About Daniel Penn Associates

Meet the DPA Team

Our consultants take a hands-on, in-the-trenches approach to drive your lean process improvement and continuous improvement efforts. Trained in lean concepts and with decades of experience in process improvement, engineering, maintenance management, supply chain management, staffing analysis, project management, and supplier development, they offer the expertise you require to get lean, reduce costs and optimize your supply chain.

Antonio R. (Tony) Rodriguez, CMC, President

Antonio (Tony) Rodriguez is a certified management consultant with 35+ years’ experience in encouraging collaboration and progressive thinking to bring about effective change and organizational transformation. With expertise in facilitation/team development, Lean Six Sigma, lean continuous improvement, re-engineering, and supply chain optimization, supplier diversity, strategic sourcing, asset management, and productivity improvement, Rodriguez has successfully directed projects for large and medium-sized entities, both public and private, national and international. His far-reaching experience and knowledge have saved clients millions of dollars by improving their organizational effectiveness, productivity, customer responsiveness, quality, and labor management.


With his project teams, Rodriguez helps guide clients through continuous improvement methods, cost reduction strategies, performance measures, and professional development.


Education and Professional Training

  • Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business: MBE Executive Management Program
  • BA, Political Science, University of New Hampshire
  • Associates Degree, Mattatuck Community College, Waterbury, CT
  • Dale Carnegie Sales Courses
  • CMC Accreditation, the highest accreditation in management consulting granted by the Institute of Management Consultants


  • Past President and Member, Rotary Club of West Hartford, CT
  • Member, Institute of Management Consultants
  • Member, New England Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.

Ken Allen, Senior Consultant and Lead Trainer

Ken Allen is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt with 30+ years’ experience in process management and improvement. Ken assisted in establishing the present Lean Six Sigma system utilized by the US Army and developed a highly successful Self‐Directed Work System in a DuPont manufacturing facility. He developed and instructed Six Sigma training and implementation at GE Aircraft Engines (GEAE). Ken has served as a faculty member with several large Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma training efforts, including GE Energy. He has a Master’s degree in Industrial Education from Fitchberg State University.

Mike Beauregard, International Consultant

Mike Beauregard is an international consultant and lecturer on the application of lean manufacturing and quality improvement techniques to manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution operations. He has held engineering, manufacturing, and plant management positions in the discrete parts manufacturing, plastics, and chemical process industries.


As a consultant, Mike has successfully applied improvement techniques in companies ranging from 10 person start-up companies to Fortune 500 manufacturers. A chemical engineering graduate of the University of Maryland, Mike is a registered Professional Engineer and a Certified Quality Engineer. He is an eight-time member of the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award and served the two Connecticut quality awards as a senior examiner, team leader, and instructor. He is certified in lean implementation by the Supplier Excellence Alliance (SEA), the aerospace supply-chain consortium, and is certified as a lean-six sigma master black belt by the Management and Strategy Institute. While living in Japan on an extended business assignment, Mike spent half a year studying and applying the Toyota Seisan Hoshiki (Production System) with tutelage from Ohno san. Mike has co-authored 21 books and training systems on quality improvement and lean manufacturing tools. He is currently working on a book on downtime reduction techniques based on his experiences over 30 years of hands-on work in that area.

Paul Bourdon, Senior Consultant

Paul Bourdon brings 35 years of Lean Implementation leadership at United Technologies to support DPA clients. Certified as Practitioner in the UTC ACE Operating System, Paul worked extensively with Shingijutsu Consulting, implementing all facets of the Toyota Production System within UTC and its Supply Chain. He brings specific knowledge and implementation experience with the Theory of Constraints, special training and considerable hands on expertise leading Value Stream Mapping events and significant exposure to multicultural, diverse environments while leading lean events in North and South America, Europe and Asia.

Florence Gerber, Senior Consultant

Florence Gerber specializes in continuous quality and performance improvement. She partners with government, education and healthcare organizations. Gerber collaborates with leadership and creates a trusting dialogue with cross functional work groups where participants feel safe to share innovative ideas for improvements. She works as an extension of the client’s improvement team and immerses herself to understand daily operations. With nearly 25 years of experience leading improvement projects, Florence Gerber uses evidence-based methods and techniques through facilitation, education and coaching.


Gerber holds a BS in commerce/organizational analysis and an MBA with a concentration in organizational effectiveness. A Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award examiner, she is a Lean Black Belt and Six Sigma Green Belt. She holds certificates in Implementing the Lean, as an Emotional Intelligence Practitioner, Brian Profile, California Association of Dental Plans (CADP) Consultant, Facilitative Leadership, Leading & Facilitating Conversations on Race, Building Partnership Across Differences™, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Competency and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Incident Management System.

Kenneth E. Golden, CPM, CPIM, Senior Consultant

Ken Golden has served industry and government for more than 30 years as a manager and consultant in the purchasing, manufacturing and systems fields. His experience includes multiple roles as a project manager for manufacturing systems implementations; procurement systems manager for a multi-billion dollar computer firm; and consultant and manager for projects involving inventory, procurement, and manufacturing issues. Ken’s knowledge and experience include automotive, pharmaceutical, plastic, electrical, steel, wood, foam, fiber, food, heavy equipment, publishing, and consumer products.

