Intro to AME Consortia: How consortium companies collaborate for deep, broad continuous improvement

April 18, 2018 | 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Contact AME: 224-232-5980 |


AME Headquaters
3701 W. Algonquin Road
Suite 225
Rolling Meadows, Illinois

What is an AME Consortium of companies? Why do they agree to collaborate? What are the benefits of consortium participation? This event answers those questions and examines how consortium companies collaborate for deep, broad, continuous improvement (CI) practices using practical concepts from the wide range of knowledge areas:

• Practical mastery of integrated lean-sigma-CI methods, not just a “flavor of the year"
• Deep application to company processes
• Broad assimilation by the workforce in daily CI thinking and doing
• Timely support for company teams ready for next CI stage
• Efficient facilitation of CI process for all above

This event consists of two separate sessions — participants may attend in the morning or in the afternoon. Can't make it? No problem! This event will also take place on: March 8, March 13, April 18, May 16 and June 14. 


Michael Bremer and Brian McKibben have facilitated lean consortiums since 2008. They have benchmarked with the leading consortia facilitators in North America and Australia to identify the collaboration processes that are most effective for lean-sigma-CI progress by a consortium. They have also identified consortia practices that are widely accepted, but not effective. Bremer and McKibben are long-time members of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME). They have filled a variety of roles for regional events and the annual international conference, including coordination of best-practices tours, development of lean practitioners presentations, presentation of workshops, and directors roles on AME regional and corporate boards. Bremer has also been the VP of the AME Excellence Awards committee for nearly ten years, allowing him an inside view of the best companies in the world. Outside AME, their professional experience spans more than thirty years each in industries ranging from heavy manufacturing, automotive, consumer products, healthcare, financial services, pharmaceuticals, distribution, defense systems and federal government operations.


Morning session: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Afternoon session: 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Click here to choose which session you would like to attend!

Introductions & objectives
AME Consortia overview: When, who, why
Consortium functions and benefits:

  • Lean assessments to track CI progress
  • Board functions for strategic and tactical plans
  • Benchmarking tours for best-practices sharing
  • Round-table brainstorming on host-site topic
  • Auditors exchange events
  • Special interest groups (SIGs) on selected topics
  • Shared-cost learning events; specialists, etc.
  • Share showcase events
  • Typical obstacles to CI progress
  • Consortia counter-measures for obstacles

Companies’ options for CI advances
Networking & depart

  • Executives and operations managers leading their teams for breakthrough business performance
  • Business leaders who want to take their companies to the next level of safety, quality, service, productivity, low cost, teamwork and CI
  • CI professionals and operations leaders who want to expand their toolkit and look for new ways to implement and sustain lean-CI practices
  • Anyone wanting to learn about how AME consortiums operate
  • Leaders from all industries, including manufacturing, business services, financial services, information systems, healthcare, distribution, and defense systems
  • Participants will learn from experts how consortium companies (“leveraged learning organizations” – MIT) cooperate for accelerated lean-sigma-CI progress.
  • Explanation of the key elements of consortium operations
  • Identification of typical obstacles to be overcome in developing free-flowing consortium operations
  • Identification of counter-measures for the obstacles

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 $150 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.