Ep. 8 · Tailgating And Problem Solving With Ken Robinette

Have you ever been to a tailgate party hosted by a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt? In this episode, Ken Robinette talks about the leanest tailgate party on the banks of the Olentangy. Ken is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, a former high school quarterback, and the Vice President for Business Development at MoreSteam. It's not just tailgating in this episode. Ken and Dan also talk about leadership, coaching, and seeking out the influencers within an organization. Fire up the grill! Grab a drink! And enjoy some Quality Time with MoreSteam.

In this episode you will hear about:

0:41 - Ken's high school football career and lessons in leadership 

4:09 - Aerospace engineering at Kent State University 

5:53 - Ken's first exposure to the quality world 

8:26 - When it all came together for Ken 

13:21 - Informal leaders and influencers 

15:06 - The certification process: combining Lean and Six Sigma 

21:53 - Coaching and helping others succeed 

24:24 - Ken's role as a coach at the Center For Operational Excellence 

27:38 - Lean Six Sigma tailgate parties

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Dan Swartwout


Dan Swartwout is the host of Quality Time with MoreSteam. A lifelong Central Ohio resident, Dan is a double Buckeye. He earned both a BA and a law degree from The Ohio State University. Before joining MoreSteam, Dan had a long career as a host, comedian, and master of ceremonies. For 17 years, Dan was the studio audience host for the Ohio Lottery game show Cash Explosion. Dan was also the host of CBuzz, which was a collaboration between the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, WWCD 92.9, and the Columbus Dispatch. On CBuzz, Dan interviewed some of the most prominent entrepreneurs in Central Ohio. From 2002-2020, Dan toured the country as a standup comedian. Tracks from his comedy CD have been played over 5,000 times on Sirius/XM satellite radio. Now, Dan brings his experience and enthusiasm to Quality Time with MoreSteam -- it's business and fun, together.

Ken Robinette


Ken Robinette joined MoreSteam in July of 2023 as the Vice President of Business Development. He is responsible for developing, executing, and overseeing a business strategy that prioritizes growth and positive customer ratings. He has over 30 years of business experience in various markets and functional roles, including Sales, Design, Production Management, and Process Improvement. Prior to joining MoreSteam, Ken spent over 18 years in the healthcare industry, working at Cardinal Health and Scapa Healthcare. He is trained and certified in the Danaher Business System by Shingjutsu Kaizen and in Six Sigma by General Electric.

Ken has a B.S. in Aerospace Technology from Kent State and an M.B.A. in Operations Management and Quality from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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