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Chief Executive Officer, Continuous Improvement Expert
Brent is one of the foremost leading authorities on continuous improvement. He has had a remarkable career and offers a unique and diverse set of skills to his clients making him one of the most regarded continuous improvement experts. Having worked on 6 different continents, he has vast experience with all sizes of companies across a diverse range of industries. Brent has been engaged in cultural challenges, gained an understanding of global economies and understands how to make continuous improvement programs work in both developing countries as well as industrialized ones.
Brent’s journey began over 20 years ago when he was employed at General Electric and was part of their initial global rollout of Lean Six Sigma – which turned out to be the most successful Lean Six Sigma program of all time – and truly set the stage for every other organization going forward. Brent’s initial involvement began as a project team member on a Lean Six Sigma project then a Black Belt leading various projects within GE. He then moved on to become a Master Black Belt to advise clients at PricewaterhouseCoopers in their management consulting division. After his work at GE, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and a few other organizations, Brent founded Acuity Institute to continue his work with helping organizations build their own continuous improvement programs based on what he had learned from his substantial experience.
What is unique about Brent is his unparalleled credentials in that he has seen every angle of building successful continuous improvement programs. Brent has had 3 very prominent roles:
- He has actively worked in a program as an employee that achieved hundreds of millions of dollars in value that went on to become the benchmark for Lean Six Sigma today.
- He has been an expert coach helping well known organizations deploy highly successful continuous improvement programs leveraging methodologies such as Lean Six Sigma, Lean and Change Management among others. Each of these programs have yielded hundreds of millions of dollars in combined value for various companies.
- Taking all the skills and knowledge gained from participating and coaching, Brent built – from the ground up – an entire program for Newmont Mining, a Fortune 500 Company, where he served as the Continuous Improvement executive leader to build and run their program. This single program alone achieved hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits for Newmont Mining.
The culmination of Brent’s work has earned him the “Triple Crown” achievement in the continuous improvement world by having extensive experience in three very distinct areas. This unique background allows him to provide extraordinary expert coaching to his clients using his billion-dollar continuous improvement blueprint for success. With an exceptional ability to evolve to meet the demands of his clients, Brent’s focus is on helping organizations become more efficient and effective and providing the runway for them to take off with all the tools needed to accomplish amazing results.
Brent is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering. He lives in Colorado with his wife and two sons. When not with his family or working with others, he can be found on a river fly fishing, trail running, or searching for fresh snow at a local ski area.
Director of Corporate Solutions
Stephanie has served at Acuity Institute since 2009. She has over 20 years of expertise in customer service and has established a superior team of specialists that offer the industry’s finest level of customer support to Acuity’s corporate clients and students around the world.
Stephanie is committed to bringing this high-level service and attention to companies of various sizes, across all industries. She is attentive to the challenges that come with serving Acuity’s international student population representing over 65 countries. To meet the demands of the growing and diverse student population, Stephanie designed, developed and implemented Acuity Institute’s customer service model and helpdesk, leveraging technology and processes to support such a broad audience. She also directed the launch of Acuity’s Global Campus, aligning world-class courses with a superior level of service and support. Her leadership has established Acuity Institute as a true leader in global learning.
Stephanie also leads Acuity’s Corporate Solutions Group. She has managed numerous deployments of custom curriculum development and has overseen the support of training deployments for many complex Business Performance Improvement initiatives. She recently led the custom development project of Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt curriculums for Anheuser-Busch InBev. In addition, she managed the training deployment and facilitation logistics for all Belt levels of Lean Six Sigma training in 5 Global Regions for Newmont Mining. In working with Acuity’s corporate clients, Stephanie manages Acuity’s team of Master Black Belts and experienced facilitators ensuring that Acuity’s clients are matched with the best facilitators to meet their needs.
Beyond her work with Acuity’s students and clients, Stephanie has overseen Acuity Institute’s approval as a Registered Education Provider for the Project Management Institute and the International Association for Continuing Education and Training. She also maintains the relationship for Acuity as a Private Occupational School with the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
Stephanie is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, a certified Change Management Professional, and a certified Lean Professional. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and has completed the Disney Institute’s Quality Service Program.
