Serial entrepreneur & operations nerd, born in the Netherlands in 1977, moved to the U.K. in 1989, moved back to the Netherlands in 2002, moved to Portland, Oregon in 2004*.
* before it was cool
I currently work as a Strategic Energy Management (SEM) & Operations Consultant at Energy 350.
I provided lean operations consulting services to dozens of clients through vanZoen LLC from 2014-2018.
I have also taught lean at the Portland State University Center of Executive and Professional Education (CEPE), Portland Community Collage, through Lean Portland, and have been a regular speaker on lean systems thinking, small business operations, and local manufacturing at conferences.
I adopted lean operations while running my own manufacturing business, Plywerk, from 2006-2016. I also used lean to forward the company's’ eco-conscious business practices, and gave over 200 local leaders “lean and green” tours of Plywerk.
I'm a leadership & operations super-nerd. I believe great leaders do not tell people what to do. Great leaders serve with humility; invest in their people by allowing them to experiment and make mistakes; look beyond the short term gains and play the long game. They are cultural influencers and coaches who support and motivate all individuals to work together for the better of all. I love to inspire people to be a master at what they do, and train them on how their unique skills influence and fit into the big picture of the organizations operations.
When I'm not nerding out on operations I'm a science-fiction fan, biker, hiker, swimmer, yoga practitioner, and drive my wife crazy by taking the doors off of the kitchen cabinets as part of 5Sing our home for optimum efficiency.
Work history and more at LinkedIn... /kvanzoen