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John Beakes, Jr.

Chairman and CEO

John Beakes, Jr. is Chairman and CEO of Operational Performance Solutions, Inc., which specializes in assisting organizations achieve operational excellence through Lean Process Improvement. He first became acquainted with Lean while working with the automotive industry when the Japanese manufacturers built their first factories in the United States in the late 1980's, and he subsequently assisted with the worldwide deployment of this process with several Fortune 100 companies. This required developing and leading a worldwide team of some 150 elite Lean Process Improvement Specialist, a number of whom work with OPS today. At Operational Performance Solutions, John's principal responsibilities include corporate strategy, business development, strategic partnerships and organizational development. Under his leadership, OPS has been assisting healthcare organizations with the implementation Lean, beginning with an engagement at a U.S. Department of Veterans Medical Center, and engagement which continues. OPS is currently teaching and implementing Lean at a 411-bed hospital in Virginia, a regional healthcare organization, and a 405- bed Thomson Reuters top 100 Hospital in Tennessee. In 1988, Mr. Beakes co-founded and served as Chief Operating Officer of RWD Technologies, a human performance improvement organization which grew from the two founders to 1,200 employees, and became a global organization with full service operations in Europe and Asia. John holds a Bachelor's Degree with a specialty in Nuclear Science from the United States Naval Academy and a Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.

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