Optima Associates: Operational Excellence Advisory And Resource Firm

CIO VendorSteven M. Hirt, President
In order to provide value added services, lean leadership, facilitation, training and education to its clients and peer group members, Optima Associates was founded in 2004 as an operational excellence advisory and resource firm. It was founded with the mission to make a positive and profound difference in its consortia members and client organizations by guiding the development and implementation of a daily improvement culture that strives for end to end enterprise excellence resulting in a competitive advantage. Headquartered in De Pere, WI, Optima promises to help its clients and members on their journey towards operational excellence, with a key focus on people, systems thinking, and continuous process improvement.
The company is a general business consulting services firm for world-class improvement, providing services throughout North America with expertise including Lean, Six Sigma, safety, environmental, DOT, quality, engineering, supply chain, leadership development and business turnaround. The company mainly serves manufacturing, transportation, education and government, and health care industries with a key focus on business assessment, implementation services, coaching and mentoring, and training.

Optima's consortiums, in partnership with the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) and its Adult Learning Center, provide resources to organizations and people to further develop and practice lean thinking. "Optima was instrumental in the initial development and implementation of our Lean journey. They played a key role in training our team members in the area of Lean, led initial Kaizen events, and helped develop the Value Stream Map," said Vice President/General Manager, diversified manufacturer of paperboard packaging.


De Pere, WI

Steven M. Hirt, President

Operational excellence advisory and resource firm that provides lean leadership facilitation training and education