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Your instructors are practitioners first and instructors second. All of our work course leaders have years of prior experience as managers, engineers, team leaders, and consultants. They have completed dozens – and in some cases hundreds – of assignments and are recognized authorities in their fields. Biographies for are principal instructors appear below.

H. Lee Hales

Lee Hales is a recognized authority on industrial facilities planning. His experience spans the full spectrum of planning, from site selection and planning to individual manufacturing cells and warehouse operations. During his 25 years of consulting experience, he has assisted with plant, warehouse, and office layouts, material-handling analysis, and information systems design. Mr. Hales’ assignments have taken him to more than a dozen countries on four continents. Among his clients are: The Coca-Cola Company, Merck, Glaxo, Ford, General Motors, Peterbilt and Kenworth Truck, Crown Equipment, Nokia, Ericsson, Motorola, Sony, Delta Air Lines, The Container Store, Lands’ End, and many more.

Mr. Hales has been teaching our full range work courses since 1975. He has personally taught our planning methods to thousands of manufacturing and logistics personnel all over the world.

Lee Hales is the author and co-author of four books on industrial planning, including: Systematic Planning of Industrial Facilities (with Richard Muther); Computer-Aided Facilities Planning; CIMPLAN, The Systematic Approach to Factory Automation; and Planning Manufacturing Cells (with Bruce Andersen). He is also the author of two Video Series produced by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers: Fundamentals of Plant Layout and Fundamentals of Manufacturing Cell Planning. Mr. Hales has contributed chapters to McGraw-Hill’s Management Handbook for Plant Engineers and to Maynard’s Industrial Engineering Handbook. His articles and commentaries have appeared in such publications as: Material Handling Management, Warehousing Management, Manufacturing Engineering, IE Solutions, Plant Engineering, Building Design & Construction, Managing Automation, Computer Decisions, Modern Office Procedures, Nikkei Computer.

A senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, Mr. Hales is also past Director of the Facilities Planning & Design Division, and has served on the College-Industry Council for Material Handling Education. He is also a senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Mr. Hales received B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Kansas. He holds an M.S. in Management from the Sloan School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ron Haney

Ron Haney has more than 15 years of international experience planning, designing, and installing warehousing and material handling systems. He also assists manufacturers and distributors with site selection, transportation planning and supply chain management. Formerly engineering manager for Yellow Freight, he holds five patents on material handling devices and has served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota. As a consultant and engineer, Mr. Haney has served such companies as: The Container Store, JC Penney, ClubCar, Nike, US Postal Service, Hewlett-Packard, Imation, 3M, General Motors, Ford, American Greetings and many more.

Mr. Haney is co-author with Richard Muther of the popular booklet: Simplified Systematic Handling Analysis and a lecturer for the Georgia Tech Supply Chain and Logistics Institute He holds a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Idaho and an M.S. in Agricultural Engineering from Michigan State University.

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