AME Institute

Established in 2008, the AME Institute has been chartered as a 501(c)3 organization with the goal of providing scholarship funds for worthy students to attend AME’s annual International Lean Conference and experience such special events as the Lean Accounting Summit held in September 2009.

AME members need young men and women to be exposed to the Lean movement, to learn about the pursuit of excellence and consider the benefits of a career in manufacturing operations as they become the leaders of our manufacturing futures.

The AME Institute will also sponsor research on the latest state-of-the-art techniques for process improvements as well as academic research like the Government Procurement Accounting Study that is already underway.

For more information about the programs of the AME Institute, contact Ken McGuire, Chairman or Ralph Keller, Treasurer. Donations to support the scholarship and research programs of the AME Institute are always welcomed.  Contact Jodi Talley, Director of Marketing and Communications, for additional details.

Vision and Mission

Our Vision is to leverage the knowledge, experience and resources of the people in manufacturing, primarily in North America, devoted to Enterprise Excellence in order to promote fresh, original, creative and sustainable ideas for improving their workplace, now and in the future.

Our Mission is to promote:

  • Learning through experience sharing
  • Idea broadcasting through experimentation
  • Leadership models through examples
  • Knowledge acquisition via discovery

Welcome to LeanROI

www.LeanROI.orgJoin us at as we identify and explore the factors that make Lean initiatives more successful and sustainable by achieving and documenting hard financial returns. Initial funding for LeanROI is provided by The AME Institute.


Basem Hishmeh, Immediate Past Chairman
Sigma-Netics, Inc.
Ralph Keller, Treasurer
Keller Aviation
Dale Gehring, AME Chair
ESCO Corporation
Dir of Lean Enterprise Development
Patrick Carguello
Director of AME International Operations
Kenneth McGuire, Chairman
Barbara Morrison
President and CEO


Robert W. Hall
Compression Institute
George Koenigsaecker
Lean Investments LLC
Rebecca Morgan
Fulcrum Consulting Works, Inc