January Dinner Meeting

January 08, 2019
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Crowne Plaza Columbus North - Worthington- Buckeye Room
6500 Doubletree Avenue
Columbus, OH 43229
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Realizing Real Results with Lean Manufacturing Through a Culture of Continuous Improvement

Amidst all the disruption in business today, manufacturers are trying to decrease complexity while increasing their competitive advantage. But how do they do this? It starts with improving people, processes, and management systems through a lean culture of continuous improvement.

A lean culture of continuous improvement is proven to yield meaningful, holistic business results by generating more value and eliminating waste – without investing in more capital expenditures. These results include revenue growth, lower operating costs, improved margins, and reduced resource requirements.

Join Derek Browning as he shares:

  • Basic lean problem solving and leadership principles that are simple to implement and sustain
  • Strategies to successfully engage and empower teams to identify business improvements
  • The progression and maturing process of building a lean culture of continuous improvement
  • How to immediately identify both quick wins and long-term improvement opportunities
  • The story of how a large plastic container and closure manufacturer identified $34M (20%) in additional revenue capacity without any additional capital investment. Aiming to maximize productivity levels, this company implemented both quick-wins and a sustainable road map focused on people, processes, and management systems.


Derek Browning

Derek Browning – Regional Vice President of Lean Deployment – LeanCor Supply Chain Group


Derek Browning is a Director, Consulting Services for LeanCor Supply Chain Group. Derek directs a portfolio of projects for LeanCor Supply Chain group. Derek’s experience includes over 12 years working in logistics and supply chain, with the last 10 in supply chain consulting.

Derek has extensive project experience in Lean, Six-Sigma, Operational Excellence, Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain and Logistics Network Optimization, Distribution & Fulfillment Center Assessments & Transformations, Inventory Planning and Material Flow, Distribution Network Design, pre-acquisition Due Diligence and Post-Acquisition Integration.

Derek’s recent project experience includes:

  1. End-to-end network diagnostic for a global manufacturer and distributor of automotive service equipment and petroleum-based products that resulted in a 100% growth of their distribution footprint, upgraded technologies and infrastructure, and transforming their inventory replenishment methods.
  2. End-to-end network transformation assessment of a global candy manufacturer, resulting in network consolidation of facilities, ROI analysis of a fully automated distribution network, and design of a mechanized packing, palletization, and ASRS systems with a payback period of less than 7 years.
  3. Outsourcing the US Domestic omnichannel co-packing and distribution operations of a European-based manufacturer of home goods into a shared-warehouse network.

Derek has provided supply chain consulting services in the following industries: Healthcare and Neutraceutical, Auto Body Repair, Financial Services and Private Equity, Heavy Machinery, Industrial Construction, Consumer Appliances, Material Handling Equipment, Recreation Vehicles, Third Party Logistics, Home Improvement, Home and Commercial Furnishings, Funeral Services, and Automotive.

Derek has trained thousands of professionals in lean, six-sigma, and supply chain, and has taught students and professionals through the Lean Enterprise Institute, University of Kentucky, Saint Louis University, Georgia Tech University, and Monterrey Tec’s Extension Campus in Mexico City, Mexico. 

Derek compliments his supply chain and logistics experience with a Master of Business Administration degree, and a bachelor’s degree in marketing.  He holds several certificates in lean, Six Sigma, and supply chain and logistics. These include a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and certificates in Lean Strategic Sourcing, Lean Six Sigma Logistics, and Lean Supply Chain Management.

Arrival/Networking: 5:30 PM

Dinner: 6:00 PM

Presentation: 6:30PM

Questions/Wrapup: 7:30pm-8:00pm



$20.00 Member: Dinner and Presentation

$10.00 Member: Dinner and Presentation- Student/Retired/Unemployed

$0.00 Member: Presentation Only- No Dinner

$20.00 Guest: Dinner and Presentation

$10.00 Guest: Dinner and Presentation- Student/Retired/Unemployed

$0.00 Guest: Presentation Only- No Dinner