René Galarza.

With over twenty five years of industrial engineering and lean management practice René has specialized in factory, warehouse and distribution center startups and reengineering.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and a  Master degree in Human Resource Development.  René has a successful career history of managing and advising technology-based companies on how to increase their operating efficiencies, reduce production costs and improve their competitive positions.  Starting in the early '80's Mr. Galarza was one of the early students and practitioners of the Japanese Manufacturing Techniques, the Toyota Production System, and the Juran and Deming quality principles.  With Texas Instruments he was a member of the "Factory Integration Team" responsible for the design and implementation for all their factories and new production systems.  René served as Director of Engineering for E-M-Solutions, Inc. (now Sanmina), a contract manufacturing corporation specializing in wire & cable production, electro-mechanical assembly and material management services.  He also served as Director of Distribution for the national distribution center of Experimental & Applied Sciences (EAS), a leading sports nutritional corporation.  René was one of the main authors and designers of the La-Z-Boy Production System; directing a multi-site engineering group in the conversion of all their factories to lean cellular manufacturing.  He has developed, implemented and consulted in process reengineering and  start-up projects for companies like , Storage Technology (now Sun MicroSystems), Compaq (now HP), Direct Alliance, Quantum, Celestica, Mackie Designs (Seattle & Italy) and Peavey Electronics.  He also develops training programs tailored to the customers specific workplace performance needs.  René is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and past chapter president (Texoma, TX & Rocky Mountain, CO) of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE).  He's energetic and constantly looking for companies with the desire to change and become competitively better; so he may help them on their journey to production excellence.