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Shainin Web Site Legal Notice (Terms and Conditions)

Welcome to the Shainin web site. Please review the terms and conditions described below regarding use of this web site. By using this site, including the downloading of software and articles, and use of the forums and blogs contained herein, you agree to these terms and conditions. If you disagree with these terms and conditions or any part of these terms and conditions, you must not use this website. From time to time Shainin reserves the right to modify and change these terms and conditions.

Terms And Conditions Of The Use Of This Web Site

Please note that these terms and conditions relate to the use of this web site and are governed in accordance with the laws of the United States the location from which Shainin operates this site. Disputes arising herein are exclusively subject to the jurisdiction of the federal or state courts, as applicable, of the State of Nevada in the United States.

User shall not: i) distribute, use or make copies of, or otherwise duplicate any materials contained on this web site, except as expressly authorized under these terms or by Shainin; (ii) make this web site, or any materials contained on this web site, available to any unauthorized third party; (iii) sell, loan, rent, lease, re-license, sublicense, transmit, distribute, re-distribute, or timeshare this web site, or create any Internet “link” to this web site without the prior and express written authorization from Shainin, or “frame” or “mirror” the materials or services contained on or accessible from this web site onto any server or Internet-based device; (iv) cause or permit the reverse engineering, disassembly, decompilation of, or any other attempt to derive any software comprising, or available through this web site, except to the extent permitted by law; or (v) remove, alter, amend, or otherwise tamper with any titles, trademarks, copyrights, intellectual property, restricted rights notices, or other proprietary rights legend, or any license agreement included or provided on this web site.

Additionally and without limitation, you agree not to use this web site: (a) to collect, gather or assemble any materials other than for internal and/or noncommercial use; (b) to collect, gather or assemble information or data regarding other users, including e-mail addresses, without their consent; (c) to transmit or post any material or information which is unlawful, harassing, libelous, tortuous, defamatory, threatening, harmful, abusive, invasive of another”s privacy, vulgar, obscene or otherwise objectionable; (d) to transmit any material that may infringe the intellectual property rights or other rights of third parties, including any patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, or right of publicity; (d) to transmit any material that contains software viruses or other harmful or deleterious computer code; (e) to interfere with or disrupt servers or networks connected to this web site, or violate the regulations, policies or procedures of such networks; (f) to attempt to gain unauthorized access to this web site, other accounts, computer systems or networks connected to this web site, through password mining or any other means; or (g) to harass or interfere with another user”s use and enjoyment of this web site.

It is possible that Shainin may need to disclose personal information when required by law, such as responses to civil or criminal subpoenas, or other requests by law enforcement officials. Shainin will disclose such information where there is a good-faith belief that it is necessary to comply with a court order, ongoing judicial proceeding, subpoena, or other legal process or request to Shainin brought in any country throughout the world, or to exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims.

In general, while reasonable efforts are made to ensure the confidentiality of your private and personal information, Shainin cannot warrant and does not guarantee the absolute safety and security of confidential data on the internet.

Without prejudice to any other rights Shainin has under these terms of use, if the user breaches these terms of use in any way, Shainin may take such action as it deems appropriate to handle the breach, including suspending the user’s access to this website, prohibiting the user from accessing the website, blocking any computer with the user’s IP address from accessing the website, contacting the user’s internet service provider to request it block the user from this website, bringing a court action against the user, or all or any combination of the foregoing. Shainin may transfer, subcontract, or otherwise delegate its rights or obligations or both under these terms of use without notifying the user. The user may not transfer, subcontract, or otherwise delegate its rights or obligations or both under these terms of use. If any court or other competent authority determines any provision of these terms of use to be unlawful or unenforceable or both, all other provisions will continue in effect.

Intellectual Property

To the extent that Shainin provides for the download of its proprietary Red X Tracker©* software from this web site, such software is protected by registered copyright and other proprietary rights of Shainin in the United States and/or foreign jurisdictions. All use of this software is subject to the terms of the “click through” license agreement agreed to by the user on this web site.

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Copyrights of personal photographs are owned by or licensed to Shainin. Shainin has been granted the rights to use the production process photographs appearing on its web site. We would like to extend a thank you to the companies who have granted us the use of their photographs.

