ProGuide Academy for Management Excellence

ProGuide is pleased to announce the continuation in 2017 of our Blood Operations Optimization Training Sessions ... BOOTS. So far, the key numbers associated with BOOTS are the following:

  • 7 Years
  • 530+ Participants
  • $55,000,000 in Pledged Savings
  • 99.9% Participant Satisfaction Rating

The success of the program has been phenomenal over the past many years and we sincerely look forward to continuing to impart advanced LEAN via this industry-leading training curriculum. BCA will continue to be our primary partner in this program, although the training is open to staff from all blood centers, including HemeXcel partners and foreign blood services.

BCA and ProGuide will continue to offer the popular Red Belt/LEAN Program in 2017. This series of workshops provides a tangible, blood industry-focused, outcomes-oriented program in LEAN/Six Sigma. The program is uniquely tailored to be fully consistent with the various international Lean/Six Sigma Bodies of Knowledge while specifically meeting the rigorous requirements of the blood industry and its regulators.

The curriculum consists of a six-part course, and participants will be guided to their black belts.  The total training and development period requires two years of part-time commitment: the first three courses being administered in Year One, followed by a project of significance to the learner’s organization, with the final three courses attended in Year Two.

The 2017 Red Belt LEAN workshop schedule is:

1.     Cycle #3 – Year 2. Cycle #3 began in April 2016 and will complete in November 2017. This cycle is fully subscribed.
2.     Cycle #4 – Year 1.  This is a new series that began in May 2017 and run through November 2018 in Orlando. This cycle is fully subscribed.

Additionally, the curriculum and hands-on experiences carefully designed into this program will then enable the participants to apply for and pass the a selected LEAN/Six Sigma Black Belt Examination, which ProGuide will arrange and proctor. Therefore, successful completion of this examination will award the participant with a non industry-specific credential that would be recognized worldwide … in addition to the unique blood-banking Red Belt.”

Download our Red Belt Course Outline Syllabus for more details about the curriculum.

The second cycle will complete their work this year, while the new cycle (Cycle #3) will start the program. If you are interested in attending Cycle #5 starting in March 2018, please contact either Nina Salamon at BCA ( or Patrick Hogle at ProGuide ( for more information and to register. The dates for the programs in 2017 are listed below:

Cycle #3

  • March 21-23, 2017 – Session #4
  • June 27-29, 2017 – Session #5
  • November 14-16, 2017 – Session #6

Cycle #4

  • May 2-4, 2017 – Session #1
  • September 19-21, 2017 – Session #2
  • November 7-9, 2017 – Session #3

These sessions will be conducted at our usual Florida venue at the Aloft Orlando Downtown. Contact details are:

Aloft Orlando Downtown Hotel

Address: 500 South Orange Ave.
Tel: (407) 380-3500

Please call the hotel directly and request the negotiated rate of $179/night plus tax (includes a $10 voucher for breakfast). The cut-off is 10 days before each session starts. Should you have any trouble securing this rate or getting a room, make sure to follow up with either Nina or Patrick to sort it out.

2016 Red Belt Graduates

Our first set of Red Belt graduates (Cycle #1) with their awards in November 2015.

Our second set of Red Belt graduates (Cycle #2) with their awards in November 2016.