Shaun Barker

Assistant Executive Director

  • Shingo Institute

Shaun  Barker


MBA, Utah State University, 1999 Emphasis: Entrepreneurship
BS, Marketing, Utah State University, 1984


Shaun Barker has been the assistant executive director for the Shingo Institute since 2001 where he is responsible for such organizational operations as finance, human resources, information technology, marketing, and development. He is also responsible for the assessment value stream and its pool of approximately 160 examiners from industries around the world. He has personally participated in dozens of comprehensive site assessment visits to business and government organizations worldwide that have challenged for the Shingo Prize. Mr. Barker participates in the development of Shingo educational offerings and is a contributor to both the world-renowned Shingo Model and the Shingo Prize Application Guidelines - the international standard of operational excellence. He was a key participant in the creation of a Lean certification program sponsored by AME, SME, and the Shingo Institute. Mr. Barker is an engaging speaker and instructor for the Shingo Institute and trains companies on the Shingo Model and the Shingo Guiding Principles, teaching how to apply principle-based leadership to their own operations and to use assessment tools to foster continuous improvement within their organizations. As a result of his expertise, Mr. Barker has delivered presentations and workshops to professionals in various parts of the world including the United States, Canada, China, Mexico, and Europe. Mr. Barker's professional industry background in retail management operations included 14 years of work with Sav-On Drugs, Wal-Mart, and Dollar General. He has experience with profit and loss responsibility for multi-million dollar operations in high growth environments. Mr. Barker earned a bachelor's degree in marketing with a minor in economics from Utah State University and an MBA with an emphasis in entrepreneurship.