Tom Kolepp

Name

Tom Kolepp

Bio

VP of Operations for Berkheimer OneSource for almost five years. Career has run the gamut from consulting to executive jobs at Fortune 100 and NASDAQ firms. Married to the awesome Janet who manages the Habitat for Humanity Lehigh Valley Restore. We have two college age kids gathering momentum for full launch to productive adulthood. Used to run marathons – now huff and puff to jog a 5K. After goofing around with guitar for 40 years, finally started taking lessons. President Elect of Bethlehem Morning Star Rotary Club. Treasurer, Cathedral Curch of the Bativity, Bethlehem (Episcopal).

Location

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

What draws you to the STIA conference?

I like the idea of systems thinkers getting together and sharing their experiences. I also like to refresh / re-educate myself on sytems thinking concepts.

What are you hoping to experience?

I look forward to three days away from the office where I can think about the leverage points for positive change in my organization and meet new or former colleagues who are engaged in similar exploration.

What are you most passionate about?

At work, I am passionate about "managing by fact", lean systems in service environments, and meeting customer expectations. From a whole life perspective, I am passionate about my wife, my kids, music, Rotary and spirituality.

How do you see transformation occurring from this conference?

I anticipate that I will gain leadership insights that will help our lean initiative gain traction.

What’s your bigger vision?

I want to help enable the US to grow our manufacturing industries and manufacturing / IT / engineering employment. In systems thinking terms, I want to somehow participate in a virtuous cycle where the more manufacturing / IT / engineering jobs we keep / create in the US, more local suppliers we needed, which creates more jobs, local economies get healthier, more investment is made, more supporting jobs are created, etc. Even though I am in the "services sector", I see this a the road to long-term economic resilience.

What needs to happen for you to evaluate this STIA+ experience as a success?

When I leave with a good feeling about what I learned and the people I met, then I will say "success and I'll attend again" to the STIA+ experience.