Andrew M. Lopuchowycz, Principal Consultant, Lean Sensei

Andrew Lopuchowycz is a principal consultant and associate with over 25 years of hands-on business management consulting experience. He has been directly involved in the development and implementation of Lean Enterprise solutions for the past 19 years. Andy received his initial Lean training from the founders of Shingijitsu, experts in the Toyota Production System, while at Wiremold (a premier example of full Lean Enterprise in North America). He has experience directing and developing highly diverse, multicultural organizations in union and non-union environments, and has helped to significantly improve their overall performance. Andy’s background is diverse, growing from Engineering and Operations to Engineering Executive roles. His skills include Strategy Development and Deployment with an emphasis on performance management processes, Operations Planning, Gemba Kaizen including Factory Flow, TPM, SMED, Value Stream Mapping, and Administrative Kaizen. He has extensive Quality System Experience in Industrial, Automotive, and Aerospace markets (ISO9000, ISO14000, TS16949, AS9100). He holds an MBA from Syracuse University, a B.S. in Physics from Roberts Wesleyan College and a B.S. mechanical engineering from Clarkson University.

Kate McGovern, Ph.D., Senior Consultant

Kate McGovern is a Lean trainer and practitioner. She has conducted Lean trainings at the state, local, and regional levels and facilitated kaizen events for state, municipal, and nonprofit organizations. Her experience includes developing Lean belt programs for the State of New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island. In addition to her Lean work, Kate has taught at Springfield College, School of Human Services and College Unbound. She has an MPA from the University of Hartford and a Ph.D. from Fielding Graduate University. Kate is the author of Challenges in Pension Governance: A Case Study of the New Hampshire Retirement System and A Public Sector Journey to Lean: Fighting Muda in Times of Muri.

Steve Mueller, Director of Operations

Steve Mueller has over 20 years of hands-on business management consulting experience. He has completed engagements with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to medium size businesses. His extensive experience covers a wide range of industries addressing virtually all business processes from service to manufacturing, involving all levels of management from CEOs to supervisors. Steve’s ability to design and implement management operating systems has reduced operating costs, improved quality and service, increased productivity, and improved management effectiveness. His adept analysis of work and information flow, as well as the assessment of management and work procedures,  facilitates the re-engineering process. Steve has additional expertise in developing staffing and resource requirements models and is accomplished in delivering management skills training and one-on-one coaching. He holds a B.S. in Communications from Ohio University and has completed post-graduate work at Pennsylvania State University.

Charles Spillman, Senior Consultant

Charles Spillman has thirty years’ experience in consulting and facilities management, with projects ranging from maintenance enhancement to integrated and activity-based costing systems to budgetary control systems to productivity/scheduling improvement programs. He has teaching credentials with the Departments of Navy, Army and Energy, teaching reliability practices, change management and management for engineers.


He serves a number of sectors: military and industrial, pharmaceutical, refining and petrochemicals, pulp and paper, primary metals, mining, food service, engineering, automotive stamping and assembly, software development, clerical, distribution and custom fabrication.


Prior to entering consulting, Spillman taught Business Administration at the University of Kentucky and continues as a visiting lecturer when time permits.

Jon J. Thorne, Senior Consultant

Jon brings more than 35 years of experience in world-class maintenance, operations, and change management consulting. He is experienced in the facilitation, training, and coaching of maintenance work management and business improvement processes, and is an experienced and effective change manager. His consulting emphasis is on sustainable operational excellence through alignment of people, processes and tools. Jon has conducted maintenance and operations process consulting for a wide variety of industries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, in various roles including as an Analyst, Process Designer, Strategic Planner, Project Manager, and Practice Executive. Prior to consulting, Jon was the Vice President of Field Operations responsible for engagement analysis, design and implementation logistics, methodology development, consultant training, and results assurance for various clients in the oil refining, power generation, manufacturing, brewing, paper, and chemical industries. He holds an MBA degree in Operations Analysis from the University of Minnesota and a BS/BA degree in Communications and Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. Jon holds certification from the Society of Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (CRMP) and is an Endorsed Assessor (PAS-55) by the Institute of Asset Management (Bristol, England).

Glen Veno, CMC, Senior Consultant

Glen Veno is a certified management consultant with more than 18 years of experience. He has been involved in the design, development, and implementation of both manual and computerized maintenance systems for more than 80 clients across the US, Canada, Mexico and Venezuela. Glen’s consulting assignments span numerous industries with extensive work in chemical processing, automotive manufacturing, utilities, and pharmaceuticals. He holds a BS in aviation technology and management from Western Michigan University and is a member of numerous professional organizations including APICS, Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD).

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Daniel Penn Associates helps organizations assess their performance. We design and implement continuous improvement solutions and track results. We focus on your objectives, stage projects, and help ensure active participation at all levels. Most of all, we’re flexible enough to meet your daily operating priorities. Contact us today at (860) 232-8577 or complete the form below.

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