About Me

Kjell van Zoen, Lean Consultant in Portland, Oregon, Coach, Teacher, Workshops - vanZoen LLCKjell van Zoen

Serial entrepreneur, 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

Community Consultant at LEANPORTLAND.com
Brand Ambassador at PORTLANDMADE.com
Married to PHOTOSBYKIM.com
Co-Founder of PLYWERK.com

LinkedIn… /kvanzoen



Lean Kitchen
Lean Kitchen: doors removed for efficiency.

I adopted lean 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 engage with clients through vanZoen LLC, teach lean at Portland Community Collage, offer my services to non-profits through Lean Portland, am a brand ambassador for Portland Made, and regular speaker on lean, green and local manufacturing. I’m a leadership & operations super-nerd, 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.