Join the KC IIE Board

Do you: …love Industrial Engineeringwant to dedicate time learning more about the Industrial Engineering fieldwant to participate in facility tours at companies in the KC Metro area and beyondwant to help further the Industrial Engineering discipline in the KC Metro area

Join the Kansas City Institute of Industrial Engineer’s board!

Current open positions include but are not limited to:

  • President Elect
  • Secretary
  • Corporate Relations

Contact Co-President: Anita Noller, Anita.Noller@hallmark.com or Co-President: Keith Johnson, Keith.Johnson@hallmark.com

 

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Distinguished Fellow and Early Career IE: Local KC IIE Award Winners

HUGE Congratulations to your local Kansas City IIE CHAPTER’S 2015 IIE Fellow and Outstanding Early Career IE Award RECIPIENTS, Anita Ranhotra and Carl Kirpes.

Anita and Carl were awarded during the IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2015, in Nashville, TN.

The Fellow Award: Anita Ranhotra, one of this year’s distinguished recipients

Recognizes outstanding leaders of the profession who have made significant, nationally recognized contributions to industrial engineering. A fellow is the highest classification of IIE membership.

Not more than 20 fellows can be named each year. Candidates must demonstrate outstanding accomplishments in both professional career and service to industrial engineering.

Professional Career
Candidates must excel in at least one of the following three specific criteria:

  • Management – Has achieved significant results and has made notable contributions to running or managing organizations or departments that include industrial engineering or related functions. The organizations may be in industry, government, or academe.
  • Technical innovation – Has made significant contributions relating to industrial engineering through the creation of new methodology and/or philosophy and its dissemination through media such as books, journals, magazines, conferences, and meetings, as well as broadcast and Web communications.
  • Practice innovation – Has made significant contributions to industrial engineering practice through the design and implementation of industrial engineering techniques including measurement of the resulting benefits.

Service to Industrial Engineering
Candidates must qualify in two of the following three specific criteria and excel in at least one:

  • IIE service – Has volunteered significant time and effort on behalf of IIE.
  • Interdisciplinary activity – Has volunteered significant time and been active in national or international leadership with other groups that relate to industrial engineering.
  • Leadership in promoting industrial engineering – Has significantly enhanced the visibility and impact of industrial engineering through promotional activities.
The Outstanding Early Career IE in Business/Industry Award: Carl Kirpes, this year’s recipient

Recognizes individuals in business/industry who have made significant engineering contributions in the application, design, research or development of IE methods. The award recognizes individuals who have shown outstanding characteristics in leadership, professionalism and potential in the field.

Members Only Summer Networking Event at Arrowhead

Join KCIIE as well as area SME, APICS and ASQ chapters and the Kansas City Manufacturing Network for a members only SUMMER NETWORKING EVENT.

Last year’s event was SOLD OUT.  This year will be bigger and better than the last.

Arrowhead Stadium, August 20, 2015 4-7 PM

Arrowhead Founders Club
One Arrowhead Drive, KCMO 64129

Arrowhead’s Founder’s Club features a large central bar, outside patio and collection of dining, bar and fireside lounge seating with surrounding views of the Founder’s Plaza and playing field.

Admission includes a complementary beverage, as well as great food, plus an opportunity to network with fellow manufacturers – all for only $20 per person.

  • Event limited to the first 150 people who sign up
  • Networking activities, door prizes and a chance to park at Arrowhead at no charge!
  • Proceeds benefit the scholarship funds for SME and IIE.
  • Advance registration is required, (online or donna@kcmn.org) No walk-ins will be accepted at the door

REGISTER

Pay online at http://tinyurl.com/mfgnetwork or cash or check at the door – due to 5 organizations involved, no invoicing.

Your choice of beverages, thanks to our Premier sponsor:  Spencer Fane Britt and Browne LLP   http://www.spencerfane.com/

KCIIE Membership Reception

Kansas City IIE Chapter’s 2015 Membership Reception and Social Media Advice for Career Management

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)
Art Factory
5621 W 135th St #2630
Leawood, KS 66223

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kciie-membership-reception-and-social-media-advice-for-career-management-tickets-16414984661?ref=enivtefor001&invite=NzgwNDg1Mi9hcmFuaG8yQGhhbGxtYXJrLmNvbS8w&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformal001&utm_term=eventpage

Are you interested in some tips on how to manage your career and leverage social media to do so?                  Have you wondered what your KCIIE chapter has been up to and what they have planned this year?                   Are you intrigued by the lastest trendy art gallery in Kansas City, located in the new PrairieFire district?              Did you let your membership with IIE lapse?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, then you should join the KCIIE chapter and Dan Chojnacki and Ann Mann of Lee Hecht Harrison for an evening of networking, renewed and new social and professional connections, and some career tips!  Please come out at join us at the trendy new Art Factory in PrairieFire!

