Testimonials

Mike is brilliant and understands best-practice management as well as anyone I know. He has particularly deep expertise in the application of these concepts to the IT organization — to a depth that I … Read more

John M. BernardFounder and ChairmanMass Ingenuity

Mike assisted me in strategizing my company into the next level of manufacturing and drove me into confident decisions for future growth that changed my life into unbelievable directions Thanks Mike, … Read more

Christopher KelloggVP National Business DevelopmentCorrosion Companies Inc.

Mike is a capable and proven transformation agent who partners with his clients to facilitate their Lean transformation. His approach and ability to coach others is top notch, and I have witnessed his… Read more

Carl HoeferProject Manager - Product Development and EngineerNike

Mike did an outstanding job facilitating a large group through a value stream mapping exercise. The team included participants ranging from Sr. VP’s to independent contributors. Mike’s subject matte… Read more

Chris RichardsVice President Con-way

Mike helped us design, plan and implement our Lean Office program for a campus of over 1,000 people in such a way that provided a clean handoff to internal resources. Their understanding of Lean at th… Read more

Richard CarrollVP Information Systems, Lean Program Executive SponsorLean Program

When Acumed knew that a search for a new ERP system was imminent, Mike helped us to find a path forward in keeping with our innovative product devlopment culture. We knew the task ahead would be pains… Read more

Morris Weinstock-BlairIT ManagerAcumed, LLC

Mike Orzen and Associates Lean Leadership Program helped us consolidate and coordinate our efforts across our entire US operations. Now our continuous improvement initiatives in sales, engineering, pl… Read more

Scott KochCFOBeall Corporation

The combined expertise of Mike Orzen and Associates developed from their diverse experience in employee development, manufacturing, project management and software systems has been instrumental in the… Read more

John Gillamformer Director of OperationsBoyd Coffee Company

Mike Orzen and Associates skillfully guided this corporation through a process of identifying and implementing software to provide a strategic advantage over our competition. Working with executive le… Read more

Lee RobinsonCFOBonar Plastics

Central City Concern is a large and diverse non-profit organization serving the needs of Portland’s homeless community. When I came on board as the first central IT director for the organization, Mike… Read more

Jamie MeyersIT DirectorCentral City Concern

Mike’s grasp of applying Lean to IT issues is very rare. We successfully completed numerous improvement Kaizens throughout our IT functional areas with impressive results. His ability to effectively… Read more

Jackie BarrettaCIOCon-way

Mike Orzen and Associates represents the highest quality of consultants a business can work with to improve business operations as they have an enormous tool box of practical management skills, a stro… Read more

Ajeet KhalsaDirector of OperationsGolden Temple

Mike Orzen and Associates’ deep understanding of Lean Enterprise IT systems provided our team clarity in understanding our Lean execution needs. Their quality approach provided excellent state of the … Read more

Rajesh SolankiDirector, Lean Six SigmaIngersoll Rand, Security Technologies

Our involvement with Steady Improvement has been very beneficial. They have a realistic and practical approach that effectively combines the science and discipline of Lean process improvement with the… Read more

John HainesExecutive DirectorMercy Corps Northwest

Over the past 18 months I’ve worked with Mike Orzen and Associates on EDI, Web Store, Product Configurator, and ERP projects. I have found the Mike Orzen and Associates consultants to be excellent c… Read more

James P. Fee Jr.Vice President, Portable MonitoringWelch Allyn Monitoring

Mike was instrumental in providing our company with a deeper understanding of Shingo Prize criteria during an OPEX workshop. He made the workshop fun and provided lots of great coaching points to help… Read more

Paolo ChiappinaDirector of Lean and QMS at Hanesbrands, Inc.Hanesbrands, Inc.

Mike received rave reviews from a group of 20 leaders that attended his Shingo Assessor Workshop over 2 days. He is able to build rapport and engage people with diverse experiences in meaningful dialo… Read more

Roger ChenCorporate Director of Performance ExecutiveMartin Memorial Health Systems

Mike assisted me in strategizing my company into the next level of manufacturing and drove me into confident decisions for future growth that changed my life into unbelievable directions Thanks Mike, … Read more

Christopher KelloggVP National Business Development at Corrosion Companies Inc.

Mike brings a wonderful blend of energy, experience and knowledge to his work. The team really came together and delivered wonderful results under his guidance as a teacher and coach. I highly recomme… Read more

Elizabeth KingExec Director ESCO Corp.

Mike is one of the sharpest guys I know. He really understands business, processes and most importantly people. He’s a hands-on manager/leader that owns his projects and delivers results.

Richard DayPresidentPED Manufacturing and ColumbiaSoft Corp.

Mike Orzen and Associates has helped guide the development and implementation of large and complex ERP, EDI, and CRM projects at Veris. I believe the success we have seen with these projects is a dire… Read more

Robert J. WittControllerVeris Industries

Mike Orzen and Associates are the type of people who look out for the well being of their client above all else. I do not consider them just consultants; they are also excellent mentors. I am amazed a… Read more

Travis PierceIT Operations MgrWarn Industries, Inc.

