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Ken Snyder

Ken Snyder

Executive Dean, Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
Interim Executive Director, Shingo Institute
Departments: Management
Executive Education Programs: Shingo Institute
Location:  Business 507
Office Phone:  435.797.1387
Fax:  435.797.3929


MBA, Harvard Graduate School of Business, 1980 Emphasis: International Business and Finance
BA, History, University of Utah, 1978


Ken developed an interest in Japanese business practices while living in Japan during the time he was a student. His interest led him to major in Japanese history and then to pursue an MBA for the purpose of working with a Japanese business expanding to the United States. Inspired by the work of Professors Mike Yoshino and William Ouchi, Ken wrote his master’s thesis on “Applying Japanese Business Practices in American Companies.”

Immediately after graduation, Snyder joined a Japanese electronics manufacturing company and helped lead the establishment of its U.S. affiliate company. As plant manager, and later president of the Japanese affiliate company, Ken led the company through the implementation of TQC, QC Circles, JIT and kanban initiatives. After over ten years with the Japanese affiliate company, Ken led the startup of Progressive Impressions International (PII) in Bloomington, Illinois. In addition to implementing initiatives similar to what was implemented in the Japanese affiliate company, Ken also created a “lean accounting” system even before that term existed. Snyder led the growth of PII from pre-revenue to over $25 million in annual revenues. Before joining the Huntsman School, Snyder was president of Marketing Communication Inc., an operating division of Taylor Corporation, where he directed a group of six companies while growing revenues of the group from $25 million to over $80 million. He joined the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business in 2008.

Ken has served on numerous boards, including as a member of the Shingo Institute Executive Advisory Board since 2009. Ken has also been a Shingo examiner since 2010. He was named chairman of the Shingo Executive Advisory Board and executive director of the Shingo Institute in 2015.

Ken earned an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1980 with an emphasis in international business. Prior to that he earned a BA in Japanese history from University of Utah in 1978.

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Ken Snyder leaves job directing six companies to come to USU (Huntsman Alumni Magazine - Fall 2008)

Name Title Phone Location Email
Albrecht, Chad Associate Professor of Strategy & Associate Academic Director of the MBA Program 435.797.2365 Business 416
Alder, Suzette Business Assistant II 435.797.1789 Business 415
Allen, Daniel Senior Lecturer 435.613.5245 Price Campus
Allred, Scott Lecturer 435.919.1281 Brigham City Campus
Anderson, Douglas D. Dean & Professor of Management 435.797.2376 Business 511
Andrus, Jamie Manager of Client & Affiliate Relations 435.797.2191 Lundstrom
Baird, Barbara Undergraduate Advisor 435.797.2272 Business 309
Barker, Shaun Associate Director 435.797.3815 Lundstrom
Bartkus, Ken Professor 435.797.3891 Business 302A
Bone, Sterling Associate Professor 435.797.9631 Business 302B
Bria, Dominic Marketing Manager 435.797.0771 Lundstrom 137
Brocato, Deanne Assistant Professor 435.797.7388 Business 306
Brough, Aaron R. Assistant Professor 435.797.1658 Business 302
Callister, Ronda R. Professor 435.797.1905 Business 408
Cook, Alison Associate Professor 435.797.7654 Business 404
Crane, Bret Assistant Professor 435.797.6647 BUS 402
Davis, James Department Head, Faculty Chair and Director of the MBA Program, and Professor 435.797.3882 Business 411
Davis, Tom Assistant Director, Information Technology 435.797.3813 Lundstrom
Edgeman, Rick Shingo Institute Research Director & Clinical Professor of Management 435.535.9963 Lundstrom 126
Ferguson, John Lead Faculty Fellow, Senior Lecturer 435.797.0997 Business 702
Ferguson, Merideth Associate Professor 435.797.3982 Business 410
Gardner, Tim Associate Professor 435.797.3037 Business 405
Gibson , Cynthia Lecturer 435.259.7432 Moab Campus
Glauser, Michael Clinical Professor, Executive Director of the Jeffrey D. Clark Center for Entrepreneurship 435.797.8215 Business 309M
Hammond, Scott Clinical Professor 435.711.1702 Uintah Basin Campus
Hanks, Steven Associate Professor and Director, HR Graduate Studies 435.797.2373 Business 518
Hartwell, Christopher Assistant Professor 425.797.5782 Business 403
Herrmann, David Senior Lecturer 435.797.2287 Business 402
Holland, Daniel Associate Professor, Huntsman Scholar Lead Faculty Fellow 435.797.3132 Business 418
Kannan, Vijay Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Executive Director of International Programs 435.797.7212 Business 412
Larsen, Cindy O. Staff Assistant 435.797.4062 BUS 415
Lee, Konrad Associate Professor 435.797.5090 Business 406
Leftwich, Steve MBA Career Development Manager 435.797.8916 Business 310
Li, Kunpeng Assistant Professor 435.797.7386 Business 419
Lindsey, Joanie Program Coordinator 435.797.9753 BUS 101
Loveland, Dannon MBA Staff 435.797.3624 Business 315
Maples, Megan Executive Assistance 435.797.2279 Lundstrom
McConkie, Katherine Associate MBA Director & Advisor 435.797.1773 Business 108
Pond, Julie Program Administrator 435.797.9063 Business 101
Price, Mary Events Manager 435.797.3785 Lundstrom
Ray, Kristal R. Assistant Professor 435.283.7650 Ephraim Campus - HiTec 142
Robins, Dawsey Program Coordinator and Advisor 435.797.2360 Business 108
Roper, Strat Lecturer 435-919-1306 Brigham City Campus
Schulz, Eric Senior Lecturer 435.797.8216 Business 308
Snyder, Ken Executive Dean, Jon M. Huntsman School of Business 435.797.1387 Business 507
Sparrow, Brayden Entrepreneur-in-Residence 435.797.1107 BUS 309M
Stafford, Edwin Associate Department Head and Professor 435.797.3890 Business 304
Thunell, Andy Administrator of the Jeffrey D. Clark Center for Entrepreneurship 435-797-1107 Business 311
Warnick, Alan Principal Lecturer 435.797.2301 Business 407
Washburn, Nathan Associate Professor 435.797.2273 Business 420
Winn, Brad Professional of Practice Associate Professor, Organizational Leadership and Strategy Director, MHR Executive Program & Associate Director, Professional MBA 435.851.2002 Granite School District (SLGRSD) 504
Woolstenhulme, David Vice Provost/Senior Lecturer 435.797.7910 406 DE