Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) 
Intermediate level
Value Stream 6 Achieving Business Results

Love and lean

Combining operational excellence tools with people-centric leadership
Thursday, Oct. 27 Location Code
9:30am-10:30am Dallas Ballroom D, 1st floor ThP/42

Win their hearts and minds – equip their hands! Learn how to blend love & lean to create a winning combination towards its goal of an environment where employees are “engaged when we are here…fulfilled when we go home!”


What should a people-centric culture look like? George Saiz, current president and CEO of AME, shares insights on how you can approach that and gives examples of how employees have responded, including the development of a six pillar process to encompass the creation and sustaining of a people-centric culture. Hear how to equip your engaged employees with the tools of lean to achieve outstanding business results with examples of building A3 thinking into the DNA of the organization.


The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) is the premier organization for the exchange of knowledge in enterprise excellence. Members come together to explore lean thinking and other enterprise improvement methods, exchange best practices and network in order to advance their careers and improve the competitiveness and overall value of their organizations.

Presenter: George Saiz

George Saiz is president and CEO of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence. A practitioner and strong proponent of lean and continuous improvement since 1992, he is excited to help AME grow its footprint, and to promote enterprise excellence and people-centric leadership among the next generation of manufacturing leaders. Saiz previously served as president of MicroAire Surgical Instruments, LLC. During a career spanning more than four decades, he worked for a number of medical device manufacturing companies in increasing roles of responsibility from manager, director, general manager, vice president, owner and president. He has significant experience in leading complex organizations and generating growth in sales and earnings. Saiz earned his master’s degree in business administration at the University of La Verne in La Verne, Calif., and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from West Coast University in Los Angeles, Calif.

Learn more about George Saiz by listening to this Gemba Academy podcast: Leading AME with George Saiz