Board of Directors

Robert Barnes



Bob Barnes retired from Northrop Grumman after 41 years of service and was the Manager of Lean Initiatives and Best Manufacturing Practices for Northrop's Electronics Systems Sector. With over thirty years experience in the electronics industry, he has worked in numerous technical and managerial roles stressing innovation in manufacturing competitiveness.

He is currently the Chairman of the Governor's Advisory Commission on Manufacturing Competitiveness for the State of Maryland. The commission recently completed a detailed broad based analysis of Maryland manufacturing and submitted its report including recommendations for the future.

Bob has served on the board of directors of Xetron Corporation and Norden Systems and is involved in many organizations benefiting Maryland's youth, such as Junior Achievement, and the engineering profession, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Bob is a graduate Mechanical Engineer of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and completed the Executive Program at the Darden Business School of the University of Virginia. Bob is active in a number of local and national industry associations, which enable him to benchmark many facilities throughout the U.S. and other countries.


Leslie Gilbert



Leslie Gilbert is the Continuous Improvement Coordinator for Howard County Public Schools, responsible for mentoring system-wide continuous improvement projects, facilitating kaizen events and training staff in continuous improvement techniques and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt classes. 


Ms. Gilbert has worked in several industries including aerospace, biotech, cyber, retail, the military and education. In aerospace, she worked for AlliedSignal, Honeywell and ITT Corporation in logistics, avionics repair and project management. With Baxter BioScience, she led project management and lean six sigma activities around vaccine manufacturing. She began her career serving as a shipboard officer in the U.S. Navy.
Leslie graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies. She is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a certified Project Management Professional. Currently, she serves on the American Society of Quality’s Education Team Excellence Recognition Program. Leslie joined the Maryland World Class Consortia in 2009, while with Baxter BioScience. Ms. Gilbert resides in Howard County with her two children.


Bryan Goehl



Bryan Goehl is the Vice President of Manufacturing at Gable Signs in Baltimore, where he oversees production and leads their Lean / Continuous improvement initiatives throughout the company. Bryan has been in the sign industry for the past 17 years and has been with Gable since 2011. He received his B.F.A. from Quincy University in Quincy Illinois and is also a 2014 graduate of MWCC’s Lean Facilitator Certification Program. He resides in Pasadena MD with his wife Krista and their three children.





Kevin Haines



Kevin Haines is the Operations/Facility Manager for Cobham Mission Systems (Carleton Technologies Inc.) in Westminster, MD.  Prior to this role, Kevin was also a Materials Manager, Production Manager and Plant Supervisor.  Cobham is a manufacturer of high-performance lightweight composite pressure vessels and structures for the aerospace, defense and commercial markets.

Kevin is currently facilitating “Standard Operating Framework” system development and implementation for Cobham-Westminster.  He has served on the Corporate Cobham Business Lean Team, assessing and guiding other Cobham locations on lean growth and maturity.  Kevin has also facilitated many Kaizen events with the framework to provide significant improvement results and served on the Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning implementation team.

A graduate of the MWCC’s Lean Facilitator Certification course and Leadership Program, Kevin has proven lean and Six Sigma facilitation skills.  He also has significant experience in company start-up, plant relocation, manufacturing design layout and strategy deployment.

Kevin resides in Westminster with his wife, Sherri, and four children. He is a Marine Corps veteran and enjoys performing home renovations and coaching youth sports.


Stanley Kos



Stan Kos is the Lean Facilitator for ATK Aerospace Systems, Spacecraft System and Services Group. This division of ATK, located in Greenbelt, Maryland, is just minutes away from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. 

After graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering, Stan started his manufacturing career working with space qualified electronics for NASA programs. Over the last 25 years Stan has been involved with all aspects of manufacturing, including operations management and program management. He has also managed support organizations including machine shop operations, inventory control, property management and logistics. Stan's in-depth knowledge of the ATK business practices coupled with his understanding of Lean principles uniquely positions him to guide the organization on its Lean journey. Many positive results have been achieved while many more are being planned or are underway.

Stan has been active with the Consortia since 1998 when ATK (formerly Swales Aerospace) joined the MWCC. He participated in the Consortia's Lean assessment, attended the Leadership Program in 2003 and graduated with the inaugural class of the Lean Facilitator program in 2005/2006.

