Clallam EDC, Sequim Chamber present business ‘primer’

The Clallam Economic Development Corporation has announced an opportunity for Clallam County businesses and other organizations, both small and large, to gain LEAN process improvement familiarity.

Entitled “Intro into ‘LEAN’ Thinking: A LEAN Primer,” this “hands-on” learning opportunity will feature process improvement pro Jay Bakst, who brings more than 30 years of experience to the topic of LEAN management, a method Bakst describes an “agile solution for any organization that wants to get things done faster, better and at a lower cost.”

Sponsored by the Clallam Economic Development Corporation in conjunction with the Sequim Chamber of Commerce, this practical skills event takes place Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 1-3 p.m. at the Guy Cole Center, 202 N. Blake Ave., Sequim.

“In our recent EDC-sponsored Town Hall Meetings across Clallam County, we heard from many participants of the need to increase efficiency and productivity, to eliminate waste and to improve customer experience,” explains Bob Schroeter, Clallam County Executive Director. “LEAN Thinking can help us achieve those goals, and allow employees to take ‘ownership’ of process improvement in their own workplace.

“As an adjunct instructor of LEAN, Six Sigma, Project Management and Operations Management at local colleges and universities, Jay Bakst offers a wealth of practical experience and useful ideas designed to bring about the kind of predictable, practical results many of our local businesses and organizations are looking for.”

An affiliate with Adaptive Business Management practices and methods,

Bakst has presented at the Washington State Lean Transformation Conference and will be an invited speaker at the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Lean Conference in Baltimore, Md. He was recently named Community Lean Resource for Jefferson County, where he operates a consulting firm, Raviyah Training and Consulting.

“Jay has worked with large corporations such as Boeing and Weyerhaeuser as well as smaller companies such as the Port Townsend Food Co-op, Toland Home Garden and Seattle Cold Storage, providing LEAN coaching, TOC training, Project Management, and operations support,” Schroeter adds. “He also facilitates the PMI-affiliated PMO Roundtable in Seattle and is involved with Hour of Code in Jefferson County, promoting the learning of coding skills, a topic of great interest in Clallam.

When it comes to the principles of project management and innovative solutions to real-world organizational problems and challenges, this is the real deal. We look forward to seeing a rising of new LEAN thinkers and doers right here at home.”

Space is limited so contact EDC for tickets at $25 per person, or $20 for EDC Members. For more information or tickets, contact Schroeter at 360-827-5075 or email

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