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For Immediate Release - January 13, 2009
 Businesses to Share LEAN Practices
 and Recognize Excellence -
Northeast Shingo Prize Conference:
 Keynote Speakers Announced
(If you can only afford to take your employees to
 one conference this year....this should be it!)
Boston MA -  The 5th annual Northeast Shingo Prize Conference will be held on Wednesday, October 7th and Thursday, October 8th, 2009 at the DCU Center in Worcester Massachusetts. The two-day conference focuses on Lean manufacturing practices and features talks by industry lean leaders and educational workshops. The event concludes with an award ceremony recognizing the 2009 Shingo Prize Medallion recipients from the Northeast Region which is comprised of eleven states, from Maryland to Maine. This year's theme, "Everybody, Everyday: Creating a Culture of Total Employee Involvement" reflects the belief that Lean manufacturing is critical in today's global economy and that the most critical success factor when implementing Lean is getting all employees....from the CEO to the front line employees....thinking about continuous improvement everyday.

The primary goal of the Northeast Region Shingo Prize Conference and GBMP is to provide companies with a framework to enable them to remain competitive on a global level and to keep manufacturing operations and jobs in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic United States.
The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence in conjunction with GBMP, Inc. announced today the 3 keynote speakers, as well as the other luminaries, who will present at this year's Conference.

  1. Sheriff John Rutherford, Sheriff of Jacksonville FL, "The Leanest City in America" (Day One, Opening Keynote)
  2. Steven Spear: author "Decoding the DNA of the Toyota Production System" (Day Two, Opening Keynote)
  3. David Mann: author of the totally-best selling, most well-read book on organizational change, "Creating a Lean Culture: Tools to Sustain Lean Conversions" (Day Two, Closing Keynote)
  4. Gary Conner: author of the Shingo Research Prize-winning book "Lean Manufacturing for the Small Job Shop"
  5. David Meier: author (with Jeffrey Liker) of "The Toyota Way" and "The Toyota Way Fieldbook"!!!!
  6. William Lareau; author of "Office Kaizen: Transforming office operations into a strategic competitive advantage"
  7. Bruce Hamilton (aka The Toast Guy), and many, many more; seriously, many more....
  8. 16 Breakout sessions, 2 Virtual Tours, The Community of Lean Lounge and the "Shingo After Dark" Networking Cocktail Party
Conference registration and sponsorship information is available at   Registrations received before February 14, 2009 will receive a 25% early bird registration discount. The Northeast Shingo Prize is the most affordable opportunity all year to learn Lean from the World's best. Seriously.
About GBMP: About GBMP: Based at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, GBMP is a non-profit Corporation that has worked with hundreds of companies, providing suggestions and solutions resulting in millions in cost savings and increased sales. Each year GBMP trains over 10,000 people on Continuous Improvement principles in customized, on-site classroom and shop-floor training sessions and educates over 1,000 more people in public workshops, plant tours and the Manufacturing Roundtable.
About the Shingo Prize: Dubbed the "Nobel Prize of Manufacturing" by Business Week, the Shingo Prize is recognized as the premier global award for operational excellence. The North American Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence was established to recognize business excellence in the United States, Mexico and Canada. The 2009 Northeast Conference and Award Ceremony (October 7-8, 2009) will highlight how lean principles, communities, and techniques/tools can guide a company's aspirations to be competitive in global markets.
Media Contact Information:
Lela Glikes, Program Manager
GBMP, Inc.
c/o UMass Boston College of Management
100 Morrissey Blvd, Boston MA 02125
Phone: 617-287-7630 Fax: 617-287-7699