KAVON Trusted Advisor

John Novak, Trusted Advisor

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41 Years of Experience

Certified Quality Auditor (CQA)
Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt
Adjunct Faculty at Kent State University


John is the President and a Trusted Advisor at KAVON International, Inc. John has extensive experience in the consulting, manufacturing, software, and training businesses.

Since joining KAVON International, Inc. he has worked with numerous clients as both an advisor and a trainer. He has successfully prepared his clients for registration to the numerous Quality Management System standards like ISO 9001, as well as assisting them with on-going post registration maintenance. Since becoming a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, he has guided his clients through the rigors of continual improvement using Team Oriented Problem Solving (TOPS), Lean, and Six Sigma methodologies. He has provided expertise in the deployment of these methodologies throughout the organization as well as providing the necessary training for the employees.

As part of the services provided by KAVON, John serves as a member of the adjunct faculty at Kent State University. In this capacity, he provides consulting and training to the workforce development groups at the various regional campuses.

At KAVON Software Applications, Inc. John developed and distributed computer software programs that provided companies with the ability to gain control over their tool cribs and measuring instruments. "Crib Master" tracked all tooling used in a manufacturing type of process as to location and point of use. "Gage Master" kept track of the calibration history of all the measuring instruments used to verify product conformity. "Gage Master" also helped companies and calibration laboratories meet all of the measurement system requirements required by the various Quality Management System standards.

As a consultant at Planmetrics, a Chicago based management consulting firm, John helped public utility companies plan for rate cases through the development and use of computer based planning models that generated pro-forma financial statements based on market conditions. This greatly reduced the preparation time required by his clients to prepare the rate case needed to justify the requested change in the rates they charged customers.

John worked as an Industrial Engineer at General Motors, Terex Division. In this position he was responsible for establishing and improving manufacturing processes as well as setting production standards.

John earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from Bowling Green State University in Manufacturing Technology and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, with a concentration in Finance, from Kent State University.

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