Brandon Brown

Owner and Master Kata Coach, Continuous Coaching Commitment
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Toyota Kata Practitioner Day

Brandon Brown will be the instructor for the South Carolina Kata Practioner Day. Brown is owner and Master Kata coach at Continuous Coaching Commitment, LLC. He’s also an associate for the W3 Group, delivering tangible and sustainable continuous improvement results as a Toyota Kata Master Coach and Lean Instructor/Facilitator. Most recently, in November 2017, he was the keynote speaker at the first TWI-Kata Summit in Prague, CZ and Zilina, SK, in Central Europe to celebrate the newest release of the 19th language of the Toyota Kata book. Brandon has 25 years of continuous improvement experience in various leadership roles for Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions, Central States Manufacturing, Waterloo Industries, and Lincoln Automotive.

Susan Whitehead

Technical Specialist, SC Manufacturing Extension Partnership
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Training Within Industry (TWI)

Susan Whitehead will instruct two courses: Training Within Industry (TWI): Overview of Job Relations, Job Instruction and Job Methods and Lean for Human Resources: A Fundamental Change in Approach. Over the past 20+ years as a quality engineer, Whitehead has worked for companies such as Bose Corporation, Bosch Braking Systems, and Honeywell Aerospace (formally AlliedSignal Engines). While at Bose, she was a key member of a cross-functional team achieving quality, cost and delivery goals. In turn, she reduced PPM by 65%, increased yields 19%, and increased production rates 37% within eight months. Now a Technical Specialist at the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP), Whitehead is a TWI Certified Instructor and has trained more than 1,000 employees.

Spencer Cobb

Director of Strategic Sales, Cytellix
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Cyber Security in Manufacturing

Spencer Cobb will instruct a course called: Cyber Security in Manufacturing: Preparing for the Robot Zombie Hack Megeddon. For the last 20 years, Cobb has been helping some of the biggest companies in the world protect themselves from emerging cyber threats originating from nation states, hacktivists, and organized crime syndicates. A veteran of multiple successful cyber security startups, Cobb now leads strategy and business development with Cytellix, the cyber security division of IMRI. The company secures over 7M devices with customers such as the U.S. Army, Missile Command, DISA and DHS.

Nancy Eichstadt

Managing Partner, Leadership Management International
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: How Do I Get People To Do What I Want?

Nancy Eichstadt will instruct a course called: How Do I Get People To Do What I Want? Creating a High-Performance Workforce. Eichstadt is a managing partner with Leadership Management International, Inc. (LMI) based out of the Upstate of South Carolina. Nancy’s professional background spans more than 25 years working in corporate america for Fortune 500 companies such as Dow Chemical, Georgia Pacific, and Sealed Air Corporation. She has held a variety of senior management positions from sales and marketing to global business development to business unit management.

Chris Wayne

Vice President of Growth Services, SC Manufacturing Extension Partnership
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Effective Marketing for Manufacturers: A Pathway to Success

Chris Wayne will instruct a course on effective marketing implementation. For more than 25 years as a mechanical engineer and designer, Wayne has developed an extensive knowledge of a multitude of industries and has worked for a wide range of companies, from small start-ups to Fortune 500 organizations. Recognized for analyzing, valuing and managing business development opportunities, he is a highly successful innovation leader with a proven track record of transforming ideas into revenue streams. Building motivated teams in highly competitive and fast-paced industries is something Wayne prides himself on and is at ease with building strategic relationships at the corporate and university levels.

Mark Jolley

Director of Manufacturing Services, Marshall Institute
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: The Diary of a Reliability Consultant

Mark Jolley will co-instruct a course called: The Diary of a Reliability Consultant: Real-World Lessons to Achieve World-Class Manufacturing.  Jolly is the director of manufacturing services at the Marshall Institute. He is an experienced maintenance and manufacturing professional with more than ten years of experience leading continuous improvement in the manufacturing environment. Jolley has worked as a LEAN Leader, directing complex projects from concept to fully-operational status. His background in TPM, 5S, Six Sigma and Quality Assurance has helped make him a strong team leader, detail-directed problem solver and a goal-oriented manager. In his position, Jolley is dedicated to assisting his clients achieve their uptime, reliability and cost goals while developing a sustainable structure for long-term, high performance.

Steve Gowan

Manager of Marketing Services, Marshall Institute
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: The Diary of a Reliability Consultant

Steve Gowan will co-instruct a course called: The Diary of a Reliability Consultant: Real-World Lessons to Achieve World-Class Manufacturing. Manager of manufacturing services at the Marshall Institute, Gowan is a proven Continuous Improvement Leader with 16 years of manufacturing leadership experience. He loves to drive process improvement and has a solid history of cost reduction, production yield improvements and quality improvement through TPM and LEAN Manufacturing. In various career positions from crew chief in the United States Air Force to process engineer for an aerospace company, Gowan was involved a in TPM, 5S, Spare Parts/Storeroom Management, Employee Development, Root Cause Analysis, Predictive/Preventive Maintenance, Equipment Improvement, and LEAN Manufacturing. Gowan leads organizations to optimize reliability contribution to their organization’s performance.

