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February 13, 2018 Professional Development Meeting

February 13, 2018
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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Spectrum Health Distribution
2925 Walkent Court, NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49544

5:30 Plant Tour
Q & A
Light dinner


Kurt Knoth is vice president, system supply chain for Spectrum Health, a not-for-profit, integrated health system based in West Michigan. He is an experienced leader in lean transformation efforts in large, complex organizations. Kurt is responsible for all aspects of supply chain and procurement resources. He is charged with leveraging supply chain to help the organization realize its vision to be the Leader in Health by 2020.

Kurt’s areas of responsibility include: Sourcing, Logistics, Purchasing, Fleet Management and System Sustainability


Kurt joined Spectrum Health in 2012 as vice president, process improvement, bringing more than 20 years of lean transformation experience in a wide variety of industries and sectors. He has led transformation efforts in automotive, aerospace, high tech, military and health care sectors spanning eight countries. Kurt began his lean journey with Donnelly, a tier one automotive supplier in Grand Haven, Michigan. This transformation was featured in chapter eight of Dr. Jeffrey Liker’s Becoming Lean – Inside Stories of U.S. Manufacturers. At Donnelly, Kurt worked under the tutelage of the Shingijutsu Consulting Group and had the opportunity to study kaizen in Japan.  He also consulted for firms, including Simpler Consulting, Optiprise (Liker's Lean consulting firm) and KPMG Consulting. His clients included: The Boeing Company, US Air Force Surgeon General, St. John Health System, ThedaCare, USAF Air Combat Command Headquarters, USAF European Command, US Army NE Asia (Camp Carroll, Korea), Gillette (Brazil), UK Royal Navy, US Marine Corps Headquarters (Pentagon), Lockheed Martin, and Harvard Vanguard.

Kurt received degrees in industrial electronics, plastics engineering and operations management from Ferris State University. He is also working toward a Master’s of Science in Management, with a concetration in Healthcare at Southern New Hampshire University. Kurt is a certified Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt, US Air Force AFSO21 certified Sensei and a certified private pilot.


Kurt is a current board member of the Ferris State University Alumni Association, MHA/HCSA Advisory Board Member – Ferris State University, Supply Chain Management Advisory Board Member – Grand Valley State University, Member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, MAHRMM and the Economic Club of Grand Rapids.

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