DVIRC Welcomes New Class of Institute for World-Class Manufacturing Graduates

August 12, 2013

DVIRC recently feted the 2013 graduating class from its Institute for World-Class Manufacturing (IWCM).

Together with the graduates’ friends, families, and colleagues, President/COO Barry Miller joined numerous DVIRC representatives at the event, held June 27th at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill.

As DVIRC’s training division, IWCM spearheads Lean, Six Sigma, Management Development, and Strategic Growth Plan education among its members.

This year 144 graduates from 57 companies celebrated the completion of various programs, including 60 Lean Level One certifications, 24 Management Development Certifications, and 20 Lean Green Belts, among others.

The evening began with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner, awards, and a keynote address from Frank Papasidero, Vice President/General Manager of Estée Lauder.

Papasidero addressed the Lean Champion Graduates in particular, describing what has made his company successful and explaining the ways they utilize DVIRC-led Lean operational, organizational learning, and development programs to be more efficient and drive operational improvements.

“This class brings the total number of IWCM graduates to 2,141,” Miller told the attendees. “These individuals have dedicated their time, energy, and talents to expanding their abilities, and now they are trained in operational best practices and growth strategies. They will be instrumental in inspiring growth among the region’s manufacturers.

“All of our programs are important for businesses to succeed in today’s economy,” he added.
“We thank them for their leadership and making an investment in our regional future!”

Making graduation presentations on behalf of DVIRC were Jeff Kopenitz, Marc Sinkow, Bob Walsh, Manny Veloso and Donna Butchko.

Throughout the evening, graduates were eligible for various raffle prizes, such as an Amazon Kindle, four Phillies tickets with preferred parking, and a $200 gift card. Prizes were donated from generous regional businesses like Estee Lauder, Fesnak & Associates, Wawa, Fraser Advanced Information Systems, Ampro, and others.