Toward Zero Leadership Team

Proven experience helping manufacturing companies operate efficiently and profitably by aligning culture, processes, and technology.

Aaron Muhl

Aaron Muhl

President
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Aaron Muhl

Aaron Muhl

President
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Toward Zero President Aaron Muhl co-founded the company in 2015 with the belief that dialing in technology, process and culture is key to helping manufacturing companies thrive. With over 25 years' industry experience, Aaron has built a network of resources to help companies understand the opportunities available with select technology, implementation and change management. Aaron’s extensive background in management, manufacturing technology and systems architecture has also helped him drive enterprise communication standards for manufacturing, as a voting member of ISA-95 for over 12 years.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Senior Vice President
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Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Senior Vice President
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As a business process optimization and change management executive, Steve Smith has excelled in both corporate leadership and consulting roles within multiple industries, including food and beverage, medical device, pharmaceutical and aerospace industries. Since 2016, Steve has served Toward Zero as Senior Vice President, driving significant and sustainable increases in operational efficiencies and productivity. Especially skilled at building buy-in and support for process improvement and change initiatives, Steve creates a team atmosphere that engages all stakeholders.

Sean Lashmar

Sean Lashmar

Vice President, APS Solutions
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Sean Lashmar

Sean Lashmar

Vice President, APS Solutions
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Sean Lashmar is a finance and supply chain executive with more than 25 years experience in helping companies reach higher levels of business performance. He has zeroed in on improvement opportunities by helping enterprises optimize business processes, achieve better supply chain performance, create and refine S&OP processes, and connect the dots between business objectives and execution at the operations level. He has spent the last 16 years partnering with manufacturing executives so their companies can capture the promise of operational excellence.

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Pat Hatem

Pat Hatem

Vice President, Advisory Services
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Pat Hatem

Pat Hatem

Vice President, Advisory Services
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For over 30 years, Pat Hatem has been a change agent helping companies apply continuous improvement.  Throughout her career, she has inspired and motivated teams to align culture, processes, and technology, and achieve business results through operational excellence.  Her particular expertise spans business process, supply chain, strategy, MOM/MES, ERP, and quality, and she has deep manufacturing experience in consumer goods, chemical, and plastics.

Pat has held strategic and leadership roles in operations, supply chain, purchasing, strategy, process improvement, project management, process engineering, research and development, and environmental for prominent industrial organizations that span CarbonLite, Bemis Manufacturing, Diversey (formerly a division of SC Johnson), SC Johnson, The Dial Corporation, Abbott Laboratories, and Olin Corporation.  Pat is a Six Sigma Black Belt and a Lean Leader; she earned a BS Cum Laude in chemical engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology.

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Javier Ortiz

Javier Ortiz

Director, Augmented Reality
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Javier Ortiz

Javier Ortiz

Director, Augmented Reality
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Javier Ortiz has more than 20 years of industry experience as an industrial engineer specializing in manufacturing systems and enterprise computing, specifically with smart manufacturing, process improvement and optimization, wearables and augmented reality, MOM/MES evaluation and architecture, and MES solution implementation. As Director of Augmented Reality, Javier utilizes his passion for advanced manufacturing and his background managing teams across all four areas of production, quality, inventory and maintenance. Javier has worked in the automotive, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and consumer packaged goods (CPG) industries in the past.

What does Toward Zero do?

We get asked this question all the time. Our answer is simple: We help companies move toward zero waste.

How we do this is where things get exciting. We focus on what will have the greatest impact to our clients.

We’ve seen companies purchase state of the art technology and not receive the benefits because it was designed and implemented incorrectly. Our technology experts will make sure this won’t happen to you.

We’ve seen companies spend money to automate processes that are inefficient, instead of correcting the processes first. Our process experts will help you design and optimize the process before you automate it.

We’ve seen companies fail during projects because the company culture wasn’t ready. Our change management experts will help you align the different groups and organize them toward a common goal to ensure your project success.

Toward Zero isn’t just an integrator or a consultant. We’re both. We possess the technology and process depth of a world-class integrator and the business acumen of a world-class consultant. We use our unique combination of skills and expertise to help our customers reduce manufacturing waste in all its many forms.

How will Toward Zero help you?

Sincerely,
Aaron Muhl
Toward Zero president and founder

 

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