Rod Baxter

Principal, Value Generation Partners, Naples, FL, USA

Rod Baxter, author of Operational Excellence Handbook and the SUCCESS Series of handbooks, is principal and cofounder of Value Generation Partners, headquartered in Naples, FL. In his thirty-year career, he has led enterprise excellence and breakthrough improvement strategies for organizations, such as ACI Worldwide, Diebold Nixdorf, The Hoover Company, The Timken Company, GOJO Industries, Florida Gulf Coast University, and Kent State University. Through these experiences, he traveled around the globe, facilitating teams in China, Singapore, UAE, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Poland. As a Value Generation Partners principal, Rod is the subject matter expert, facilitating its Enterprise Excellence workshops, training, consulting, coaching, and project mentoring.

Rod holds a bachelors of science degree from Kent State University and an MBA from the University of Akron, and has earned the following professional certifications:

• Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute

• New Product Development Professional from the Product Development and Management Association

• Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt from the International Society for Six Sigma Professionals

• Six Sigma Black Belt from the American Society for Quality

• Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence from the American Society for Quality

Key areas of expertise:

• enterprise and operational excellence

• process and breakthrough improvement

• strategic planning and cascading KPI scorecards

• lean and six sigma methodologies

• design for lean and six sigma methodologies

• project management discipline

• value stream mapping and management

• problem solving

• waste elimination and cost reduction

Rod is a distinguished alum of Kent State University’s College of Technology, published guest writer to Quality Progress magazine, and has served as a member of the board of examiners for Ohio Award for Excellence and Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.


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