"I had been laid off for the first time in my career. I was really down, and my confidence level was at an all-time low. There were few jobs out there for an operations executive in manufacturing settings. After 6 months, I was really starting to panic; my savings were shrinking, and my eldest was a junior in high school and looking at colleges.  I was making no progress on my own, and the longer I was unemployed, the harder it would be to find a good job. I have a black belt in Six Sigma and am very good at streamlining processes that ultimately save companies a lot of money. I started getting interviews, and found a great job with a manufacturer that wanted to add some production lines without expanding their factory floor or hiring new workers. I have gotten great support from the owners on the Six Sigma training and projects I have introduced, and the new line should be opening in about 8 weeks. We are running lean, and the workers are very engaged in reducing costs thanks to the incentives I have introduced. Decades got me to the right people."

- Steve V​