Value Stream 6 Achieving Business Results

What's the cost of your company's culture?

A lean culture is worth every penny
Tuesday, Oct. 25 Location Code
11:00am-12:00pm Dallas Ballroom D, 1st floor TP/12

Hear how Sur-Seal made a culture of continuous improvement part of its strategy, leading to its rapid business growth over the last eight years. Learn how to focus on the best practices of building a lean culture and how to communicate and act on business results on a daily basis at all levels.


A culture of winning is not by accident. It must be accepted by ownership and top management as the key driver of an organization's success. Building a culture of engagement and CI must be a purposeful piece of the strategy, nurtured and invested in to see its true ROI. Learn how the most important asset of any company is its people and the ideas and problem solving they share as a team, pulling in the same direction towards improvement. When investing real dollars and, most importantly, time and patience in the development of your culture, the financial results will speak for themselves. The cost of not investing in culture is too costly a mistake to make. If you are at the beginning of your lean journey or want to kick-start your culture to achieve an organization focused on winning, this presentation is for you. Sur-Seal will share tools and experiences that have led to its success.


Sur-Seal is a second generation family-owned business with a rich history spanning 50 years. Founded in 1965 as a simple gasket manufacturing business, Sur-Seal provides custom sealing solutions to leading OEMs around the world. Sur-Seal provides custom solutions to customers in the lighting, HVAC and medical markets. It has an experienced engineering and development team with the material knowledge to assist customers in selecting the right material for their application. Sur-Seal is a proud recipient of the 2012 AME Excellence Award.

Presenter: Tony Wright / Brandon Mello

For the past eight years, Tony Wright has been the chief financial officer for Sur-Seal in Cincinnati, OH. He is a certified public accountant in the State of Ohio and is also a certified strategic planner. Wright is an active member of Vistage International bringing executive best practices from thought leaders to Sur-Seal.  He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. For the past five years, he has been an active member of AME and the AME Champions Club.

Brandon Mello is director of manufacturing at Sur-Seal.