Advanced Process Optimization under the direct leadership of Jason Merschat, provided the expertise to resolve a long-standing quality issue for my plant. Within six months, Jason and his team determined root cause, resolved the issues, established best practice processes, and fully trained engineers, leaders, and associates. His work resulted in a net positive ROI of over $200,000, improved delivery performance by 10% on select products, and placed my plant in good standing with key customers including General Motors. On a personal note, I thoroughly enjoyed working with Jason. He has the unique ability to apply complex problem-solving methodologies on the shop floor in a way that engages people and gets results.

Dan MarounPlant Manager

The course is very informative and well organized. It will be useful to my work. I believe, however, that the success has much to do with you who always provided clarification to my concerns and questions.

Adam Lee, LSSGB StudentCIBC

Huge help from a business and personal standpoint. Great Course!

Matt Lynn, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt StudentFinancial Analyst, CBCInnovis

Jason provides a very simple, easy to follow course plan that allows students a good fundamental base work to using tools and ideologies with both Six Sigma and Lean

Jason Deker, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt StudentCBCInnovis

I am dropping you a quick note to share how much we have appreciated the outcome of recent Kaizen events that we have undertaken at our facility in Orlando and especially the participation of your APO facilitator, Skip Quinlivan.

 

To date we have addressed three areas of concern – our Hydraulics area, our Machine Shop, and our Climatics area.   As you have seen from our various report outs, in each instance the transformation from past to present has been quite significant.  What we especially appreciate, however, is the improvements to our processes – some significant and others more subtle – that have enhanced the way we execute our work and that have improved our efficiency.  The employees that work in these environments each day are much happier.

 

Concerning Skip, who orchestrated all three events.  We found Skip to be extremely knowledgeable and also a very hard worker.  Without Skip’s dedication and determination none of these jobs would have been completed!

 

Thank you and your team again for your assistance and support.

Fritz DepenthalGeneral Manager, NTS - Orlando

I was so impressed with the Green Belt class that I convinced management to approve another week of vacation if I invested my own money continuing on to Black Belt. There is a ton of opportunity to apply this at work and I see it as an essential part of my career development.

Jordan D.Black Belt Student Finish Carpenter, Cabinet Fabrication

Our instructor provided excellent training and insights. Great course. Practical and essential for developing Green Belts in my organization.

Derek C.Black Belt Student, Global Continuous Improvement Leader

I learned more in my first day of training than in the past several months.

Tracey G.Green Belt Student, Software Development

APO is not your typical consulting firm. Jason is an excellent communicator and Sensei that also teaches lean thinking and problem solving techniques while working with your teams to efficiently solve complex problems. We have used APO on multiple occasions in our plant including the development of  simulation models of complex value streams using SAP data to identify bottlenecks and significantly reduce WIP inventories and production order lead times thru the use of various lean methodologies and tools .

We have also used APO’s  problem solving expertise to solve complex scrap issues on precision parts running across multiple processes using design of experiments and other lean tools with fantastic results.  I have recommended Jason and his team to other plant managers within our organization where they have also achieved similar results.

Bob HartPlant Manager Timken Tyger River Plant

Jason utilizes his diverse experience, strong knowledge base and impressive intellect to achieve profitable results, making him an asset to any organization.

Rich PolinskiDirector of Process Improvement, Keywell, LLC

[APO] has been and is a great resource to our company. [APO] continues to look out for our company’s best interests and goes the extra mile on every task. [APO] has high integrity and professionalism, and we look forward to our continued work together.

KK JensePresident and Founder, PROOF Research

Highly intelligent, hard working, and creative, Jason’s unique ability to ‘de-bottleneck’ complex organizational processes combined with his extensive engineering and business background make him an asset to any lean project. With the unbounded nature of operational data and networks, companies are relying more and more on structured and measurable procedures, I would recommend Jason without hesitation to assist with such initiatives!

Greg PorterFounder and Principal Consultant, Allegheny Digital

[APO] is a highly analytical and professional solutions provider. While working at Timken [APO] was able to quickly grasp and assimilate a huge amount of information and synthesize this to drive informed decision making on key issue impacting our business.

Paul TritmanDirector Operations, Timken Aerospace

Excellent communicator. Just the right mix of existing materials and additional more complex project management info like six sigma.

Judy A.Pittsburgh, PA

Wonderful! It really made me feel proud today that we could provide such a great instructor and class.

Candice O.New Horizons Computer Learning Center, Pittsburgh - Sr. Account Manager

Jason had a very open style, was inviting to discussion and was impressive in moving through a lot of complex material while maintaining a high energy level and focus throughout the day!

Gene T.Pittsburgh, PA

Excellent Instructor, I will be using the information that I learned from this class for my career change.

