Richard D. Wiltse
Richard Wiltse is a Master Black Belt for Tremco Incorporated, a leading manufacturer of Sealants and Waterproofing technologies. During his 12 year tenure at Tremco Richard was instrumental in developing a Lean Six Sigma program that spans 7 different factories / sites and has accounted for several million dollars in savings. A teacher, instructor, coach, and occasional conference speaker, Richard has presented on various topics ranging from DOE to Value Stream Mapping. As the founder and facilitator of the AME Cleveland Lean Consortia, Richard is currently developing new benchmarking methods and standards in an effort to enhance the Lean programs of all Consortia members. Richard is a certified MBB from The Ohio State University and received his MBA from Shenandoah University and a BS from Illinois State University.
Sr. Manager, Vitamix Lean Enterprise
Eric DiMalanta is the chief designer of Vitamix Lean Enterprise, the company-wide strategic initiative focused on improving the flow of customer value by tapping into the energy and hidden potential of its people. He has spent the last 12 years building lean cultures in areas such as operations, new product development, customer service, safety, and information technology across different organizations. Eric has had the pleasure of educating over 1200 people through various lean and six sigma workshops. He developed a solid technical background working several years as a process development engineer in the label converting, oil additive, and lighting industries. As an Ohio native, he earned a chemical engineering bachelor’s degree from the University of Akron and an engineering master’s degree from Case Western University.