Our Team

Together our team and yours will form solutions that help your company maximize your profitability.

Leadership Team

Our team member have years of experience as senior advisors, operations directors, plant managers, engineering directors, Lean Six Sigma experts, and financial and supply chain analysts.

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John Olson, Ph.D.

John R Olson, Ph.D. is the founder of Olson Institute. Dr. Olson has worked with many organizations implementing systems that lead to increased profitability, optimized production flow, improved quality, and effective use of analytics in decision making. Dr. Olson has served as a quality director for 3M and professor at University of St Thomas. Dr. Olson has a Ph.D in Operations Research and specializes in analytics, quality and operational modeling. In addition, has his six sigma master black belt, lean sensei, and theory of constraint certificates.

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Roger Lacey

Roger H.D. Lacey is our principal advisor and has held positions as Chief Strategic Officer for 3M, CEO for Communication Systems Inc., and is co- owner of CGMR Private Capital Group. Roger H. D. Lacey former Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development for 3M. He was the Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Global M & A. In Roger's tenure as Chief Strategy Officer, he led the company through more than 80 M & A transactions including strategic investments, acquisitions of public and private companies. Roger also led 3M corporate strategic planning across its 38 businesses and identification of 3M target markets.

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Phil Hines

Phil Hines is an experienced business professional and consultant who has led several engineering and operations functions.  His recent projects include facility redesign, capital allocation and payback projects in engineering, power systems projects and many continuous improvement projects.  Phil has most recently served as Interim Director of Engineering at USDP. Where he reorganized the Engineering, Maintenance and Facilities responsibilities and reporting structures into a single department. He was also responsible for all capital projects, managing annual cash flow for the capital budget and the creating a  5 year capital plan.  Phil has a

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Bryce Menk

Bryce has deep operational and supply chain knowledge from his 30+ years of managing and directing operations for many fortune 500 companies. Bryce brings a multi-dimensional business perspective to his senior leadership process and knowledge across a wide spectrum of applications. He has run multi-national facilities, re-designed supply chains to lower costs, optimized facilities using lean and driven margin improvement through progressive operational thinking. Bryce has positioned himself as a supply chain leader and multi-industry innovator. Certified as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Bryce is credited with leading numerous Six Sigma implementation and quality improvement projects.

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Darin Sullwold

Darin has developed both operations and engineering analytics systems for leading technology firms.  Darin has worked as a senior engineer and project manager for Seagate Technologies, ADC Telecommunications, and the Berquist Company.   Darin specializes in leading diverse multinational teams to solving complex operational problems.  He holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from University of Minnesota Duluth and a M.S. in Data Analytics from Indiana University.  In addition, Darin holds has a Six Sigma black belt and Lean Sensei certification.

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