Stan has been a Maryland resident since birth and currently resides in Carroll County with his wife Kelli, son Ben and daughter Rachael.

 

Joyce LaPadula



Joyce La Padula is currently the Manufacturing Program Manager at the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development (DBED). Her primary focus is coordination, support and collaboration with industry stakeholders, trade associations, and educational institutions as they relate to the manufacturing industry.  Additionally, her mission includes facilitating the creation and growth of partnerships with industry facing organizations and associations in Maryland.

Ms. La Padula has served with DBED for the past 19 years. In 1998, Joyce began working with the Maryland World Class Consortia (MWCC) ultimately managing the operation as the Program Director. She worked closely with Maryland companies and consortia members in the pursuit of sustainable lean business practices. While with the MWCC, Joyce developed and leveraged relationships across the state and nationally.

During her tenure at DBED, Joyce served on the executive staff for four cabinet secretaries.

Joyce resides in Harford County with her husband, Vincent, and a very spoiled dog.


Van Reiner

Reiner.jpg

Van Reiner is a native of Lakewood, Ohio, holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wittenberg University and a master’s degree in chemistry from Lehigh University. He also has completed executive education programs at Duke University and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

He joined Bethlehem Steel in 1974 and spent the first 10 years of his career as an engineer in the coke oven department at Bethlehem’s Lackawanna, NY, plant. In 1984, he was transferred to the Burns Harbor, IN, Division as assistant superintendent of the slab mill/plate mills department and in 1990 was promoted to superintendent of that department.

In 1995, Mr. Reiner was appointed superintendent of the Galvanized Products Division, an operating unit of Burns Harbor located at Lackawanna. He became senior manager, operations, for the Burns Harbor Division in 1997, and president, Bethlehem Lukens Plate, when that division was formed in May 1998 following Bethlehem’s acquisition of Lukens Inc. He was then named president, Bethlehem Sparrows Point Division in August 2000. During his career at Bethlehem, he was a leader for introducing six sigma and lean throughout the company.

Professionally, Mr. Reiner is a past member of the board of directors of the American Institute of Steel Construction. He also held memberships in the American Iron and Steel Institute, Association of Iron and Steel Engineers, American Chemical Society, Western States Blast Furnace and Coke Oven Operators Association.

Since the closing of Bethlehem Steel, Mr. Reiner has served as interim Director to the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore, MD, and in March of 2005, was named its permanent President and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Reiner serves as Chairman of the Board for the Maryland World Class Manufacturing Consortia and is a founding member and Treasurer of the Partnership for Baltimore’s Waterfront.

He and his wife, Shirley, are the parents of three children. They reside in Bel Air, MD.

Gary Ruddell

ruddell.jpg

 



Gary Ruddell is President of Total Biz Fulfillment, Inc., a leading provider of back office and customer relations services, in addition to warehousing, picking, packing and shipment of merchant and consumer orders throughout North America. Companies depend on TBF to build their brands and to support their sales growth. Client manufacturing companies are headquartered in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Denmark and the Philippines. Re-engineered from a publishing company in 1992, Total Biz Fulfillment has built six warehouse expansions over two campuses in western Maryland over the last sixteen years.

Total Biz Fulfillment allows companies to focus on their core competencies of building a brand and selling their products. The challenge of successfully doing so requires managing a myriad of details, including the last-in-line presentation of products, transport of products, order management, credit and financial management, and customer relations. In 2000 TBF lost a large contract for 15 (fifteen) cents per transaction.  Research suggested that, had lean principles been employed, they could have enabled TBF to offer a lower commercial cost that could have won the contract. Total Biz Fulfillment thus joined the Maryland World Class Consortia.

Gary has been actively engaged with the Maryland World Class Consortia for a number of years and has been a missionary for lean principles and membership in the MWCC. In September 2007 some forty-eight companies listened as First United Bank and Trust (first bank in the State of Maryland to join MWCC); New Page (paper manufacturing); and TBF presented their lean business journeys. Gary and other bevy from his firm have attended a multitude of MWCC meetings.

Gary’s academic background is Marketing and Sales where he holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland (College Park).

Gary resides in a home overlooking Deep Creek Lake in Garrett County with his wife Luanne.

