Audie Penn has 38 years’ experience across many manufacturing environments. His background includes both consulting and industry roles and his experience spans a variety of industries including furniture, food, heavy equipment, municipal functions, energy, and building materials.
Prior to joining The ProAction Group, Audie was managing partner for a consulting firm focused on operational excellence. By incorporating Lean methodologies throughout multiple facilities for a client, Audie enabled the company to increase EBITDA by 90% year 1, 75% year 2, and 55% year 3.
As Group Manager for a global heavy equipment manufacturer, Audie assisted a billion-dollar division to surpass expected performance and reduced variable costs by 20% in the first five months of his tenure. He then went on to manage the supply chain function for this global organization before he was moved to a role in the global production system, deploying lean around the globe where performance improvement was imperative.
Audie holds degrees in accounting and business management with an MBA from St. Ambrose University. He is Master Black Belt Certified and is certified at the Gold, Silver, and Bronze level through the Lean Certification Alliance where he is currently chair of the SME Certification Oversight and Appeals Committee.