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Body Armor Manufacturer creating new processes

The Leaning Edge
July 13, 2017 9:00 AM

Patricia Malone - professional image.jpgDebra talks with Patricia Malone, CFO, COO Armor Express, about creating new business processes. And that will also be her session topic coming up in August for the Michigan Lean Consortium's 7th Annual Conference in Traverse City. Here is a bit about Patricia:

Patricia Malone is presently the CFO/COO for Armor Express, an International manufacturer of Body Armor located in Central Lake, MI.  Patricia has 20+ years of experience in Financial Management, strategic planning, LEAN principles, Business Process Management, and Project Management, across a broad industry spectrum.  Prior to Armor Express, Patricia was SR. Director of Business Process Transformation for Sun Edison.  Patricia holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from Lawrence Technological University and an MBA from The Ohio State University.  Her research interest is building strategic capacity and her passion is Lean leadership.

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The Leaning Edge, hosted by Debra Levantrosser, she speaks with leaders, implementers and believers in the lean philosophy to share their successes and struggles in hopes that they will help others in their lean journey.

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The “Lean” philosophy refers to engaging and involving all levels of employees in development of ideas to provide value to customers by aiming for high quality, low cost and short lead time. A specific kind of leadership style is seen in successful lean organizations which includes rewarding experimentation and developing people into problem solvers.

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