Shingo Executive Overview
Shaun Barker has been the assistant executive director for the Shingo Institute since 2001 where he is responsible for such organizational operations as finance, human resources, information technology, marketing and development. He is also responsible for the assessment value stream and its pool of approximately 160 examiners from industries around the world. He has personally participated in dozens of comprehensive site assessment visits to business and government organizations worldwide that have challenged for the Shingo Prize. Mr. Barker participates in the development of Shingo educational offerings and is a contributor to both the world-renowned Shingo Model and the Shingo Prize Application Guidelines - the international standard of operational excellence. He was also a key participant in the creation of a lean certification program sponsored by AME, SME, ASQ and the Shingo Institute.
Mr. Barker is an engaging speaker and instructor for the Shingo Institute and trains companies on the Shingo Model and Shingo Guiding Principles, teaching how to apply principle-based leadership to their own operations and to use assessment tools to foster continuous improvement within their organizations. As a result of his expertise, Mr. Barker has delivered presentations and workshops to professionals in various parts of the world including the United States, Canada, China, Mexico and Europe.
Mr. Barker's professional industry background in retail management operations included 14 years of work with Sav-On Drugs, Wal-Mart and Dollar General. He has experience with profit and loss responsibility for multi-million dollar operations in high growth environments.
Mr. Barker earned a bachelor's degree in marketing with a minor in economics from Utah State University in 1984 and an MBA with an emphasis in entrepreneurship in 1999. As an instructor for the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, Mr. Barker has taught courses in organizational change management, marketing and introduction to business.
He spent his childhood in the Philippines where he lived for 13 years, and he speaks Tagalog fluently. At the age of 15 he began his working career as a wrangler at a ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He would fly to the United States from the Philippines to work during the summer and then return home in August each year. In 1978, the same year he returned to the United States permanently, he worked on a commercial fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico. While attending college, he worked for Del-Monte Corp., E.A. Miller Beef and Trans-Western Airlines. Mr. Barker has a rich variety of life and work experiences that he is eager to expand.