The Shingo Institute Welcomes Makoto Investments as a New Provider of Shingo Workshops

The Shingo Institute Welcomes Makoto Investments as a New Provider of Shingo Workshops

Summary: Shingo Licensed Affiliates are private companies who contract with the Shingo Institute to teach Shingo Workshops to groups and individuals. Makoto Investments has just contracted to become the newest Shingo Licensed Affiliate.

Logan, Utah — The Shingo Institute, a program of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, has partnered with Makoto Investments to become one of the Institute’s newest Shingo Licensed Affiliates. This partnership means that Makoto Investments will teach the Shingo workshops to groups and individuals interested in improving the culture of their organization to improve efficiency, working conditions, and value.

“We are very excited to have Makoto Investments as a new affiliate partner,” Ken Snyder, executive director of the Shingo Institute, said. “They are an exceptional company devoted to principles of operational excellence and, together, we hope to help many other companies on their continuous improvement journeys.”

About Makoto Investments

Based in Japan, Makoto Investments is a consulting organization that’s committed to helping companies around the world successfully incorporate Lean programs. The company conducts Lean-based, client-specific transformations in the areas of finance and insurance, manufacturing and supply chain, processing, headquarters functions, sales and service, and research and development. Within these areas of expertise, Makoto develops plans based on their clients and the goals their clients are striving to reach, ensuring both short-term results and sustained improvement over time. Makoto also provides immersive Lean benchmarking tours of leading Lean companies in Japan, including the Toyota Motor Corporation. Above all, Makoto Investments strives to apply the values of sincerity, truth, trust, and fun in all they do.

Makoto’s founder and president, Brad Schmidt, boasts over 20 years of experience as a Lean consultant, working with small businesses and multinational companies within a variety of industries to implement Lean and other performance-increasing programs and train Lean office staff. His current leadership role has allowed him to develop Makoto’s Lean experience tours, several of which he personally hosts, in Japan and around the world.

About the Shingo Institute

The Shingo Institute administers the Shingo Prize, an award that recognizes organizations that demonstrate an exceptional culture that fosters continuous improvement. A program of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, the Shingo Institute is named after Japanese industrial engineer and Toyota adviser, Shigeo Shingo. Dr. Shingo distinguished himself as one of the world’s thought leaders in the concepts, systems, and improvement techniques that have become known as the Toyota Production System (TPS).

Drawing from Dr. Shingo’s teachings and years of experience working with organizations worldwide, the Shingo Institute developed the Shingo Model, which is the basis for its educational offerings, including workshops, study tours, and conferences. Workshops are available in multiple languages through the Institute’s licensed affiliates, including e Results. For more information on workshops, affiliates, or to register to attend the Shingo Conference, please visit


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