Kjell 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
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.