Mike Micklewright - Director, US Operations

Mike Micklewright Kaizen consultant

Professional Career

2012 – Present: Kaizen Institute USA, Senior Consultant
2011 – 2012: Hydraforce, Inc., Vice President of Global Continuous Improvement
1994 – 2011: Independent consultant, author and speaker
1988 – 1994: Seaquist Perfect Dispensing, Senior Quality Engineer
1986 – 1988: Saturn Corporation, Manufacturing Engineer

Professional Expertise

Facilitated dozens of Kaizen Events 
Facilitated top management of several Fortune 1000 companies through Value Stream transformations
Led the startup of greenfield assembly plant for GM in Argentina
Acted as sensei to Toyota suppliers in North America
Directed another VSM at a motor assembly company that cut shop order errors 25%, reduced order confirmation time by 50%, reduced customer complaints by 16%, and on-time shipments by 32%
Trained thousands in Lean Leadeship, Office and Manufacturing Simulations, 5S, TPM, Lean Logistics, Kanban, Quick Changeovers, Lean Culture, Mistake-Proofing, Root Cause Analysis, Six Sigma tools, FMEA, Control Plans, Teams, Creativity, QFD, VA/VE and SPC


University of Illinois, BS Engineering
Six Sigma Black Belt, ASQ
ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, Quality Auditor & Supply Chain Analysis




Christian Wolcott - Senior Consultant

"Global Kaizen Consultant of the Year 2015"

Christian Wolcott Kaizen Director
Professional Career

2009 – Present: Kaizen Institute USA, Senior Consultant
2005 – 2009: WMEP/AFT Client Specialist/ Director of Operations
1999 – 2005: Stora Enso North America, Production Inventory Control Manager
1991 – 1999: Consolidated Papers Inc. Quality Superintendent/ISO/Analyst

Professional Expertise

Pioneered Lean in Justice systems in Saskatchewan working with multidisciplinary teams in two cities to improve time to trial by 40%
Inspired teams of non- manufacturing employees to collaborate and improve work streams – reducing lead time from 21 days to 24 hrs. 85% waste reduction, 78% improved quality, ISO compliance, establishing performance metrics, integrating client centric service models.
Designed and led dozens of executive level organizational lean management structures (Healthcare, Technology, Government, Education) to support Lean culture self sustainability within 6 months.
Utilized and infused Lean leadership development with every interaction to grow and build on cultural, organizational and personal strengths of all employees.
Creative with the learning experience that supports client needs while challenging, building and developing internal capacity for long term sustainability.

University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Business

Carlos Paez - Senior Consultant

Carlos Paez Professional Career

  2016 - Present: Kaizen Intitute USA, Senior Consultant

  2008 - 2016: Global Lean Manager ISC, McCain Foods

  1995 - 2008: Plant Manager, Regional CI Manager, Unit Manager, PACTIV Corp

  1994 - 1995: Director of Manufacturing, Excelsior Manufacturing and Supply Company

  1988 - 1994: Manager of Manufacturing, Toyoda Machinery USA

Professional Expertise

Continuous Improvement Professional with a strong background in Lean. Wide knowledge of manufacturing, quality assurance and process improvement methodologies.

Passionate and effective coach, trainer and speaker.

Strong Manufacturing background in multiple industries.

Implemented Lean strategies, content development, deployment and financial return around the world.

Successful utilization of 5S, Visual Management, VSM, TPM, SMED, Kaizen, Labor Optimization and Pull systems, Strategy Deployment, Business Process Mapping, 2P, A3 problem solving. 


  • Lean/Six Sigma Black Belt, Villanova University - 2011
  • Master Problem Solving, University of Kentucky - 2009
  • Lean Certification, Arizona State University – 2006
  • Pactiv Way Facilitator Problem Solving & Process Improvement certification- 2005
  • MBA, Northern Illinois University - May 1997.
  • TQM Certification, George Washington University - 1995
  • BS Industrial Technology, Southern Illinois University - May 1987 


Chris Stoddart, Senior Consultant

Chris Stoddart

Professional Career 

2016 - Present Kaizen Institute USA, Senior Continuous Improvement Consultant
2012 - 2016 Kaizen Institute Canada, Senior Continuous Improvement Facilitator
2011 - 2012 Group Lean, Director
2009 - 2011 Kaizen Institute Lean Advisors, Senior Advisor
2007 - 2009 Lean Velocity, VP Business Transformation
2005 - 2007 Standex Electronics, Director of Continuous Improvement
2003 - 2005 Solutions Plus, Senior Consultant
2001 - 2003 Data Cable, Plant Manager/Lean Champion
2000 - 2001 Rubbermaid, Shift Supervisor/5SFacilitator
1989 - 2000 Pfizer, Manufacturing Co-ordinator/Plant Trainer

Professional Expertise

A Lean Sensei experienced at working with all levels of an organization.
Trained and mentored by a Lean Sensei with over 30 yrs. experience in Continuous Improvement Strong Lean background in manufacturing, government, higher education and healthcare sectors
Managed successful Lean implementations both at the site and multi-site levels


Lean Black Belt – Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium

Business – Athabasca University



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