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Thomas Burkett

Tom is an operations executive with 40 years of experience in private industry and government agencies. During his 25 year career with the U. S. Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), where he had agency wide responsibility, he developed and managed partnerships between the BOP and components of the Department of Homeland Security, the United States Army and Marine Corps, as well as other federal and state agencies. Tom has manufacturing expertise grounded in experience as general manager of a $200 Million business unit, division manager, engineering, and plant manager. Directed the startup of five new factories. He holds a Six Sigma Black Belt, is a Lean Instructor, including curriculum development, and has managed over 20 Lean Six Sigma Black Belts and 150 Green Belts, while deploying Lean in over 90 facilities producing more than 80 different products. He has presented papers at several national conferences detailing the challenges and benefits of implementing Lean Six Sigma. Corporate experience includes Combustion Engineering and International Playtex. Veteran, United States Navy. (B.S., Industrial Management, University of Alabama; M.B.A., Management, University of West Georgia)