Stephanie lives in Colorado with her husband and her children. Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family traveling to locations with sunshine and sandy beaches.
Vice President of Marketing, Digital Marketing & SEO Expert
Carolyn is the Vice President of Marketing and co-founder of Acuity Institute, helping to pioneer much of the company’s innovation and growth. She is an online marketing expert and brings a wealth of knowledge to Acuity’s online lead generation and SEO strategy. With over 13 years of experience, her expertise includes search engine marketing and optimization, ecommerce, and website design and development.
Prior to joining Acuity Institute, she designed and developed websites for several clients across many industries, with an emphasis on search engine optimization. She continuously leverages her programming and software development experience, which she gained at JD Edwards where she designed software applications for business functions as a Software Application Programmer. Beyond her information technology expertise, Carolyn has extensive marketing and project management skills that were developed earlier in her career at the advertising agency The Integer Group. At The Integer Group, she served as an Account Manager, where one of the well-known brand teams she worked on was Coors Light.
Carolyn is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing as well as a Masters of Science in Information Systems.
Carolyn lives in the mountains of Colorado with her husband and two sons. When not working she can be found enjoying outdoor adventures with her family and friends.
Customer Solutions Manager
Lorrie is the Customer Solutions Manager for Acuity Institute, assisting in Customer Development and Sales, with an emphasis on Business to Consumer Sales. She has over 15 years of experience in assisting and supporting businesses and non-profit organizations develop relationships and build customer centered programing and services. Lorrie is a graduate of Wichita State University and University of Phoenix earning her Master’s degree in Business Administration. Through her experience and education, Lorrie had developed a passion for relationship building and community engagement.
Lorrie has worked for industry leading companies and organizations varying in diverse services and programing. Her ability to build and strengthen relationships focused on fundraising and sales have contributed greatly to the growth of every company and organization’s programs, services, and customer satisfaction. Beyond her education and experience, Lorrie is committed to community development focused on collaboration, education, and sustainable funding through active membership and volunteerism.
Lorrie lives in Colorado with her beloved King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, Snarf. When she is not enjoying the comforts of home and family in Colorado, she loves to travel and see parts of the world she has never seen before.
Continuous Improvement Expert – Training and Coaching
Debbie McCarthy is an International Consultant bringing 21 years of leadership, training and coaching experience to her clients. Debbie’s passion is people development and she has created and facilitated courses in Change Leadership, Human Resources Strategy, Leading High Performing Teams, Lean Six Sigma, and Statistics with an emphasis on experiential learning.
Debbie’s journey began in South Africa working with Accenture in the field of Change Management. She moved to the U.S. to become part of General Electric’s global rollout of Lean Six Sigma, which launched an incredibly successful Lean Six Sigma program that was on the forefront of the continuous improvement movement. As a Master Black Belt, Debbie coached more than 20 teams, trained more than 150 Green Belts and taught team facilitation, coaching skills and team dynamics – ultimately becoming Vice President of an e-Commerce Channel for a division of GE.
Returning to South Africa, Debbie continued training and coaching for GE and worked with other prominent organizations in that region to implement Change Management strategies. Debbie’s unique ability to understand her client’s needs, facilitate team dynamics, and assess organizational systems has achieved notable results through the application of different methodologies.
Continuous Improvement Expert – Training and Coaching
Launi Martin is an expert in Continuous Improvement with emphasis on technology and business strategy. As a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Master Black Belt Candidate she is well versed in solving complex problems and successfully leading teams through rapidly changing conditions. Her specialties are business process transformation, profit assurance, change management and system implementations.
Launi has a wide variety of expertise within telecom, energy, agriculture and finance industries. In each of these, she has used Lean methodologies to drive operational improvements and Change Management coaching to assist organizations through difficult transitions. She is highly skilled at global M&A integration, Process architecture, IT Operations, and Lean Six Sigma mentoring and training. She maintains a keen focus on profitability and has delivered numerous projects resulting in millions of dollars to the bottom line. Launi has an intuitive ability to choose the right methodology to fit each project.
