Keynote Speaker
Panel Discussion:

Sustained success begins with you!

Thursday, Oct. 22 Location Code
12:00pm-1:00pm Grand Ballroom, 3rd floor

How do three leading practitioners work to ensure that success is sustained and associates are engaged in the continuous improvement journey?  This interactive keynote will allow the audience to ask questions and vote on questions that others have posed using smart phones and tablets.


Gaurdie E. Banister Jr. is the president and CEO of Aera Energy LLC, one of the largest California and U.S. oil producers, with annual revenues of approximately $5 billion. Delivering 25 percent of the California’s production, Aera is one of the nation’s most active drillers and operates more 14,500 wells. The company’s success reflects the innovative application of lean manufacturing processes, information systems and company culture. Banister began his career with Shell in 1980. He has worked in California, Louisiana, Texas and Singapore. In addition to his global exploration and production experience, Banister has experience in strategic planning, information technology and acquisitions.

Kathryn Correia is president and CEO of HealthEast Care System, a community-focused, non-profit health care system that provides a full spectrum of health services. Locally owned and operated, HealthEast is the largest health care provider in the Twin Cities’ east metro area. It employs 7,300 people and has more than 1,300 physicians on staff. Correia previously served as president of Appleton Medical Center and Theda Clark Medical Center, and senior vice president of ThedaCare. Her work using the Toyota Production System to transform health delivery models has been featured in several national publications.

Gary Peterson is the executive vice president of supply chain and production for the O.C. Tanner Company. He has worked for the company for 28 years. Prior to his current role, Peterson held an impressively diverse set of jobs within O.C. Tanner. These include manager of market research, manufacturing change facilitator (where he was instrumental in moving the operation from “batch” to lean, resulting in winning the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing), vice president of manufacturing, marketing vice president of award development and vice president of research and professional services. His experience with lean enterprise sends him around the globe helping others improve their operations.