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Matthew Washington – Professional Summary

Matthew Washington is an accomplished, hands-on manufacturing professional with over twenty years of management and operational experience in metal fabrication, finishing, assembly and logistics of industrial storage products.

Areas of Expertise

Flow Manufacturing
8D Problem Solving
Design for Manufacturability
Quality Systems


Matthew began his career over twenty years ago with no long-term plans to stay in the manufacturing industry. After graduating from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in business, he took a job on the overnight shift at Lyon Metal Products in Montgomery, IL, stamping parts in their locker cell. His plans were to work in the plant at night while searching for a “real job” during the day. However, manufacturing quickly became his passion.

During his time in the shop, Mr. Washington made it a point to absorb anything the senior employees would teach him. He is a big believer in learning things from the bottom up and the inside out wherever possible. During this time, Mr. Washington also became a student of manufacturing philosophy and theory, studying works from such experts as Taichi Ohno, Eli Goldratt, Iwao Kobayashi and W. Edwards Deming. As he advanced within the company, he was able to put what he learned into practice.

Mr. Washington’s greatest learning experience came while serving as General Manager for Pride Metal Products (a Lyon company) in Watseka, IL. While assigned there, he was tasked with completely re-engineering and re-equipping the facility. This included all fabrication lines, modification to an existing paint line to increase throughput, construction of a brand new, $2MM paint line and building addition and expanding the shipping/receiving department. Mr. Washington was given full P&L responsibility for the facility during his tenure. While there, he hired and cultivated a team of 12 direct-report managers and 225 hourly employees that encompassed all aspects of the business including engineering, HR, shop floor planning and accounting.

Mr. Washington was most recently VP of Manufacturing for Lyon. In that position he oversaw manufacturing operations at three facilities, two in east central Illinois and one in northwest Indiana. He also oversaw the company’s ISO registered quality system.Mr. Washington is a believer in “trust but verify,” therefore he spent a lot of his time walking the factory floors of the manufacturing facilities. This allowed him to build a good rapport with employees.

Industry Experience
​Metal Fabrication
Industrial Coatings (Powder & Liquid)
Material Handling
Industrial Storage


Operation Scaling and Team Development

M&A and Divestiture Integration

Education and Certificates
MBA – Keller Graduate School
BBA – University of Iowa
Graphic Art/Design – Western Illinois University
Innovation Engineering Blue Belt
Lead Auditor training in ISO9000 and ISO14000

Chris Washington – Professional Summary

Chris Washington is the Director of Information Technology for Lyon LLC. Lyon is a $70MM industrial storage manufacturing company. Chris has over 25 years of technology and business consulting experience.


Chris has worked with a wide range of companies and government entities such as 4thFloor Investment Group, Airtronics, Andrew Corporation, Arens Controls, Easter Seals, Formax, Grainger, Imperial Foods, Lyon, Maac Machinery, Senior Industries and several municipalities.

His experience includes:

Medium to Large scale technology implementation to business processes.
Design, Programming & Implementation of customized software solutions.
Project Management
Business Management


Chris joined Lyon LLC in 2014 as Director of Information Technology after running a successful consultancy for 18 years. He is responsible for all technology initiatives within a large scale manufacturing company. Including but not limited to computer equipment & systems, networking, WAN implementation, office technology, wireless communications, data analysis, general technology research and technology related contract negotiations.

Chris is currently Chairman of the Board for The Andris Group Ltd. (Andris Communications and Consulting) in Wheaton, IL. Andris is a high level technology consulting firm focusing on small to medium size general industrial and manufacturing companies. Services include: Networking, LAN to WAN, computer equipment, telephony systems, intranet implementations, work flow analysis, database design and analysis.

Chris is also a Managing Partner for Andris Capital Management (ACM) in Wheaton, IL. ACM invests and manages various business and real estate related holdings in the US.

Chris is a past member of the Board of Directors for the L&D Group Inc. L&D was the owner several medium to large size manufacturing businesses. He advised on many aspects of the company with a focus on technology advancement within the family of companies.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Iowa. He is involved with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and helping with his kids sports. He currently lives in Wheaton, Illinois with his wife and two children.

Areas of Expertise

Technology Consultation & Application
Project Management
Business Operations

Industry Experience

Online Software Solutions
Food Processing

James Petroski – Professional Summary

James (Jim) Petroski is the founder and Principal Consultant of Design by Analysis Technical Consulting, with 35 years experience in thermal and mechanical engineering of diverse and difficult problems across a broad range of fields. Jim’s strengths lie in developing key insights into engineering analysis so that unique innovations and designs become part of a client’s product development. Jim is located in northeast Ohio.


