Brion spent 18 years at Rockwell Collins, a large aerospace manufacturer, as a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. He taught process improvement classes, and mentored teams and projects to improve customer satisfaction, reduce costs, and reduce inventory.
He also led corporate sustainability teams to reduce electricity usage and solid waste, and helped people connect process improvement concepts with sustainability.
He has a degree in Statistics and Quality Management from the University of Iowa and is currently the owner of Business Performance Improvement, a sustainability consulting company.
Brion is currently focused on teaching Lean and Six Sigma concepts to sustainable businesses in the Pacific Northwest, to help them reduce their impact on the environment. He is also working to expand the concept of Lean Portland to other cities, in order to organize process improvement experts to volunteer their skills with nonprofits in their community.
His long term goal is to reduce carbon emissions through education, coaching and teaching others about process improvement techniques. For those not interested in carbon emission reduction, he helps them connect their skills to the UN Sustainable Development goals that they are most passionate about.
His commitment to sustainability has included installing solar panels on his home in Florida in 2012, and more recently down-sizing his living space footprint into a single-wide mobile home in Portland with his wife and pets. He also tracks his energy usage in real-time, tracks his commuting to work, follows a vegan lifestyle, and drives an electric vehicle.
An interesting and noteworthy fact about Brion’s past is that he played football at the University of Iowa as a placekicker and punter, and attended training camp with the New York Giants in 1997 and 1999. He also played 3 years of Arena football.
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the “Triple Bottom Line”
using Lean Six Sigma