Shainin respects the rights of all copyright holders and in this regard has adopted and implemented a policy that provides for the removal of content of material posted to this website under certain circumstances. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide Shainin with the following information required by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 512

  • A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
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  • A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

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Postings by Users

There may be areas on this website such as forums, blogs, chat rooms where postings can be made, and information exchanged (“Postings”) by users of this web site. Be aware that Shainin may have editorial control over the information posted by users in these areas of the web site. Such Postings do not necessarily reflect the views of Shainin. Shainin cannot guarantee that other users will not use the ideas and information that is shared in these Postings. Shainin reserves the right to monitor all Postings and to remove any which it considers to be offensive or otherwise in breach of Shainin’s web site terms and conditions. You hereby authorize Shainin to use all or part of your Postings in any manner, format, or medium for advertising purposes or for other purposes as Shainin deems appropriate. You will have no claim or any other recourse against Shainin for infringement of any proprietary right in the Postings.

Without limiting the generality of the other restrictions set forth herein, you may not access, monitor or copy any content or information of any online blog or forum on this website using any “robot”, “spider”, “deep link”, scraper”, or other automated means, methodology, algorithm or device or any manual process for any purpose.


Refer to the “Terms and Conditions of On-Line Forum Use” Agreement on this site for further Shainin Policy Information in this area of use.


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Applicable U.S. Laws And Export Control


Shainin controls and operates this web site from its location in the United States. All content and materials of this web site are protected by copyrights, trademarks or other intellectual property and proprietary rights of Shainin or its respective owners as well as under any applicable federal laws and United States Government export control regulations. These terms of use shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Michigan, U.S.A. You expressly agree that the exclusive jurisdiction for any claim or action arising out of or relating to these Terms of Use or your use of this web site, including the On-Line Forums shall be filed only in the courts located in the County of Wayne, City of Northville, State of Michigan, U.S.A. and you further agree and submit to the exercise of personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purpose of litigating any such claim or action.

Because those accessing this website are doing so from different parts of the world, the following may not be applicable to each person in every location. Shainin makes no representation that materials on this Website are appropriate or available for use in locations outside the United States, and accessing them from territories where their contents are illegal is prohibited. Those who choose to access this web site from outside the United States do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with applicable local laws. You may not use or export any material within this web site in violation of the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Administration Regulations or other requirements of the U.S. Government regulating the export of such information. You agree that: (i) you are not listed on the U.S. Commerce Department’s Table of Denial Orders, or otherwise denied the privilege of participating in transactions involving the export of U.S. origin products and services; (ii) you are not located in a country that is subject to embargo by the United States; (iii) You are not engaged, directly or indirectly, in the design, development, production, stockpiling or use of nuclear, chemical or biological weapons or missiles: and (iv) you shall not knowingly export or re-export, (as defined in Part 779 of the Export Administration Regulations) directly or indirectly, to any country any of the information contained herein (or any product, technical data, or service resulting directly there from) without first having obtained all necessary approvals thereof.


Trade And Service Marks


Shainin and all other terms appearing here are trademarks of Shainin II LLC.

Some are registered with the U.S. patent office and in other countries where Red X Holdings and Shainin LLC do business.

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Dorian Awards Criteria

Team Project Awards

Transaxional Business

Business processes deliver critical functions. But sometimes processes break, and the reason isn’t clear. TransaXional Business Projects focus on what must go right in a process for it to deliver the desired result every time.  The  TransaXional Business Project of the Year Award recognizes projects that focus on process-based problems. Projects that win this award will demonstrate: 

  • The impact of the problem for the company and the team 
  • The strategy implemented to complete the project.
  • Creative & effective use of the Shainin Transaxional tools  
  • The timeline of resolution from initial discovery through project closure
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Sergio Lizarraga

Gm Mexico, Technical Dir. Latin America

Sergio serves as our General Manager in Mexico and Technical Director of Latin America with over three decades of experience in manufacturing and engineering. For the past 25 years, Sergio has been using the Shainin methodology to help companies solve complex problems, with a proven track record of success. 

Sergio’s qualifications include a BS in Electronics and Communications Engineering, a Master’s in IT Management, and a Red X Master certification. He has worked in a wide range of industries, including automotive assembly, automotive components, electronics, foundry, mechanical equipment, chemical products, and medical products. 

