Trevor Blondeel, founder of Operations Kickstart
Through his speaking, writing, and coaching, Trevor Blondeel works with manufacturers to remove roadblocks by connecting the top to the shop floor. Over 25 years of working within the manufacturing industry, he learned from experience that successful organizations are built on engaged team members who are accountable for their actions and continually improve their skills.
It sparked a passion for developing leaders in manufacturing that allows individuals and teams to reach their full potential. He took what he learned and started his own business, Operation Kickstart to share best practices. His process is built on changing behaviors one at a time, resulting in systems that work every day. Clients utilize his speaking, coaching and advisory services to increase performance, productivity, and profits.
He energizes clients through active listening by asking powerful, agitating questions that can sometimes be raw and take them out of their comfort zones. This allows them to grow as leaders and be more confident in their communication and work. His processes involves applying systems that work every day and brings practical results. Clients who have worked with Trevor include Energizer, Nestle, Magna, Nucor and many more.
Trevor started his weekly podcast Mindfulness Manufacturing in 2019, and has amassed tens of thousands of listeners. Available on podcast platforms everywhere, or on his website with insightful articles and book reports.
Trevor holds an Honors Bachelor of Business and is certified as a manufacturing leadership coach with the Center for Executive Coaching. He also holds a Professional Coaching Certification with the ICF and is certified and active as a Genos Emotional Intelligence practitioner. An active board member of the Kentucky chapter, Trevor loves learning and sharing in the community of the National Speakers Association.
A Canadian🇨🇦 who now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, he enjoys spending his free time travelling, following sports, working out, and visiting local eateries. He loves to get invited to pick-up hockey games with old timers!
Isn’t it time Trevor helped you Kickstart your Operations?
Operations Kickstart has been fortunate to build longstanding relationships with some of the finest professionals in the industry. In addition to providing high quality programs and services for their own clients these valued associates partner with Operations Kickstart to offer coaching, facilitation, and business development skills that augment our own.
With over 30 years of experience progressing through leadership roles in manufacturing, Diana’s passion is in coaching leaders. She is an expert getting teams rowing in the same direction, and helps organizations set expectations, prioritize responsibilities, and identify opportunities for improvement.
People get upset when she comes in to help, because they know she’s going to hold them accountable, but then cry when she’s leaves because she’s built a great relationship with them and guided them through their challenges. Diana is also a certified practitioner with Genos International, which gives her valuable insights into how to help others improve through emotional intelligence.
As a copywriter and digital content creator, Libby shares the stories behind Operations Kickstart. She works with the team to create content that helps clients and connections find new ways to improve their leadership skills, with a specialization in turning complex topics into creative and accessible reads. She also handles the production and promotion of the Mindfulness Manufacturing podcast, shares industry insights through a monthly newsletter, and helps clients tell their stories of success.
Libby has a B.A. in history from Flagler College, where she also studied philosophy and creative writing. In her spare time, she enjoys writing fiction and poetry, exploring outdoors, and spending time with her husband.
Graphic Designer, Illustrator, and Professor: Jonathon has an excellent understanding of what is required to achieve successful communication. He has extensive experience with product and package design, corporate identity re-branding, and creating marketing materials for print and digital delivery.
For the past 10 years he has shared his knowledge teaching graphic design courses at Fanshawe College, specializing in layout design, typography, and illustration.
In his spare time, Jonathon creates decorative artwork for children's bedrooms, and is illustrating several storybooks for children.