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Peak Performance Conference

Cleveland State And Lee University Host Peak Performance Symposium
Friday, July 17, 2015
Cleveland State and Lee University announced the creation of a two-day professional development symposium aptly titled, “Peak Performance: A Business Excellence Symposium. The conference theme this year is, “Driving Organizational Efficiency & Effectiveness.” The Excellence Symposium will take place on Monday, Aug. 10 and Tuesday, Aug. 11, at the Humanity building located at Lee University. The symposium will begin each day at 9 a.m.

Southeast Tennessee has become an advanced manufacturing and distribution hub.  To support this continued growth and economic impact of our region, it is necessary to develop and strengthen the capabilities and skill sets of employees and potential employees. Cleveland State Community College and Lee University have joined forces to develop an ongoing series of bi-annual conferences that will enable our world-class organizations to share models of excellence, best practices, innovative applications, and network with other organizations.

The keynote speaker this year will be Ms. Denise Rice, Director of Worldwide Manufacturing Effectiveness at Cormetech, Inc. Ms. Rice’s 25-year career with Corning, Inc. has included plant management and engineering roles in environmental technologies in Cleveland, TN and Durham, NC; telecommunications in Corning, NY, and advanced display products in State College, PA.  She is known for her leadership in change management, new product introduction, and extensive experience with lean manufacturing.  Currently, she provides leadership and coordination of worldwide manufacturing excellence in a continual pursuit of cost reduction and efficiency improvement ensuring the most modern and advanced manufacturing strategies, equipment, and processes.

Rick Creasy, Executive Director of Workforce Development and OneSource at Cleveland State stated, “We are very excited to have a keynote speaker of the caliber of Denise Rice. Her experience and expertise will be well worth the attendance to this summit. We are also very pleased to partner with Lee University to conduct our first of its kind business excellence summit for our region. This will provide innovative ideas from successful businesses for increased performance.

In addition to Ms. Rice as the keynote speaker, there will be presentations and workshops covering a wide variety of relevant organizational topics. Among the workshop presenters will be Bayer Pharmaceutical and Volkswagen of Chattanooga, and Dr. Bill Seymour, President of Cleveland State will be leading a workshop on “Change Management.” Other presentations include: Leadership, Millennials: Recruiting and Leading the Next Generation, Volkswagen Production System, Mid-Market Excellence: How to Drive Results to Your Bottom Line, Business Analytics, Selecting for High Performance, Structured Visual Management System, Toyota Kata, and Employee Benefits.

Dr. Guy DeLoach, Associate Professor of Business at Lee University and member of the Peak Performance Planning Team explained, “This two-day symposium will be packed with information that will benefit plant and business managers, Human Resources personnel, engineers, chief executive officers, training personnel, and small business owners.  “Our presenters have been thoughtful about making sure that there is information that can be used at any business or industry.”

Bayer, Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, Santek, and Southern Heritage Bank are corporate sponsors of this exciting event.

The registration fee for the two-day Peak Performance: A Business Excellence Symposium will be $175.00.  The fee includes conference materials, access to the sessions, a light breakfast and lunch on both days and snacks on the first day. For more information, contact Alyssa Douglass at or 423-614-8793.