About Ron Crabtree

BW-Photo-of-RonMr. Ron Crabtree, CPIM, CIRM, is an internationally recognized expert and author in cutting-edge business process improvement methodologies. An expert in communications, Crabtree has spent several thousand hours providing training and facilitation for large and small groups, in hundreds of organizations internationally on a wide range of topics. He has more than thirty years of experience in a variety of business settings from small privately held manufacturers, to Fortune 100 corporations and leading global management consulting firms.

In addition to a BA in Management and Organizational Development, Crabtree is certified through APICS, the Educational Society for Resource Management, as certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and certified in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM). Currently, Crabtree serves as a Director-at-Large for the Greater Detroit Chapter of APICS. He also serves as adjunct faculty for Villanova (Operational Excellence on-line professional certification program) in cooperation with the University Alliance teaching Lean and Six Sigma. He developed the current three-day World Class Supply Chain Management program for the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Sampling of Ron Crabtree Presentation Topics

Lean Thinking Organizations: Don’t Throw Away Your Computers Just Yet

Traditional IT (ERP) versus Lean Manufacturing; the Technology Applications needed to support the Lean Manufacturing Environment.

Lean Manufacturing Basics for Supply Chain Professionals

The essentials you need to know need to support and drive the implementation of Lean Manufacturing and related methodologies. The focus of this workshop centers on this topic specifically for Supply Chain, Information Technology, Operations and Materials management professionals.


Value Stream Mapping – the What, the Why and the How

Information you need to support and drive the implementation of Lean Six Sigma and Operational Excellence using Value Stream Mapping and Lean Metrics.


Supply Chain Management Focus – Information Technology and the Virtual Supply Chain

An Executive Overview: Many manufacturing organizations responding to the rapidly changing business environment are discovering that their business systems no longer meet their needs. The rise of the networked or virtual manufacturing company is redefining the business relationship among trading partners. (Trading partners typically include suppliers, distributors, manufacturers, customers, and consumers – commonly called a Supply Chain.)


Lean Supply Chain Execution and World-Class Supply Chain Management – Maximizing supply chain performance in the extended the value stream

Tree made of handsAn Executive Overview: Over the past 15 to 20 years, thousands of manufacturing organizations have jumped on the “Lean” bandwagon. Though many have seen notable gains inside the “four walls” of their organizations, a more competitive, truly “Lean” supply chain can bring huge gains in performance. This implies the need to move to “frictionless” exchange between trading partners (Trading partners typically include suppliers, distributors, manufacturers, customers, and consumers commonly called a Supply Chain. This opportunity to move toward the networked or virtual Value Stream is redefining the business relationship among trading partners.


Strategic Planning and the Implementation of Lean Six Sigma – Should the Dots Connect?

An Executive Overview: Information you need to gain a better understanding about how Strategic Planning and the Implementation of Lean Six Sigma can interact. Learn a systematic process to engage a leadership team in creating a vision and a strategic plan – the ideal basis for managing the implementation of Lean Six Sigma


Lean Six Sigma in Marketing and Sales?

How to apply Lean Six Sigma concepts in Marketing and Sales to increase the top and bottom lines; exciting new concepts to create paradigm shifts


HR and Lean Six Sigma – The time has come

open your eyesThe Human Relations function can and should have a lead role in the deployment of Lean Six Sigma (LSS) in forward-thinking organizations. All too often a LSS effort originates from quality or engineering functions which has a host of un-intended consequences. In this dynamic and interactive session we will explore the ways that HR can be a powerful force – either in the success or failure of LSS. Learn how the HR function can make a difference driving sustainable change with LSS in large and small organizations of all types.




¦and hundreds more topics – all of which can be customized to your organization’s specific challenges.


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