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TOCICO Board of Directors


ROCCO SURACEPartner Bonadio Group

Rocco Surace, CPA, ABV, CVA, Jonah, is a Partner in Bonadio & Co. LLP, a Certified Public Accounting and Consultancy firm located in Northeastern United States. He works with numerous organizations, in various industries, directing their current accounting and tax requirements.  Rocco devotes much of his time for the advancement of TOC in industry and education.  He is notably involved in education and organizations to advance the CPA profession. Rocco received his Bachelors of Science degree in Business and Accounting from Niagara University. Also, he is an active member on several boards including: Niagara University Board of Advisors, Buffalo Niagara Partnership and its Manufacturing Council.


STEVE HOLT / Associate Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company

Steven C. Holt has been with Boeing in Seattle for over 30 years, in management and engineering. During that time he has had the opportunity to study and practice a number of continuous improvement disciplines such as Total Quality Management, Systems Thinking, TRIZ, Lean and the Theory of Constraints. He received his initial TOC training through Washington State University in 1997 and holds a Constraints Management Certificate from WSU, He has been a member of TOCICO since 2003. Steve is TOCICO certified in Project Management and is on the TOCICO Board. His primary focus is the application of TOC and related studies in the management of complex product development programs.

RAVI GILANI / Founder, Managing Consultant, Goldratt India

Ravi Gilani is the Founder and Managing Consultant of Goldratt India. As the Managing Consultant of Goldratt India, Ravi introduced Dr. Eli Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints (TOC) in India in 1998. He is the first 'Jonah' (TOC Expert) in India. He is also the first Indian member of the Goldratt Group’s international network of associates. Ravi was trained by Dr. Goldratt in Supply Chain Management.  Ravi served on the board of TOCICO during 2005 - 2008.  Ravi is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He enjoys striving for the impossible by challenging sacred assumptions and simplifying complexity.

KATHY AUSTIN / Director of Operations,Continuous Improvement, Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Kathy Austin co-authored Advanced Multi-Project Management in 2012 along with Gerry Kendall. In 1997, Kathy and Ted Hutchin co-authored Why It’s Not Luck. Kathy became a Jonah in 1989 and a Jonah’s Jonah in 1991. For the past 24 years, since leaving the US Air Force, she has worked large and small implementations, both commercial and military, in the US and internationally in Production, Project Management, Supply Chain, and Management Skills. Kathy is certified in all areas of the Theory of Constraints (TOC) Body of Knowledge (BOK) and has been a member of TOC-ICO since the first meeting in Atlanta. Additionally, she has developed and taught multiple basic, expert, and licensee courses across the entire TOC BOK. Kathy is past vice-chair of the APICS CM-SIG and co-authored/edited (with Jim Cox) the APICS TOC series. She is also an ISCEA Certified Critical Chain Project Manager. In the past, Kathy has held various positions with the Avraham Y. Goldratt Institute (AGI) and has been Principal, APT Concepts.

CHRISTOPHER LENHARTZ / General Manager, Catena Strategies

Christoph Lenhartz, MBA, Jonah, TOCICO-certified, Certified Consultant (bdvb), CDDP, is a Board Member and Past Chairman of TOCICO.In over 20 years he has acquired a wide-ranging, international experience in industry, as a successful entrepreneur and also a leader of management consulting teams in high complexity TOC implementations. He has lead strategic, business transformation, supply chain management and IT projects and his expertise also includes post-merger integration of supply chain operations for major international groups.One of the leading TOC and management experts in Europe he is the General Manager of Catena Strategies, a leading consultancy in operational excellence consulting based on TOC principles.He has published articles on TOC and management topics in journals such as "Quality Progress” and has translated and written books on TOC and management topics in German. He is an appreciated speaker and teacher of TOC and related topics.Christoph holds an MBA from Clemson University (USA), he graduated from the University Essen (Germany) as a Diplom-Kaufmann and has pursued post-graduate studies at Washington State University (USA).


Humberto Baptista is CEO OF Vectis Solutions.Vectis Solutions, former member of Goldratt Group. Led from VV projects on Consumer Goods and Retail to manufacturing, projects and services, translation (TOC Insights, GWS in CCPM, S&Ts, etc.), taught TOC VV Application Experts and Project Leaders worldwide. Current interests: TOC Principles, Implementations by S&Ts, advanced TOC Finance, TOC Retail, TOC NPO (Government, Health and Education) and TOC4. 

DR. RUSS JOHNSON Associate Professor, Washington State University

Russ Johnson has been teaching and implementing Theory of Constraints, Lean and Six-Sigma/Quality Management tools and concepts at the university level for many years. During that time he also worked in conjunction with the Iowa Small Business Development Center and Colorado’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership to bring these concepts to more than 100 companies via student centered projects and direct consulting. 

He has many published articles and professional association presentations on supply chain management, project management, Quality systems/Six-Sigma, lean production and Rapid prototyping/rapid tooling. Dr. Johnson is certified in the TOC Operations (Drum-Buffer-Rope) and Supply Chain (Replenishment) Management and TOC Critical Chain Project Management applications by the TOCICO. Dr. Johnson is also an active member of several professional organizations including ASQ, APICS, SME, and TOCICO.


JAMES F. COX III / Professor emeritus Terry College of Business, University of Georgia

JAMES F. COX III, PhD, CFPIM, CIRM, holds TOCICO certifications in Production and Supply Chain, Performance Measurement, Critical Chain, Strategy and Tactics, and Thinking Processes. He is a JONAH’s JONAH, Professor Emeritus, and was the Robert O. Arnold Professor of Business in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. He has conducted numerous academic and practitioner Theory of Constraints workshops and programs on performance measurement, production, supply chains, management skills, project management, and the thinking processes.

AMIR SCHRAGENHEIM / Founder and CEO, Inherent Simplicity

Amir Schragenheim, founder and CEO of Inherent Simplicity - a TOC software company which is part of the Goldratt Group, is active in the TOC community for over 15 years. Amir has been involved deeply in knowledge developments in TOC and is considered to be one of the world experts in Production, Distribution & Retail for TOC implementations and has been recognized as such by the late Dr. Eli Goldratt himself. Amir developed several computerized TOC educational and simulation tools along with Eli Schragenheim. Amir participated in analyzing the solution and developed the software for TOC implementations in the healthcare industry including A&E and Operation Theatres. Amir holds an MBA from Tel-Aviv University Magna Cum Laude.