February General Meeting ๐Ÿ—“ ๐Ÿ—บ


Wednesday, February 8th 2017


DoubleTree Hotel Chicago โ€“ Oak Brook
1909 Spring Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523


  • 5:30 PM – Doors Open
  • 6:00 PM – Pre-Dinner Session
  • 7:00 PM – Dinner
  • 8:00 PM – Post-Dinner Session
  • 9:00 PM – Adjourn

Dinner Menu:

  • Soup or salad
  • Citrus Chicken
  • Grilled chicken breast, Citrus butter sauce, steamed broccoli, blended wild rice
  • Vegetable pasta
  • Penne pasta with seasonal vegetables โ€“ for our vegetarians
  • Assorted rolls
  • Freshly brewed coffee, and tea.
  • Chefโ€™s choice of dessert


  • Registration with payment 30.00
    • Dinner only guaranteed with registration and payment
  • Any Payment at door $35.00
    • Save – Register and pay!

Registration is Closed

Pre-Dinner Session:

Simple Lean

Lean is a fabulous method to simplify and streamline all kinds of work processes. Yet many have noted that Lean is rarely applied correctly. Adopters commonly get obsessed with the Lean โ€œtoolsโ€ and some get lost in the theory. One innovative manufacturer has found a simpler way to apply Lean and his methods are being adopted worldwide. Paul Akersโ€™ 2 Second Lean book and his hundreds of YouTube videos show that a simpler version of Lean is possible. This presentation will introduce you to Paulโ€™s thinking and explain how his model has informed the work โ€“ and life โ€“ of the presenter.


Tony Heath is a certified Lean improvement consultant and a six sigma black belt for Optum, a business of UnitedHealth Group. He has worked leading QI within the insurance industry for 18 years. He holds a PhD in Family Therapy from Purdue University and most of an MBA from Benedictine University. He is a Certified Professional in HealthCare Quality and is the current President of the Illinois Association for Healthcare Quality. Previously he was a behavioral scientist in a family practice residency, a college professor, a Best Buy salesperson, and a landscape worker. Tony is married to Nancy (36 years) and has two adult sons. He enjoys native gardening, making great coffee, driving his GTI, and drinking great beer. He is a Lean fixer of everything broken. His motto is Better, better, better.

Post-Dinner Session:

Capability Studies

A primer on the things to consider when carrying out a capability study. Understand Whatโ€™s Driving the Need For A Closer Look At One or More Quality Attributes, advantages and disadvantages. You may be surprised. Come on out and hear for yourself.


Kirk Johnson is a veteran of the food and beverage industry having worked for food giant, Kraft Foods, for twenty-seven years in a variety of professional roles that include, Manufacturing, Procurement, Continuous Improvement, Supplier Quality and Engineering. Having recently retired from corporate America, he began his own independent consultancy, Insight Analysis, specializing in Lean Six Sigma and Operational Excellence support. Kirk attained both his Black Belt and Master Black Belt certifications from the coveted American Society for Quality. He has been a Lean Six Sigma practitioner for nearly twenty years having received his initial green belt certification back in 1998.
Kirk is also an adjunct instructor at Elgin Community College where he teaches Business Math and Business Statistics to first and second year students.

Registration is Closed

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