Sammy Obara Profile Bio

Sammy Obara learned and implemented the Toyota Production System (TPS) at Toyota facilities in Japan, Brazil, Venezuela, and the United States. He has taught Lean to a multitude of consulting firms, educational organizations such as Harvard and Stanford, and in humanitarian missions through Asia and Africa. With more than 30 years of Lean experience, he has helped more than 350 companies. These include TPS projects in environments ranging from schools, to hospitals, to military and many others and in a variety of countries, including China, Mexico, Canada, Indonesia, Brazil, Japan, Austria, the U.K., and the U.S. Holding a master’s degree in technology management, he also is a faculty member with the Lean Enterprise Institute and SDSU. He is a guest lecturer on Lean for post-graduate classes at Stanford University, USC, and Loyola Marymount University. Obara is the co-author of the book Toyota by Toyota and several Lean articles published internationally.