Mark Hamel

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Many folks share an anti-kaizen event sentiment. Daily kaizen is the only way to go, right?

The truth is most successful lean organizations jump-started their transformation through the effective application of kaizen events…and then they transitioned to a sustainable kaizen culture by balancing daily kaizen and events.

Join Mark Hamel, author of the Shingo Award-winning book, Kaizen Event Fieldbook, and Gemba Tales blogger, for some insight on how to do both well.


Mark Hamel

Mark brings experience gained from a successful 19 year career in industry and 8 years as a lean six sigma implementation coach. An award-winning author, he has played a transformative role in lean implementations across a broad range of industries including aerospace and defense, automotive, building products, business services, chemical, durable goods, electronics, insurance, healthcare and transportation. Mark has successfully coached lean leaders and associates at both the strategic and tactical level. He has facilitated many hundreds of kaizen events and conducted numerous training sessions and workshops.

Mark's pre-consulting career encompassed executive and senior positions within operations, strategic planning, business development and finance. His most recent industry roles included that of COO, VP of Operations and Director of Strategic Planning. Mark’s lean education and experience began in the early 1990’s when he conceptualized and helped launch what resulted in a Shingo Prize winning effort at the Ensign-Bickford Company.

Mark holds a BS in Mathematics from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, MS in Professional Accounting from the University of Hartford and a MA in Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He is a CPA in the state of Connecticut and has dual APICS certifications. Mark is a national Shingo Prize examiner, helped develop exam questions for the AME/SME/Shingo/ASQ Lean Certification, and is Juran certified as a six sigma black belt. Mark authored the Society of Manufacturing Engineers published book, Kaizen Event Fieldbook: Foundation, Framework, and Standard Work for Effective Events. The Fieldbook was a recipient of a 2010 Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award. Mark is also the founder of the lean blog, Gemba Tales and a regular columnist for Quality Digest.