reconfiguring business operations webinar


Reconfiguring Business Operations for the New Normal

Whether your team is working from home or working 6 feet apart, the adjustments we’re all making as part of the “new normal” are changing how companies are managing to still get things done across a wide variety of industries. A panel of business operations leaders share ideas on things you can be doing now to stay safe and productive today and in the long run. A full discussion on reconfiguring business operations or the “new normal.”

We discussed:

  • Steps managers and companies can take to minimize the new technology distractions.
  • How to successfully replace the hallway conversations when everyone is working remotely.
  • Examples of operational changes to accommodate 6-foot separation requirements.

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Meet the Panelists

George Gunther Asplundh Tree Company

George Gunther
VP and CIO, Asplundh Tree Expert Co.

A family-owned and operated corporation, Asplundh Tree Expert LLC is an American company specializing in tree pruning and vegetation management for utilities and government agencies. Headquartered near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Asplundh has grown to employ 30,000 service professionals throughout the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.

As VP and CIO, Gunther is responsible for the strategy, management and operations of Asplundh’s Information Technology Department, supporting the enterprise applications and data, mobile applications, user and customer support, infrastructure, communications, and information security.

Steve McKinney TRUCE Software
With locations in the US and Europe, TRUCE Software offers businesses of all sizes a first-of-its kind Contextual Mobile Device Management platform that’s helping employees work smarter and safer.  As SVP of Operations, McKinney has oversight for all global customer-facing operations, including logistics, implementation and ongoing customer support.

Prior to TRUCE, McKinney was a charter member of the ASP Consortium in 1999, running multiple commercial data centers and managing multiple early ASP and SaaS offerings. He helped to set up a disaster recovery center just before Hurricane Katrina and ended up helping to provide shelter, food, and clothing for over 700 people.

Chuck Thornton Sloan

Chuck Thornton
Operational Excellence Leader, Sloan

Sloan is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial plumbing systems. Headquartered in Franklin Park, Illinois, the company has been in operation for more than 100 years and is at the forefront of the green building movement.

As Operational Excellence Leader, Thornton is responsible for the safety, quality and productivity of the Sloan assembly and packing lines.  As a Lean/Continuous Improvement professional, Thornton is committed to the pursuit of operational excellence on all fronts, leveraging tools such as Kaizen, 5S, Standard Work, Value Stream Mapping, in a wide variety of manufacturing and transactional environments.