Associate Executive Director
Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing
Utah State University, Logan, Utah
Mr. Miller has been a successful practitioner of the principles of lean from the initial birth of JIT. Through his many senior leadership positions at John Deere, FMC, Herman Miller, and The Gates Rubber Company (Shingo Prize winner), he has experienced the implementation of Lean principles and practices from engineering, production, materials, quality, information systems, and executive points of view. As vice president at both Herman Miller and Gates, Bob has wrestled with balancing competing improvement methodologies proposed by a host of consultants and found the principles of lean to be the most applicable across the greatest breadth of business functions.
Bob was a principal and senior partner at the Destra Consulting Group based in Boulder, Colorado where he worked with organizations in many countries and in widely diverse industries to develop and implement strategies for change and business process improvement. Most recently, Bob was the president of a high end aluminum living-quarters style horse, motorcycle, and equipment trailer business.