Lean Leadership Panel (an AME event)

May 26, 2016
12:00pm - 4:00pm
210 N. Brinton Lake Road Concordville, Pennsylvania (map)
Non-Member Fee: $295 Student Member Fee: $50 Member Fee: $195
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Start the session with a tour of Southco’s operations and see first hand examples of leadership techniques used daily, weekly and monthly to achieve desired results.

The leadership panel has over 100 years of experience collectively in business, manufacturing and continuous improvement. They will share their best practices. You can ask questions specific to your organization’s challenges regarding lean leadership.

Small group sessions with other area leaders talking about how to apply lean leadership and overcome your biggest challenges.


  • Executive panel discussion
  • Small group learning
  • Lean management systems
  • Leader standard work
  • Visual management
  • A3 storyboards


Over the past 60 years, Southco has transformed and grown through innovation, strategic acquisitions and overseas investments into a global leader in Engineered Access Hardware.

Southco solutions are a key part of products you and thousands of others interact with every day. It’s engineered access hardware solutions include key “touch points” such as locks, latches, captive fasteners, hinges, handles and other innovative products.

It’s application universe is immense and covers industries such as marine, automotive, off-highway/construction, RV/caravan, industrial machinery, enclosures, HVAC, medical equipment and network, telecommunications and computers.


Jack Doherty, VP of Operations and Technology
Dorhety joined Southco in 2001 as the director of operational excellence, a position he held for three years. In 2004, he moved to the United Kingdom as Southco’s European operations director where he supported the integration of a major acquisition. In 2006, he returned to the US and was named vice president of pperations. Prior to joining Southco, Dorhety worked in various operations leadership and continuous improvement positions for global manufacturing companies. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy.

Michael Galbus, EVP of Operations, Zodiac Arresting Systems
Galbus began his lean education in the mid-1990s as a lean six sigma black belt. He led multiple continuous improvement teams in a variety of continuous and discrete manufacturing plants. Ultimately he became a lean master black belt at CertainTeed at the corporate headquarters in Valley Forge, PA.

He increasingly found that he wanted to apply this knowledge via leadership and mentor roles versus support roles. He was a plant manager for a quarter of a billion dollar Dow Inc. chemical facility for over six years. In this role he drove continuous improvement projects in safety, quality and cost areas via front line leadership and hourly team members.

Over the last six years, Galbus has been applying what he has learned from a countless number of hourly team members, supervisors and managers at Zodiac Aerospace in Aston, PA as the executive vice president of operations.

Peter Rapp, Managing Director, Merit Medical Systems Inc.
Rapp has over 30 years of experience in the medical device industry working for Johnson & Johnson, General Electric Healthcare, Surgical Specialties and the last 18 years at Merit Medical. He has held positions in quality assurance, regulatory affairs and manufacturing. He has extensive experience in developing and implementing lean six sigma operational excellence systems.

Rapp has a B.S. in management from Philadelphia University and an MBA from LaSalle University. Rapp is a member of AME and is an active board member for several small companies in the region.  In addition, he is a member of the DVIRC Executive Network.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

12:00 p.m.  Registration and Lunch

12:30 p.m.  Introductions

12:45 p.m.  Southco Overview, Tour, & Short Q&A

1:45 p.m.  Leadership Panel and group activity

3:45 p.m.  Wrap-up