Patrice Boutier 
Business Advisor, TMAC, Arlington, TX, USA

Pat Boutier co-authored the book The 7 Kata: Toyota Kata, TWI, and Lean Training which won the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award in 2013. His work includes experimenting and increasing company’s knowledge of Lean techniques, especially Toyota Kata. He is a Shingo Prize Examiner, a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and certified as a “Training Within Industry” (TWI) trainer and coach in Job Relations, Job Methods, Job Instruction, Job Safety and Problem Solving. Pat’s background includes; engineering, production, purchasing, accounting, finance, mentoring, business tactics and negotiations to assist companies in increasing their competitiveness.

Pat started as an intern with the Chicago Transit Authority designing rail cars, then a Microwave Design Engineer at Motorola, spent 16 years working various engineering and manufacturing positions as Engineering Manager and Production Manager. As VP of Operations for a contract manufacturing company, he turned bankrupt operations profitable within one year. Later, managing multiple plants through their purchasing and manufacturing operations at Tandy Electronics, then founded and managed his own company designing vision systems for handicapped and municipal applications. At TMAC, worked with coal mines, coal-fired and nuclear reactor power generation, liquid, metal, food, chemical, cosmetic, furniture, sewing, electronics, defense, office and hospital processes.

He is experienced in diverse methodologies and holistically understanding how each business is unique, yet how they can be improved from within with basic tools, working in strategic and tactical areas. His history includes Toyota Kata, TWI, Lean, financials, electronics, RFID implementations, purchasing, HR, technology and innovative approaches to product design and productivity improvements. He has trained, implemented and assisted many companies both in the United States and France in small, medium and large company situations. He has BSEE and MBA degrees


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Conference Chair's Message

Laura Martin-Samala

Continuous Process Improvement is not just something a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) practitioner helps organizations achieve, but is also a fundamental core competency of their personal make up. That is why  innovative companies are looking for people that use the LSS way of thinking at every level. In this age of “Big Data”, “IOT” and “AI”, ... read more