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BIOGRAPHY

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.


Proposal Submission Deadline:
October 11, 2019

Acceptance notification date:
November 11, 2019

Early Registration Deadline:
February 11, 2020

Please make sure to review and prepare the material needed before you start the on-line Proposal Submission Form. Click here to see Proposal Submission Guidelines.

Who May Submit: This online form may be used by a principal speaker, co-speaker, contact person, or a committee member submitting on behalf of a speaker.

Multiple Proposals: You may submit multiple proposals.

Conference Registration Fee:
The conference registration fee is waived for the principal speaker of accepted proposals. Speakers are responsible for their travel expenses and arrangements. Co-speakers will receive a 30% discount for the conference that they are presenting at.

Length of Presentations: Technical sessions are typically 35 minutes. There will be a limited number of "double" sessions, 70 minutes, at the end of each day.

Call for Proposals

You will need the following to submit a proposal

Proposal Title: Maximum 80 characters including spaces. 

Keywords:Please include three keywords with a maximum of 100 characters, including spaces. 

Industry Sector: Please select the most relevant Industry sector for the proposal from a list.

Abstract: The Abstract should be 1,500 to 5,000 characters (note that it is Characters, NOT words), including spaces.

Biography: The Biography must be 1,500 to 5,000 characters, including spaces.

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