Jeff Kopenitz

Advanced Manufacturing Lean Master, Shingijutsu Japan

Jeff Kopenitz has more than 38 years of experience in the manufacturing and service industries and has expertise in Lean Six Sigma training and deployment. Jeff integrates the social side / human side with the technical techniques of Change Strategies. His coaching work with frontline and senior-level leaders provides alignment across the organizations. Jeff believes that “A workforce without the power to think is like having a vehicle without an engine, it’s going nowhere”. He strives to make sustainable continuous improvement part of a company’s culture by incorporating organizational development, systems thinking, and change management techniques into his education training and consulting practice.

Jeff served in multiple capacities in the private sector, including Global Lean Six Sigma Director, Manufacturing Engineer, Quality Manager, Operations Manager, Director of Customer Support, Field Engineer, and Director of Operations, for companies such as Stanley Works and GE Medical Systems.

Jeff holds an MBA and master’s degree in organizational development and leadership from St. Joseph’s University, and bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Penn State University. He has trained at Japan’s Shingijutsu Institute under the direction of Yoshiki Iwata, Chihiro Nakao, and Akira Takenaka, all pupils of Taiichi Ohno, creator of the Toyota Production System. He is the President and board member of Association for Manufacturing Excellence Mid-Atlantic Region, and serves on engineering advisory boards for Jefferson University. He is an adjunct professor of Industrial Engineering at Jefferson University, and adjunct professor at Montgomery County Community College, where he has taught courses in Business Management, Customer Relationship Management, and Business Accounting. Jeff designed and taught Continuous Improvement/Project Management at Saint Joseph’s University. He has been a guest lecturer at the Wharton School of Business the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and the 2018 Annual Kata Conference.