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Partners In Business Operational Excellence Conference Set for Oct. 3 & 4

By Nadiah Johari

When business leaders and students arrive at the 38th Annual Operational Excellence Conference on Oct. 3, they’ll discover a handful of people who got a head start on them. That’s because for this Partners in Business event at Utah State University a workshop will be hosted two days before the conference begins. The workshop will be taught by Jacob Raymer, director of education at the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence.

The workshop, on Oct. 1 and 2, will provide an overview of the Shingo Prize model, a combination of learning modules and hands-on activities, as well as team discussion and assessment. Participants will have the opportunity to visit Thermo Fisher Scientific, work through the assessment process, observe, conduct interviews at the workplace, and create a feedback report, according to Jamie Andrus, the assistant director of Partners In Business at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.

The Operational Excellence Conference on Oct. 3 and 4 will feature speakers who will highlight new operational excellence ideas and methodologies, Jamie said. In addition to breakout sessions, conference attendees will have the opportunity to network during luncheons. Students also will be invited to interact with select speakers at the networking dinner that will be held the evening of Oct. 3.

Keynote speaker Hyrum Smith, chairman and CEO of Legacy Quest, Inc., and co-founder and former CEO of Franklin Covey, has been empowering people to effectively govern their personal and professional lives for two decades, Jamie said. Mr. Smith combines wit and enthusiasm to captivate audiences and initiate lasting personal change. He has spoken at organizations such as Coca-Cola, Disney, Nike, MIT Boston, Apple Computers, and others.

Other keynote speakers for the conference include Kevin J. Duggan, founder of the Institute for Operational Excellence; Dustin Ott, global manager and manager of operational excellence for Boart Longyear; Stan Prueitt, director of process improvement in the education department of The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints; and Mike Orzen, president of Mike Orzen & Associates.

“We expect nothing but the best from these speakers who are dynamic leaders in their respective fields,” Jamie said. “They offer the knowledge that will allow the development of innovative ways to create value for organizations and their customers.”

Partners In Business offers a series of professional development conferences each year. More information about the conference and registration fees is available at the website (