Geraldine H.Detroit, MI

Jason is a well diversed and articulate instructor who is able to relate material to any level of comprehension.

AJ W.Pittsburgh, PA

Outstanding instructor. His business experience kept me focused on high level job related applications using well-structured exercises.

Frank M.New York, NY

The instructor was extraordinary. His real world experience and knowledge greatly enhanced the Six Sigma material, making it easier to comprehend and retain. He took the time to make sure everyone was keeping up in the class and used real life examples to make the material relatable.

Dave C.Pittsburgh, PA

Jason provided his services to New Horizons in the form of a sub-contracted instructor, teaching Lean Six Sigma Green and Black Belt classes. I was immediately struck by his unique ability to balance conveying large amounts of detailed information to a varied audience in a manner, easy to understand, interesting to listen to and taught in a manner that is easily retained.  Jason’s knowledge in the Six Sigma arena, combined with his vast and extensive industry knowledge proved to be a highly successful combination to create not only certified students, but knowledgeable students.

The amount of positive feedback that flowed from my students was remarkable. They appreciated his support before, during and after the classes. It was evident that Jason judges his success on his ability to make others successful. He accomplished that with ease.

Karen S.New Horizons Computer Learning Center, Pittsburgh, PA - Education Consultant

APO was hired to perform a complete analysis of the production process and develop future key projects that involved, employee job function changes, prompting SMED and other 6S events focused Veka on the Value Added steps in our process, and T’ed up projects that help to minimize and/or eliminate the non-value added waste that was exposed in our processes.

The training, benchmarking and hands on Leadership provided by APO, have helped our company begin the continuous improvement journey.

Ron SalkeldDirector of Continuous Improvement at Veka North America

In the very infant stages of our Continuous Improvement Journey, APO was employed to train and lead Veka on its very first Lean 6S Kaizen event. Our team was thoroughly trained by APO and the event was completed together “as a team” led by APO. The team was enlightened by the training and motivated by the active participation and leadership of APO. The event was completed and “pitched out” to the entire organization, uniquely performed at the sight of the big change.

Senior management said “not only was this a very successful event, the Lean 6S team, led by APO hit the ball out of the park”.

Ron SalkeldDirector of Continuous Improvement at Veka North America

When I came in yesterday I said, “WOW! Someone’s doing some real cleaning here.” When I look I see real test equipment; not just junk.

Thomas FancyGulfstream on Lean 5S Kaizen at an APO’s client

Advanced Process Optimization under the direct leadership of Jason Merschat, provided the expertise to resolve a long-standing quality issue for my plant. Within six months, Jason and his team determined root cause, resolved the issues, established best practice processes, and fully trained engineers, leaders, and associates. His work resulted in a net positive ROI of over $200,000, improved delivery performance by 10% on select products, and placed my plant in good standing with key customers including General Motors. On a personal note, I thoroughly enjoyed working with Jason. He has the unique ability to apply complex problem-solving methodologies on the shop floor in a way that engages people and gets results.

Dan MarounPlant Manager

I am dropping you a quick note to share how much we have appreciated the outcome of recent Kaizen events that we have undertaken at our facility in Orlando and especially the participation of your APO facilitator, Skip Quinlivan.

 

To date we have addressed three areas of concern – our Hydraulics area, our Machine Shop, and our Climatics area.   As you have seen from our various report outs, in each instance the transformation from past to present has been quite significant.  What we especially appreciate, however, is the improvements to our processes – some significant and others more subtle – that have enhanced the way we execute our work and that have improved our efficiency.  The employees that work in these environments each day are much happier.

 

Concerning Skip, who orchestrated all three events.  We found Skip to be extremely knowledgeable and also a very hard worker.  Without Skip’s dedication and determination none of these jobs would have been completed!

 

Thank you and your team again for your assistance and support.

Fritz DepenthalGeneral Manager, NTS - Orlando

APO is not your typical consulting firm. Jason is an excellent communicator and Sensei that also teaches lean thinking and problem solving techniques while working with your teams to efficiently solve complex problems. We have used APO on multiple occasions in our plant including the development of  simulation models of complex value streams using SAP data to identify bottlenecks and significantly reduce WIP inventories and production order lead times thru the use of various lean methodologies and tools .

We have also used APO’s  problem solving expertise to solve complex scrap issues on precision parts running across multiple processes using design of experiments and other lean tools with fantastic results.  I have recommended Jason and his team to other plant managers within our organization where they have also achieved similar results.

Bob HartPlant Manager Timken Tyger River Plant

Jason utilizes his diverse experience, strong knowledge base and impressive intellect to achieve profitable results, making him an asset to any organization.

Rich PolinskiDirector of Process Improvement, Keywell, LLC

[APO] has been and is a great resource to our company. [APO] continues to look out for our company’s best interests and goes the extra mile on every task. [APO] has high integrity and professionalism, and we look forward to our continued work together.

