Our Founder


Mike Orzen, Founder | Mike Orzen & Associates, Inc.


As president of Mike Orzen & Associates, Inc., Mike’s passion for continual improvement and effective Enterprise Excellence methodologies help clients build a healthy organizational culture that prioritizes respectfully engaging people, improving business process capability through enabling people, and leveraging information technology to drive a culture of operational excellence.

Consultant and Coach

With a consulting and coaching career spanning more than 20 years, Mike Orzen has collected a unique blend of Lean, Six Sigma, Finance, IT, and Operations insights that he uses to help organizations in their pursuit of Enterprise Excellence. His personable approach and people-first philosophy has inspired leaders and empowered workforces to successfully apply Leadership, Lean, and Enterprise Excellence practices in many complex work environments.

Some of these include:

  • Manufacturing and Service industries
  • IT
  • Logistics
  • Insurance
  • Healthcare
  • Aerospace
  • Banking
  • Apparel
  • Food & Beverage

Mike the Author

Mike Orzen is coauthor of the award-winning book “Lean IT: Enabling and Sustaining Your Lean Enterprise.” The principles of the book extend far beyond Information Technology (IT) and apply to all aspects of business, particularly the support functions of any organization.

Many aspects of Lean IT are explored, including:

  • integrating IT with the business
  • information-based process improvement
  • Agile software development
  • infrastructure operations
  • ITIL
  • cloud computing
  • Lean project management

Life-Long Learner and Shingo Award Recipient

Mike Orzen holds degrees from Stanford University and the University of Oregon, as well as certifications in Management Accounting, Production and Inventory Control, Project Management, Six Sigma, ITIL, and Agile.

Mike Orzen is also a recipient of the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence Research and Professional Publication Award, a faculty member of the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI), an associate of GBMP, a licensed affiliate of the Shingo Institute, and a certified Shingo facilitator and assessor. He is also an advisor and instructor with ThedaCare’s Healthcare Value Network, as well as a coach and adjunct professor with Ohio Sate University’s Master of Business in Operation Excellence program.

Mindfulness Practitioner, Runner, and Coach

Mike is a 30-year practitioner of yoga and meditation and has completed over twenty long-distance running races. He is active in several local charities and community projects. Mike actively coaches and mentors several students ranging in age from 25 to 65.