Meetings and Events

PDM's (Professional Development Meetings) are usually held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. These meetings provide an opportunity for attendees to participate in informational presentations, network with industry experts, exchange ideas and get caught up on the latest happenings within the industry. We also conduct seminars and local plant tours. All of these meetings are aimed to promote the educational and professional development of our members. These meetings are open to both members and non-members. Come join us!

Reservation Details

To make reservations, you can pre-pay using our paypal registration form or reserve using our Online Registration Form. Please sign-up for these events 3-business days prior to the event date. Most of our events meet the 3rd Tuesday of every month, so please make your reservation accordingly. No-shows will be charged. To cancel your reservation without incurring any fees, please send an email to reservations 3 days prior to the event. Walk-ins will be accepted to our meetings; however, the menu may differ. Cost of Plant Tours & PDM Meetings is $25.00 Time of Plant Tours and PDM Meetings begin at 6:00 or 6:30 pm (unless otherwise noted). Dinner is normally served between 6:30-7:15 pm (unless otherwise noted). 

January 2019 PDM

January 08, 2019
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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Crowne Plaza North
6500 Doubletree Avenue
Columbus, OH 43229

Realizing Real Results with Lean Manufacturing Through a Culture of Continuous Improvement

Amidst all the disruption in business today, manufacturers are trying to decrease complexity while increasing their competitive advantage. But how do they do this? It starts with improving people, processes, and management systems through a lean culture of continuous improvement.

A lean culture of continuous improvement is proven to yield meaningful, holistic business results by generating more value and eliminating waste – without investing in more capital expenditures. These results include revenue growth, lower operating costs, improved margins, and reduced resource requirements.

Join Derek Browning as he shares:

  • Basic lean problem solving and leadership principles that are simple to implement and sustain
  • Strategies to successfully engage and empower teams to identify business improvements
  • The progression and maturing process of building a lean culture of continuous improvement
  • How to immediately identify both quick wins and long-term improvement opportunities
  • The story of how a large plastic container and closure manufacturer identified $34M (20%) in additional revenue capacity without any additional capital investment. Aiming to maximize productivity levels, this company implemented both quick-wins and a sustainable road map focused on people, processes, and management systems.


Derek Browning

Derek Browning – Regional Vice President of Lean Deployment – LeanCor Supply Chain Group

Derek Browning is a Director, Consulting Services for LeanCor Supply Chain Group. Derek directs a portfolio of projects for LeanCor Supply Chain group. Derek’s experience includes over 12 years working in logistics and supply chain, with the last 10 in supply chain consulting.

Derek has extensive project experience in Lean, Six-Sigma, Operational Excellence, Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain and Logistics Network Optimization, Distribution & Fulfillment Center Assessments & Transformations, Inventory Planning and Material Flow, Distribution Network Design, pre-acquisition Due Diligence and Post-Acquisition Integration.

Derek’s recent project experience includes:

  1. End-to-end network diagnostic for a global manufacturer and distributor of automotive service equipment and petroleum-based products that resulted in a 100% growth of their distribution footprint, upgraded technologies and infrastructure, and transforming their inventory replenishment methods.
  2. End-to-end network transformation assessment of a global candy manufacturer, resulting in network consolidation of facilities, ROI analysis of a fully automated distribution network, and design of a mechanized packing, palletization, and ASRS systems with a payback period of less than 7 years.
  3. Outsourcing the US Domestic omnichannel co-packing and distribution operations of a European-based manufacturer of home goods into a shared-warehouse network.

Derek has provided supply chain consulting services in the following industries: Healthcare and Neutraceutical, Auto Body Repair, Financial Services and Private Equity, Heavy Machinery, Industrial Construction, Consumer Appliances, Material Handling Equipment, Recreation Vehicles, Third Party Logistics, Home Improvement, Home and Commercial Furnishings, Funeral Services, and Automotive.

Derek has trained thousands of professionals in lean, six-sigma, and supply chain, and has taught students and professionals through the Lean Enterprise Institute, University of Kentucky, Saint Louis University, Georgia Tech University, and Monterrey Tec’s Extension Campus in Mexico City, Mexico. 

Derek compliments his supply chain and logistics experience with a Master of Business Administration degree, and a bachelor’s degree in marketing.  He holds several certificates in lean, Six Sigma, and supply chain and logistics. These include a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and certificates in Lean Strategic Sourcing, Lean Six Sigma Logistics, and Lean Supply Chain Management.

Arrival/Networking: 5:30 PM

Dinner: 6:00 PM

Presentation: 6:30PM

Questions/Wrapup: 7:30pm-8:00pm


$10.00 APICS Student

$25.00 APICS Professional (Members and Guests)
$20.00 Earlybird rate before January 8