Jim Woody

Technical Specialist, SC Manufacturing Extension Partnership
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Intro to Kanban: Basic Concepts and Pitfalls

Jim Woody will instruction a course called: Intro to Kanban, Basic Concepts and Pitfalls. Working with a Fortune 500 company in the mid-80s, Woody began his transition from the then-traditional manufacturing environment to the revolutionary Lean environment. The new culture and methodology became ingrained in his thinking and managing process. His industry experience spans 27 years in high-volume manufacturing, including operations management with P&L responsibilities. Over the past 15 years, he has worked domestically and internationally with over 400 companies in everything from healthcare and telecommunications, to all types of manufacturing environments. Woody is able to transition his knowledge in a way that companies feel equipped with the necessary tools for long-term survival.

Edward Barnes

Manufacturing Operations and Supply Chain Management, The Citadel
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Lean Logistics: Reducing the Fat

Ed Barnes will instruct a course called: Lean Logistics: Reducing the Fat.  Barnes has 34 years of experience in the supply chain field. He received a bachelor of science from Charleston Southern University in 1984 and an MBA from The Citadel in 1990. Barnes served in the U.S. Navy as a senior enlisted electronics technician and supply corps officer, retiring as a lieutenant commander in 2001. He is certified in Production and Inventory Control (CPIM) and is a Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) and a certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB). Barnes teaches undergraduate supply chain classes at The Citadel. In addition, he teaches Operations, Production Control, Six Sigma, and Lean Supply Chain courses for APICS and industrial organizations.

Greg Folts

President, Marshall Institute
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Developing a Skilled Workforce: Delivering World-Class Reliability

Greg Folts will instruct a course on workforce development.  The president of Marshall Institute, Folts is an experienced TPM and maintenance consultant. His experience with maintenance strategy, LEAN principles, Six Sigma and shop floor technical background give him the ability to work with all management levels within an organization. Folts has assisted clients in developing TPM and maintenance strategies — saving millions of dollars — for companies including Boeing, Harley Davidson, BMW, Mercury Marine, Monsanto, Leggett & Platt, Appleton Papers and Federal Mogul. He has driven multi-plant, corporate projects as well as adapted improvement techniques for smaller facilities.


Tom Furnival

Director of Training Services, Marshall Institute
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Developing a Skilled Workforce: Delivering World-Class Reliability

Tom Furnival will instruct a course on workforce development. Furnival has been with Marshall Institute for 10 years. As the director of training services, he is responsible for supporting clients to enhance performance, including knowledge and competency, contribute to their bottom line and grow in their careers through role-based and topic-based instructor-led public seminars, live webinars and custom on-site training. With a background in business management and strategic marketing, Furnival brings a strategic company perspective to developing and supporting maintenance and reliability teams. He has helped clients in industries including manufacturing, mining, pharmaceutical, facilities, energy and numerous others with custom-designed training to achieve corporate goals.

Joe Razum

Value Engineer, 3D Systems
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: 3D Printing for Lean, IoT Wearables and Hackathons

Joe Razum will instruct a course on 3D printing and the Internet of Things. Razum has presented additive manufacturing at numerous national conferences including: SME Rapid, SAE World Congress, SAE AeroTech and regionally to various professional groups such as AMS. He has a 2017 certificate from MIT in Internet of Things, certification in additive from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and five years of experience in additive.

Rebecca Hartley, Ph.D.

Director, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute, Clemson University
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Advancing Robotics Technology in Manufacturing

Rebecca Hartley, Ph.D. is Director of Operations for Clemson University Center for Workforce Development (CUCWD) and the NSF ATE Center for Aviation and Automotive Technological Education using Virtual E-Schools (CA²VES). She has spent the past 17 years working in higher education administration in the areas of undergraduate admissions, graduate admissions, academic records, and student affairs. Rebecca also serves as the Chief Workforce Development Officer with the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute.

Ken Grider

Managing Director, Raymond James Investment Banking
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Investment Banking 101: An Update on the Manufacturing Industry

Ken Grider is currently serving as head of the business development group of Raymond James’ Professional Partners Program. He manages the investment bank’s relationships with legal and accounting firms, venture, mezzanine, and lower market private equity funds as well as Raymond James’ 7500+ financial advisors. Prior to joining Raymond James, Grider was a partner with Equitable Capital Management. He spent 13 years working with Tunstall Consulting, a boutique corporate finance consulting firm, ultimately serving as the firm’s senior managing director.