Jim has worked with companies in the LED lighting field extensively and with local industrial companies since formally launching his firm in 2014. His designs have been part of NASA space shuttle experiments, naval nuclear propulsion equipment and state- of-the-art LED lighting systems.

Electronics packaging for harsh environments
LED (light emitting diode) lighting systems design and analysis NASA space flight experiments
Naval nuclear propulsion instrumentation & control equipment Hand held ruggedized gear
Computer systems for ATMs
Specialized graphite materials and applications for LED lighting
Industry-academic partnerships


In August 2014, Jim launched Design by Analysis Technical Consulting to provide key thermal/mechanical analysis and design services to clients in a variety of industries, formalizing a consulting business that had been in place since 1997. Prior corporate experience includes naval nuclear propulsion equipment design and testing, NASA space experiments (SAMPIE, PHaSE) thermal and mechanical design, hand-held and rack- mounted electronics equipment design, and extensive LED lighting system thermal and mechanical design (including 29 issued patents in the field). Former companies have included Weston Controls, Sverdrup Technology, ADF, Telxon, Diebold, General Electric, GrafTech and Rambus. Jim is a member of the ASME K-16 Subcommittee “Heat Transfer in Electronics”, an author of several technical publications in peer reviewed conferences and journals, and a co-author of the book Thermal Management for LED Applications published in 2014.

Areas of Expertise

Thermal and mechanical engineering
Engineering simulations of products and complex systems
Correlations of testing to engineering simulations
Design of Experiments
Innovative design

Industry Experience

LED lighting systems
Electronics packaging
NASA space experiments
Ruggedized electronics
Computer systems
Naval electronics gear
Graphite materials

Education and Certificates

Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science & Mechanics, Georgia Tech
Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics, Cleveland State University
Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) Green Belt 

​Innovation Engineering Blue Belt

Aaron Matta - Professional Summary

Aaron Matta is an advisory board member of the Innovation Garage®; bringing 14 years of supply chain experience with a focus in Indirect and Services strategy, sourcing, and supplier excellence. This knowledge was acquired through 6 years spent as a consultant along with 8 years working in various contributor and management roles. He is passionate about change management, organizational design and solving complex, systemic problems. Aaron is located in the greater Boston, MA area.


Aaron has worked directly for FreeMarkets, Ariba, and Diebold and is currently with American Tower. Additionally as a sourcing consultant, Aaron has supported many companies spanning a wide range of industries including: Alcan, GSK, Palm, Schering Plough, Sun Microsystems, TJX, and many others.

Aaron's experience includes:

Currently managing a sourcing team responsible for supplier strategy related to $200M+ in wireless construction and maintenance spend.
Designed and managed a multi-phased org redesign to improve productivity, drive results, and increase internal customer satisfaction of his team.
Has deep sourcing category expertise in the following:

Installation, Construction & Maintenance Services
Facility Mgmt. Services, Janitorial Services, Real Estate Leases
Service Parts, Repair, Warranty, and Asset Recovery
Marketing, Advertising, and Communications Services
Call Center Services, Consulting & Professional Services
Temporary Labor and IT Labor Staffing

Previously managed a sourcing team responsible for $100M in service parts and $110M in construction and service spend.
Supported M&A due diligence efforts to assess supply chain synergies of several possible acquisition targets.
Has led and/or participated in 100’s of cross-functional improvement efforts.


Aaron has participated in sourcing activities from many angles; having first managed e-Auctions, then progressed into a consultative role where he developed and managed sourcing pipelines for clients, finally put his theoretical knowledge into practical application in various corporate sourcing roles that further exposed him to real implementation challenges such as politics, and day to day management (i.e. supplier failures). He has even supported sales on negotiation strategy in competitive and online environments from a supplier’s point of view.

Aaron enjoys challenges where objectivity and subjectivity collide; for instance, in cases where accurate data is critical to decision making but often doesn’t tell the whole story or hasn’t been collected in a meaningful enough way.

Areas of Expertise

Service Supply Chains
Strategic Sourcing
Supplier Performance and Risk Management
Opportunity Assessment
P2P Systems Design
Process Improvement

Industry Experience

REIT / Wireless
High Tech Manufacturing
Industrial Manufacturing
Financial Services

Education and Certificates

B.S. Finance
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
ISM certified in Foundations of Negotiations and Advanced Negotiations.

