from traditional to Lean methods, particularly in high labor and complex process environments where she applies 5S, Standard Work, Mistake Proofing, Continuous Flow Manufacturing, A3, Pull Systems, and Value Stream Mapping.

 

Between 2005 and 2009, Edie served as Terex Business System Workshop Leader where she acted as a resource for the development and implementation of the Terex Business System. In this role, she was a master trainer, designed a moving line, redesigned warehouse layout and procedures, implemented plan for every part, and established an escalation procedure. Between 1998 and 2005, she served as a consultant at Deltapoint, TBM Consulting, and Lean Logic where she implemented Lean production systems in a variety of industries.

 

She developed her Lean expertise while serving a process improvement / plant training assistant manager at Denso where she delivered training and led shop-floor improvement activities. Her certifications include Toyota Production System Team Leader Training, Training-Within-Industry Job Methods and Job Instruction, Shop Floor Kaizen Breakthrough, and Front-Line Leadership. She has a BA in Sociology / Psychology from Midwestern State University, TX.

 


Randy Benson has been helping clients implement Lean and adopt breakthrough ideas for over 20 years. His specialties include applying Lean and Agile to complex service organizations, managing large-scale change, establishing customer focus systems especially service encounter moments of truth and customer retention strategies, and applying the Quest method for identification of powerful breakthrough strategies. He has applied his expertise to health care, financial services, lodging, cruise lines, and broadcast media.

 

Randy began his career with a Japanese electronics manufacturing company and was fortunate to get early, hands-on experience with Lean Manufacturing. He shares his knowledge through frequent speaking engagements and is publishing The Quest Effect. Randy holds a BA in Economics from Western Washington University and an MBA in Operations Management from the University of Washington School of Business.