Our Founder

Anthony Manos

Anthony Manos is a Catalyst with Profero, Inc., where he provides professional consulting services, implementation, coaching and training to a wide variety of organizations, large and small, private and public, in many industries focusing on Lean Enterprise and Lean Healthcare. Mr. Manos has extensive knowledge of Lean and quality in a wide range of work environments. Tony is trained and certified by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) U.S. Department of Commerce in all elements of Lean manufacturing.


Over the past ten years, he has helped more than 150 companies in several aspects of Lean implementation including: team building, standardized work, 5S workplace organization & visual workplace, quick changeover, plant layout, cellular, kanban, total productive maintenance, kaizen events and Hoshin planning. Tony is an internationally recognized speaker and expert on Lean presenting workshops and sessions at several conferences a year. As a member of American Society for Quality’s (ASQ) faculty, he teaches a two-day course in Lean Enterprise and a one-day course on Kaizen. Tony is the Co-founder and past Chair of the Lean Enterprise Division of ASQ. He is a Senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and a member of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME). He is part of the team that originally developed the Lean Certification for AME, SME, the Shingo Prize and ASQ where he serves on the Certification Oversight and Appeals committee for the Lean certification. Manos is Lean Bronze Certified. Tony was a Shingo Prize Examiner for Manufacturing Excellence. He also was an examiner for the Lincoln Award (Illinois State version of the Baldrige Award).


Tony is the co-author of the book “Lean Kaizen: A Simplified Approach to Process Improvement” and author of many articles on Lean and its allied subjects. He wrote the script for SME’s DVD Total Productive Maintenance Blitz and is the co-editor of ASQ’s upcoming Lean Handbook. He writes commentary on Lean in his blog: blog.5Ssupply.com and twitter account @5Ssupply.


With more than 25 years experience in quality management, Tony is an expert in many aspects of quality. He has guided several companies through implementation and certification for quality management standards such as ISO 9001. He is an ASQ Certified Quality Technician and Mechanical Inspector.


In addition to being a principle at Profero, Tony also started and operates a second company 5S Supply. 5S Supply provides products and resources needed to create a truly lean organization. As a business owner he understands and deals with many of the same issues as his clients. He takes a practical approach to solving their problems and helping them improve.


Mr. Manos served in the United States Navy nuclear propulsion program and holds an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Entrepreneurial Studies.


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