David Meier

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David Meier is an internationally recognized authority on Lean Manufacturing and The Toyota Production System (TPS). David is the co-author of the best selling books, The Toyota Way Fieldbook, and Toyota Talent. David provides the language, concepts, and tools that managers need to bring Toyota’s success-proven practices to life in any organization.

David had the opportunity to learn the Toyota Production System as one of the first group leaders hired at Toyota’s Georgetown, Kentucky facility in the plastics molding department. He was trained and mentored in Japan and Kentucky over a ten-year period by TPS experts including full-time coaching by several Japanese coordinators. In 2001, David founded a consulting firm dedicated to supporting companies that are pursuing implementation of the Toyota Production System.

David has been a trainer and speaker for over ten years and he has presented training workshops in the North America, Russia, Europe, and Asia for many groups including: the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the University of Michigan, the Montreal Board of Trade, Made In China, Inc., the Window and Door Manufacturers Association, CQIN, and the Shingo Prize Conference. David has supported many companies in a variety of industries including healthcare, automotive, aerospace, wood and plastic products, chemical processing, metal machining, fabricating, welding, and assembly operations in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing work areas. He specializes in developing TPS expertise within organizations so that they become capable of achieving lean transformation.

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Toyota Talent

David Meier will uncover the Secrets of Toyota’s amazing success and how you can make it a reality in your company. David will show you how to deal with the challenges of implementing a lean system and how to create a process of continuous improvement that will return benefits for many years. He will outline the need for an effective method of developing people and the importance of talented people in growing and strengthening your business.

Toyota Talent provides you with the inside knowledge you need to:

  • Identify your development needs and create a training plan
  • Understand the various types of work and how to break complicated jobs into teachable skills
  • Set behavioral expectations by properly preparing your workplace
  • Recognize and develop potential trainers within your workforce
  • Effectively educate all employees and members of the staff
  • Develop internal lean manufacturing experts