SOUTH METRO ATLANTA REGION MANAGER
Larry Alford is the south metro Atlanta region manager for Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute. As the primary contact for 11 counties, he helps fulfill client needs through using the Institute’s vast array of resources. Alford leads the south metro region of the Georgia Tech Lean Consortium, which seeks to accelerate the rate of learning and implementation of Lean principles.
Alford has a B.S.I.E. from Auburn University and an MBA from Columbus State University.
CENTRAL REGION MANAGER
Alan Barfoot is the central region manager for Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute and provides engineering services to manufacturers and economic development organizations.
His manufacturing areas of expertise include cellular manufacturing, set-up reduction, Kaizen blitz, plant layout, and general problem-solving. He has experience in manufacturing control systems, such as production and inventory control, costing, capacity analysis, and manufacturing management. In the economic development arena, he is proficient in industrial site selection, prospect recruitment, and local economic impact modeling (LOCI™).
Prior to his work at Georgia Tech, Barfoot worked at Scientific Atlanta and led the conversion of large-batch process to Lean.
Barfoot has an industrial engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina.
SOUTH REGION MANAGER
Dr. Henry B. (Hank) Hobbs is the South Georgia region manager for Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute. Hobbs will provide a broad range of industrial services to help business and manufacturing companies across Georgia grow and stay competitive.
Prior to this position, Hobbs was a project manager for Georgia Tech. Before joining Georgia Tech, Hobbs spent the last 12 years with the Technical College System of Georgia at Altamaha Technical College in Southeast Georgia. Through this role he helped business and industry develop and implement customized training, apprenticeship, and workforce development programs that are innovative, cost effective, and impact driven. Previously, Hobbs spent more than 10 years in industry, working with Emerson Electric Company as an Industrial and Manufacturing Engineer and later Plant Engineer and Safety, Health and Environmental Manager for the Alco Controls Division. His background includes traditional Industrial Engineering disciplines, quality systems, process improvement, welding, automation, stamping and metals manufacturing, and regulatory compliance.
Hobbs received both his Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Technology and Industrial Management from Georgia Southern University and his Doctorate in Adult, Career, and Technical Education from Valdosta State University. He is a Certified Economic Developer Trainer and a graduate of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development.
COASTAL REGION MANAGER
Ben Cheeks, based in Savannah, is the coastal region manager for Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute. With an office on Georgia Tech’s Savannah campus, Cheeks works to connect manufacturers in the eleven county region to the services of Georgia Tech, the state, and our partners.
He has 20 years of manufacturing and consulting experience working with companies such as Sony, Accenture, EMC, and Sonopress. Most recently, Cheeks served as the Managing Director of Arvato Digital Services in Sydney, Australia providing manufacturing and logistic services to the entertainment and hi-tech industries throughout Asia Pacific.
He has an M.B.A. from The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a B.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech. Cheeks is currently pursuing a doctorate in International Business from the International School of Management in Paris, France.
EAST METRO ATLANTA REGION MANAGER
Kelley Hundt is the East Metro Atlanta Region Manager for Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute, specializing in helping the Healthcare industry, specifically hospitals, adopt Lean principles to improve their processes. A project that she recently worked on for Piedmont Newnan Hospital’s operating room won a prestigious VHA Georgia award for Operational Efficiency.
Prior to her current position, Hundt worked within Georgia Tech as a project manager on both assisting manufacturing companies in Lean implementation and helping companies with ERP software, including the selection and implementation of software systems. She also spent 10 years working with various Fortune 500 companies including The Quaker Oats Co. (now part of PepsiCo), Avery Dennison, and Siemens Energy & Automation.
Hundt holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and an M.B.A. from the University of Memphis.
NORTHEAST REGION MANAGER
Bill Nusbaum is the northeast region manager for Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute. Based out of Gainesville, he has years of experience in Lean and transformation. He provides technical assistance to area industries and supports Georgia Tech’s economic development efforts via training, research, and on-site assistance.
Before joining Georgia Tech, Nusbaum managed the Tennessee Manufacturing Extension Program where he directed the sales and delivery force serving that state’s manufacturers. Previously, he worked for the U.S. Department of Defense as a project engineer and as a controls engineer in manufacturing for Corning Glass Works and Milliken & Company.
Nusbaum holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Tennessee Technological University and a master’s degree in technology commercialization from the University of Texas—Austin.
AUGUSTA REGION MANAGER
Elliot Price is the Augusta region manager for Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute. As field engineer, he provides technical and managerial assistance to manufacturing and service industries.
He is a member of the Lean and Quality Center and Energy and Environmental Management Center’s associate staff. A RAB-certified lead auditor, Price has helped companies successfully prepare for ISO 9000 registration. He is also an ASQ Certified Quality Manager and chaired the 2001 Oglethorpe Conference.
Price has a M.B.A. from Augusta College and a B.S. in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
NORTH METRO ATLANTA REGION MANAGER
Bill Ritsch is the north metro Atlanta region manager for Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute. He assists Georgia manufacturers with Lean implementations and training to improve their processes. His primary area of focus is acting as a change agent to develop cultures that support and drive continuous improvement. He has assisted organizations in Manufacturing, Government, Healthcare, and Service implement improvements.
Ritsch has a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and an M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina.
WEST REGION MANAGER
Derek Woodham serves as the west region manager for Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute. He is a Lean expert with over 17 years of experience in various engineering, operations, and corporate leadership roles. Woodham coaches national and international corporations on the Toyota Production System or ‘Lean Enterprise’. His work spans across key industries such as Automotive, Textiles, Printing and Packaging, Healthcare and Hospitals, Maintenance/Repair/Overhaul, Military, Government Agencies, and various Job Shop environments. Woodham is a national Shingo Prize examiner and a certified Growth Coach for MEP. He serves as a CEO PeerSpectives Roundtable Program facilitator.
Woodham holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from LaGrange College. He is also a 2006 Leadership Troup graduate.
NORTHWEST REGION MANAGER
John Zegers is the Northwest Georgia region manager for Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute. He is a 26 year career manufacturing veteran and alumnus of Florida State University.
Previously, Zegers served as Director of Georgia’s Center of Innovation for Manufacturing, a program of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, where he provided Georgia’s manufacturers the technical industry expertise, collaborative research, and partnerships necessary to compete and grow globally. He expanded the Center’s focus by opening an office at the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute and developing close ties with the resources at Georgia Tech and Georgia’s other universities and technical colleges.
Prior to that role, Zegers was President of a manufacturer’s representative agency and spent over 20 years representing component manufacturers who provide engineered parts to major OEM’s in the medical, automotive, heavy equipment and communications industries.