But what sets Sergio apart is his passion for teaching and coaching. He has traveled to different countries, including Mexico, the USA, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, and Portugal, to teach and coach the Shainin methodology. Additionally, he is a Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming. 

Sergio is known for his charismatic personality and his ability to inspire others. He enjoys playing guitar, spending time with his dogs, and reading in his free time, and is always looking to expand his knowledge and learn new things. 

Sergio’s wealth of experience, dedication to problem-solving, and passion for teaching make him an invaluable asset to any team. Whether you’re looking to tackle a complex manufacturing challenge or improve your team’s problem-solving skills, Sergio has the expertise and drive to help you achieve your goals. 

Dorian Awards Criteria

Team Project Awards

This category of awards is for project teams who have demonstrated outstanding application of Shainin methodologies in solving complex problems within their company.

To be considered for this award, the submission must meet the following criteria:

  • Speed and efficiency of the problem solved
  • Technical difficulty and complexity of the problem solved
  • Project impact and leverage across the organization
  • Creative use of Shainin technologies
  • Clarity of the project documentation

Dorian Awards Criteria

RT5 Leadership Award

The Rolling Top 5 Leadership Award is for leaders who have increased the impact of problem solving using Shainin technologies within their organization.

To be considered for this award, the submission must meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates leadership guidance, structural framework, and effective mentoring of a dynamic problem-solving culture
  • Conducts regular reviews to ensure that key projects are solved quickly and efficiently
  • Encourages major suppliers and customers to jointly solve problems by using Shainin methods and leveraging the results
  • Actively recognizes and rewards outstanding performance in problem- solving
  • The number of successful projects and certifications

Dorian Awards Criteria

Master of the year Award

The Master of the Year Award is for leaders who have increased the impact of problem solving using Shainin technologies within their organization.

To be considered for this award, the submission must meet the following criteria:

  • Applies leadership skills to expand the impact of Shainin technologies within the organization
  • Results include projects completed that made a significant impact to improving business performance
  • The number of individuals coached to certification
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Craig Hysong

President & CEO

Craig Hysong is a problem-solving expert who has spent his career transforming how companies approach problems. As the President and CEO of Shainin, Craig places the customer at the center of everything he does and is 100% focused on customer satisfaction. 

With over 24 years of experience at Shainin and 13 years of experience at General Motors and ITT Automotive, Craig is a leader in his field. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Lehigh University, where he attended as a General Motors Fellow. Craig is a licensed professional engineer and an American Society for Quality (ASQ) certified Quality Engineer, Reliability Engineer, Quality Auditor, and Manager of Quality & Organizational Excellence.

Craig’s commitment to his work and his customers is unparalleled. He has diversified Shainin’s customer base, implemented a standard sales process, and is working towards establishing the company as the global benchmark in problem-solving. Craig was the recipient of the 2017 Dorian Shainin Medal from ASQ, which recognized him for the development of an innovative conflict detection method. Additionally, his creativity in problem-solving has resulted in four US Patents.

Outside of work, Craig enjoys playing ice hockey, cross country skiing, bicycling, running, and water skiing. He also enjoys working on personal projects around the house and on his cars.

Craig’s passion for problem-solving, exceptional leadership skills, and dedication to customer satisfaction, combined with his down-to-earth and relatable personality, make him an invaluable asset to Shainin and the companies that seek our services.

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Richard Shainin

Executive VP - Training services

With over five decades of experience in engineering, operations, marketing, and sales, Richard is a seasoned professional in the field of quality engineering and problem-solving. 
A prolific author and lecturer, Richard has published papers in Quality Engineering and Six Sigma Forum and authored the “Multi-Vari Charts” chapter for the Encyclopedia of Statistics in Quality and Reliability. He is a frequent speaker at quality conferences, including the ASQ World Conference, where he shares his insights on solving complex problems. 
Richard has received numerous accolades throughout his career, including being named the 2014 Quality Leader of the Year by the ASQ Automotive Division, and the Cecil C. Craig Lifetime Award from ASQ in 2019, in recognition of his publications. 
Prior to joining the company in 1991, Richard led high-performance teams at AT&T, where he gained extensive experience in engineering, operations, marketing, and sales. Today, he continues to guide class development and delivery, working closely with customer leaders to develop and implement more effective organizations for solving complex problems. 
With a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA from American University, Richard is a graduate of the AT&T Management Development Program. He has trained thousands of engineers and executives in technical problem-solving skills and leadership skills, solving complex technical problems in castings, electro-mechanical systems, electronics, and assemblies across industries ranging from Automotive, Aerospace, and Consumer Electronics. 
Richard’s expertise in problem-solving and leadership makes him an asset to the field of quality engineering, and his contributions continue to inspire professionals worldwide. 

