Bill is an improvement specialist with expertise in Lean Thinking and Six Sigma. Bill is based in Kannapolis. Since joining IES in 2007, he has helped companies, health care systems, and public health departments identify and implement productivity improvements that have resulted in a cumulative economic impact in the millions of dollars. Bill has also assisted organizations in developing systematic, long-term lean implementation and leadership programs through ongoing consultation. He has also co-taught public classes aimed at building a basic understanding of lean thinking and concepts and is leading the implementation of a Lean Product Development process for IES clients. In addition to his lean work, Bill also performs ISO 9001:2008 readiness assessments and trains Six Sigma Green Belts. Before joining IES, Bill worked for 22 years at Eastman Kodak Company in technical and supervisory positions in manufacturing and research and development. In his last assignment at Kodak, he implemented lean manufacturing in various manufacturing areas, using leadership coaching, kaizen and training events, and other lean tools and techniques. His previous experience included a stint as a supervisor in prototype film coating operations in Kodak’s R&D organization. He also served as an internal consultant to numerous Kodak manufacturing, support, and technical organizations during his time as a corporate industrial engineer. Additionally, Bill practiced computer simulation modeling and analysis for various internal and external clients, including healthcare. Bill received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Tech University. He received his MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Bill is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and holds Lean Bronze certification from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). He also serves as a board member for the Association for Manufacturing Excellence's (AME) Southeastern Region and is a member of NC State's Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension and Engagement (AOFEE). View his expert profile here.