AME names five to Hall of Fame
Ceremony in Dallas also honors former AME leader Barbara Jacklin.
The Association for Manufacturing Excellence has named five Hall of Fame inductees at its annual meeting in Dallas. AME also announced the recipient of the Mac McCulloch Lifetime Achievement Award, late AME leader Barbara Jacklin. This is the first year AME held an induction ceremony for the Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame ceremony, which took place at AME’s 2011 International Excellence Inside Conference, recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in the manufacturing community, consistent with AME’s Vision and Mission, to inspire a commitment to enterprise excellence through shared learning and access to best practices.
This year’s Hall of Fame inductees include:
Patrick Carguello, Director of the AME Champion’s Club: In his role, Carguello is responsible for producing programs that provide senior executives from North American-based enterprises with current management techniques and leadership skill development opportunities that will help them and their organizations be more effective in an increasingly competitive world marketplace. During his 30-year career with Eastman Kodak Company, Carguello held positions in engineering, production and warehousing. He retired as Unit Director of Industrial Engineering and is a co-author of Assessment for Excellence.
Gary Convis, Consultant to Dana Holding Corporation: Convis previously served in several roles at the company, including CEO, Vice Chairman and Senior Advisor to the CEO. He came to Dana after more than four decades at Toyota, General Motors Corporation and Ford Motor Company. In 2001, Convis became the first American president of Toyota’s largest plant outside Japan, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK). In 2003, he was the first American manufacturing executive appointed by Toyota Motor Corporation to be a managing officer, as well as Executive Vice President of Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc. He was named chairman of TMMK in 2006 and retired in 2007.
Dale Crownover, President and CEO of Texas Nameplate Company, Inc.: At the 40-person, family-owned business, Crownover provides visionary leadership that has led the company to receive such honors as the Texas Quality Award in 1996 (the smallest company to have received such an honor); the 1997 Texas Business of the Year award from the Texas Association of Businesses and Chambers of Commerce; and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in Small Business in 1998 and 2004—the first small business to receive the Baldrige Award twice.
David Hogg, Founder of HPM Consortium and High Performance Solutions (HPS): Hogg drew on a diverse manufacturing and business background, plus the aftermath of the first major recession in North America, to lead the evolution of the Consortium Movement. He founded the HPM Consortium, which evolved an operational model that spread across North America to Australia, and also founded HPS with his business partner Bob Kerr to establish Consortia throughout North America. Hogg retired from HPS in 2008 to Chair the record-setting Toronto 2008 AME Annual Conference, and while serving on AME’s Board, spearheaded the initiative that brought Australia into AME. His support for AME’s collaboration with the Shingo Prize and Society for Manufacturing Engineers has been recognized by all three “for his outstanding contribution to the development of the Lean Certification program.”
James P. Womack, Ph.D., Founder and Senior Advisor to the Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc. (LEI): Womack is a management expert who launched LEI in 1997 to advance Lean thinking around the world. From 1975 until 1991, he was a full-time research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), directing a series of comparative studies of world manufacturing practices. As research director of MIT’s International Motor Vehicle Program, Womack led the research team that coined the term “Lean Production” to describe the Toyota Production System. He stepped down as LEI’s chairman and CEO in 2010, but remains active with LEI and the Lean community.
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