Our Talent & Leadership
Ben's journey into Lean Manufacturing began in 1988.
Ben was a principal in the development and establishment of the "Chrysler Operating System", which applied Lean Manufacturing design, methods, and support systems on the shop floor. The results included significant capital reductions and productivity gains throughout both the assembly and stamping divisions.
Ben's operational experience includes all levels of management: from supervisor to superintendent, center manager to plant manager, vice president to CEO. Ben possesses a deep and genuine understanding of organizational development, leading to breakthrough results.
Operational Excellence: Ben's organization at SSP enjoyed the Harbour & Associates #1 ranking for press line strokes per minute and changeover time, from 2000 - 2005. In his most recent role as Global Vice President Lean Six Sigma, he was responsible for managing and supporting over $350m in structural YOY cost reductions in the last 10 year period.
Mel Zehnpfennig is a Manufacturing Executive with over 20 years of operations experience leading large companies through successful lean manufacturing transformations in the automotive, defense, medical device and electronics industries.
During his career, Mel has worked in manufacturing operations and engineering, operational excellence, continuous improvement, planning, scheduling and logistics. He has proven himself as a key stakeholder in massive operational, leadership and cultural transformations resulting in annual cost savings of more than $350M and inventory reductions of more than $75M USD (SQDCM).
Mel began his process improvement journey over 15 years ago. Since then, he has led and participated in over 500 Continuous Improvement and problem-solving events, adding significant results to the bottom line. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University (GMI Engineering and Management Institute), a Master's of science in Engineering Management from the University of Michigan and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
Greg has been in the manufacturing industry for over 29 years, and has been recognized as an industry leader in his field. Prior to joining the Dynamic Improvement Group, Greg was a Senior Regional MP&L Manager for Cooper Standard Automotive.
Greg has also held leadership roles in Materials Management at Varroc Lighting Systems, Faurecia, Johnson Controls, Plastech Engineered Products and NYX. Early on in Greg’s career he ran Tomas Plastics, a family owned injection molding company.
Greg is a recognized industry leader in developing and establishing structural Manufacturing Leadtime reduction applications. Greg has implemented ERP systems at plants worldwide from the blueprint phase through post go-live support. He is well versed in various ERP systems in both a repetitive manufacturing and discrete manufacturing environment. He has developed various programs to improve plant performance, including KPI dashboards, scheduling programs, capacity/labor management programs, material coverage reports, trackers and other custom reports. He currently specializes in “automating tasks” to improve response time and accuracy.
Nathan has 17 years of manufacturing leadership and technical experience including a Journeyman’s Certification in Tool and Die earned in Class A Automotive Stamping.
He has been an influential leader in difficult Assembly Operations, Class A Stamping Toolrooms, Stamping Operations, and Manufacturing Operations.
With experience in senior management roles in both Engineering and Operations, his applied leadership includes using Lean Manufacturing tools and his technical background to launch manufacturing plants.
With a passion for excellence and shop floor performance, he has delivered outstanding sustainable results in the challenging automotive manufacturing environment. This includes greenfield startups, and legacy stamping plants.
He has led his operations teams in achieving hard savings exceeding $60M USD.
Dan is a Lean Manufacturing Master and Black belt with 45 years of diversified business experience. He started in the Aerospace sector working 24 yrs. for an OEM aircraft Propulsion Engine and Auxiliary Power Unit manufacturer. He has held increasingly responsible positions in manufacturing, quality management, quality engineering, industrial engineering, and operations management.
His Toyota Production System training was under the tutelage of Shingijutsu Consulting of Nagoya, Japan and TBM Consulting Group of Durham, North Carolina. He has 17 years consulting experience in Brownfield Lean transformations across a wide range of industries with significant bottom line results.