Mike met all of the key attributes of a successful workshop and it showed in our workshop survey where participants scored them 93% for overall satisfaction. Beyond professionalism and dedication to c… Read more

Nathan HoltCorporate Leader, Enterprise Lean Sigma TransformationAvery Dennison

Michael’s vast expertise and experience working with groups allowed the team to look at their work, step out of the box and look at new ways of doing the work. He is calm, supportive and can lead a … Read more

Gayle Burrow BSN, MPH, CCHP-RNDirectorMultnomah Health Department

I have worked with Mike Orzen and Associates on numerous projects centered around IT and business process improvement. They have consistently provided high-quality project management skills, experienc… Read more

Robert Witt, Dir MIInsitu

I would recommend Mike Orzen to anyone who is looking for a facilitator for a Lean Kaizen event. We used Mike to facilitate an EDI Customer On-boarding Kaizen event and he did an outstanding job worki… Read more

Keith BurnettV.P. Administrative ServicesCon-way

Mike presented a workshop for our IT managers and staff on Lean for Healthcare IT. Our organization is just getting started on our Lean journey and Mike’s presentation was a very helpful introductio… Read more

Thomas R Yackel MD MPH MSChief Health Information OfficerOHSU Healthcare

Mike has worked with Multnomah County Health Department for more than three years. I have enjoyed getting to know him and his work. Mike demonstrates enthusiasm, insight and humility as he supported o… Read more

Vanetta AbdellatifDirector, Integrated Clinical ServicesMultnomah County Health Department

I engaged Mike Orzen for a Coaching Workshop focused on uplifting the skills of our internal lean and agile transformation coaches. Mike did not disappoint, creating a one day workshop that brought a … Read more

Tom PaiderAVP, IT Build CapabilityNationwide

I highly recommend Mike Orzen to help launch a Lean IT improvement initiative. Mike helped WD IT understand Lean IT concepts, how to apply them, and help us assess and identify the areas for improveme… Read more

Ron DavisSr. DirectorBusiness Information Systems Western Digital

I first heard Mike speak at Ohio State University, Centre for Operational Excellence and was impressed with his ability to clearly translate the principles of Lean and Operational Excellence into tang… Read more

Tom ArmstrongCIOAggreko

It is my privilege to recommend Mike Orzen as an excellent resource for Lean consulting. Mike’s consulting services to PNNL in 2012-13 were invaluable in helping us launch a Lean IT improvement init… Read more

Lee Ann Dudney Principal Project ManagerInformation Management Services

We contracted with Mike Orzen to initiate our Lean IT improvement project, and I am highly pleased with the results. Mike engaged effectively with both management and staff. He takes a holistic approa… Read more

John McCoyDivision Director, Information Management ServicesPacific Northwest National Laboratory

Mike Orzen literally wrote the book on Lean IT. Several colleagues and I first had the privilege of experiencing Mike’s Lean training at the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value where he is on the fa… Read more

Robert SlepinChief Information OfficerHealthcare Industry

Mike Orzen was engaged by Lean Enterprise Australia to work on the implementation of Lean improvements for the Technology Service Management group within ANZ bank, one of the major banks in Australia.… Read more

Peter WalshPresidentLean Enterprise Austrailia

I highly recommend Mike Orzen as an expert in Lean methodologies, specifically in the application of Lean concepts when applied to IT Service Management.

Mike was contracted by the ANZ Bank as a Lean … Read more

Aaron DuhigManagerGlobal Incident Management

As the AMER Regional Lean Sigma Champion of Plexus Corp., it is my pleasure to prepare this letter of recommendation for your future clients based on the exemplary services rendered by you at our Bois… Read more

Rajesh SolankiLean Sigma Champion - AMERPlexus Manufacturing Solutions

Mike is truly a professional, a coach, a teacher, and an excellent communicator. His understanding and training on solving problems using Lean principles is the best in the country. He shares and ef… Read more

Linda PearceCFOTillamook Creamery

We have worked with Mike Orzen for three years and during that time, our organization has significantly transformed the way we do our work and the way we improve our work. Mike is a very experienced a… Read more

Bill SmithGeneral ManagerPlexus Boise

Our organization was so pleased with Mike Orzen’s Lead with Respect Workshop that we engaged him two months later to guide us through a Two Day Lean Problem Solving Workshop. In the Lean Problem So… Read more

Angie PalmerPresident/COOHealth Systems Management, Inc.

I strongly recommend MIke Orzen as a knowledgeable consultant in Operational Excellence. I have worked with Mr. Orzen during the last 18 months and he has assisted my team to develop an Operational Ex… Read more

Humberto MeloGlobal Business Process Improvement LeadMonsanto Operational Excellence