Team Member Profile

John Beakes, III


Throughout his career, John Beakes, III has focused on operational performance improvement, with particular emphasis on developing leadership, teamwork and problem solving to enable an organization to achieve superior performance and a culture of continuous improvement. He has demonstrated front-line success in leading challenging Lean projects in manufacturing, healthcare, and government, and exhibits exceptional Lean facilitator skills in the tradition of the Toyota-trained teachers with whom he has worked shoulder-to-shoulder for several years. Under his leadership, improvement teams have produced exceptional results and begun the task of building strong, multi-discipline problem solving capabilities. Currently, John is leading Lean trainings and implementations in the government, healthcare and manufacturing - including directing the Lean initative across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania state government. Previously, John served the Project Manager for the implementation of a Lean Operating System at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He also led the Lean training program for over 250 executives, directors and managers at a 5,000 person, multi-hospital healthcare organization, and the training and certification of 20 process improvement facilitators for that organization. Additionally, he served as a highly effective Lean Specialist on the Lean Process Improvement Project in Sterile Processing for a 411 bed hospital in Virginia. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from James Madison University, a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, and a Master of Science in Management with a specialization in Healthcare Administration from the University of Maryland. John is a certified Lean Facilitator, holds certificates in Lean Manufacturing and Project Management, is listed on the International Who's Who of Professionals, and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). He is nationally certified as Lean Silver Certified (LSC) and Lean Bronze Certified (LBC) by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).