One tough cookie: Forget everything you think you know about bean counters and number crunchers. Meet Suzanna Leland, Leanwerks CFO and CEO, who always seems to have her hands on the spreadsheets, and her feet on the shop floor.
Maybe she got her street smarts from her father who was a US Air Force mechanic who worked on the famous F-111 fighter jet. Or maybe she got her street smarts when she left home at 17 with no job, no money and no car… and got her university degree 5 years later.
Before LeanWerks, Suzanna cut her professional teeth for 25 years in financial and management accounting. She began her career at Hitachi Computer Products, a Fortune 500 company, and then went on as the Financial Accounting Supervisor at Duke Energy Trading and Marketing.
Reid had the opportunity to put that lesson into practice when he opened the doors for LeanWerks in June 2003. Because he knew that a better culture would lead to better products, the first thing he did was implement Open Book Management. (He had experienced the powerful, positive impact of OBM when he worked at Setpoint, one of the nation’s premiere custom automation designers and builders.)
Suzanna took on the financial leadership of LeanWerks in 2007. She was part of the team that drove the company’s commitment to Lean manufacturing. It was as much an operational transition as it was a cultural one – a transition that traditional accounting departments typically resist. But Suzanna showed her maverick stripes once again by diving right in, supporting the transition every step of the way and resulting in a leaner, more efficient operation. Today, Suzanna continues to use her CFO/CEO role to make LeanWerks better. And that helps LeanWerks make everything better.
This is one tough cookie that our customers like. A lot.
- CNC Machining 3, 4, 5 axis milling
- Lived tooled turning
- Multitasking (11-axis)
- Hard Turning/Milling
- Machined Castings
- Machined Forgings
- Induction Brazing
- Design for manufacturability (DFM)
- Process Engineering
- Mechanical component/assembly design
- Top Shop: HR Practices –
Modern Machine Shop 2015
- Technology Award: Business/Culture
Practices – AMT/NTMA 2015
- Best of State: Precision Manufacturing –
- Utah 100 – Mountain West Capital
- Emerging Elite – Mountain West Capital
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2767 Industrial Drive
Ogden, Utah 84401