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Rod Toro

Deployment Leader, Edward Jones, Saint Peters, MO, USA

Lean and Six Sigma Master Black Belt with over 30 years experience, with expertise in deployment, strategic initiatives and integration of Total Quality Management systems, Lean Six Sigma and ISO (International Organization for Standardization). A proven leader able to facilitate effective change, embedding strong continuous improvement. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Edward Jones- Saint Louis, Missouri- March 2013- present Operational Excellence Deployment Leader Deployment and implementation of operational excellence in Edward Jones Financial Service Division. 

He was responsible for deployment in the Finance, Client Strategies Group and Legal Compliance Division. Mentor, train and coach all levels in the Firm. Management and facilitation of cross-functional teams on specific firm wide projects. Advice peers, leaders, senior leaders on progress, problem-solving, solution development, identification and measurement of performance targets, plan development, data analysis and predictive modeling on specific projects. 

Currently, working on Firm wide strategic initiative projects that includes implementation of Enterprise wide Risk Management system. Other strategic initiative projects are also part of his responsibility. Lean Six Sigma Experts 2012 to March 2013 Lead Trainer Consulting as a trainer in Lean Six Sigma, Green Belt, Black Belt and Master Black Belt. This included consulting and development of training materials. Led Kaizen projects in multiple companies. Please see www.leansixsigmaexperts.com for more information. EMD MILLIPORE CORPORATION, Subsidiary of Merck KGaA – Darmstadt, Germany – St. Charles, Missouri- Jan 2008 to Feb 2012 Head of Operational Excellence BioScience Established and deployed Lean and Six Sigma methodologies (strategies, structures, tools, and techniques) for the BioScience division of EMD Millipore that included 22 locations globally. Direct responsibility for 7 locations. 

  • Identified, developed and trained (100) Blue Belts (Lean Practitioners), (240) Green Belts, (180) Black Belts and Sponsors/Champions. 
  • Ensured compliance to ISO 9001, ISO 13485 and ISO 14001 across multiple facilities. Responsible for major projects that provided over $15 million in annual savings. THE GEORGE GROUP – Dallas, Texas 2005 to 2007 Senior Consulting Manager Served as part of a 9 member team reporting to the Vice President and assisted in deployment of Lean and Six Sigma at Bristol Meyers Squibb, Merck USA and Cardinal Health. 
  • Assigned to quality organization of the above companies to align Lean Six Sigma with QMS. 
  • Led over 50 Kaizen events, and trained over 200 green belts and 150 black belts. George Group acquired by Accenture Inc. EXCEL PARTNERSHIP – Southbury, Connecticut 2000 to 2005 Senior Consulting Manager Responsible for all training of ISO 9000 and TS 16949 Lead Auditor certified training course. 
  • SME for ISO and liaison to ISO TAG/TC 176 meeting quarterly with ISO sub-committee. 
  • External auditors (third party registrars) required to go through this training for continued education credits. 
  • Trained over 200 Green Belts and 140 Black Belts. ST. CLAIR DIE CASTING – Saint Clair, Missouri 1998 to 2000 Director of Quality Systems Implemented quality management systems obtaining ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and TS 16949 certification. 
  • Reduction of calibration costs using statistical analysis by 50% • Reduction of documentation by 50% while implementing ISO TS 16949 Saint Clair Die Casting acquired by EPI (Engineered Products). QUALITY FOCUS – Saint Louis, Missouri 1993 to 1998 President and Owner Employed 5 full time consultants and 3 part-time to assist companies in achieving ISO certifications. 
  • Helped over 700 companies become certified with no major noncompliance issues 
  • Assignments included process improvement, lean and six sigma projects. 
  • Trained over 300 Green Belts and 150 Black Belts. COOPER BUSSMANN DIVISION – Ellisville, Missouri 1991 to 1993 Director of Quality 
  • Responsible for division quality program in 3 locations. Implementation of Quality Management System using process based approached and Quality System as integral part of overall business management system. WATLOW ELECTRIC INC. – St. Louis, Missouri 1985 to 1991 Quality Manager Responsible for division with 3 locations (Minnesota, Iowa and California). 
  • Established ISO system plus FDA compliance for medical devices 
  • Qualified new medical products using DOE and other advance statistical techniques LAKE CENTER INDUSTRIES – Winona, Minnesota 1982 to 1991 Quality Control Manager 
  • Achieve Q1, Targets for Excellence and Chrysler Penestar awards for automotive Big 3. 
  • Extensive training in QFD, DOE from Genichi Taguchi and SPC, all done at Ford Motor Company. Manufacturing Engineer Manager Key Member of “Team Taurus” to launch the Ford Taurus Sable responsible for Turn Signal Switch. PEP INDUSTRIES – Acuna/Del Rio, Texas 1980-1982 Manager of Industrial Engineering Responsible for all industrial engineering, including expansion of facility. EDUCATION Masters of Science, Masters in Quality Systems Management 
  • Professional Six Sigma Lead Practitioner: Master Black Belt LATEST ACHIEVEMENTS and Certifications 
  • National Speaker at the 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 ASQ World Conference. Speaker at 2015 Service Qualify Conference. Speaker at Minitab Insights Conference 2016.
  • Master Black Belt Certification, and Certifications ISO/QS 9000.16949,13485 Registered Lead Auditor, AIAG, and Detroit, Michigan and others. Active member and past Chairman of Section of Saint Louis ASQ and founding member and chair of Winona/Lacrosse Section.