Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers, distinguished experts in industrial engineering, management and academia, set the tone for the various sections of the conference.

Luis Alvarez

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Luis Alvarez
Lancer Corp. 

Thursday, Sept. 15
8 - 9 a.m. Opening Session

Luis Alvarez has spent the last six years transforming Lancer Corp. from a single-customer company in the declining industry of carbonated soft drinks. The transformation to a multicustomer, multibeverage dispense equipment strategy is succeeding, achieving its best year on record in 2014.

A continuous improvement expert, Alvarez challenges his employees to excel in everything they do, knowing that any process or situation can always be better. This deep-rooted philosophy is at the core of his successes at transforming companies to excel even in difficult environments. His experience in the automotive industry taught him to continuously fine-tune and perfect every process while focusing on customer satisfaction as the No. 1 priority.

Embracing the core values of integrity, accountability, innovation and continuous improvement, he consistently delivers results in the companies he has worked for. He is a Lean-Certified sensei, allowing him to train and certify other Lean experts. He holds a bachelor’s degree in information systems at the School of Business Administration at San Diego State University. He currently serves on eight different boards of directors around the world.

Duke Rohe

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Duke Rohe
Performance improvement specialist
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Thursday, Sept. 15
12 - 1:30 p.m. Luncheon

Duke Rohe currently works at MD Anderson Cancer Center as a performance improvement specialist. Rohe graduated from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering. He is a life fellow member of the Healthcare Information Systems Society and has achieved its Quality Management Award, Outstanding Fellows Service Award and Chapter Leadership Award. He wrote two chapters in the Management Engineering Guidebook, co-authored a book on quality tools, co-authored four books on organizational change and, finally, is on his mother's top 10 list.

David Bazinet

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David Bazinet
Director operational excellence
Cantel Medical

Friday, Sept. 16
12:30 - 2 p.m. Awards Luncheon
David Bazinet is the director of operational excellence for Cantel Medical. He previously served for four years as the director of manufacturing at Cantel’s Medivators business unit located in Conroe, Texas. Bazinet entered the medical device manufacturing industry in 1992 after having had a successful career as an engineer with General Dynamics Inc. He holds a bachelor's degree in industrial technology with a major in production and inventory management. Bazinet also is a certified master lean black belt, a certified Six Sigma black belt and a certified lean Sigma black belt, all obtained through the IISE Training Center. He has five lean site deployments to his credit and two in progress. With over 25 years of continuous improvement experience, Bazinet's passion for process improvement shows in his everyday activities. His comprehensive business knowledge supports his many successes.