Zack GuthrieZack is a gifted speaker, trainer, mentor, and facilitator and motivates leaders wherever he goes.  Whether leading teams of 12 – 18 people facilitating Kaizen, or in professional training environments – he continually challenges students to implement change. His versatility and insight provide value to our clients at various stages in their lean journey, from policy deployment, assessments and analysis to project implementation, whether in manufacturing or transactional environments. Zack has worked in a multitude of industries across the US and abroad over the past nine years, including over 9,000 hours of training and Kaizen event facilitation, with nine years of prior engineering experience with companies such as Black & Decker and GE, having received his Industrial Engineering degrees and his PE from NC State. Recently, Zack has started a non-profit organization – Guthrie Orphans & Widows (GOW)  The purpose of GOW is to vigorously fulfill the role of kinsman redeemer by defending, rescuing, and restoring orphans and widows in their distress, and equipping others to do the same. Check it out at  In his spare time, Zack enjoys playing golf, water skiing and anything that involves his family.  Zack and Kristin have (6) children and enjoy time with both sets of parents who live in Hickory and Winston-Salem, NC.  He continually finds himself wondering if he’s teaching his children .. or if they are teaching him.  We’ll just have to wait and see on that one.  – See more.



LynnDuring Lynn’s 40 year career, he has specialized in assisting clients to solve problems pragmatically using Lean concepts, statistical methods and sound business judgment. Guided dozens of national and international organizations through process improvements for manufacturing, logistics, and transactional processes in both commercial and governmental entities. Lynn and his wife Elsa live in a pre-Civil War era house on a heavily wooded property, which their two dogs keep deer and groundhog free.  They enjoy cycling and have two children.  Their son just got married and their daughter’s wedding is planned for May.




TGG-Website-Profile-PhilPhil is a Management executive with a BSEE, MBA, PMP, Master Black Belt and proven skills in business analysis, Lean, Six Sigma, operations and project management.  Phil brings twenty-three years of experience across numerous industries. Established a Lean Office for Zions Bancorporation, a Master Black Belt with the Fortune 50 General Electric Company, 10 years as a program manager and engineering manager in the defense industry, 7 years in the medical industry, and 4 years in high tech electronics industry as a program manager. Phil and his wife, Jody, live in Mountain Green, UT.  Phil enjoys fly fishing, archery, woodworking, and spending time with his daughters and grand children.




TGG-Website-Profile-BobBob is a highly accomplished Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and R&D Manager with over 10 years experience in Quality Systems Management and Business Process Improvement and over 20 years experience in R&D Management. Highly proficient in lean six sigma strategy development and deployment, kaizen facilitation, lean six sigma training, team development, training, and business and manufacturing process improvement, new product introduction, product development, and program management. Bob and his wife, Priscilla, live in Muskegon, Michigan, close to their two young grandchildren, who they love to spend time with.  They love to travel and enjoy all kinds of outdoor recreation including hiking, swimming, bicycling, kayaking, camping, and skiing.  They take several bike, kayak camping, and/or ski trips each year.




Tim brings over 30 years of experience, some of which includes Microprocessor and logic design, PCB design, UPS manufacturing, SLDC management, software development, online and onsite customer support, online and in classroom training.Tim is accomplished at converting abstract leadership ideas and needs into software solutions that solve complex analytical problems. This work blends nicely with Lean and LSS methodologies. Most recently Tim works as a Senior Consultant for The Guthrie Group, primarily developing web based Lean Analytics dashboards for their clients.  These dashboards vary from basic order process swim lane views and reports, to complex manufacturing process management systems, that track orders and materials through every facet of the process.   It’s visual, it’s fast, it’s decisive.Tim and his wife Holly live in Argyle, TX on a small horse farm where they keep horses for themselves and others.  Holly is also CPA and runs her own practice named Frenzel Consulting and Tax Services. Tim, Holly and family are Christian by faith and enjoy serving and giving.  They have 4 children who are grown and living fruitful lives.   One grandchild is on the way, due in March 2016.



tgg-website-photokeithKeith has 17 years of experience leading businesses and implementing change for some of Americas top organizations. He has worked his way through the ranks from a Manufacturing Engineer, Production Supervisor, Department Manager, Plant Manager and most recent assignment as a General Manager and leverages these experiences in his consulting work. Keith is a hands on result oriented leader, that is fulfilled when his teams succeed.





Jorge Garcia has an MBB and Lean Master, and has a solid international track record of successful organizational transformation deployment in multiple industries, which includes strategy conception, business design and improvement, sustainability and change management. Jorge developed a highly successful business transformation methodology, used as the operational backbone by some of the most successful consulting companies. He has trained over 1,500 Executives, Master Black Belts, Black and Green Belts, Lean Experts, SCRUM Masters and Champions and has mentored over 500 process improvement projects with a significant positive impact in the business operations.




Evan Tolley

Evan is a software developer at TGG, specializing in applications designed to optimize and improve business processes. He utilizes a wide array of both server and client side technologies, including C#, ASP.Net MVC, T-SQL, LINQ, Entity Framework, Angular, Typescript, JavaScript, Jquery, HTML and CSS. He holds a Bachelors Degree from Occidental College in California and currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his dog and two cats. He loves coming to North Carolina for work because it gives him an opportunity to escape from the rainy Pacific Northwest!





Debbie’s background includes both of her passion areas: mentoring students and providing administrative assistance. She has many years of experience as an administrative assistant in both the business and non-profit worlds. Debbie recently used these skills as a dorm mom for 21 high boys, and as a writing and ELL high school teacher and supervisor. She loves a good challenge. Debbie and her husband, Marty, have served 23 years as missionaries, living in Germany, France and Croatia. Currently living in Greensboro, they are very involved in their church, and spend time with their children and grandchildren. They enjoy traveling, hiking and fishing.





TGG Board Member, Andy Lynch founded North Star Marketing in 2000. He has provided marketing consultation for businesses of all sizes, helping them work through positioning and communications challenges. His engagements have included naming, branding, public relations, web development, print collateral, online marketing, social media management and more. Andy and his team have developed two SaaS offerings: an online credit-sharing web application, Red Rover, and a web-based marketing calendar, Nucleus.
Andy is a graduate of Bob Jones University, attends First Baptist Church in Durham, NC, and occasionally fits in some pick-up soccer. He and his wife, Sheryl, have two children, are big fans of adoption.




TGG Board Member, Mark Audet and his wife Ellen currently reside in South Dakota. They have three children and four grandchildren living in North Carolina, New York and Georgia. Retirement time in the fall is spent pheasant and waterfowl hunting with some occasional antelope, elk and deer hunting to fill in the gaps. Ellen enjoys quilting and an occasional pheasant hunt ! A large portion of the year is spent on the east coast – enjoying time with children, grandchildren and family. Mark, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology spent 19 years with the folding carton division of General Foods/ Kraft Foods in engineering, maintenance and production management roles. Career continued with Graphic Packaging International including construction responsibility and plant management of new facilities in South Dakota and Arkansas.












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The first step towards breaking your organizational log jams is identifying and verbalizing the challenge you're facing. What are you trying to solve? This simple Problem Statement exercise can have profound implications for your team. It helps you define the issue and gives TGG some sense of where the soft spots could be in your Order to Cash process. We invite you to take a few moments to fill out this form. A TGG consultant will contact you shortly to discuss your Problem Statement and provide some insight on how we may be able to help.

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