Leadership Development Team

Rob Summers

Senior Business Advisor

Rob is a Senior Business Advisor at The Center-Traverse City. He has 15 years of experience in manufacturing, primarily in aerospace-related applications. In addition, Rob serves as the Vice-Chair of the Grand Traverse Area Manufacturing Council (GTAMC). 

Rob has extensive experience in the application of lean processes in  manufacturing and office environments.  He was trained in lean manufacturing principles during his time in the aerospace industry. In manufacturing-related roles, Rob has delivered savings with standard work, process flow and facility layout projects. He has successfully executed lean office projects related to process flow, workplace organization and others. In addition to experience in lean principles, Rob has experience with business development, contract negotiation and international business. His leadership experience includes managing a variety of teams including production teams of over 40 members and multi-tier, multi-site teams of professionals.

Rob enjoys providing Lean Champion training and working with clients on projects that will have positive impacts to their businesses, both big and small. Having worked with a broad range of clients, from heavy manufacturing to brewing to healthcare and education, Rob appreciates the diversity of challenges in working with any business and helping to find ways to continuously improve.

Rob possesses a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Manufacturing from Michigan Technological University. Rob also holds a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts.

Professional Certifications and Training 

  • Hoshin Planning and Deployment, Lean Learning Institute
  • Lean Manufacturing Practitioner – Goodrich Corp.
  • Project Management – Project Management Institute
  • Goodrich Leadership Training Program
  • Negotiation Skills – 4 Part Training
  • Trainer – Active Learning Model