Meet the Compass Team
Chris Vogel – President/CEO Chris specializes in the Development of Lean Leaders and Administrative Lean. He has over 15 years of Lean Administrative and Process Improvement experience including holding a variety of senior management positions in Operations Management, Lean Deployment, Financial Analysis & Planning and Information Technology.
During his 15 years at Wells Fargo, Chris led and used Lean to transform a division of Wells Fargo with 1,200 staff members. Starting in 2002 new costs of imaging and data lifting in Wells Fargo were rapidly rising due to independent growth across organizational lines. The Document Management department was formed to control costs through focused vision, consistent technologies and reduction in redundant processes. Taking the leadership of this department Chris saw the opportunity for Lean / Six Sigma / Operational Excellence and began to drive culture, knowledge, and tools learned from the Toyota Production System. The actions undertook created a transformation of processes, physical environment, and most importantly, mindset. While the numerical results clearly proved the worth of this approach, we were also able to fully engage our work force completing the transformation with retention of nearly 100% of the original workforce.
Jon Solseth – Principal Consultant
Jon has 20 years of Business Development experience owning separate businesses across multiple states and countries. He has over 15 years of Senior Leadership experience managing Lean Six Sigma and Project Management initiatives in various industries. Jon is a specialist in Lean Deployment and Risk Management/Mitigation. Jon has managed teams with over 150 staff members. He has also worked in business startups creating a Lean culture from company inception.
Jon has managed Operations and change management positions concentrating on Cost, Quality, Delivery and Safety. He has been the Senior Leader in multiple Operational Excellence and Continuous Improvement directives. He can provide training and mentoring at all levels of a company or organization.
Jon has the ability to provide support and mentoring on large projects as well as participate and lead on continuous improvement models. He has the rare ability to provide change management concurrently with ongoing business processes and has developed a best in industry Risk Management Program utilizing Lean/Six Sigma as the driver for positive change in the articulation of key process indicators and risk controls.
Kim Wehri – Senior Consultant
Kim has 10 years of training and development expertise across multiple companies. She can provide facilitative leadership and design in customizing Lean training for any industry or corporation. She has provided training support for all levels of staff in a divergence of organizations.
Kim has been a lead program manager for many high profile initiatives and change requirements. She utilizes Lean/Six Sigma to drive positive change in support of Operational excellence for Continuous lmprovement models. She has consulted in high level, large scale Process Improvements that had regulatory impacts based on new banking laws and requirements
Kim has managed large IT expansions and development in a key project management rolls. She has expertise in understanding requirements breaking down complex problems and articulating opportunities for improvement. She also has staff management experience managing both large and small teams. She has been a leader in various industry sectors and organizations.
Kim is fluent in Spanish and can assist with training, development and business transformation breaking down language barriers on a global basis.
Tony Chamblin – Senior Consultant
Tony spent 20 years with Toyota Motor Mfg Ky. During that time he learned Lean concepts and applied them in the process. He worked as a production Team Member, Team Leader and Group Leader in the Paint department. In those roles he developed standardized work, set up work stations, applied practical problem solving, coached Quality Circles, Jidoka, andon usage and worked with Team Leaders and Team Members on Kaizen activities. He spent 5 years as Group Leader in the Production Improvement Team. In that role he organized and led internal Kaizen activities, organized and trained Team members in the fundamental skills, traveled to other North American affiliates to determine root cause and develop countermeasures to ongoing problems, train Team Members in the Toyota Production Sysytem and supervise special projects.
Tony is also an Adjunct Instructor with the University of Ky in the Center for Lean Mfg. He has worked with several companies ranging from banking to aerospace.
David Bush – Senior Consultant
David’s work experience started as a production operator in a manufacturing shop that applied continuous-flow work cells and visual management methods. He has maintained that grounding as he has worked professionally for over 25 years in medical device, aerospace instrument, and high-reliability electronics industries. He combines master-black-belt application of lean and six-sigma methods with strong business focus to assure world-class quality while increasing productivity and profitability. He has coached and trained at all levels, from front line to top line, operator to officer.
David has directed teams with responsibility for supplier, production, and product quality and reliability assurance, customer quality program management, quality, environmental, and data management systems, and process improvement (applying Lean and Six Sigma methods), supporting a worldwide customer and supply base. He delivered 50-60% annual improvements to customer quality while driving value streams to 10% annual efficiency improvement and saving over $1 million in annual operating costs.
David holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and has been an Adjunct Professor teaching graduate-level courses in Quality Engineering, Engineering and Technology Management, Project Management, Creativity in Engineering Design, Design of Experiments, TRIZ Directed Evolution, and Work Analysis.