John B. King

 47


John King is the Continuous Improvement Manager for Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, responsible for training Continuous Improvement Techniques including LEAN and 6 Sigma processes, and for Implementation of large scale improvement projects.  

John graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and from Loyola University of Maryland with an Executive MBA.  Mr. King is a 6 Sigma Master Black Belt and a licensed Professional Engineer. 

Mr. King is an industry veteran with over 25 years of experience in Manufacturing, Operations, Supply Chain, and Quality management in a number of industries including consumer products, automobiles, aerospace, communications, and capital equipment manufacturing.  Much of this experience has been in the areas of cost reduction and process improvement.  John has made several presentations of the results of his work in Process Improvement and Lead Time Management at both regional and national conferences. 

Jerry Solomon

wolf.gif


Jerry Solomon has had a unique opportunity to implement Lean accounting and manufacturing techniques, as he's simultaneously held the positions of Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Manufacturing at three middle market manufacturing companies. In his dual role he was able to cast aside traditional departmental barriers and galvanize the accounting and manufacturing areas to develop timely and actionable information.

In 1986, while Mr. Solomon's additional responsibility of Financial Officer of Vermont Castings Inc., he assumed the additional responsibility for the manufacturing operations of this heavy industrial company. He immediately realized that a key customer of the accounting department, the manufacturing organization, was getting information that at best was marginally useful. Mr. Solomon redesigned the accounting procedures and teamed with the operating folks to provide user friendly reporting that facilitated the improvement process taking place on the production floor.

In 1998, Mr. Solomon became the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Manufacturing at PACE, Inc., an electronics manufacturing firm providing equipment to the telecommunications, consumer electronics, automotive, computer and medical industries. Mr. Solomon led the Lean transformation that resulted in customer lead-time reductions of 75%, productivity improvements of 64%, space reductions of 50%, quality improvements of 100%, and a doubling of inventory turns. In addition to the improvements taking place on the plant floor, the cost accounting system was simplified and the use of MRP for executing the production plan was eliminated in favor of a pull system with electronic links to all suppliers. As a result of these efforts, PACE, Inc. was the first company certified to World-Class levels by the Maryland World Class Consortia.

Mr. Solomon has recently retired as the Vice President of Operations – Hunt Valley, for MarquipWardUnited, the largest division of the Barry-Wehmiller Companies Inc., the Western Hemisphere’s leading packaging automation and converting group.

Mr. Solomon has a B.S. degree from Clarkson University, an M.S. degree from Michigan Technological University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He’s served on the Board of Directors of Vermont Castings Inc. as well as the Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation. He’s been an instructor in Lean Accounting, serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Maryland World Class Consortia, and chairs the Vendor Certification Committee. Mr. Solomon is also the author of the Shingo Prize winning book, Who’s Counting?, a highly acclaimed business novel focusing on the interaction of the manufacturing and accounting functions during a Lean transformation and Leading Lean, a novel about a three day Lean event. In collaboration with Professor Rosemary Fullerton, Mr. Solomon has also written, Accounting for World Class Operations, which has also won the Shingo Prize. Mr. Solomon brings a truly unique perspective to the requirements of manufacturers in their quest to achieve World-Class performance levels.

Shawn Wolf

wolf.gif


Shawn Wolf is currently President of Wright Manufacturing Inc. (WMI) in Frederick, MD. Shawn started his career at Wright as a consultant handling marketing and management issues, then joined the company in 2001 as the Chief Operating Officer. Shawn, along with Bill Wright, the CEO of WMI, completed the MWCC leadership program and aggressively began transforming Wright from a traditional batch manufacturer to a lean enterprise. Wright Manufacturing remains focused on its lean journey and proudly promotes lean enterprise to other businesses through tours and other means. Wright Manufacturing produces commercial lawn equipment serving the professional lawn care industry.

Previously, Shawn spent ten years in higher education as an administrator for three different universities. He also spent several years as an independent consultant focused primarily on leadership development, management, and marketing. He has a B.S. degree in Business Administration, Bryan College, an M.S. in Management, Eastern University and is currently a student at Regent University pursuing a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership.

Shawn resides in Frederick County with his wife Denise and their three children - Ryan, Lauren and Connor.

