lean manufacturing principles and techniques training

Who is Bill Gaw?
And, why should you trust him?
760-212-6048 bg@bbasicsllc.com

Bill Gaw is the founder of Business Basics, LLC, publisher of the Lean Manufacturing, Best Practices Bulletin and president of the Lean manufacturing Academy. A "been there, done that," operational excellence advocate. His mission is to help individuals and companies realize their full growth and earning potentials.

He is a graduate of Milwaukee School of Engineering and has earned professional certifications from both the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and American Production and Inventory Society (APICS). As a prior Associate Professor at San Diego State University, he helped structure and successfully launch their current Operations Management Program.

Bill Gaw’s management experience spans more than 35 years. During those years, Bill has held positions as a shop expeditor, planner/buyer, gemba supervisor, operations manager, COO, president and partner in the consultant practice, Stillman & Gaw.

As a business leader, he participated in three successful business turnarounds. In each case, his teams implemented operational excellence principles and techniques that brought sanity to the day-to-day operations, eliminated the stress of end-of-the-month scrambling, and created a fun work environment while increasing bottom-line performance.

Management Track Record

At Solar Turbines, as an operations executive he helped grow the business from $50 to $500 million while turning losses into profits in the first year of a nine-year period. Effective implementations of manufacturing system upgrades and proactive problem solving were  keys to profitable growth.

In Spain, at Pegaso, a Spanish truck company, as a turn-around consultant and coach, he  participated in turning a huge annual loss into an annual profit - achieving the three-year turnaround objective. Bill coached and empowered operations leaders, developed proactive problem solving champions that implemented leading edge manufacturing and supply chain initiatives.

When Eaton Leonard Technology faced bankruptcy, they turned to Bill Gaw first as a consultant and then as COO. Bill and his operations teams helped achieve profitability in the first year of reorganization. An aggressive continuous improvement initiative and motivational team empowerment provided the driving force for a timely, profitable turnaround. 

Palomar Systems, an ESI company, wanted greater profit margins and increased sales. Within a five year period, Bill coached and empowered his operations teams  increasing product profit margin from 32% to 55% while the business grew from $17 to a whopping $236 million (Stock price rose from $16.00 to $62.00). This was a classic example of the benefits gained through timely, new product development coupled with a successful lean manufacturing-oper-ations transformation program.

Bill's Lean Manufacturing-Operational Excellence Learning Lab

Using business experiences as a learning lab, Bill methodically researched and tested business ideas, practices, processes and systems relative to how they contributed to operational excellence and bottom line improvement. 

Bill was able to isolate operations principles and techniques that were crucial to establishing a solid foundation for individual and company success. Through these experiences, he identified relevant problem solving tools, techniques and  team empower-ment guidelines for implementing and sustaining a Lean Manu-facturing-Operations Excellence Transformation Program.

Sharing the Knowledge and Implementation Know How

In order to share this powerful knowledge with the broadest possible audience, Mr. Gaw published a book, eight lean manu-facturing-operations excellence tutorials and seven team training modules. For details simply click on his Website link: Business Basics, LLC


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