ProGuide Academy for Management Excellence
With Fondest Memories of Jeff Edwards
Jeffrey S. Edwards, the facilitator of ProGuide's Blood Operations Optimization Training Sessions (BOOTS) since their inception in 2010, recently passed away in Jacksonville, Florida. Nearly 600 blood industry personnel attended BOOTS during the past several years, and the program has been considered the pre-eminent one tailored specifically for blood centers and their unique supply chain needs.
Jeff was a principle architect of early supply chain theory at Motorola and was actively engaged with the Toyota Production System, both progenitors of most LEAN Programs universally in practice today. He went on to start consulting in the blood industry with ProGuide nearly 20 years ago and consulted globally at more than 30 blood centers. After years of developing relevant materials, BOOTS was launched to wide acclaim in Orlando with participation from nearly every ABC, BCA, and HemeXcel member, as well as some international blood operations such as Canadian Blood Services and NHSBT (UK). Numerous topics surrounding process optimization, cost reduction, and supply chain management best practices were taught, and attendees reported to have saved over $35 million from the projects they developed at BOOTS. Jeff will be honored by having the program re-named after him when it re-launches in 2020.