Ajay Garg - Professional Summary 

Ajay is an engineering operations and innovation executive with 26 years of industry experience of which 7 are in Asia Pacific. Ajay is skilled in disruptive innovation and new product development in industrial and consumer space in emerging and global markets. He has a successful record of leading large technology teams and delivering market differentiating multi-million dollar growth platforms with speed. He has extensive experience in leading functional teams across engineering, product management, supply chain, operations and services. Ajay is located in northeast Ohio.


Ajay has worked at multi nationals such as Diebold, Ingersoll Rand, Stanley Black & Decker and Dresser Rand.  The sizes of these corporations range from $3B - $14B in revenues & 8,000 – 50,000 employees worldwide. Ajay has established 4 offshore R&D centers: 2 in China and 2 in India. He has held positions of increasing responsibility from Senior Engineer to Senior Director and managed up to 150 employees with an operating budget of $20M.

Ajay and his teams have developed and released 30 new products to market. Ajay has travelled extensively worldwide and has business experience in Europe, Asia Pacific and North America. He has a broad business perspective with assignments in R&D, Product Design, Advanced Engineering, Product Management, Manufacturing, Reliability & Quality, & Services. Ajay has authored 8 technology papers and holds 4 US patents.

Ajay's experience includes

Change Management Leadership
Program Management
Coaching & Mentoring
Employee Engagement & Talent Retention
Work load & Capacity Management
Open Innovation & Value Innovation Processes
Product Cost Reduction methods
Supplier Quality & Cost Management
Manufacturing BOM and Quality Management
Reliability & Quality Processes
Risk Assessment Analytics
Service Delivery & SLA Management
Customer Loyalty & Satisfaction Platforms
Product End to End Life Cycle Management
Annual Budgets and Strategic Planning Processes

Areas of Expertise

New Product Development
Voice of the Customer
Speed to Market
Technology/IP Generation
Failure Analysis & Prevention
Product Cost Reduction
Off Shore Design Centers
Emerging Market Strategies
Big Data Analytics

Industry Experience

Industrial, Professional, DIY
Compressors, Engines, Refrigeration, HVAC, Tools, Self Service ATMs
Hardware, Software
Mechanical, Electrical
Manufactured Products
Regulatory, Compliance
Brand Management
Product Management

Education and Certificates

Executive Management
MS in Mech. Engineering
Six Sigma, Green Belt
Market Driven Product Development
Value Innovation
Target Costing
Toyota Knowledge Mgmt.
Advanced Business Leadership

We are thrilled, honored and humbled to have this team to help us learn, grow, get smarter AND be available to assist in delivering further value to our clients. Their backgrounds and total experience (over 125+ years) are global and to say the least, diverse. We like that!

Each has background and experience that covers many industries and global organizations. From local and regional government, to global design, advanced engineering simulation, supply chain, Mergers & Acquisitions, legal, compliance, risk, and accelerating deal speed and flow.

Small, Mid-Market to the Fortune 50.

Check out their profiles below. We look forward to their advice, guidance and support as we build out our plans for long term growth. So we can help you with yours.

Lee Thomas Herge - Professional Summary

Lee Thomas Herge, is an Advisory Board member with 24 years experience in Automotive and High Tech manufacturing. He is an expert at operational analysis and continuous improvement and an advocate for innovation in manufacturing.  As COO at Local Motors he led the effort of 3D printing the world first car live at IMTS 2014; he helped institutionalize the use of Lean Six Sigma at Vantage Mobility and Diebold incorporated, and led the restructuring of global Supply Chain at Diebold Incorporated including the startup of operations in Central Europe.


Lee has worked with companies from a 30 person startup to multi-billion dollars in revenue and market capitalization.
His experience includes:
Chief Operating Officer - Local Motors Incorporated
Director of Supply Chain - Vantage Mobility
Manager Supply Chain Operations and Business Transformation - Diebold Incorporated
Materials Manager and Purchasing - Honda of America Manufacturing


As an Advisory Board member with the Innovation Garage I hope to implement the use of best practices in Lean Six Sigma, Innovation Engineering and through the use of additive manufacturing to create companies that can operate efficiently, be locally relevant and adaptive to market needs.  As someone that has created both global and local supply chains my passion is in creating the right value proposition for the customer.