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John Abrahamian

Executive VP - Problem Solving

John Abrahamian is a highly respected problem solver as well as an expert in the field of Lean manufacturing, with a career spanning over three decades. Throughout his career, John has become renowned for his innovative approach to problem-solving and his unwavering dedication to customer satisfaction. 
After receiving his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1985, John began his career as a design and development engineer at Pratt & Whitney. It was during this time that his interest in problem-solving first emerged. By 1994, John had become a Continuous Improvement Manager at the company. During his tenure, John led Pratt & Whitney’s efforts in Lean manufacturing and Value Engineering. 
In 1990, John began pursuing his MBA in Operations Management, where he was first introduced to the concept of Lean manufacturing, and this influenced the direction of his career. In 1996, he was encouraged by his Pratt & Whitney team to take Shainin Red X training, building on his Lean manufacturing efforts. This training proved to be a turning point in John’s career, igniting his passion for problem-solving and setting him on a path to becoming one of the industry’s most respected experts. 
In 1998, John joined Shainin, where he has spent the last 25 years pursuing his passion for problem-solving. During his time here, John has developed innovative approaches to problem-solving, having received a US Patent for a problem-solving method. He also integrated function analysis into Shainin methods, seeding what would ultimately become Resilient Engineering.  
Despite his busy schedule, John still finds time to pursue his hobbies, which include golfing, stand-up paddleboarding, and skeet shooting. He especially enjoys traveling with his wife and spending time with family, including his three grandsons. 
Having the opportunity to work in a wide variety of industries, experiencing different cultures and meeting new and interesting people gives John the kind of job satisfaction that makes him grateful to be in this field of work. He truly enjoys creating meaningful relationships with his customers and inspiring ordinary engineers to become extraordinary problem solvers. 

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Constantin Berg

VP of Operations

Constantin Berg is the Vice President and Managing Director for Shainin’s European division. A graduate of the Technical University of Munich with a diploma in technology and management-based business administration, Constantin began his career at Linde gas and oil company where he first became acquainted with Shainin. 
Joining Shainin’s European division as a consultant in 2011, Constantin trained extensively with Richard Shainin learning Red X Methodology. Over the next 9 years he rose through the ranks, eventually becoming VP of Operations, where he led the effort to restructure the division, which emerged stronger than ever before. 
Constantin’s success earned him the role of Managing Director for Germany, India, and China. His dedication to the company and its vision of healthy growth into new regions has been crucial in shaping the division’s success. 
Beyond his professional achievements, Constantin is a devoted family man, a loving father, and husband. He enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, playing soccer in a recreational league, and reading non-fiction books on business, and biographies. 
Constantin is also passionate about making a positive impact on the world. He envisions partnering with corporations to help with environmental causes and supporting health organizations in researching root causes of disease. His desire to make the world a better place is inspiring to all who know and work with him.  

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Esther Fondermann

Technical Director, Shainin GmbH

Esther Fondermann is a highly accomplished technical leader with over a decade of experience. She currently serves as the Technical Director at Shainin GmbH, where she oversees the technical aspects of the company’s services, leads teams of engineers and technicians, and ensures compliance with industry standards and regulations. 

Esther’s drive towards excellence is evident in her ability to find the root cause of complex problems and implement effective solutions. Her commitment to delivering optimal customer experiences has earned her a well-deserved reputation for exceptional performance. She was introduced to the Shainin Red X methodology during her time at Mercedes, where she worked in different positions such as Quality Engineer in engine production, Master Black Belt in Vehicle Development, Manager of the Program Management Department, and as an Executive Assistant to the Vice President. Esther has extensive manufacturing, engineering, quality management and new product launch experience within the automotive and aerospace industries.  

