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James E. Duarte

Principal, LJDuarte & Associates, LLC, Clermont, FL, USA


Jim began his career as a biostatistician for clinical trials in the pharmaceutical industry. There he collaborated with physicians to publish ground-breaking research on drug interactions. As the Good Manufacturing Practices were introduced, he moved to quality where he published and participated on standard setting committees. Jim served as a Corporate Director of Quality and Analytics for two Fortune 500 companies where he headed committees for Aluminum Association to improve statistical procedures for setting standards. He has technology skills from work in the electronics industry as well as a data scientist for SAS software. He currently speaks, trains and consults on Big Data and Advanced Analytics. He also trains on SPC for service organizations, Strategy Deployment and survey design. He has made 3 trips to China where he spoke as the Keynote for 3 conferences, one with Dr. Noriaki Kano of Kano Model fame. One key achievement was the development of a non-destructive test system for aluminum plate for the Space Shuttle. His work resulted in the manufacturing facility of aluminum plate winning the first NASA award for quality. His consulting work with U.S. Army earned him commendations as well as coins from a two-star General and Chief of Chaplains for leading a Six Sigma project that significantly increased attendance at Strong Bonds activities. It gained recognition from the Command Sergeant Major of the Armies as a benchmark to be deployed throughout the Army. He is published in journals on quality, statistics, strategic planning and Six Sigma.

Participating Organizations at the Lean & Six Sigma  World Conference

Government Agencies

  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Health & Human Svcs.
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of State
  • Department of the Treasury
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • NASA
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center
  • Pentagon
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • U.S. Navy
  • U.S. Veterans Affairs
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers


  • AIG
  • Alcoa
  • AT&T
  • Bank of America Corp
  • BASF Corporation
  • Bayer Corporation
  • BMW
  • The Boeing Company
  • Bose Corporation
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Campbell Soup Company
  • Cardinal Health
  • Caterpillar
  • Chrysler Corporation
  • Chevron
  • Cisco Systems
  • Coca-Cola
  • Comcast
  • Daimler Chrysler
  • Disney
  • Dow Chemical

  • Dr Pepper 
  • Duracell
  • Dupont
  • Eastman Kodak
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Exxon Mobil
  • Fedex
  • Ford Motor
  • General Electric 
  • General Motors
  • Gillette
  • Goodyear Tire
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Honeywell
  • Humana
  • IBM
  • Kohler
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Macy’s
  • M&M/Mars
  • ManpowerGroup
  • Maytag Appliances
  • Mercedes
  • Merck
  • Mitsubishi
  • Mobil Chemical
  • Motorola
  • NASA
  • Nestle 
  • Northrop Grumman
  • PepsiCo
  • Philip Morris International
  • PNC Financial Services Group
  • Pfizer
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Prudential
  • Raytheon
  • Rolls Royce Allison
  • Target
  • Johnson & Johnson 
  • Schindler Elevator Corporation
  • Schneider Electric
  • Shell
  • Siemens
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Staples
  • Tesla
  • Tiffany & Co.
  • Qualcomm
  • Underwriter Laboratories
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • United Technologies
  • Union Pacific
  • UPS
  • USAA
  • Verizon
  • Walmart
  • Wells Fargo
  • Westinghouse
  • Whirlpool
  • Xerox

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