Areas of Expertise

Supply Chain Management
Strategic Sourcing
Lean Manufacturing
Business Strategy

Industry Experience

High Tech Manufacturing
3D/Additive Manufacturing
Contract Manufacturing

Education and Certificates

Certified Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt
Lean Logistics and SCM
MBA- International Business
BBA - Finance

​Innovation Engineering Blue Belt

Michael B. Washington – Professional Summary

Michael B. Washington is a Trial Attorney and Innovation Engineering Black Belt, known for solving complex problems utilizing innovative thinking, logic, and legal precepts. 


Private Practice
Review of internal corporate guidelines and policies
Drafting ethics policies
Prosecuting Attorney and Assistant Prosecutor
Investigating and Prosecuting White Collar Crime and fraud
Investigation and prosecution of violations of policy and statutes
Government and Administrative Law 
Advising county leadership regarding process and procedure
Prosecuting all manor of criminal offenses
Law Director/Village Attorney
Advised municipalities regarding public administration law


A 13-year veteran trial attorney experienced in criminal prosecution and all manor of public sector law. Coordinated with law enforcement agents concerning investigations and evidence analysis. Negotiated resolutions in thousands of criminal matters and civil matters including; road use maintenance agreements, oil and gas leases, pipeline agreements, property leases and sales.

Michael has extensive litigation experience in civil matters; including but not limited to compliance with administrative rules, employment law, public records law, environmental law, and compliance with corporate statutory requirements.

Areas of Experience

Public Sector Law
Government Contracts
Criminal Prosecution
Employment Law
Administrative Regulations
Corporate Compliance and Risk Management

Industry Experience

Private Practice
County Prosecutors Office
Village Law Director

Education and Certificates

Juris Doctor, University of Akron School of Law

​Innovation Engineering Black Belt Certification

Greg Warder – Professional Summary

My name is Greg Warder and I am the Vice President and General Counsel of Diebold Incorporated’s $1.5B North American business unit.   In my 25 years at Diebold, I have served in leadership roles in supply chain, sales operations, the CFO organization, and legal. These opportunities have provided a unique perspectives working with thousands of customers and suppliers globally. I am passionate about innovating deals to leverage benefits well beyond the typical vendor/supplier relationships. Greg is located in northeast Ohio.


Diebold, Incorporated 1991- Present

Supply Chain Management and Director level leadership roles 1991-2005
Attorney and VP level General Counsel and Chief Contracting Office roles 2005-present

One of Diebold’s Top 100 global leaders (16,500 employees)
Also serve as General Counsel of Diebold’s Phoenix Interactive Software Company in London, Ontario. Responsible to help build out software business globally.
Lead Attorney on Diebold’s largest outsources deals in history: Wal Mart and Toronto Dominion.
Lead Attorney on significant multimillion deals with Bank of America, PNC, KeyBank, Bank of Nova Scotia, BB&T, BBVA Compass, Cardtronics, JPMC, HSBC, Regions, and many other major financial intuitions in the world.
Lead Attorney helping to create a business within Diebold that grew from nothing to over $1B in TCV in 5 years.
Standardized Diebold’s Agreements for simplicity and speed
Led Diebold’s global cost reduction initiatives. Developed supply chain for global product launch across 4 continents, led outsourcing initiatives with Celestica, Sanmina, and Flextronics.
Led the commodity management work of the Charters of Freedom Vaults and Displays protecting the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and Hope Diamond
Developed global deal structure templates and positions
Currently serve as a board member of a for profit start up representing Diebold’s investment in an Internet of Things start up company based near Boston
Served as a board member of a for profit start up representing Diebold’s investment in a logical security company based in Omaha. Served in this role until the company was sold.


I am passionate about helping businesses create innovative relationships. When I started negotiating 25 years I was told: “You win and make sure they lose”. Although well intentioned and there is always a healthy competitive need to “win”, the best deals I have been a part of have defined winning by much more than dollars and cents. The best deals I have been a part of create incentive for each party to wake up every morning with enthusiasm and incentive to innovate, improve, and deliver more than what was originally thought possible. I desire to help companies get past the risk sharing and pricing debates and move toward value creation in contractual and deal structure.

Areas of Expertise

General Counsel
Supply Chain
Cost Reduction
Board of Director
Mergers and Acquisitions

Industry Experience

Electromechanical Devices
Contract Manufacturing

Education and Certificates

BS in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management and Operations Management from Miami University in Oxford, OH
MBA – Kent State University Graduate School of Management
JD – The University Akron School of Law
Admitted to the practice of law in the State of Ohio
Diebold Management Training – Indiana University Graduate School of Management