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A New Chapter for Our Friend and Colleague

By: Richard Wolin, Director of Training Services and MMTC NorthDarrell Rogers

Our long-time friend and colleague, Darrell Rogers, will be retiring from NMC at the end of June 2015, but he won’t be disappearing from his lifelong passions. I have known Darrell personally and professionally for over 27 years, and he is passionate about three things: his family, soccer, and Lean. Most of you know Darrell through his work in Lean Manufacturing and his ability to work respectfully with people at all levels in organizations. His use of humor and caring for people make the scary thought of change seem more doable, maybe even fun. He enjoys seeing learners make their day-to-day work easier by removing the drudgery of wasted activities that costs energy, time and money and instead connecting their work to what their customers value.

Many of you also know of Darrell’s lifelong passion for soccer having played, coached, and refereed for most of his life. These were not two separate lives but rather two related aspects of one life. What he learns in sport, he applies to work and vice-versa, which no doubt, make him better at both.

On a personal level, Darrell and I spent many hours together developing and delivering training, camping with our families, and supporting each other through challenges. I wish him well in his retirement and know this won’t be a parting of paths but rather a new journey.

As NMC Training Services and the northern office of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center transitions, you will see a number of changes over the coming year. Darrell plans to continue as the leader of the current Lean Manufacturing Champion group that will end later this fall. He will be working with existing clients to complete their coaching or transition projects to our other staff that most of you have met and worked with including Heather Fraizer, Ken Scott, Betsy Williams, and myself, along with new talent that we will be recruiting over the coming months.

Many of you know Heather Fraizer from projects she has worked jointly on with Darrell as well as from her specialties in Lean Office, Lean Healthcare, Hoshin Planning, and Leadership. Heather returned full-time this spring and continues to expand and improve our offerings with her energy and focus.

Some of you have begun to work with, or have been introduced to, Ken Scott who came to us last summer from Modine and before that GE Healthcare. Ken is currently leading classes in Lean Manufacturing Champion and Six-Sigma Green Belt. With his engineering background and wit, Ken brings an analytical perspective to solving problems with a sense of humor that keeps learners engaged. Along with Betsy Williams, Ken co-led the launch of the Grand Traverse Manufacturing Day in 2014 and will continue that program in 2015. He also played a key role in the launch of the Grand Traverse Area Manufacturing Council.

Betsy Williams, in her Business Development role, continues to be our point person by helping organizations address their professional development needs. With a wealth of human resource and customer service expertise, Betsy helps NMC serve you better.

Our team will continue to evolve in the second half of 2015 as we look to expand our trainer resources to better serve you.

Richard Wolin, Director of Training Services
MMTC-North Region at Northwestern Michigan College
1701 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 995-2003

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