About Us

Thom Keehan


Thom Keehan

Founder and Managing Partner


Thom has a unique background in the design and launch of enterprise-wide business systems that is both broad and deep.

He has vast experience working globally and in a wide range of industries always focusing on employing his comprehensive background of Lean Six Sigma and problem solving as he leads business recovery, turnaround, and transformation. 

He has held positions in Engineering, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Finance, and Banking within the Appliances, Plastics, Corporate, Capital, and Transportation divisions of GE as well as three Joint Ventures. He has held executive positions in GE, Johnson Controls, Tenneco, and Daikin. Within his consulting business, Thom re-engineered various functions while acting as interim executive. 

He holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia, is a graduate of GE’s prestigious Edison Engineering Program and Advanced Courses, and is a certified Master Black Belt.

 

Rodney McLean


Rodney McLean

Strategic Advisor and Head of Product Development

Rodney is a leader in enterprise continuous improvement and business transformation strategy and execution.

He has successfully delivered financial performance improvement across multiple fortune 500 companies. His passion for solving complex business problems and advancing organizations to achieve best-in-class performance has established him as a trusted business partner to senior leaders across global organizations.

With deep practical and strategic experience in Finance, IT, Commercial Operations, Manufacturing, Lean, Six Sigma, Business Transformation and Continuous Improvement Methods, Rodney has held leadership roles at GE (Plastics, Water, Commercial Finance), PwC, AIG, Johnson Controls, and Tenneco.

Rodney holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Executive Education in Finance from Northwestern University, Master Black Belt certification, and Kepner Tregoe Problem Solving certification.

 

Manny Buerga

Executive Consultant

 

Manny is a successful coach who has worked extensively with top tier companies to develop enterprise strategies that deliver quantifiable results.

Manny uses a hands on approach with his client partners and emphasizes his expert executive coaching skills to foster connection, development, and outstanding enterprise growth.

Manny excels at strategic thinking and has expertise in leading transformations, loss analysis, root-cause problem solving, and high-performance continuous improvement teams across operations and other functions. He is an accomplished Lean Six Sigma and Operations Executive with 20 years of experience in supply chain, manufacturing, strategy, service, customer service, and business transactions.

Manny has demonstrated his keen ability to successfully marry voice of the customer with business processes that lead to enterprise wide change. He has held leadership roles at General Motors, The Boeing Company, WR Grace & Co, WW Grainger and more recently with TransCare Corporation. He was an advisor to leaders in government institutions such as the Housing and Urban Development Agency, The National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

Always a team player, Manny represented Puerto Rico in the Colt Baseball League World Series and Pan American Games and was a two sport student athlete at Purdue University in baseball and volleyball. He is a Certified Marshall Goldsmith Coach, Stakeholder Centered Coaching Methodology and has participated in Global Kaizen events while at Boeing where he worked with Shingijutsu Consultants. He is a former Lean Enterprise Institute Faculty Member. Manny is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership and proudly serves as a volunteer for the Junior Achievement Organization.

Manny is originally from Puerto Rico, a native Spanish speaker, and a graduate of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management and a minor in Industrial Engineering.

 

 

Bob Leistensnider

Executive Consultant

 

Bob brings to Enterprise Kaizen over 35 years of experience helping people increase their operations and organizational performance. 

His career has included roles within General Electric Company, Genworth Financial (formerly GE Financial Assurance), healthcare industry at Merck and GSK , APTIV, and Daikin Applied Americas.

Bob is a Certified Master Black Belt and a passionate operational excellence professional that is well versed in Six Sigma, Lean, and GE's Change Acceleration Program. While at GE Financial Assurance, Bob was one of the pioneers of developing and executing a lean transaction program at GE. He has served in leadership roles encompassing procurement, quality, manufacturing engineering, ISO 9000 program roll-out and execution, program management, and lean six sigma roll-out and engagement. Bob thrives on helping others hone their skills in driving operational simplification, efficiency, and performance improvement aligned with organizational goals. 

After leaving GE, he was responsible for the roll-out out of the lean six sigma program at the global sales and marketing organizations for Merck Vaccine and Infectious Disease. Internationally, Bob has facilitated the roll-out of operational excellence initiatives since 1989 across Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Eastern Europe & Middle East. In his most recent role with Merck, he lived in Switzerland for 4 ½ years supporting the Emerging Markets with the integration of Merck and Schering Plough, development and execution of the commercial portfolio optimization and simplification, and growing the top line while reducing the bottom line for the region through accelerated new product registrations and launches while improving delivery of products to the customers. Most recently Bob has worked to develop and execute enterprise operational excellence, strategy development and execution, performance monitoring, and management routines at both APTIV and Daikin Applied.

Bob received his BSME degree from the University of Hartford.

 

Barry Rubin

Executive Consultant

 
Barry brings a distinctive perspective to the work of organizational design, development, and culture change at companies committed to increasing workforce heart and mind (ENGAGEMENT) within lean and flourishing teams.

His reputation for results is built on a user-friendly (DOABLE), structured approach (CLEAR ROUTE) whose power rests in its custom fit (NOT COOKIE CUTTER) for the greatest impact (SPEED) and cost-effectiveness (VALUE).    

Over the last 25 years, Barry has worked with a multitude of companies including Caterpillar Mexico, Duracell, Ford Motor Company, Hanes PR, Johnson Controls, Lucent-Alcatel, Sivesa-CROWN Mexico, Standard Aero, Tyco Sensormatic, and York Refrigeration in pursuit of their human development and culture change goals.

He is a frequent presenter at conferences – usually side by side with clients to share cutting edge thinking and results from successful projects. Between 2000 and 2020, he presented 24 times on various aspects of the “how to” of system wide culture change with work teams, helping to advance the field in the process.  

Barry has been on the forefront of researching and applying learning to understand the kind of development/maturation that leaders must go through in order to own and sustain the change-evolution within their respective organizations. 

He has a Doctorate in Human and Organizational Systems with an emphasis on leadership development.