Six Sigma

Peter Peterka

Peter Peterka is the President of and Leading Consultant on the Lean Six Sigma methodology. Peter has 20 years of experience performing as a Master Black Belt, and extensive experience in industry as an improvement specialist and engineer with an expertise in DFSS, working with numerous companies, including 3M, Dell, Dow, GE, HP, Intel, Motorola, Seagate, Xerox and many government institutions including NATA and US Army.

Peter is a certified Master Black Belt and holds an MS degree in Statistics from Iowa State and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue. Peter worked for 3M over 10 years where he gained extensive experience applying Sigma Methodologies to a variety of processes. Peter has successfully developed Six Sigma deployment strategies and training for Product and Process Development, Manufacturing and Business Process Improvement. His broad experience across many technologies helped him gain insight on how to apply Six Sigma methods to Business Processes.
Master Black Belt
Advanced Technologies, Services, Other
Joe Basala

Quality management professional with approximately 25 years experience driving quality / business improvement. Specialties include: Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma, Quality Management, Quality Tools, Cost of Quality.

Involved with training and project coaching support for over 1000+ Black Belts, Green Belts, Yellow Belts, and Champions for such companies as: CNH, Xerox, Bayer, FMC, EPCOS, Abbott Labs, AT&T, Microsoft, ATK, Fifth Third Bank, Royal Bank of Canada, Rockwell Collins, Republic Engineered Products, Formosa, Shepherd Chemical, Pratt & Whitney, Coca Cola Resources, Anheuser–Busch InBev (ABI), and Spectrum Brands.

Provide Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma Training and Consulting support for organizations. I have, or am currently providing services also through a number of Six Sigma providers such as: American Society for Quality (ASQ), Versatile Visuals, Six, Goldmark Consultants, SPI Management Company, Six Sigma Qualtec, etc.

ASQ Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and ASQ Fellow
Master Black Belt
Construction Industry, Services, Transportation Industry
Chad Walters

Chad Walters has been practicing Lean and continuous improvement for over eight years. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt certified by the American Society for Quality and received his MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, where he was a member of the Kelley MBA Sports & Entertainment Academy. He has been a consultant for the Atlanta Braves, the Salvation Army, and Automatic Data Processing (ADP), and has also worked with Eaton Corporation, The Dannon Company, Thomson Plastics, Elmore Sports Group, and the South Bend Silver Hawks minor league baseball club.

Lean Blitz Consulting
Black Belt, Lean Certified (Other/Internal)
Food & Beverage, Leisure & Entertainment, Services
Ron Pereira

Co-Founder and Partner of Gemba Academy. Ron has more than 15 years experience in various manufacturing, supply chain, and senior leadership roles. Ron has held the titles of process engineer, engineering manager, master black belt, and director of manufacturing & continuous improvement. In 2002, Ron was the first American to win the Nokia Global Six Sigma and Overall Quality award in Helsinki, Finland. Ron also launched the popular LSS Academy blog which has since been rebranded and serves as Gemba Academy’s blog. Ron holds a bachelors degree in automated manufacturing and an MBA in technology management.

Gemba Academy
Black Belt, Master Black Belt, Lean Certified (Other/Internal)
Advanced Technologies, Information Technology, Other
Forrest Breyfogle

Forrest Breyfogle is a Professional Engineer and ASQ Fellow who founded Smarter Solutions in 1992. As a management thought leader and innovator, he recently completed a five-book set that provides radical management advancements in the utilization and integration of scorecards, strategic planning, and process improvement.

The first book, The Integrated Enterprise Excellence System: An Enhanced, Unified Approach to Balanced Scorecards, Strategic Planning, and Business Improvement , introduces new perspectives on what to measure and report; when and how to report it; how to interpret the results; and how to use the results to establish goals, prioritize work efforts, and continuously enhance organizational focus and success. The system helps organizations improve their bottom-line and competitiveness through the integration of analytics with innovation.

An additional three-volume series, Integrated Enterprise Excellence: Going Beyond Lean Six Sigma and the Balanced Scorecard , provides further elaboration on the shortcomings of traditional systems and the details of an Integrated Enterprise Excellence (IEE) implementation. This series of volumes describes IEE’s set of management techniques that enhance an organization’s measurement and improvement system to increase predictable and sustainable bottom-line results. The system embeds a set of best practices derived from the strengths of past systems, applying structured metrics and a no-nonsense roadmap to initiate process improvement and achieve substantial benefits. IEE takes Lean Six Sigma and the balanced scorecard to the next level in the pursuit of enterprise excellence. The final book in the set, Lean Six Sigma Project Execution Guide, provides a detailed roadmap for process improvement project execution, which truly integrates Lean and Six Sigma tools.

Mr. Breyfogle has authored or co-authored thirteen books, published over 150 technical articles for a wide range of publications, and has been interviewed by television, radio, and publication editors about managing the dynamics of organizations and the application of all forms of enterprise improvement methodologies. His latest book, The Business Process Management Guidebook: An Integrated Enterprise Excellence BPM System, along with his other books, is available in the online store.

Mr. Breyfogle has an MSME degree from the University of Texas and a BSME from the University of Missouri at Rolla.

Smarter Solutions
Black Belt, Master Black Belt, Six Sigma Certified (Other/Internal)
Advanced Technologies, Services, Other
Brion Hurley

I am an experienced Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt (process improvement), with over 15 years experience in a corporate environment. I am certified as a Master Black Belt through 6sigma.US, and Lean Master certified through Rockwell Collins.

I am currently speaking at conferences and organizations about how Lean and Six Sigma can be used to reduce environmental impacts, and I work to motivate experts to use their Lean and Six Sigma skills to help not-for-profit organizations.

While in college, I completed a bachelor’s degree in Statistics, and a master’s degree in Quality Management and Productivity from the University of Iowa.

I completed the SME Green Manufacturing Specialist Certificate, Senior Certified Sustainability Professional online program, USZWBC Zero Waste Business Associate (ZWBA) Certificate, and obtained a Certificate in Sustainability from the University of Iowa.

Master Black Belt, Lean Certified (Other/Internal)
Aerospace Industry, Clean Technologies, Environment