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LA/Orange County

LCI Los Angeles Area Community of Practice

Welcome to the homepage of the Los Angeles / Orange County Community of Practice. Our effort is focused on educating, training, and advancing Lean knowledge for the engineering, designing and construction of projects within southern California. We stress the importance of collaboration and integrated project delivery (with or without a contractual obligation) as well as fostering trust on project sites or within an office environment.

We host several events annually and actively search for joint event opportunities at which we can reach more members of the design and construction community. Over the past couple of years, we have averaged around 50 attendees at our events which creates an energetic and engaging learning environment. At the beginning of each event, we routinely encourage all attendees to ask questions and share their knowledge regardless of whether competitors may be in the room. All of us want to improve. . . all of us want to learn. . . all of us want to advance the industry.

Our diverse group of dedicated Core Group members include:

  • Julie Davis (Leader), DPR Construction
  • Tom McCready (Vice Leader), BN Builders
  • Stan Chiu, HGA Architects
  • Dave Fabulich, Taft Electric
  • William Kay, Haley & Aldrich
  • Nick Krey, Southland Industries
  • Edwin Najarian, IMEG Corp
  • Michael Villar, KHS&S Contractors
  • Keith Walsh, Disney

We look forward to seeing you soon! Should you have any questions about our group, please feel to reach out to Julie Davis at or Tom McCready at

UPCOMING National LCI Events

2018 LEAN IN DESIGN FORUM @ Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront
May 30 – May 31 all-day

Connect to the Industry Through Partner Investment

Lean in Design Forum — May 30-31, 2018

Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront
71 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Telephone: 312-346-7100

Design Community – your involvement in the beginning of the project planning process is crucial to saving the team from delivering projects late and with less value. This is also where Lean in design can help! Lean methodologies are helping design and construction companies in the U.S. and around the world become more efficient while increasing client satisfaction, cutting costs and eliminating re-work.

The 2018 Lean in Design Forum will address common struggles LCI members encounter such as:

  • Transforming a firm’s culture holistically
  • Implementing Last Planner® System in design effectively
  • Making sound decisions collaboratively
  • Onboarding team members consistently

The annual 2018 LCI/P2SL/AIA Lean in Design Forum is the event where designers come together to learn about and advance Lean methodologies. Industry-leading design practitioners will present on how Lean techniques free up time for creative decision-making and innovative problem-solving on current topics affecting the design community.

2018 Lean in Design Forum attendees will find immense value in:

  • Presentations by experienced Lean practitioners
  • Interactive learning roundtables
  • Lean in design phase educational sessions
  • Networking among Lean practitioners with passion for collaboration, creativity and efficient project delivery.

Join design colleagues at this year’s Lean in Design Forum in Chicago – the must-attend design industry event!

For questions about Design Forum programming, please contact Joan Piccariello, Director of Program Development, at

Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities

Interested in getting your company’s name in front of the leaders in Lean design? Become a Lean in Design Forum Sponsor or Exhibitor*!
Contact Ilene Goldberg,, for more information.

* Limited number of exhibit tables available!

2017 Lean in design practice

2017 Lean in design practice

2017 Target Value Delivery

2017 Target Value Delivery

View 2017 Lean in Design Forum photos from last year’s event!

Owner Forum 2018 @ Jackson Health System
Jun 27 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

This conference provides a forum for owners who are implementing Lean in their organizations to connect with other similar Owners. We are focused on connecting and educating those on their Lean journey. The conference will be a series of owner panels with facilitated discussion to follow each.

LCI Owner’s Committee: Bill Seed (Jackson Health System); Al Manshum (Advocate Health); Scott Nelson (Advocate Health); Mike Mayra (General Motors); Victor Sanvido (LCI); Mike Staun (Procter & Gamble); John Bechtel (PSU); Digby Christian (Sutter Health).

Oct 15 – Oct 19 all-day
Oct 14 – Oct 18 all-day

LCI LA/Orange County Community of Practice UPCOMING Events

Creating a Lean Culture (Los Angeles & Orange County CoP) @ Rio Hondo Golf Club
Apr 25 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm


LCI Los Angeles and Orange County Community of Practice


Creating a Lean Culture 

Michael Villar of KHS&S will share his and KHS&S’ project experiences, where creating a Lean culture is of paramount importance for the team and project success. From the field up, and the top down, KHS&S is a full partner in their projects, where servant leadership, mentoring, training, and coaching are all necessary for success.


Michael Villar – KHS&S – Michael retired as a US Marine helicopter pilot after a 20-year career. He is a lean six sigma master black belt who served as a Lean practitioner while in the USMC and with both Oakley Inc. and Con-Way freight before he joined KHS&S. Michael has developed KHS&S’ current Lean certification and waste walk programs. He coaches, trains, and mentors all field and support personnel at KHS&S, He is an LCI-approved instructor.

– 4:30: Networking & Appetizers
– 5:15: Intros and LCI News
– 5:30: Lean Thinking Discussion
– 5:50: Main Presentation
– 6:30: Q&A, Key Takeaways, Plus/Delta
– 7:00: Late Finish / Head Home

Want to know more? Register for the event!
Know a local college student? Register them for FREE!
Heavy hors d’oeuvres and mashed potato bar will be featured
One drink ticket is included, with a cash bar

Ample free parking available

Directions: Long Beach Fwy (I-710) to Firestone Blvd; east for 1 mile to Old River School Road; left (north) 1/2 mile to club.

LCIs LA/Orange County Community of Practice PAST Events