KK JensePresident and Founder, PROOF Research

Highly intelligent, hard working, and creative, Jason’s unique ability to ‘de-bottleneck’ complex organizational processes combined with his extensive engineering and business background make him an asset to any lean project. With the unbounded nature of operational data and networks, companies are relying more and more on structured and measurable procedures, I would recommend Jason without hesitation to assist with such initiatives!

Greg PorterFounder and Principal Consultant, Allegheny Digital

[APO] is a highly analytical and professional solutions provider. While working at Timken [APO] was able to quickly grasp and assimilate a huge amount of information and synthesize this to drive informed decision making on key issue impacting our business.

Paul TritmanDirector Operations, Timken Aerospace

APO was hired to perform a complete analysis of the production process and develop future key projects that involved, employee job function changes, prompting SMED and other 6S events focused Veka on the Value Added steps in our process, and T’ed up projects that help to minimize and/or eliminate the non-value added waste that was exposed in our processes.

The training, benchmarking and hands on Leadership provided by APO, have helped our company begin the continuous improvement journey.

Ron SalkeldDirector of Continuous Improvement at Veka North America

When I came in yesterday I said, “WOW! Someone’s doing some real cleaning here.” When I look I see real test equipment; not just junk.

Thomas FancyGulfstream on Lean 5S Kaizen at an APO’s client

The course is very informative and well organized. It will be useful to my work. I believe, however, that the success has much to do with you who always provided clarification to my concerns and questions.

Adam Lee, LSSGB StudentCIBC

Huge help from a business and personal standpoint. Great Course!

Matt Lynn, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt StudentFinancial Analyst, CBCInnovis

Jason provides a very simple, easy to follow course plan that allows students a good fundamental base work to using tools and ideologies with both Six Sigma and Lean

Jason Deker, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt StudentCBCInnovis

I was so impressed with the Green Belt class that I convinced management to approve another week of vacation if I invested my own money continuing on to Black Belt. There is a ton of opportunity to apply this at work and I see it as an essential part of my career development.

Jordan D.Black Belt Student Finish Carpenter, Cabinet Fabrication

Our instructor provided excellent training and insights. Great course. Practical and essential for developing Green Belts in my organization.

Derek C.Black Belt Student, Global Continuous Improvement Leader

I learned more in my first day of training than in the past several months.

Tracey G.Green Belt Student, Software Development

Excellent communicator. Just the right mix of existing materials and additional more complex project management info like six sigma.

Judy A.Pittsburgh, PA

Wonderful! It really made me feel proud today that we could provide such a great instructor and class.

Candice O.New Horizons Computer Learning Center, Pittsburgh - Sr. Account Manager

Jason had a very open style, was inviting to discussion and was impressive in moving through a lot of complex material while maintaining a high energy level and focus throughout the day!

Gene T.Pittsburgh, PA

Excellent Instructor, I will be using the information that I learned from this class for my career change.

Geraldine H.Detroit, MI

Jason is a well diversed and articulate instructor who is able to relate material to any level of comprehension.

AJ W.Pittsburgh, PA

Outstanding instructor. His business experience kept me focused on high level job related applications using well-structured exercises.

Frank M.New York, NY

The instructor was extraordinary. His real world experience and knowledge greatly enhanced the Six Sigma material, making it easier to comprehend and retain. He took the time to make sure everyone was keeping up in the class and used real life examples to make the material relatable.

Dave C.Pittsburgh, PA

Jason provided his services to New Horizons in the form of a sub-contracted instructor, teaching Lean Six Sigma Green and Black Belt classes. I was immediately struck by his unique ability to balance conveying large amounts of detailed information to a varied audience in a manner, easy to understand, interesting to listen to and taught in a manner that is easily retained.  Jason’s knowledge in the Six Sigma arena, combined with his vast and extensive industry knowledge proved to be a highly successful combination to create not only certified students, but knowledgeable students.

The amount of positive feedback that flowed from my students was remarkable. They appreciated his support before, during and after the classes. It was evident that Jason judges his success on his ability to make others successful. He accomplished that with ease.

Karen S.New Horizons Computer Learning Center, Pittsburgh, PA - Education Consultant

In the very infant stages of our Continuous Improvement Journey, APO was employed to train and lead Veka on its very first Lean 6S Kaizen event. Our team was thoroughly trained by APO and the event was completed together “as a team” led by APO. The team was enlightened by the training and motivated by the active participation and leadership of APO. The event was completed and “pitched out” to the entire organization, uniquely performed at the sight of the big change.

Senior management said “not only was this a very successful event, the Lean 6S team, led by APO hit the ball out of the park”.

Ron SalkeldDirector of Continuous Improvement at Veka North America