Lean Six Sigma Consultant - Elisabeth SwanJim Athon
Executive Consultant

Oxford, Alabama

Jim has a strong background of Continuous Improvement, having held positions as an Industrial Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer and a Design Engineer. He received his Black Belt training in 1996 while at AlliedSignal Automotive, and generated substantial benefits for the organization in both the Manufacturing and Transactional areas. He has also worked as an Automotive Design Engineer, integrating Design for Six Sigma and Design for Manufacturing principles into current and future automotive safety restraint products. He later held positions as a Black Belt and Master Black Belt at GE Industrial Systems.

He has a unique ability to communicate to any audience at any proficiency level, and is skilled at enabling others to understand complex concepts by using commonly understood language and examples specific to their industry and projects.


Jim has trained over 700 Black Belts and numerous Green Belts. He has conducted over 60 Black Belt and Green Belt training courses, and several Champion and Executive Overview sessions. In addition to the academic experience, Jim has coached and mentored over 1000 projects, thus having a great deal of practical experience applying Six Sigma and Lean Principles to a wide variety of business processes.

Jim's Clients

  • BAE Systems
  • Adena Healthcare
  • UnitedHealth Care
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Applied Biosystems
  • Kellogg
  • Kraft Foods
  • Weis Markets


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