OUR TEAM

Our people are our greatest strength. We work together with you to deliver value in your business.

Chris Vogel

Chris Vogel, Chief Executive Officer

Chris has 15 years of experience as an executive and entrepreneur including holding a variety of senior management positions ranging from CEO to Operations Management in areas of Lean Deployment, Financial Analysis & Planning and Information Technology.

Prior to MIPRO, Chris was founder and CEO of Compass Affiliates which provided management consulting to Fortune 1000 companies in the US and Europe since 2011. Prior to Compass, Chris led and used Lean to transform a division of Wells Fargo with 1,200 staff members.

Eric Ohlson

Eric Ohlson, Chief Operating Officer & Managing Partner

Eric has 12 years of experience as an entrepreneur and executive from the technology services sector and has leadership experience ranging from CEO to Operations Management and Sales leadership.

Prior to MIPRO, Eric was co-founder and CEO of a national Information Technology consulting, training and staffing firm which provided services to companies in the US. Eric also has previous experience working in account management and leadership positions at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Mike Gratz

Michael Gratz, Managing Director & Partner

Michael has 20 years of experience serving in leadership roles as a founder and entrepreneur with multiple technology companies. Michael has experience as CEO, VP of Sales and a broad background in Sales, Marketing, Technology Development, and International Consulting.

Michael is experienced in leading performance improvement methodologies such as Lean, Six Sigma, Metric of Urgency and is a Baldridge examiner.

Sarah Fahnhorst

Sarah Nesset, Vice President of Services

Sarah has a passion for transformational change with a keen understanding of how to balance people, process, and technology through organizational change and sustainable continuous improvement. With over 20 years of professional experience in both IT and Operations, Sarah has a proven track record of developing organizational and operational models, effective project deliveries, business capability maturity, and organizational change management.

Megan O'Neal

Megan O’Neal, Senior Consultant

Megan has over 10-years extensive hands-on experience, as well as training from the Lean Enterprise Institute on the disciplines of Transformational Leadership, Leader Standard Work, Visual Management Tools, Value Stream Mapping (including for the Office and Service), Lean Product Development, PDCA Problem Solving and more. She also has a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma.

Megan trains and coaches teams on structured PDCA problem solving, leads them through the development of standard work and implementation of visual management, and helps them articulate departmental strategies. She is experienced in leading teams through value stream mapping sessions, kaizen events, and strategy deployment exercises.

Ralph Robinett

Ralph Robinett, Senior Consultant

Ralph has 20 years of Operations experience in the Semiconductor, Solar, and Autonomous Vehicle Sensor industries, holding a variety of senior leadership positions in Global Operations, Engineering, Lean, SPC, and Quality.  He brings strong Lean implementation experience, a disciplined cost reduction methodology, end-to-end thinking, and a customer-first, quality mindset to delivering operational results and innovative solutions to big problems.

Prior to MIPRO, Ralph was Vice President, Operations at SunPower Corporation where he led the 3000-person, global solar panel operations.  Ralph used Lean and Statistical Process Control to drive sustainable value stream transformation and employee engagement across factories in Asia, North America, Europe, and Africa.

Tony Chamblin

Tony Chamblin, Senior Consultant

Tony spent 20 years with Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky. During that time he learned Lean concepts and applied them in the process. He worked as a production Team Member, Team Leader and Group Leader in the Paint department. In those roles he developed standardized work, set up work stations, applied practical problem solving, coached Quality Circles, Jidoka, Andon usage and worked with Team Leaders and Team Members on Kaizen activities. He spent 5 years as Group Leader in the Production Improvement Team. In that role he organized and led internal Kaizen activities, organized and trained Team members in the fundamental skills, traveled to other North American affiliates to determine root cause and develop countermeasures to ongoing problems, train Team Members in the Toyota Production System and supervise special projects.

Tony is also an Adjunct Instructor with the University of Kentucky in the Center for Lean Manufacturing. He has worked with several companies ranging from banking to aerospace.

Reggie Vandlonden

Reggie Vanlonden, Senior Consultant

Reggie has a diverse background in Product Development and Manufacturing. He has 29 years’ experience with 18 of the 29 years in Engineering Management and Executive Leadership. Industries worked in include Automotive, Major Appliances, Industrial Products, Medical Devices and Electronic Manufacturing Services. His personal Lean journey began with Electrolux North America where he participated in their Vision 2000 program to implement and sustain the Lean program across the divisions.

Jon Solseth

Jon Solseth, Senior Consultant

Jon has 20 years of Business Development experience owning separate businesses across multiple states and countries. He has over 15 years of Senior Leadership experience managing Lean Six Sigma and Project Management initiatives in various industries. Jon is a specialist in Lean Deployment and Risk Management/Mitigation.

Kim Wehrl

Kim Wehri, Senior Consultant

Kim has 10 years of training and development expertise across multiple companies. She can provide facilitative leadership and design in customizing Lean training for any industry or corporation. She has provided training support for all levels of staff in a divergence of organizations.

