AME Excellence Award workshop

February 25, 2019 | 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Contact AME: 224-232-5980 |
Member Fee: $295
Non-Member Fee: $345


O.C. Tanner
1930 S. State St.
Salt Lake City, Utah

This one-day workshop is divided into two key blocks. The morning segment is targeted to potential applicants as well as assessors and potential assessors. It will cover the award criteria and the overall application process and annual timeline, including review of key documents applicants must provide. The afternoon segment is primarily focused on the activities of Award Assessors, although potential applicants can also benefit from gaining an understanding of how assessors are expected to approach the various applicant review activities.

Participants will gain valuable information about how to effectively build a strong Achievement Report, the key document that applicant companies submit to summarize why they should be considered for the award. They will also come away with a clear picture of the process and timeline that the AME Excellence Award Committee uses to review, score and provide feedback to applicant companies. Participants will examine the role of the assessor and, through hands-on team practice using a mock achievement report, they will be challenged to identify the differences between a great vs. an average Achievement Report.

*Attendance at this workshop does not ensure participants will become an award assessor. The AME Excellence Award committee reserves the right to evaluate the background and capabilities of all potential assessors before making a decision to add them to the assessor pool.

About the AME Excellence Award

AME Excellence Award logoThe AME Excellence Award primarily recognizes North American manufacturing plants that have demonstrated excellence in manufacturing and business. The award acknowledges continuous improvement, best practices, creativity and innovation. Learn more about the award and how to apply here


O.C. Tanner has a culture that respects people and goes out of its way to recognize and celebrate team members’ contributions to the organization. Its leaders embrace their responsibility to regularly coach, develop and encourage team members. O.C. Tanner helps organizations create great work environments by inspiring and appreciating great work. Thousands of clients globally use the company’s cloud-based technology, tools, awards and education services to engage talent, increase performance, drive goals and create experiences that fuel the human spirit. The company was the official supplier of the 2002 Olympic Games medals and has received numerous awards, including the AME 2016 Excellence Award, the Shingo Prize, Ernst & Young Master Entrepreneur of the Year award and Incentive Magazine’s Platinum Partner award.

This workshop will be presented by the executive team of O.C. Tanner, including operations, lean enterprise development, supply chain, production teams and others. It is focused on our ability to cost effectively produce one item at a time to customer order entry. As noted in the agenda, all of the processes necessary to achieve this objective will be addressed. Attendees will feel and get a sense of our continuous improvement culture and systems that support it. Learn more at


Doug Carlberg is chairman and CEO of M2 Global. He has more than 35 years of experience in operations management in the electronics, telecommunication and defense industries. Prior to working at M2 Global, he was senior vice president of worldwide operations of Harris Corporation's Microwave Communications Division, winning many awards. Carlberg serves on the board of governors for The Shingo Prize and the board of directors for the Association for Manufacturing Excellence.

Larry Anderson is president of ResourceSyncing, a lean transformation organization. He has achieved the Gold level of Lean Certification through the joint AME/SME/Shingo/ASQ certification program and has many years of experiences as a lean practitioner, trainer and consultant. Anderson serves as a lead assessor and examiner team lead for the AME Excellence Award and the Shingo Prize.


Morning segment

  • Overview of AME Excellence Award applicant process
  • Review of AME Excellence Award criteria and scoring breakdown
  • How to use the criteria as a self-assessment tool
  • Review of key applicant documents
  • Whats make a good applicant Achievement Report
  • What to expect if awarded a site visit
  • Feedback provided to applicants

Afternoon segment

  • Background requirements for assessors
  • Roles and responsibilities of assessors
  • Review and use of available assessment tools
  • Practice scoring of an Achievement Report
  • Expectations during a site visit
  • Writing a good feedback report
  • Understand the AME Excellence Award criteria and annual award process
  • Learn how to use the criteria as a self-assessment tool
  • Review applicant documents and how they are best completed and used
  • Learn how Achievement Reports are evaluated
  • Understand what an applicant site visit entails
  • Gain hands-on experience reviewing and scoring a sample Achievement Report
  • Take away valuable information that will improve your written Achievement Report if you intend to apply
  • Become more confident if you are or plan to become an assessor
  • Assessors or potential assessors are expected to attend both the morning and afternoon sessions to become certified as an AME Excellence Award assessor. 
  • Applicants or potential award applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the morning segment and can attend the afternoon session if interested.

You can become an AME member during the registration process for $150 per year and obtain the discounted AME member rate for this event. Your membership will also entitle you to a registration discount for all future AME conferences, seminars, workshops and webinars for one year. Additionally, you will receive a subscription to the award winning Target magazine and much more.

Payment or purchase order must be received by the AME office five days prior to the event start date. If no payment or PO number is received, you will be asked to pay with a credit card or check at the event before entry.

Cancellation Policy: Enrollment fee less a $100 non-refundable registration charge will be refunded up to one week before the event. Substitutions may be made up to three days prior to the start of the workshop.

Notes: This event may be cancelled by AME for any reason. AME is not responsible for incidental costs incurred by registrants. By registering for this meeting, I hereby acknowledge and agree that AME or its agents may take photographs of me during events and may use those photographs for AME’s purposes, including but not limited to news and promotional purposes, without further compensation to me.