Chief Operating Officer
Mark Volesky is Chief Operating Officer with Impact Dakota. Since 2003 Volesky has been assisting companies from a wide variety of industries increase profits and create and retain jobs. His emphasis is leading high performance teams in facilitating the design, development and implementation of continuous improvement and growth strategies on an enterprise-wide basis.
In partnership with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME) and the Shingo Institute for Operational Excellence, Volesky developed the supporting Impact Dakota Lean Enterprise Certification Program (LECP) course curriculum and has taught it to more than 700 individuals from nearly 80 companies. For this work Volesky was selected as the MEP Practitioner of the Year at the 2007 national MEP conference. In 2007, he received his certifications in Leadership and People Development related programs and he has been SME-AME-Shingo Institute Lean Bronze certified since 2008. He is also certified by the TWI Institute in Job Instruction, Job Methods and Job Relations training programs.
During 2009 Volesky was selected as a member of the Board of Examiners for the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, and in 2011 he was named to the national Lean Certification Oversight and Appeals Committee. The Lean Certification Oversight and Appeals Committee is made up of industry leaders whose diverse backgrounds represent years of Lean experience. The Lean COA Committee plays a critical role in administering the SME-AME-ASQ-Shingo Prize Lean Certification Program.
Prior to joining Impact Dakota, he was Principle Engineer with Steelcase Inc., a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI, holding leadership positions in Business Systems, R&D, new product development, and manufacturing. He holds one design patent and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Cincinnati and Grand Rapids Business Journals, among others, regarding product design following his contributing chapter to the book, Hard Facts about Soft Machines, Taylor and Francis (1994).
Volesky received his BS in Industrial Engineering and Management from North Dakota State University.