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KAVON Trusted Advisors...

KAVON Advisors have a wide range of expertise and experience developing business systems and solving business problems.

For a detailed profile on each advisor (if one exists) click on the advisor's name.


John Novak, Trusted Advisor
40 Years of Experience
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MBA
Certified Quality Auditor (CQA)
Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt
Adjunct Faculty at Kent State University


john.novak@kavon.com

John is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a Certified Quality Auditor (CQA). He helps companies achieve continual improvement objectives through Lean Six Sigma deployment and training. He also specializes in the implementation and internal auditing of the various Quality Management System standards including, ISO 9001, ISO/TS-16949, ISO 13485, and ISO 17025.


Francis Lamm, Trusted Advisor
56 Years of Experience
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A.A.S.
Certified Quality Manager (CQM)


francis.lamm@kavon.com

Francis has worked extensively in the medical products industry and has a great working knowledge of the FDA’s CGMP. He also specializes in the implementation and internal auditing of the various Quality Management System standards including, ISO 13485, AS9100, and ISO 9001.


Tony Franceschini, Trusted Advisor
56 Years of Experience
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Certified Quality Auditor (CQA)
RAB/QSA Lead Auditor
Plexus Certified Trainer


tony.franceschini@kavon.com

Tony is a Certified Plexus trainer and an RAB Certified auditor. He specializes in the implementation and auditing of the various Quality Management System standards including, ISO 9001, ISO/TS-16949, and ISO 14001. Tony has extensive manufacturing experience especially in the fastener industry.


Robert Skillman, Trusted Advisor
48 Years of Experience
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Certified Quality Auditor (CQA)
Certified Quality Engineer (CQE)
Lean Sensei
Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt
Adjunct Faculty at Kent State University


robert.skillman@kavon.com

Robert is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Lean Sensei, Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) and Certified Quality Engineer (CQE). He also has extensive experience as a metallurgical engineer. He is a trainer, consultant, and coach who specializes in Lean/Six Sigma training and deployment. Since 1997, he has been certifying students as Lean/Six Sigma Black Belts and Master Black Belts.


John Potkalitsky, Trusted Advisor
49 Years of Experience
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John is a retired Lean Practitioner from Eaton Corporation. He helps companies implement Lean methodologies and tools through training and on-site consulting. He specializes in Lean Manufacturing and Lean for the office.


Michael Franceschini, Trusted Advisor
12 Years of Experience
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Master of Arts - Economics
Bachelor of Arts - Economics
RAB/QSA Auditor
Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt


michael.franceschini@kavon.com

Michael is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Since graduating from Toledo University with an MA in Economics, Michael has been working with clients on to get them certified to the various Quality Management System standards. He has worked in both Quality and Manufacturing in the metal forming industry.


Ray DePuy, Trusted Advisor
51 Years of Experience
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MBA
Professional Engineer
Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CME)


ray.depuy@kavon.com

Ray is a Registered Professional Engineer and a Certified Manufacturing Engineer. He is considered an expert in geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) and has been teaching GD&T, metrology, process engineering, industrial/manufacturing management, technical products marketing, and economic decision analysis, since 1978.


Mary Ellyn Sedenik, Trusted Advisor
45 Years of Experience
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Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt

mary.ellyn.sedenik@kavon.com

Mary Ellyn is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. She has extensive experience in the deployment of continual improvement initiatives in the healthcare industry using Lean Six Sigma methodologies. She has been instrumental in the facilitation of changes to improve patient safety, Joint Commission compliance, and CORE quality measures. She also has experience working with local governments.


Susan Berka, Trusted Advisor
39 Years of Experience

MBA
Professor at Malone University


susan.berka@kavon.com

Susan specializes in sales, marketing, organizational development, and retailing. In addition to her extensive sales and retailing work experience she also teaches business related classes at the college level.


Michelle Novak, Trusted Advisor
37 Years of Experience
michelle.novak@kavon.com

Michelle is a Human Resources expert with extensive management experience in various Human Resource positions. She has gained the respect of her peers because of her knowledge of the legal issues and ability to understand tough situations and make decisive decisions to protect the company.


Val Novak, Trusted Advisor
53 Years of Experience
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BBA
APICS certified in Inventory Control and Production Planning


val.novak@kavon.com

Val is a seasoned manufacturing manager and manufacturing systems specialist. His vast experience in Supply Chain Management, Materials Management, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Materials Resource Planning (MRP II), Shop Floor Reporting, and Inventory Management have help numerous clients get control of their information reporting systems.


Stacy Wyman, Trusted Advisor
20 Years of Experience
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Bachelor of Arts – Education, Community & Consumer Services
Minor; Speech Communication, Minor; Public Administration
Certified Program Planner and Command Spanish® Administrator


stacy.wyman@kavon.com

Stacy is a Certified Program Planner with over a decade experience developing and managing training courses, seminars and conferences for all levels in the workforce.


Dennis Jacobs, Trusted Advisor
42 Years of Experience

Certified Plexus Trainer for ISO/TS 16949
Certified GQI ISO 9001:2000 Lead Auditor Certificate Training Course
University of Cincinnati, Department of Environmental Health, OSHA Forklift Train the Trainer Certificate Course
Certified AchieveGlobal Trainer
DDI Certified Facilitator


dennis.jacobs@kavon.com

Dennis has over 30 years of work experience in top management positions including training, manufacturing operations, general management in a service environment, and finance and operations background in the Transportation industry.





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