LeanBlog Podcast #44 – Ralph Keller, AME

Episode #44 of the LeanBlog Podcast is a conversation with Ralph Keller, the President of AME, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence. Today, we’re discussing AME and their upcoming regional conference in San Diego, to be held June 9 to 11, 2008. You can also read Ralph’s “Continuous Improvement” column in IndustryWeek (click here to subscribe for free).

Click to play:

MP3 File


For earlier episodes, visit the main Podcast page, which includes information on how to subscribe via RSS or via Apple iTunes.

If you have feedback on the podcast, or any questions for me or my guests, you can email me at leanpodcast@gmail.com or you can call and leave a voicemail by calling the “Lean Line” at (817) 776-LEAN (817-776-5326) or contact me via Skype id “mgraban”. Please give your location and your first name. Any comments (email or voicemail) might be used in follow ups to the podcast.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an book titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

1 Comment

  1. Mark Graban

    I’m sorry to pass along this announcement from AME:

    AME mourns the loss of Ralph Keller, a beloved member of the AME community who died suddenly Sunday, September 18.

    Ralph had been a member of AME for 15 years when he was asked to step out of retirement to become the President and Executive Director of AME. Ralph served as AME President from 2005-2010, leading the AME staff and vast community of volunteers while working toward the improvement of AME’s internal operations. Ralph also held a number of volunteer leadership positions at AME, having served as Regional President and Board member of the AME Institute.

    A true believer in lean, Ralph wrote a regular column for Industry Week that was well regarded and is referenced to this day.

    Ralph is remembered, not just for his professional contributions as a lean leader, but also for his focus on family and treating AME staff and volunteers with great respect and affection.

    He will be missed by all who knew him.

    If you know anyone who may not be on AME’s mailing list but who should be aware of this sad news, please pass this announcement along.

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.