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It has always been true that great work begins by having the best people . . . then phenomenal work happens. This is true in how the Center for Competitive Change got to where we are today. Our team started with Carol Shaw who saw an opportunity for U.S. manufacturing to learn from the Japanese lean masters. From there, it has been all about performance.

In today's fast-paced world where time is the common measurement, it is impossible to be all things to all people within one organization or on one team. It is critical to have strong and trusting relationships with alliances who will complement our expertise and overall service offerings to you and your organization. Recognizing this, The Center for Competitive Change staff has been working with our facilitators throughout our 20+ years building these strong relationships.

Paul Piechota, Director

Paul Piechota is the Director for the Center for Competitive Change at the University of Dayton School of Engineering. In his position at the University, Piechota currently is the principal investigator/project manager in the final year of a four-year, multimillion dollar government-sponsored project on performance-based competency mapping. As director, he also leads the university's outreach center focused on supporting organizational excellence from leadership to operations within such diverse groups as manufacturing, healthcare, education, government, banking and finance. Piechota also held many positions ranging from senior vice president of a small business to a successful 14-year career with NCR that took him from developing and teaching financial systems to worldwide banks and concluding as a territory team lead for the US Cooperative Marketing Group. His career shifted to senior product engineer for a six-state territory at Texas Instruments in the Mobility Computing Business Unit. He has had a diversified 26-year career from early project and process management through leading a successful outreach unit at the University.

Piechota has authored over 30 publications with such titles as Transforming the Enterprise, Getting to the Future First!, and Establishing a Method for Process and Culture Change in the Military. His most recent publication is the book titled, Keeping Your Business in the U.S.A.: Profit Globally While Operating Locally. The book became available September 2011.

Piechota established and facilitated the Dayton President's Forum and currently is an active member with Dayton Regional Manufacturing Association (DRMA) supporting DRMA's Workforce Development Committee, Montgomery County Business First Resource Representative, and Dayton Chamber of Commerce Workforce Oversight committee/Annual Raj Soin Small Business Innovation Evaluation Team. Other active memberships include Montgomery County Business First, State of Ohio Manufacturing Sector Strategy Committee, Regional Project Management Group and ASQ. Piechota has a B.S. in System Engineering/Marketing from Wright State University and an M.A. (Executive MBA) in business performance across global marketplaces from the McGregor School of Management at Antioch College.


Cash Powell Jr., CFPIM

Cash Powell is part of the leadership team for the Center for Competitive Change at the University of Dayton School of Engineering. He has thirty-five years in industrial manufacturing, government logistics, and lean manufacturing systems. He was Director of Materials for a Fortune 50 company, and spent twenty years as consultant to industry and government in materials, production management, organization planning and teambuilding, cost controls, lean logistics, software evaluations, and university teaching. He has managed lean programs, kaizen events, and worked with Fortune 100 companies on lean transformation. He has performed turnaround projects for two companies, from 40% on time delivery to 96-100% through planning, scheduling and inventory management. Powell was a consultant for Booz, Allen Hamilton, President of C.S. Powell, Inc. a management consulting firm, and serves as part of the leadership team, Center for Competitive Change, University of Dayton. He has contributed to the lean curricula for manufacturing excellence for industry at the Center for Competitive Change.

As a contract technical advisor and requirements auditor for the United States Air Force Logistics Command, Powell evaluated requirements definitions for repair and remanufacturing production systems. Powell evaluated existing Air Force scheduling and inventory systems as applied to repair depots. Powell worked with five Air Force repair depots with such products as engines, wings, landing gear, and electronics. Powell also was involved in evaluating Army and Navy logistics requirements. Powell developed and taught MRP-II information systems classes for the Air Force Logistics Command.

He is the author of 49 published papers and book reviews on materials management, lean principles and organization. Powell’s work is referenced in Greene’s APICS, P&IC Handbook and Fogarty and Hoffman's best selling text on P&IC. He is the co-author of, "10 Steps +1 An Implementation Roadmap to Lean", and a winner of the Romeyn Everdell award for best paper in the P&IC Quarterly, 1972. He is a frequent speaker at business conferences.

He serves on the editorial review board of Target magazine of The Association for Manufacturing Excellence, on the Operations Management Advisory Council, University of Dayton Department of Business, and the Board of Directors of the Dayton APICS Chapter.

He has a B.S. Business and M.A. from Miami University, Ohio.


Carol Shaw, Professor Emeritus

Carol Shaw is a professor emeritus from the University of Dayton School of Engineering where she also served as associate dean.

She is founder of the Center for Competitive Change and in 1988 was the first in North America to introduce public workshops in lean manufacturing and kaizen improvement techniques with the Japanese Masters. Under her leadership, the Center trained over 20,000 managers/leaders in lean concepts and principles and conducted over 3,000 lean improvement events (kaizen) nationwide.

The common theme of her work at the University has been to use knowledge as a basis for change.  Early on she realized that organizations that used knowledge as their basis of competition were more profitable.  She introduced lean thinking to industry and academia. Later on, an MIT professor coined the term "lean learning organization." She and her team are responsible for conceptualizing, planning, implementing and developing innovative educational programs for industry and government.  

Carol is now working on projects that build on innovation and creativity and bringing them to the classroom and the workplace. She is teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in lean thinking at the University of Dayton. Carol now lectures and consults in Lean, concentrating on transformative change for the economy.


Mike Fedotowsky, Lead Consultant

Mike Fedotowsky is the Lead Consultant for the University of Dayton Center for Competitive Change.  Mike has over twenty four years of consulting experience in helping companies improve quality and productivity through Leadership Coaching, Lean Six Sigma and Innovation. Prior to founding Customer Focused Technologies (CFT), Mike was Executive Manager at Qualtec Quality Services, where he was the primary consultant for Procter & Gamble’s Total Quality initiatives.

Mike has a Masters Degree in Nuclear Physics and was a recognized leader in helping Florida Power & Light win the Deming Prize in 1988. Mike is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Industry Certified Lean Champion.

Mike is currently working with the University of Dayton’s Center for Competitive Change in the area of Lean Six Sigma and Innovation. Mike is also helping Procter & Gamble improve the throughput and quality of their R&D efforts.