“To survive in today’s highly-volatile global market, companies need genuine, ‘lean transformation’ at the root level across ALL areas of the company, while capitalizing on the inflection points brought on by the emergence of disruptive technologies. Every individual must be agile and move at the speed of light.” – Geoff Koboldt
A world-class manufacturing and distribution Sales & Operations Management expert, Geoff Koboldt loves bringing his high energy to work every day while bringing out the absolute best in people. A keen listener with strong emotional intelligence, his ability to connect with others has been paramount to each organization’s success. His unique coaching methods and delineation of the traditional org chart fosters a lean environment where employees take ownership, become customer obsessed and insist on the highest standards.
Driven by a strong sense of urgency, he thrives on massive change under fire. His calm spirit and demeanor brings peace and harmony to chaos and uncertainty. Resourceful, entrepreneurial and innovative, he always searches out new ways to improve business operations and elevate best-practices.
Geoff inherited his get-your-hands-dirty work ethic from his father who was an hourly factory worker at General Motors for 31 years. His father said to him early in his career, “Never walk into a new environment with your fancy suits acting like your better than anyone. Put your blue jeans on, roll up your sleeves and get dirty with the front-line employees; the people whose buy-in and respect you will need if you ever want to be successful.” Geoff has humbly lived by this motto.
Often pulling the team and pushing only when necessary, his leadership style reflects his genuine care for others, but more importantly in delivering incredible results.
► As a leader of the Architectural Technical Sales (ATS) team at Acuity Brands, he has helped drive double-digit sales revenue (>$100M) with numerous service advancements leading to a 9.8/10 CSAT score.
► As Director of Operations at Rose Tarlow Melrose House, hired to implement lean methodologies and turn around a weak culture, he reduced lead times by 23% and increased on-time performance by 82%, while increasing quality by 18%.
► As Chief Operations Officer/owner at BambooBuddy, he led a start-up to a multi-$million business, earning A-level grades from its largest customer Lowes Home Improvement stores for on-time delivery, fill rates, inventory turns and sales.
► As Vice President of Strategic Operations at Dark Horse Distribution, hired to lead a crisis turnaround, he turned the company in the black by identifying new marketing channels, generating new products, revitalizing old brands and completely transforming the culture.
► As Materials Manager at Milgard Manufacturing, he initiated lean methodologies to the company leading their continuous improvement efforts, resulting in a savings of $1.4M through 1 project alone reducing the material waste, earning #1 materials team among 17 plants, and positioning his $120M plant in the top 5 overall.
► As Operations Manager at General Motors, he led his team in a tough union environment to earning the #1 AC/Delco facility in N. America for 4 straight years and earning a top 5 position among 28 service parts operations plants, based on 25 corporate metrics. His toyota-based lean training led to his team championing over $10M in savings.
With a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University’s prestigious Graziadio school of business and a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Michigan State University, Geoff’s educational foundation is rock solid. His yearning to always be on top of his game has led him to also earn multiple certificates in lean, six sigma, as well as a pending certificate in project management (PMP). His thirst for knowledge leads him to reading 30 books/year. In addition, he has been coached by Brendon Burchard, as part of the Achievement Accelerator program and High Performance Academy. He is an active member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) and American Society of Quality (ASQ).
He is an honoree of Pepperdine’s 40-over-40 campaign, being chosen out of 497 distinguished alumni in 2018. In 2021, he earned the Phoenix500 list for top professors.
His passions away from work include reading, playing guitar, meditation, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. He and his wife have two beautiful children: Giana and Liam. They live outside of Los Angeles, California.
Lean Silver Certification (Black Belt) General Motors Corporation
Six Sigma Green Belt Certification USC University of Southern California
High Mix / Low Volume Certification Lean Enterprise Institute
PMP Project Management Professional Certification prep Villanova University / Project Management Institute (pending)
Demonstrated core competencies, broad-based strengths, and accomplishments in:
- Lean + Six Sigma (19+ years) 95% 95%
- Change Management (19+ years) 90% 90%
- Operations (19+ years) 95% 95%
- Project Management (14+ years) 95% 95%
- Quality Assurance | Quality Control (18+ years) 95% 95%
- Supply Chain (16+ years) 90% 90%
- Production Management (17+ years) 95% 95%
- Inventory Control (16+ years) 90% 90%
- Full P&I Accountability (14+ years) 85% 85%
- Tactical and Strategic Marketing (14+ years) 85% 85%
- Logistics (17+ years) 90% 90%
- Warehousing | Distribution (17+ years) 90% 90%
Lean + Six Sigma
Championed over 150+ projects, resulting in over $21M in savings | 3 certifications in lean + Six Sigma
20 years leading operations from $million to $billion companies, diversified across many industries.
Successfully transformed toxic/political/old-guard organizations into positive, collaborative, forward-thinking organizations.
MBA in Global Business from Pepperdine University’s prestigious Graziadio School of Business.
Built, scaled and exited from my own company. Built business (5 brands) from the ground up with 2 partners to multi-$million status. Always advising other entrepreneurs.
Project manager (PMP certification pending) who gets the job done: on time, on budget.