Event Details
  • We will serve heavy hors d’evours, water, soda, and a cash bar will be available
  • Register by April 17th and receive a complimentary drink ticket when you arrive
  • KCIIE members who bring a non-IIE member will receive a complimentary drink ticket for both themselves and their guest!
  • Door prizes will be available to members and to nonmembers who join IIE that evening
  • One free Membership to IIE
  • 2 – $100 Amazon Gift Cards
  • $50 Quiktrip Gift Cards
  • $25 Panera Gift Cards
Event Schedule

6:00-6:30    Check-in and Networking
6:30-7:30    Welcome and Speaker Presentation
7:30-7:45    Wrap up from sponsor, Chris Benson of AXA Advisors
7:45-8:00    Door Prize Drawings

Event Sponsor

The event is sponsored by Chris Benson of AXA Advisors

About Our Speakers

Dan Chojnacki
Senior Vice President, Area Director

Dan Chojnacki is Senior Vice President for Lee Hecht Harrison’s Midwest Region. Dan brings over 20 years of direct business experience to this consulting and managerial position including 17 years at Hallmark Cards, Inc. where he held positions of increasing responsibility including the National Accounts Manager and Regional Sales Manager (where he managed the largest region nationally in sales and personnel). He also held various training manager positions where he instituted management development programs and then coordinated their implementation on both local and national levels. Dan currently has market leadership responsibility for corporate clients and client-facing teams in Kansas City, Omaha, St. Louis and Denver.
Throughout his career, Dan in a direct managerial role has been actively involved in one-on-one in-depth career counseling developing human resources into key managerial level positions while building effective, cohesive, productive and positively focused teams.

Ann Mann
Regional Account Manager, Sales Support and Marketing

Ann Mann brings over 20 years of Human Resources, Learning & Development and Retail Sales Management experience to Lee Hecht Harrison in her role as Regional Account Manager, Sales Support and Marketing.
Throughout her 20 year career with Saks Fifth Avenue, Ann had responsibilities in Human Resources, Learning & Development, and Sales Management. Her strong background in service, selling and training enabled her to travel to other Saks locations throughout the country participating in new store openings and training events. Ann also supported Department Managers with coaching, team building, employee retention & engagement and organizational skills to develop their business unit and improve customer satisfaction.
As a Lee Hecht Harrison certified facilitator, Ann is able to deliver the Milestones Material, What’s Next, Moving Forward with Change, and Developing Personal Resilience to all levels of clients and employees. Ann assists in the faciliation of Job Search Work Teams and conducts weekly Linkedin training.
Ann is a member of several Human Resources Organizations and serves on committees and boards including:EPN—Board Member; SHRMJC—Board Member; and SHRM.

Student Chapter Success

The IIE Chapter Leader news came out last week and one of the info items was the Student Chapters that achieved the Gold Award for their 2011-2012 program year. Both Kansas State and Missouri accomplished the honor this year! This is the first time the Mizzou chapter has earned the Gold Award, coming on the heels of hosting a successful Regional Student Paper Conference in March. Congratulations to the students and leaders at both schools on this accomplishment!

The full list of Gold Award winners is available via the IIE website. Other South Central Region schools earning Gold were Texas A&M, University of Houston and University Texas at Arlington. In respect to athletic conferences, other SEC schools on the list are Louisiana State, Texas A&M, Florida and Tennessee, while the only other Big XII school was new member West Virginia.

Membership Update & News

Membership as of 4/1/12 – 91 (down 3 from last month)

Member News

IIE member since 2009, Matthew Kafka is a process improvement project manager by day at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinic. Matthew has recently entered a new business venture, The Local Pig.

During Matt’s formative years (high school and college) he grew up on a farm and worked as a line cook in steakhouses. This background led to many experiences ranging from hunting to cost analysis and set the base for his constant yearning for continuous improvement and high standards of always looking for ways to improve products or processes. Matt’s first job out of college as a process engineer allowed him to travel the country (75% on the road) and experience regional and rural/urban cultures especially related to his interests pertaining
to food and healthcare!

This brief history sets the stage for his desire to be an entrepreneur. An opportunity via craigslist occurred to open a butcher shop. Matt and Alex Pope, his business partner, met over a few beers and struck a business relationship. Due diligence, his background, and his conservative nature with resources and money all pointed to signs of success for the butcher shop business opportunity.

The Local Pig has been and will continue to be a huge learning experience. Matt has learned and can see now why many folks don’t take the plunge into forming a small business! Since opening the doors on February 27th, Matt and Alex have learned one valuable lesson in particular: we were naïve! Engineer and business skills can only take you so far with planning and interacting with customers!! You can have much planning and there will still be items that were forgotten or not even thought about, one in particular being that the customer
reception has been larger than expected! The original business plan has already been exceeded and larger visions are now being formulated!

The Local Pig opened its doors at 2618 Guinotte Avenue in Kansas City, MO on February 27. A grand opening party was held on March 3. The Local Pig is open daily from 10:30 am to 7:30 pm.

To find out more, below are links to The Local Pig’s website and recent press releases on the business:
The Local Pig – http://www.thelocalpig.com/index.html
The Local Pig on Twitter – https://twitter.com/#!/thelocalpigkc

Ink Magazine – http://inkkc.com/content/adventurous‐chef‐alex‐popeopens‐local‐pig‐a‐butcher‐shop‐in‐the‐east‐bottoms/

Pitch Weekly – http://www.pitch.com/fatcity/archives/2012/02/23/alex‐popes‐local‐pig‐opens‐on‐monday-february‐27

Hello world!

Welcome to KCIIE on WordPress.com. We are going to *attempt* to make the transition from a quarterly newsletter to a blog so that we can keep our news and event info flowing in a more timely manner with out creating too much work on the officer team. Ideally we will post the event announcements and recaps monthly as they are created, while the other content from the newsletter is spread out over each quarter. Stay tuned!