BIOGRAPHY

Tom Raidna, MBB

LSS Training Manager, PNC, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Tom is a Sr. Process Improvement Consultant, Vice President at PNC Financial Services. He has received his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Master Black Belt certifications and holds a BS in General Science and Mathematics Education from Michigan State University, BS in Computer Science from University of Maryland, and a graduate certificate in Applied Statistics from Penn State University.

 Over the past three years he has helped develop the methodology and training for PNC’s Lean Management System, “Better Way”. He is responsible for the development of Better Way program team members through teaching the New Deployment Team Member Training where new change agents in the program learn the Better Way Lean Management System. For experienced team members he runs Green Belt Certification workshops. As a member of the Better Way Center of Excellence he assists in sustaining system health by providing feedback and coaching during program go and sees and maturity assessments.

He is currently serving as a Continuous Improvement coach where he spends sixteen weeks with business departments following their four month initial deployment of the management system. He performs diagnostic process confirmations, group and individual feedback and coaching sessions for facilitation of huddles, problem solving sessions, process confirmations, and team member coaching.

Additionally as a Master Black Belt he has taught Black Belt, Green Belt and Yellow Belt courses and administers the Lean Six Sigma certification program. He mentors Black Belts and Green Belts in Lean Six Sigma certification project execution, and has certified hundreds of Black, Green and Yellow Belts in his six year tenure at PNC. He often is requested to facilitate executive cross functional problem solving for high visibility, complex business problems.

Tom is also a 20 year veteran of Health Care IT with the company that held several names, Elcomp, Medic Computer Systems, Misys Healthcare and Allscripts, where his roles have included, data conversions programmer, software applications engineer, Research & Development manager, Help Desk and Implementation Director, merger and acquisition team member and Black Belt.

Immediately from college Tom spent five years as a high school teacher. He taught Physical Science, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science in St. Mary’s County public schools in southern Maryland. During which time he also was the Head Coach of the Girls Track and Field and Tennis teams, and was assistant coach for the Girls Basketball, and Co-Ed Soccer teams.

Tom lives near Pittsburgh, PA with his wife of 28 years, and Twin boys who are juniors in College and high school senior Daughter. He has a passion for building and restoring kayaks and sailboats and has published articles on the topic in Small Craft Advisor and DuckWorks magazines. Over the past 14 months Tom has begun training and running in 5k races and is currently preparing to participate in a sprint distance adventure triathlon, in which he will paddle a kayak 2 miles, bike ride 14 miles and run a 5K distance.


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Conference Chair's Message 

Joel Smith

Continuous Improvement is not just something a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) practitioner leads their organization in practicing, but is also a core competency of their professional makeup. That is why more and more innovative and leading companies are looking for leaders that use the LSS way of thinking in everything they do within their organization.

In this era of data science and machine learning, the ability to connect the dots for end to end solutions across the boundaries of people, process and systems is the key to success. This year’s conference is focused on making sure we are “continuing” our journey as practitioners. Whatever your level of experience, you will learn new concepts, new perspectives and network with the best in the industry.