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Purpose-driven lean

The right versus wrong purpose can make all the difference


Practitioner Presentation
Wednesday, Nov. 6 Location Code
11:00am-12:00pm Regency Ballroom C, West Tower, Ballroom Level WS/27

Discover experiences with lean in over a dozen different companies and how purpose affects outcomes.


Learn how all lean initiatives are purpose drive but embracing the right purpose can make all the difference between success and frustration. Hear how change and progress require involvement - even engagement, and how many people do not willingly change. Discover how there must be an inspirational purpose to support and guide the journey to operational excellence.


Astec Industries, Inc. was founded in 1972 with the vision to apply creative thinking and state-of-the-art technology to traditionally low-tech industries, bolstered by a corporate culture renowned for putting customer service first. The Astec Industries, Inc. family of companies has become a global leader in the manufacture of equipment for asphalt or concrete road construction, aggregate processing, oil, gas and water well drilling, among others. Today Astec Industries, Inc. manufactures more than 220 products from rock crushing and screening plants to hot mix asphalt (HMA) facilities, concrete plants, water, gas and oil drilling rigs, geothermal drills, milling machines, asphalt pavers, material transfer vehicles, and silo inspection equipment. Astec’s innovations have led to a continuous stream of new products that are in ever increasing demand.

Presenter: Jim Joyner

Jim Joyner is the vice president, Global Operational Excellence for Astec Industries, Inc. based in Chattanooga TN. As a consultant/educator, he has worked with hundreds of organizations on six continents. He has served as an adviser to the Japan Management Association and has authored several books, including "Quality Still Works" (available on Amazon). Joyner graduated from UT Chattanooga with a BS in finance and later earned an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.