Make48 is not only a 48-hour invention competition, but a networking event as well. Teams get to interact with people from the invention and entrepreneurial world. One of those executives is CEO, Chris Guerrera, of another Make48 sponsor, PACE Systems. Guerrera has over 32 years of experience in Engineering, Manufacturing, Sales, Marketing and Executive Management. I am a strong leader with expertise in building successful teams and developing “business athletes.” Take a look at the behind the scenes of PACE and how Guerrera is involved in Make48.
Guerrera’s PACE system is a proprietary Lean 6 sigma manufacturing system that can be used in your business or your everyday life. A popular misconception is that lean is suited only for manufacturing, and that’ not true. Lean applies in every business and every process. According to Guerrera “it is not a tactic or a cost reduction program, but a way of thinking and acting for an entire organization.”
PACE’s core idea is to maximize customer value while minimizing waste through the use of Lean techniques. Simply, PACE creates more value for customers with fewer resources. A lean organization understands customer value and focuses its key processes to continuously increase it. So, what is the ultimate goal when using PACE? “Provide perfect value to the customer through a perfect value stream process that has zero waste.”
So, how did Guerrera come up with this innovative program? Being in the business for over 30 years he has seen a great deal of manufacturing operations in the USA and abroad that he finds all have similar problems within their organization. So, after having worked in such an environment he decided to develop a system that can easily be adapted to any industry quickly, and achieve bottom line results for both the company and its employees while building a motivated culture.
Guerrera met Make48 CEO Tom Gray during a Corporate event at the Walmart home office in Bentonville, Arkansas for their Made in America initiative. They got to talking and soon enough Guerrera was on his way to his first ever Make48 competition. Since then, Guerrera has emceed our Shark Tank All Star panel in Washington D.C. and also sponsored a team as well (they placed third)! Guerrera cannot wait to return for our next competition in October!