Huntsman Post

The Shingo Prize For Operational Excellence to Hold International Conference

Hundreds of people, from prominent business executives to former professional athletes, will be attending the upcoming international conference sponsored by Utah State University’s The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence.

The 2012 Shingo Prize International Conference, with the theme “Building the Architecture for Operational Excellence, Every Leader a Teacher, and Accelerating Transformation,” will feature keynote addresses from top-level management and will honor several companies for their continuous improvement efforts. It will be held from April 30 to May 4, in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Shingo Prize, part of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, is focused on “bringing the highest standard of excellence to organizations around the world and teaching them how to build their improvement efforts into the fabric of the company,” said Robert Miller, executive director for The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence.

"The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence continues to push the frontier for how to build lasting cultures of operational excellence,” he said. “This year’s conference will provide many different kinds of experiences for participants to gain critical new insight into the emerging role of senior leaders in building principle-based cultures and the evolving role of managers in aligning key systems of the business to drive ideal behaviors that are linked to correct principles.”

Sharing his experiences in building culture, Keith Williams, president and CEO for Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., will be one of this year’s conference featured keynote speakers. The presentations are planned to focus on how to align results and behavior in the organization.

“We congratulate this year’s recipients for their broad application of lean principles across all of their core business processes,” Mr. Miller said. “They are clearly building cultures of continuous improvement and empowering every single individual to contribute to the success of the business.”

The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, which is now partnering with Underwriters Laboratories, plans to give conference attendees a bonus by inviting a number of professional athletes who live in Florida to come to the opening social. The NBA Hall of Famer Artis Gilmore, NY Jets Superbowl Champion Lineman Paul Rochester, Former NBA and Olympic Gold Medalist Christian Laettner, PGA Golf Tour Champion Len Mattiace, NFL Oakland Raiders Super Bowl Champion Pete Banaszak, and NBA Boston Celtics Champion Sam Jones are expected to attend.

The Shingo Prize award is recognized as the premier international award for operational excellence. For more information about the 2012 Shingo Prize International Conference, please visit or download their flyer.