At the age of 29, Esther earned her Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification, which was preceded by achieving her Red X Master certification. She was impressed by the Shainin methodology’s effectiveness in solving complex problems and improving quality, and she later joined Shainin GmbH to continue her commitment to quality engineering and continuous improvement.  

Esther’s career at Shainin GmbH began in 2012 when she joined as a Senior Technical Consultant, where she further honed her analytical skills to solve complex technical problems. She was quickly recognized for her abilities and was promoted to Technical Manager in 2016. In 2018, she was further promoted to Technical Manager for Europe and Delivery Lead for the D-A-CH region, where she continued to excel in her leadership role. Most recently, Esther was promoted to Technical Director and Member of the Board of Management Shainin GmbH in January 2019. 

Through her success as a former professional field hockey player, Esther has demonstrated her relentless pursuit of superior performance. She played over ten years in the 1st German Hockey League and for the German Hockey National Team. Her experience as an athlete and captain has contributed to her skills in teamwork, leadership, and handling pressure, all of which have been valuable assets in her career. 

Dorian Awards Criteria

Team Project Awards

Resilient Engineering

The goal in new product or process development is a trouble-free launch. Resilient engineering focuses on the critical factors that impact the success of your design. The Resilient Engineering Project of the Year Award recognizes projects that focus on what must go right to ensure a successful launch. Projects that win this award will demonstrate:  

  • Critical factor identification in the design phase 
  • Prioritization of the factors to focus on 
  • Potential or perceived impact for the customer, the company, and the production line. 
  • Effective use of the Shainin Resilient Engineering tools to identify, prioritize, design, test, and control the critical factors.  
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Tom Smith

Director of Business Development

Tom Smith is the Director of Business Development at Shainin with over 20 years of experience in leadership roles in aerospace manufacturing, operations, engineering, and logistics. 
Having been directly responsible for the P&L of multi-site manufacturing businesses with revenues ranging from $20M to $350M+, Tom has championed many iterations of strategically focused Shainin problem solving efforts.  Tom’s ability to quickly assimilate problem solving into operations and engineering functions has proven to be valuable and effective in driving immediate and sustained bottom line improvement. 
After calling on Shainin multiple times as a satisfied client throughout his career, Tom decided to join the Shainin team directly in 2019.  His uniquely qualified background and experience have been a source of keen insight and understanding into the needs of Shainin’s customers. 
Tom is a certified Shainin RT5 leader and Red-X Journeyman, as well as a Six Sigma Plus Blackbelt, with a deep understanding of OpEx, Lean, Six Sigma, and Red-X problem-solving methods.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Manufacturing Management, both from The Pennsylvania State University.  Tom is passionate about helping clients achieve their goals by fostering a culture of trust, continuous improvement, and teamwork. 

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Diane Schwarzkopf

Chief Financial Officer/Global Controller

Diane Schwarzkopf has been with Shainin since July 2016. Despite starting her career with a focus on Programming/Computer Science and later shifting to an Accounting degree, Diane never anticipated she’d be working for a global organization. Today, she navigates the significant complexities of her role as Global Controller with aplomb, leveraging a diverse knowledge base built on years of experience across various industries.  

Diane’s leadership style is characterized by a commitment to accuracy, collaboration, and responsiveness. Recognizing the importance of these attributes in her field, she strives to create an environment where management and staff feel heard and supported, and her direct reports are afforded ample opportunities for professional growth. She tackles challenges head-on while her forward-thinking approach in anticipating needs is instrumental in the smooth running of Shainin’s global operations. 

Beyond her professional life, Diane is a passionate reader, immersing herself in a variety of genres ranging from suspense and mystery to neuro-linguistic programming and leadership books. She also indulges in crafting activities, particularly knitting and crocheting. Diane and her husband relish outdoor activities, including kayaking and running. She is mother to two adult children and a genuine pet lover who dotes on her cats, Sophie and Ivan, and Truda, her energetic Doberman. 

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Gina Rozak

General Counsel

Gina Rozak is our General Counsel at Shainin. With over a decade of legal expertise, Gina understands the importance of building strong relationships with our customers, ensuring that they’re successful with implementing Shainin methodology while protecting the interests of all parties.