  

Leslie Gilbert is the Continuous Improvement Coordinator for Howard County Public Schools, responsible for mentoring system-wide continuous improvement projects, facilitating kaizen events and training staff in continuous improvement techniques and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt classes. 

Ms. Gilbert has worked in several industries including aerospace, biotech, cyber, retail, the military and education.  In aerospace, she worked for AlliedSignal, Honeywell and ITT Corporation in logistics, avionics repair and project management.  With Baxter BioScience, she led project management and lean six sigma activities around vaccine manufacturing.  She began her career serving as a shipboard officer in the U.S. Navy. 

Leslie graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies.  She is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a certified Project Management Professional.   Currently, she serves on the American Society of Quality’s Education Team Excellence Recognition Program.   Leslie joined the Maryland World Class Consortia in 2009, while with Baxter BioScience.  Ms. Gilbert resides in Howard County with her two children.

Bryan Goehl is the Vice President of Manufacturing at Gable Signs in Baltimore Md. where he oversees production and leads their Lean / Continuous improvement initiatives throughout the entire company.  Bryan has been in the sign industry for the past 17 years and has been with Gable since 2011.  Bryan received his B.F.A. from Quincy University in Quincy Illinois.   Bryan is also a 2014 graduate of MWCC’s  Lean Facilitator Certification Program.   He resides in Pasadena Md. with his wife Krista and their three children.  

Joyce La Padula is currently the Manufacturing Program Manager at the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development (DBED).   Her primary focus is coordination, support and collaboration with industry stakeholders, trade associations, and educational institutions as they relate to the manufacturing industry.  Additionally, her mission includes facilitating the creation and growth of partnerships with industry‑facing organizations and associations in Maryland.

Ms. La Padula has served with DBED for the past 19 years.  In 1998, Joyce began working with the Maryland World Class Consortia (MWCC) ultimately managing the operation as the Program Director.  She worked closely with Maryland companies and consortia members in the pursuit of sustainable lean business practices.  While with the MWCC, Joyce developed and leveraged relationships across the state and nationally.

During her tenure with the DBED, Ms. La Padula served on the executive staff for four cabinet secretaries including James T. Brady, David Edgerley, Christian Johansson and most recently, Dominick Murray.

Joyce resides in Harford County with her husband, Vincent, and a very spoiled dog.

Joyce La Padula is currently the Manufacturing Program Manager at the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development (DBED).   Her primary focus is coordination, support and collaboration with industry stakeholders, trade associations, and educational institutions as they relate to the manufacturing industry.  Additionally, her mission includes facilitating the creation and growth of partnerships with industry‑facing organizations and associations in Maryland.

Ms. La Padula has served with DBED for the past 19 years.  In 1998, Joyce began working with the Maryland World Class Consortia (MWCC) ultimately managing the operation as the Program Director.  She worked closely with Maryland companies and consortia members in the pursuit of sustainable lean business practices.  While with the MWCC, Joyce developed and leveraged relationships across the state and nationally.

During her tenure with the DBED, Ms. La Padula served on the executive staff for four cabinet secretaries including James T. Brady, David Edgerley, Christian Johansson and most recently, Dominick Murray.

Joyce resides in Harford County with her husband, Vincent, and a very spoiled dog.

Joyce La Padula is currently the Manufacturing Program Manager at the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development (DBED).   Her primary focus is coordination, support and collaboration with industry stakeholders, trade associations, and educational institutions as they relate to the manufacturing industry.  Additionally, her mission includes facilitating the creation and growth of partnerships with industry‑facing organizations and associations in Maryland.

Ms. La Padula has served with DBED for the past 19 years.  In 1998, Joyce began working with the Maryland World Class Consortia (MWCC) ultimately managing the operation as the Program Director.  She worked closely with Maryland companies and consortia members in the pursuit of sustainable lean business practices.  While with the MWCC, Joyce developed and leveraged relationships across the state and nationally.

During her tenure with the DBED, Ms. La Padula served on the executive staff for four cabinet secretaries including James T. Brady, David Edgerley, Christian Johansson and most recently, Dominick Murray.

Joyce resides in Harford County with her husband, Vincent, and a very spoiled dog.

© The Maryland World Class Consortia
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software
Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Email Newsletter