Keynote Speakers

Keynote presentations are envisioned to summarize the core message of the conference. These distinguished experts in industrial engineering, management, healthcare and academic, set the tone for the various sections of the conference and provide a learning opportunity for our attendees.

Tuesday, Sept. 26

Steven Choi

Dr. Steven J. Choi
Physician Leader
Montefiore Health System


Dr. Steven J. Choi is a physician leader at the Montefiore Health System in New York. He serves as assistant vice president and director of Montefiore Network Performance Improvement. He is also the executive director of the Montefiore Institute for Performance Improvement (MIPI). In this role, Choi is responsible for leading the health system’s transformation through clinical performance improvement strategies. Choi formally trains and coaches Montefiore clinicians and leaders in improvement methodologies through an intensive 12-month performance improvement fellowship program. 

Choi received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson/Rutgers University Medical School. He completed his pediatric internship and residency at Babies and Children’s Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and his pediatric critical care medicine fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles/University of Southern California. Choi has been practicing pediatric cardiac intensive care for over 10 years and has served as division chief as well as medical director of the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit prior to joining Montefiore in 2010. He holds board certifications in both general pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine. He has over 50 published abstracts, manuscripts, chapters and presentations and has been a national leader and researcher in healthcare quality and performance improvement. 

Choi is a graduate of the world-renowned Intermountain Healthcare-Advanced Training Program (ATP) for Healthcare Delivery Improvement in Salt Lake City. He also completed the Lean Healthcare Program at the University of Michigan and the Executive Lean Six Sigma Program at Rutgers Business School in collaboration with Lockheed Martin. 


Cary Hobbs

Carey Hobbs
Corporate Quality Director
Micross Components


Carey Hobbs recently became director of corporate quality at Micross, where he is charged with defining and directing global quality and process improvements across all operational areas and locations to further improve performance and increase overall customer satisfaction. Carey is based at Micross’ corporate headquarters in Orlando, Florida.


Hobbs brings 10 years of experience from Lockheed Martin’s Missile and Fire Control Business Unit in Orlando, where he held a series of procurement, manufacturing and process improvement roles with progressively increasing responsibilities. In his most recent role as senior manager, procurement and value engineering, Hobbs led the procurement and value engineering organization focused on supply chain affordability, risk mitigation, issue resolution and continuous improvement strategies across all lines of business. Prior to Lockheed Martin, Hobbs worked for seven years at Intel, primarily focused in product manufacturing and packaging.


Hobbs holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University. In addition to his IE degrees, Hobbs also holds a master black belt in Lean Six Sigma.

Wednesday, Sept. 27

Jane Algee

Jane M. Algee
Program Manager
Lockheed Martin – Missiles and Fire Control

Jane M. Algee is a program manager in Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control (MFC) business area. As current support for the F-35 Lightning II program, one of the largest and most scrutinized defense programs in U.S. history, Algee maintains a formal and highly successful LSS program.

She will share highlights of Lockheed Martin’s LSS organization and process and her personal remedies for keeping an organization’s LSS program vital.

She is a certified LM21 black belt and holds a bachelor's and an master's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Central Florida.