sam yankelevitch

Aligning Teams for Fast Response and Improved Results.

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Sam's Navigates teams through the New Gemba - the place where culture, language, and distance collide in today's global economy.

Sam Yankelevitch combines over thirty years of manufacturing and cross-cultural experience into his work as an author, trainer, and international conference speaker. He coaches organizations through the complexity experienced in global supply chains, resulting in teams that are focused, aligned, and positioned for fast response. 

He is currently the CEO of Xpress Lingo Solutions, a leader in communication improvement workshops, adopting Lean thinking and quality concepts in support of the supply chain’s need for quality interactions, aligned teams, and a fast responses toward sustainable solutions.

Prior to that, Sam served as the VP and General manager of a German based automotive supplier and the President and as CEO of Ideace, Inc., an international manufacturer and exporter of lock and hardware products.

He has trained numerous teams and presented at conferences such as the ASQ World Conference on Quality and Improvement, BMW Manufacturing Supplier Diversity Conference, The University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business and Syracuse University Supply Chain Improvement Symposium, and the Kaizen Institute Congress in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Sam is a founding member of the Supply Chain Advisory Board of the Appalachian State University of North Carolina and a member of the Operational Excellence Society Advisory Board.

Sam is an Industrial Engineer with an Executive Masters in Financial management. Besides English, he speaks Spanish fluently and is well versed in German, French, Italian and Hebrew.

Culture is a part of job. Knowing how to work with people from other cultures is essential in today's globalized economy. A simple misunderstanding can lead to huge losses. Learn about other cultures.