The AME Hall of Fame

The AME Hall of Fame recognizes industry thought leaders and influencers who support the values, principles and practices found within leading enterprise excellence organizations. On an annual basis, the selection committee will identify appropriate candidates and determine whom to honor with induction into the Hall of Fame. The nomination process includes a review and approval of submissions by the selection committee based on the significance of an individual's contributions to the growth of enterprise excellence within the manufacturing community. People outside the committee can also nominate candidates.

AME 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees          


Jerry Bussell

Jerry Bussell has been formally recognized as one of the top lean practitioners and leaders in North America. Bussell has a strong track record of leading and advising companies in numerous industries on how to implement highly successful lean transformations. He is a committed servant leader and coach, a sought-after advisor and a respected keynote speaker on a global basis.

Bussell enjoyed a highly successful career in operations for forty-six years. His career includes tenures at Kraft Foods, International Hydron, Allergan, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Medtronic. From 1999-2011, Bussell led the operations group for Medtronic Surgical Technologies, serving as VP of both global operations and operational excellence.

Since leaving Medtronic, Bussell has served as an executive advisor for Underwriters Laboratories and was honored with the Shingo Research and Publication Award in 2013 for his book, “Anatomy of a Lean Leader.”


Helen Zak

Helen Zak is chief development officer of Catalysis, a not for profit educational institute with a mission to transform the healthcare industry using lean thinking. She has 32 years of lean
leadership experience in the automotive, capital equipment and healthcare industries, including engineering roles at General Motors and plant management roles at Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Zak served as COO of the Lean Enterprise Institute where she worked with Jim Womack to spread the topic of lean throughout the world and to every industry. Zak has contributed
to 20 published works, helped design numerous educational programs and is a frequent speaker on the topic of lean.
Zak helped to establish the Lean Education Academic Network, the Lean Global Network, the Catalysis Healthcare Value Network and the Center for Lean Engagement and Research. Zak serves as faculty at the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, a coach for the Master of Business of Operational Excellence Program at Fisher College of Business at Ohio State and an examiner for the Shingo Prize.

2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

  • C. Jackson Grayson
  • J. Francisco Ramírez Reséndiz

2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Bruce Hamilton
  • Gary Peterson

2013 Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Daniel Jones
  • Thomas Hartman
  • John Shook
  • Michael Rother                    

2012 Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Daniel Ariens 
  • Dr. Patricia Gabow, M.D.
  • Dr. Jeffrey Liker, Ph.D.
  • Dr. John Toussaint, M.D.

2011 Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Dale Crownover
  • James Womack, PhD.
  • David Hogg
  • Patrick Carguello
  • Gary Convis

Additional Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Barbara Jacklin
  • Fujio Cho
  • Phil Roether
  • Ross Robson
  • Burgess Oliver
  • John Puckett
  • Ralph Todd
  • Tony Laraia
  • Dan McDonnell
  • Nick Edwards
  • Robert "Doc" Hall