In her Continuous Improvement journey, Launi has held leadership roles in IT and Finance at Level 3 Communications, including Sr. Director of Margin Assurance where she led the global development and implementation of the company’s revenue controls. Prior to Level 3, she held Finance leadership roles at Nextel and gained valuable business and IT experience at ConAgra Foods. Launi holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master’s degree from University of Colorado at Denver.
Continuous Improvement Expert – Training and Coaching
Karin Traina is an experienced Master Black Belt professional with 17 years of cross-functional experience in operations, Lean Six Sigma, project management, project leadership, and coaching. Karin’s areas of specialty include; Lean Six Sigma deployment, training and coaching, strategic process and organizational design, and merger and acquisition integration. She has a proven ability to manage complex, global initiatives and deliver results. As a consultant, Karin has experience working in a variety of areas including financial services, human resources, marketing, risk, underwriting, manufacturing, R&D, medical, legal and regulatory departments.
Karin has extensive experience in large organizations and some of her recent projects includes leading a global Continuous Improvement program for a Fortune 100 Company and leading the development of M&A Integration Process for a Fortune 100 diversified pharmaceutical company. Karin has also conducted Lean Six Sigma training for 250+ employees for a Fortune 500 Financial Services company which included coaching 20 Black Belt and Green Belt projects.
Karin has served in a variety of leadership roles around financial operations, controls, and systems. As a Master Black Belt, Karin has led and coached projects in the manufacturing, finance, sales and marketing areas and helped organizations achieve significant financial benefits.
Karin is an active member of her community and is involved with several non-profit organizations. She serves as chairperson for her township Planning Commission and is a regular volunteer with the SPCA.
Continuous Improvement Expert – Training and Coaching
Shoeb Shaikh is a change catalyst with over 15 years’ experience helping companies realize business value through successful transitions of initiatives involving people, process or technology. Certified and experienced in change management, Shoeb is a cross functional leader that relies on data driven change strategies to address impacts through training, communication and coaching plans focused on business outcomes. Recognizing each transformation challenge is unique, Shoeb leads clients to implement continuous improvement and change strategies that are based on their unique culture and ecosystems.
Having led successful transformative initiatives within IT, healthcare, biotechnology, and finance sectors, Shoeb has held internal and consulting positions as Director of IT, Change Lead and founder of Nzyme Solutions, Inc. and led transformation efforts in ERP, collaboration and digital architecture, acquisition and integration and service, sales and operation.
Shoeb holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Davis and certifications from Prosci, Acuity Institute and ISACA in change management and information security. Shoeb is also active in advancing the discipline of change through his role as the President and Board Member of the Association of Change Management Professionals in Northern California.
Beyond our leadership team we have an experienced group of experts to support our students, clients and business partners worldwide.
Our team of specialists offers the industry’s finest level of customer support to Acuity’s students around the world. Our team represents over 30 years of customer service expertise. We welcome our students to use Acuity Institute’s Global Campus Helpdesk to contact us throughout their training, our friendly and knowledgeable team is available and ready to help.
Client and Business Partner Support
Our team of experts is committed to bringing the highest level of service and attention to each of our clients and business partners. Each client and business partner is assigned a relationship manger that works to match Acuity Institute’s services with their specific needs.
Training Facilitators and Coaches
Our experts represent a broad range of industries and experiences. Our facilitators and coaches have been on the front lines of Business Performance Improvement (Lean, Six Sigma, Change Management, and other Leadership Development disciplines) around the globe since the mid-1990s. Acuity Institute is able to leverage our diverse team of experts to ensure that each client is matched with the best facilitator and/or coach to meet their specific needs.
Our team of skilled developers are a combination of Expert Instructional Designers using the latest instructional design theories, models and technology and Expert Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belts who develop world-class content based on their years of experience as Master Black Belts, Black Belts, Process Owners, Change Management Professionals and Trainers for many Fortune 500 companies.
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