Michael R Weekes Biography
Now a resident of The Lafayette Hotel in beautiful downtown Buffalo, and known as the Couch-Potato-Turned-Marathoner, Mike is the self-published author of EVERYTHING IS A PROCESS specializing in leading organizations toward excellence. Using his experience with six sigma, lean, business process analysis, improvement and other tools, he has led healthcare, bioscience, telecom, automotive, utility and military contractor organizations along the quality improvement journey.
Michael specializes in Healthcare and other WNY business domains. He recently helped Blue Cross Blue Shield / Healthnow improve their Rate Letter business process to eliminate overtime, non-value-added costs and elimination of waste in the process. This represented millions of dollars in annual savings of operating expenses, happier employees and delighted subscribers.
He is co-founder of Fandemoneum, a sports museum experience to be located inBuffalo. This interactive destination will feature all of the moments, memories, teams and especially fans who makeBuffaloand WNY one of the nation’s most exciting places to live. Fandemoneum will help tell the story ofBuffaloculture and heritage through sports in a fun and entertaining way.
Originally fromBuffalo,NY, Mike parlayed his Industrial Engineering and Statistics education into a position as manufacturing engineer. Beginning his career with Raytheon, he developed smart munitions manufacturing processes and introducing new technologies including surface mount high density electronics.
With exposure to Lean Principles and Value Stream Mapping, he strengthened his abilities, identifying and attacking waste and non-value-added work and its causes.
Mike applied what he learned to help reduce manufacturing cycle times from weeks to days, introducing better work instructions and job aids, improving quality, on-time delivery and employee involvement.
His education includes a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from SUNY @ Buffalo, an MBA fromRockfordCollegeand Motorola’s Six Sigma Black Belt Program, applying the DMAIC strategy to make cellular telephones better, cheaper, faster.
He managed the technology roadmap and ran experiments to prove the reliability of new designs, processes and components to keep John Deere ahead of the competition.
Mr. Weekes understands the business process analysis and enterprise architecture arena. He plays the role of analyst or facilitator, helping teams within an organization first acquire the knowledge and know-how, and then guides them in applying the tools.
Whether its strategic planning, new technology introduction, cost reduction or quality/business process improvement, Mike has the experience and knowledge to take your team on the journey.
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