Joe Barto, President and Founder Interview with Supply Chain Now Radio

TMG’s Founder and President, Joe Barto, along with Lynne Johnson of AME were interviewed by Supply Chain Now Radio on June 11, 2020.

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Supply Chain Now · “Helping Manufacturers Share, Learn, & Grow: Joe Barto & Lynne Johnson with AME”


“High performing leaders come to work every day to win. And if you want to win, I’ll help you win. If you don’t want to win, you’ve got to do something else.”

– Joe Barto is the Founder and President of TMG


“One of the tenants of lean is the idea of respect for people. So how do we manage change through a crisis when people’s basic needs aren’t being met.

– Lynne Johnson is the President of the AME Southeastern Region Board


The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) was founded in 1985 to promote practitioner-to-practitioner sharing. They also host the world’s largest lean conference. But do in-person events and lean manufacturing practices have a place in a post COVID-19 world, with all of its restrictions on gatherings and the unpredictability of securing supply?

The guests in this episode wholeheartedly say YES. Lynne Johnson is the President of the AME Southeastern Region Board and Joe Barto is the Founder and President of TMG and a long-time AME volunteer. They have declared their intent to find a way to continue holding meaningful practitioner-to-practitioner events, even with the new restrictions.

In this conversation, Joe and Lynne discuss the following with Supply Chain Now Co-hosts Greg White and Scott Luton:

  • The leadership lessons that business teams can draw from participating in sports and the military
  • Ways manufacturers are studying today’s supply chain disruptions to see where they are structural, and how best to minimize the impact and position for future growth
  • The kinds of tough decisions manufacturing companies are having to make to survive the hard times we find ourselves in today

We thank Greg White and Scott Luton of Supply Chain Now for the interview!!!

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