Kim has been a lead program manager for many high profile initiatives and change requirements. She utilizes Lean/Six Sigma to drive positive change in support of Operational Excellence for Continuous lmprovement models. She has consulted in high level, large scale Process Improvements that had regulatory impacts based on new banking laws and requirements.

David Bush

David Bush, Senior Consultant

David’s work experience started as a production operator in a manufacturing shop that applied continuous-flow work cells and visual management methods. He has maintained that grounding as he has worked professionally for over 25 years in medical device, aerospace instrument, and high-reliability electronics industries. He combines Master Black Belt application of Lean and Six Sigma methods with strong business focus to assure world-class quality while increasing productivity and profitability. He has coached and trained at all levels, from front line to top line, operator to officer.

Kathy Hunter

Kathy Hunter, Senior Consultant

Kathy began her career in lean manufacturing at New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI), a joint venture between General Motors and Toyota.  As a production Team Leader, she had the opportunity to learn the Toyota Production System (TPS) in Japan as part of the Team Leader training program. She returned to Japan several times after being promoted to Group Leader while working on the ‘89 model change project, and then again as the Project Manager for the successful launch of the ’98 model change (Prizm and Corolla). She was then promoted to Assistant Manager in the Tacoma Truck Paint Shop.  During her 15 years at NUMMI, she was certified by master trainers in Standardized Work, Job Instruction Training, PDCA, and Practical Problem Solving and was instrumental in the TPS training of production team members and management.

Jason McVay

Jason McVay, Senior Consultant

Jason has over 12 years of experience in business transformation and product development. He helps organizations continuously improve their goods, services, and systems by eliminating all forms of waste (energy, time, resources, money, and human potential) and drawing on his diverse experience working with a broad range of organizational types and industry sectors.

Jason holds an M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. His early work in product design, as both an engineer and design researcher, has given him a unique understanding of the behavioral and technical aspects of work systems and has formed his ability to bridge the gaps between the various functions in an organization and help them learn to see work from a holistic perspective, with a primary focus on providing value to customers.

Kevin Wells

Kevin Wells, Senior Consultant

Kevin has almost thirty years experience improving operations and quality within the Consumer Products, Telecom, Aerospace, Automotive and Semiconductor industries. He became an enthusiastic proponent of Six Sigma in the mid 90’s after being trained at Motorola as a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Since then, he has added Lean Management, Quality Auditor, Quality & Organizational Excellence and Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications to successfully drive improvements in Quality Director and Plant Manager roles.

Yassin Qanyare

Yassin Qanyare, Senior Consultant

Yassin Qanyare has more than 17 years of management experience. He led a production team at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, he provides clients with superior leadership during critical transition phases (paper to electronic images), including hiring professional and technical staff, implementing budget reductions, writing business plans, and coaching Lean.

With a strong knowledge of both standardize work, lean and developing people, Yassin has been responsible for department budgets. He has experience in all aspects of financial forecasting, resource allocation, fund management, accounting and control. Administrative expense reductions have resulted in a 30% increase in profits, while improving overall staff morale and client confidence.

Yassin also brings to the table strong culture understanding and diversity knowledge, he provides standardize work and lean training in different departments.

Lee Richmond

Lee Richmond, Senior Consultant

Lee’s diverse background includes product development, quality, and continuous improvement in a variety of industries and companies.  He has manufacturing experience in the aerospace, automotive, building materials, electronics, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and plastics industries.  He has served as both an internal change agent and as an external consultant.  As an internal change agent, Lee managed a medical device plant transformation that resulted in a 67% reduction in lead-time, a $1.5 million reduction in scrap, and a $1.0 million reduction of in-process inventory.  Lee trained and worked under Masaaki Imai while working with the Kaizen Institute of America for more than a decade, and as an external consultant, Lee led Kaizen events and implemented 5S, Visual Management, Set up Reduction, and Standard Work in manufacturing and transactional organizations.

Monte Mitchell

Monte Mitchell, Senior Consultant

For over 20 years, Monte has lived Toyota’s Production System (TPS) and its relentless pursuit of True North. Today he finds a tremendous amount of satisfaction helping companies realize operational excellence. Monte started his career with Toyota at the NUMMI facility where he managed various departments including Production, Special and New Model projects, and the TPS Group. In 2003 Monte was selected from a pool of over 600 managers to join Toyota’s three year Executive Development Program-Operations and Management Development Division (OMDD) where he continued to develop his TPS knowledge and capability.

John Skerl

John Skerl, Senior Consultant

John Skerl is a highly sought after Lean consultant and trainer.  He began his Lean career at New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI), where he earned certifications as a Master Trainer in PDCA, Standardized Work, Job Instruction Training, Practical Kaizen Training, Problem Solving and Group Leader and Team Leader Development Training. John is recognized for being able to take classroom education to the actual job site for hands on implementation producing positive results.