A BIG Story

We know LEAN Consulting!

At BIG we believe in a better method of consulting. We aim to increase our clients’ knowledge and profitability by eliminating all the barriers to world class. And we do this while transferring our knowledge into a sustainable system & culture.

BIG aims to a be a premier international consulting firm providing exemplary customer solutions with a unique “hands – on” implementation and training approach.

Charlie Protzman

Charlie Protzman

CEO & Founding Partner

Charlie is an internationally renowned author, speaker, trainer and implementer of Lean and TFS Agile improvements.  He has published 11 books to date with more in the works and received two Shingo Prizes.

Charlie  worked for over 13 years with AlliedSignal (now Honeywell) and has been implementing Lean principles and Lean  thinking since 1985. He was the first Lean Master and a Strategic Operations Manager for AlliedSignal where he received several special recognition and cost reduction awards. He has been a keynote speaker at the MWCC and at the Chinese Industrial Engineering Institute in 2014, Chinese Lean Benchmarking Institute in 2018, and Agile X in 2019.

During the last 21 years he has implemented successful organizational transformations, turnarounds, lean product and transactional implementations and World Class Kaizen events across the world in all types of industries.

Charlie has a BA and MBA from Loyola College in Maryland. He attended Dale Carnegie 14-week course, has won numerous cost reductions awards,  is a certified scrum master, and has a train the trainer certification for the 2 day Scrum The Toyota Way from Toyota. He is currently a member of SME, SAE, IIE and Association for Psychological Type. He is a charter certified MBTI Instructor (#C10083).  He was a past member of APICS, AME Champions Club, and NAPM organizations.

Daniel Protzman

Daniel Protzman

Partner and VP of Customer Solutions

Recently partnering with Toyota Connected, Dan is implementing Lean and Agile at a multitude of customers.

With over 5 years professional experience consulting and conducting training with a large number of customers throughout world. Dan has implemented projects in many different sectors including: Manufacturing, Medical Devices, Banking, as well as Insurance Services and Healthcare.

In 2017 Dan served as interim area manager during an organizational transformation for a steel company in Virginia.

He co-authored the books One-Piece Flow vs. Batching, and The BASICS Lean® Implementation Model and three additional books to be published over the next few years. He is also certified as a coach for the Lean Leadership Institute, is a certified Harada Instructor, Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) professional, and a Toyota Certified Scrum Master and Trainer.

Dan holds a BA degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia May 2009.

Mike Meyers

Mike Meyers

Partner & VP of Operational Excellence

With over 25 years of manufacturing experience, Mike has filled a variety of leadership roles. While at Donnelly Corporation, he focused on mastering and implementing the Donnelly Production System (DPS) starting as a Production Supervisor and being promoted to positions of Manufacturing Manager, Operations Manager and Manager over 3 plants. Mike developed his skills for continuous improvement through a combination of comprehensive Toyota based training sessions and shop floor experiences.  He used these techniques and his distinct ability to work with teams to drive change and successfully turn around non-performing plants. 

Mike has won numerous awards at his plants including Toyota’s coveted “Most Improved Supplier of the Year” & General Motors “Supplier Quality Excellence” award in recognition of their superior supplier teaming and outstanding customer satisfaction.

Mike holds a B.A. in Business from Baker College,  is a Six Sigma certified Kata instructor, certified Lean Manufacturing Instructor, Certified Standard Work Instructor, and a member of the Toyota Supplier Development Program.

Jeremy Horn

Jeremy Horn

Consultant & Lean Implementation Specialist

Jeremy is a Lean Implementer and consultant. He was a process improvement specialist at Lutron Electronics for six years, during which he led more than 10 Lean implementations throughout multiple plants in the company specializing in Group Technology, PFEPs, and Control Plans. Prior to this, Jeremy was a production team leader and supervisor in multiple electronic production assembly and test areas. He has most recently lead productivity and changeover reduction (SMED) improvements at a heavy machining manufacturing company in Poland reaching up to 40% productivity improvements and a Maryland Manufacturing company realizing a 79% increase in mixed model assembly production line.

Jeremy is a specialist with, 5S, data analysis, visual management and Lean leadership coaching, and workstation design utilizing software such as AutoCAD®, FlexSim®, and SketchUp.

Jeremy is a Scrum Master, is a Myers Briggs Type Indicator professional, and is currently obtaining a degree in business project management, expected to complete in 2021, with plans to obtain an MBA.

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