Gina holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University and attended law school, receiving her Juris Doctorate degree from Thomas M. Cooley in Lansing, Michigan. She’s licensed to practice law in Michigan and was admitted to practice in the Eastern District of Michigan Federal Court. With years of experience under her belt, Gina has developed ongoing relationships with our customers, providing her with valuable insights into the legal challenges that businesses like yours face. 

When she’s not working, Gina loves to spend time with her family, bake delicious treats, and keep fit by running. Her weekends are usually filled with getting kids around to their different activities and sometimes she gets to relax by indulging in TV shows ranging from historical fiction to reality, to the many fascinating subjects on the History Channel. 

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Pete Shainin


Pete Shainin is a highly qualified and experienced mechanical engineer with over 57 years of experience in engineering, 39 of which he has spent at Shainin. He earned his Mechanical Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1966 and became a Professional Engineer in Washington State in 1970. 

Pete’s career began at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, where he worked as a Quality Control Engineering Assistant and a Product Development Engineering Assistant. He then moved on to Marine Construction & Design, where he worked as a Marine Deck Machinery Design Engineer. Pete also worked at Standard Screw as an Engineering Assistant to Vernon Roosa, inventor of the Roosamaster Diesel Injector System, before becoming a Marine Deck Machinery Sales Engineer at Skagit Corp. 

After many years of working in the family business and taking on more leadership roles, Pete became CEO of Shainin LLC and eventually transitioned to the role of Chairman in 2010, where he currently serves. 

Throughout his career, Pete has achieved many successes, including building and leading teams that created the Shainin worldwide engineering business starting with his father’s work as a single individual. This is mirrored in his passion for sailing, where he led a crew of eight to victory in the challenging 2300-mile race from Victoria, British Columbia to Maui, Hawaii, in 2006. 

Just like in business, sailing requires teamwork, strategy, and dedication. Pete’s ability to bring his team together and lead them to success in the face of adversity is a testament to his leadership skills both on and off the water. What sets Pete apart is his love of building successful teams and his humility. 

Outside of work, Pete enjoys designing and building mechanisms to solve specific problems, and sailing. His dedication and commitment to excellence have brought him success in all aspects of his life, whether it’s in the boardroom or on the deck of a sailboat.

Dorian Awards Criteria

Team Project Awards


Manufacturing is a world all its own. With the fast-moving pace, the speed of solving problems matters. The Plant Manufacturing Project of the Year Award recognizes projects that resolve complex problems in ongoing production which impact the end user, company bottom line, production quality rates, and the like. Projects that win this award will demonstrate:

  • Technical difficulty or complexity in resolving the issue.
  • Creative and effective use of the Shainin Red X tools to uncover the root cause.
  • Impact of resolving the problem.
  • How the solution or information discovered was leveraged.
  • Timeline for resolving the issue.

Dorian Awards Criteria

Team Project Awards

Field Reliability

Field failures impact more than just your bottom line. This category is dedicated to projects that focus on field issues such as ‘No Trouble Found’, fatigue failures, and other destructive or malfunction events. Projects that win this award will demonstrate:

  • Initial impact of the problem.
  • Creative and effective use of the Shainin Red X tools to uncover the root cause. 
  • Speed and efficiency in resolving the issue.  

Dorian Awards Criteria

Team Project Awards

Product Development

This category recognizes technical problems solved during product development and launch. These projects typically have small sample sizes to work with. Product development begins the lifecycle of a product. In the early stages, we want to test products so we can account for and adjust to prevent failures. Projects that win this award will demonstrate: 

  • Potential impact of the problem.
  • Effective use of the Shainin Red X tools to uncover the root cause.
  • The timeline of resolution from initial discovery to solution implemented. 

Dorian Awards Criteria

Bottomline Improvement Company Award

This category of awards is for companies who have succesfully applied Shainin tools within a facility, division, region, or company and can demonstrate impactful improvements based on that development.

To be considered for this award, the submission must meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates impact of Shainin technology greatly improving key business metrics. 
  • Examples include: scrap reduction, yield improvement, throughput, warranty reductions, field failure avoidance, and other technical solutions resulting in savings. 
  • Demonstrates use of project selection tools to identify the “vital few” among the “trivial many” (projects that have impact)