Stephen Smiley

Business Transformation Service Line Leader

Stephen is a seasoned Executive Leader specializing in visionary strategy development and practical implementation, driving success across organizations. With a robust background in international, multi-facility operations, he guides teams toward operational excellence and strategic alignment. Stephen’s leadership extends across various industries, including Heavy Equipment, Consumer Products, and Aerospace.

Stephen is known for his expertise in Business and Lean Transformation with Organizational Development, consistently transforming processes to enhance performance and cultivate leadership capabilities, all while exceeding customer expectations. His focus on building robust infrastructure is key to ensuring sustained organizational success.

As a trailblazer in organizational culture transformation, Stephen leads high-performance teams and nurtures leadership while implementing continuous improvement methodologies such as Lean Manufacturing, Design for Six Sigma, and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM). His approach incorporates smart metrics and fosters collaborative relationships with stakeholders, driving transformational initiatives. With a proven track record of tangible results and a strong commitment to organizational excellence, Stephen is poised to be your partner in achieving transformative change for your organization.

Skill Set

  • Strategic Governance: Advisory Boards, Boards of Directors
  • M&A and Joint Ventures
  • Vision Strategic Planning and Deployment
  • Multi-Site Domestic and International Responsibilities
  • Domestic and International Business Development
  • Business and Organizational Transformation
  • Global Procurement Strategies
  • Business Mentoring
  • Executive Coaching
  • Culture Change
  • Lean Transformation
  • Lean Product Development


  • Heavy Equipment
  • Consumer Products
  • OEM suppliers
  • Medical and Aerospace Industries


  • Lean Manufacturing Champion Training, Emerson Electric
  • Six Sigma, Black Belt Training, Emerson Electric
  • Stephen R. Covey Four Roles of Leadership
  • Leadership Racine
  • Executive Leadership Training, Emerson Electric
  • ExporTech™ WMEP – International Business Plan


  • MBA, Operations Management, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

In addition to his talent for organizational transformation, Stephen’s woodworking hobby transforms blocks into beautiful bowls.