John Skerl


John began his career in the automotive industry at the General Motors Assembly plant in Fremont, California. Hired as a production team member, he advanced to production supervisor, working in several capacities until the plant closed in 1982. In 1984, John returned to the Fremont auto plant, New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI), a joint venture between General Motors and Toyota. During his 21 years with NUMMI, John held several positions in Manufacturing, Safety, Human Resources and Labor Relations. He was promoted to Assistant Manager in Training and Development in 1995. During his tenure, he earned certifications as a Master Trainer in PDCA, Standardized Work, Job Instruction Training, Practical Kaizen Training, and Group Leader and Team Leader Development Training. He is one of only two people to attain Master Training Status in Practical Problem Solving within the Toyota family. He has trained team members as well as executives in the Toyota Way, Problem Solving, and Lean Manufacturing principles and philosophies throughout Toyota’s facilities in both North America and Europe. Since 2006, he has been teaching and consulting. His key projects include:

  • Development of the Hertz Improvement Process (HIP) for the North American car rental agency.
  • Development of the Siemens Productions System (SPS) in North America, Mexico, and Europe.

John led/leads several projects in Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) including:

  • Electrical Inspectors Work Standardization and Kaizen
  • DOSH Project
  • L&I Field Audit Project
  • Leadership Team Training

John also teaches for a local San Francisco area college to provide training to various industries in California.