References

James M. Levett, M.D., FACS
Cardio Thoracic & Vascular Surgeon
Chief Medical Officer
Physicians Clinic of Iowa (PCI)
Office: 319-362-5118
Fax: 319-364-0574
Cell: 319-310-4872

Jon Kounkel, CSSBB
Program Manager, Bombardier Products
Rockwell Collins
Office: 319-295-8910
Cell: 319-651-6387

Ryan Lienau, CSSBB
Program Manager, Embraer
Rockwell Collins
Office: 503-404-7019
Cell: 503-407-6519

Matt Horvat
Process Improvement
Vancouver Clinic
Cell: 503-333-1966

Kjell van Zoen
Lean and Operations Consultant
vanZoen LLC
Cell: 971-285-6857

OTHER REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST


“Through your commitment, dedication, leadership and expert application of Lean Electronics/Six Sigma tools, you were able to achieve outstanding results. [The program] has acquired new skills through your training that will assure sustainable performance. You are to be commended for your personal commitment to increase flow and reduce waste in our processes. I extend my sincere appreciation for a job well done.”
– Kent Statler, Rockwell Collins, Senior VP of Operations

“Thank you for everything you have done for me and my development in the past. You will certainly be missed!” – Heather Gatto, Supply Chain Quality Manager, Rockwell Collins

“Your help has gotten me through this class [MBA Statistics course] with a better understanding of statistics – and the why’s and how’s. I appreciate your time and patience with all my questions. Thank you!”
– Caroline Ehlinger, Rockwell Collins, Quality Trainer

“I’m very grateful for your contributions to this successful analysis [freshwater mussel impact on nitrate formation]!”
– Craig Just, University of Iowa, Engineering Professor

“Thanks for your support of our Lean Journey!”
– Andy Ockenfels, City Carton Recycling, Owner

“I am late in sending you a thank you note for a wonderful lecture for the MBA class a couple of weeks ago [Six Sigma at Rockwell Collins]. Great job engaging the students and giving them a really great overview of SPC and Six Sigma. I truly appreciate your time and expertise — thank you!”
– Jen Blackhurst, Iowa State University, Logistics & Supply Chain Management Professor

“Thank you. You offer a very engaging and information-packed class [Lean and the Environment]. I find myself thinking more ‘lean’ already, not just at work but in every aspect of life. Funny how much difference even a day session can make.”
– Evonne Pacinda, Hampton Affiliates, Environmental Engineer

“You’re a fantastic presenter [home weatherization workshop] and were a real asset this year. I appreciate your ease as a presenter & your valuable expertise, as well as your great feedback & your patient participation in our new VWL (volunteer workshop leader) program.”
– Cass Cole, Community Energy Project, Community Educator

“Thank you Brion for all of your help with the statistical analysis of my PhD. It has been greatly appreciated!!”
– Mike Stutzman, Rockwell Collins, HR and Lean

“Thank you for all the Six Sigma mentoring [ASQ Green Belt exam preparation] you have done for me. I truly appreciate your guidance and help. Again, thank you for all your assistance.”
– Irakli Naridze, Rockwell Collins, Lean consultant

“I had the pleasure to work with Brion in several projects. During these he provided outstanding mentorship, support and training. His knowledge and technical skills are superior to many people I have worked with. Brion always excels among professionals not only for his intelligence but also his personality, ethical values and commitment to the people and company. I hope our paths will once again cross to work together.”
– Cristina Uribe, Rockwell Collins, Industrial Engineer

“I had the pleasure of working with Brion as a Black Belt from 2008-2013, as a peer and then as a direct report. Brion is passionate and knowledgeable about continuous improvement. He is capable at applying the Lean Six Sigma tools practically as well as teaching the principle effectively in a formal classroom. He can make difficult concepts understandable and non-intimidating by bringing humor and practical examples. Brion possesses in-depth knowledge of statistical applications and modeling. He is a patient mentor and able to guide both Green Belts and Black Belts through to successful certification, while delivering impactful business results. Brion is a team player, always willing to lend a hand to other team members and interested in tackling the more complex business problems. Any organization would benefit from having Brion as part of their team.”
– Todd Moser, Rockwell Collins, Lean Manager

“Brion was my mentor early in my career as an Industrial Engineer at Rockwell Collins. He inspired me to always build process improvement into my job responsibilities no matter the position I was in. He also helped me prepare for the Certified Six Sigma Black Belt exam through ASQ. His knowledge of both the change management and the technical side of Lean and Six Sigma is unrivaled. I have met very few people who are as genuine and trustworthy as Brion.”
– Nick Novotny, Rockwell Collins, Plant Manager

“Brion is one of the smartest and enjoyable people I have the pleasure to work with. He never stops offering to support production needs for various Lean projects. He provides training for our site which is timely and he is able to answer unexpected questions competently. As a new leader, I often defer to him for his experience and recommendations when I’m getting ready to make changes to my production team…I look forward to working with him in the future.”
– Will Gray, Rockwell Collins, Production Manager

“Brion has been extremely helpful and responsive to my data assessment needs. We’ve one project with mulitple facets to consider and he consistently supported the project either with direct data crunching or providing instruction and feedback to my own data crunching. I’ve recommended him to a supplier that has an immature SPC program and could use some quick phone call feedback from Brion on suggestions for managing their process monitoring.”
– Mary Silva, Rockwell Collins, Subcontracts Program Manager

“Thank you again for leading the professional development call! You introduced a new framework that will not only help us improve the efficacy of our work, but will also help our employees take ownership of the process at a higher level. Several of the directors on the call are really excited about it, which is exactly what I was hoping for. It’s also great timing, because we’re getting our own 501c3 and going through lots of strategic planning, logic models, setting metrics, etc., which I think is the perfect time to also examine opportunities to streamline our efforts and reduce waste.”
– Katie Cantrell, Factory Farm Awareness Coalition, Executive Director