Intermediate level
Value Stream 2 Systematic Daily Improvement

Focus on what matters most


Strategy deployment – getting everyone at the world’s largest brewery to focus on the right things

Have you been wondering how to start your lean journey? At MillerCoors it starts with strategy, aligning each and every employee at each and every level. What is the goal, how do I contribute to the success and what does good look like are just a few of the questions that its strategy work has helped answer. 

Hear how the “what and how” of strategy works, from MillerCoors’ top-level executives to technician level, in the Golden brewery. In Golden, the strategy was developed using a very inclusive and visual approach which has helped to accelerate its awareness and its acceptance across the site. Developing a strategy is only the beginning. Learn how MillerCoors have made it “real” for all of Golden brewery’s 900+ employees. 
At MillerCoors, its Manufacturing Way is built on strong beliefs that people are valued, continuous improvement is never-ending and it must execute with excellence – all with a strong focus on customers. Come and hear about the learnings from its continued journey to excellence!

Built on a foundation of great beer brands and nearly 300 years of brewing heritage, MillerCoors continues the commitment of its founders to brew the highest quality beers. MillerCoors is the second-largest beer company in the United States, capturing nearly 30 percent of beer sales in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The portfolio is led by the company’s premium light brands: Coors Light, Miller Lite and Miller64. MillerCoors operates eight major breweries in the U.S. as well as the Leinenkugel’s craft brewery in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin and two microbreweries – the Tenth Street Brewery in Milwaukee and the Blue Moon Brewing Company at Coors Field in Denver. MillerCoors’ vision is to create the best beer company in America through great people, changing the way America enjoys beer. MillerCoors is a joint venture of SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company. Learn more at, at or on Twitter through @MillerCoors.

Speakers: Carrie Stordahl, Alan Gasvoda

Carrie Stordahl is the Golden Brewery Manufacturing Development manager. She has been with MillerCoors 23 years and involved with enabling, leading and implementing lean and continuous improvement since 2004. Her career experience includes: manufacturing optimization, Director of Operations R&D, product management, shop floor leadership and engineering. She has an MBA and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering.

Alan Gasvoda is a results-oriented leader with more than 20 years of experience in developing and implementing solutions that positively impact manufacturing and supply chain performance. He is adept at analyzing complex business issues, designing and implementing appropriate solutions to achieve business objectives. Gasvoda is proficient in the application of lean, constraint management, six-sigma and total productive maintenance –  methodologies and tools to achieve operational excellence. He has extensive experience in the proper integration of automation, technology, processes and people in order to achieve desired results in numerous industries including food and beverage, automotive and construction equipment. Gasvoda graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a bachelor of science in industrial engineering. He has also completed graduate studies at Milwaukee School of Engineering in the Master Science Engineering Management program. He has presented for international, national and local professional organizations, and at universities in the areas of lean manufacturing and supply chain management.