Christopher D. Chapman
Christopher D. Chapman is a senior certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt continuous improvement specialist with extensive experience across a broad range of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, education, and construction. In his role as trainer, consultant, practitioner, and coach, Chris has helped companies develop their workforce into highly effective problem solvers, continuous improvement agents, and Lean thinkers that integrate Lean process improvement into day-to-day operations to increase efficiency, reduce waste, increase value, and improve customer satisfaction.
Chris has over 20 years of management, quality engineering, and Lean process improvement experience from Delphi, Eastman Kodak, and the Center for Excellence in Lean Enterprise (CELE) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). In his position as Senior Program Manager at CELE RIT, Chris developed and delivered Lean training workshops for nearly two thousand trainees, facilitated dozens of rapid process improvement projects (kaizens), trained and coached Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt students to complete certification requirements, and provided consultation to over ninety local, national, and international businesses. He was also part of a team that helped develop The Environmental Professional's Guide to Lean and Six Sigma for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As a manager and quality engineer at Delphi and Eastman Kodak, he successfully implemented, managed, and sustained Lean production systems.
Chris holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration with honors from Fayetteville State University, and a Master Degree of Manufacturing Leadership from the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology. He has presented workshops at numerous conferences and written articles for leading trade journals such as Quality Progress, Institute of Industrial Engineers, and Occupational Hazards.
Chris is currently president of Chapman Lean Enterprise a Lean process improvement training and consultation provider based in Rochester, New York. Chapman Lean Enterprise is a certified minority business enterprise (MBE).