Rick Reed is a certified Lean Master, Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, MasterTrainer and Shainin Red X Journeyman. He has written and taught over a hundred training modules on Lean, Six Sigma, Problem Solving, Quality and Team Building. Rick has spoken at numerous seminars and conferences including SME, IndustryWeek Best Plants Conference, APICS, IMPACT and Lean Manufacturing. Since July 2014 Rick has been developing his own company "LeadWithReed", utilizing his experience and abilities to provide a training program that will help companies to better understand the lean methodology and to achieve world class success.
During his 34-year lean journey, Rick has been part of transforming 18 traditional manufacturing facilities into lean operations by introducing a Lean Operating System with scorecards, assessments, and training. He has also provided training for over 25 companies in 12 states, Mexico, Germany and three Asian countries.
Prior to striking out on his own, Rick has served as Director of Continuous Improvement & Quality at WIKA, LP in Lawrenceville, Ga. Under his leadership, several strategic initiatives for continuous improvement included the launch of Six Sigma and project management training and implementation; daily improvements based on lean methodology; reduced customer complaints; and improved customer response time.