Billy Ray Taylor, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Luncheon Keynote

Billy Ray Taylor is Director of Commercial and Off Highway Manufacturing for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Taylor has more than 25 years of operations management experience, in his role as Director, he is responsible for driving operational excellence, delivering best in class product service and product quality enabling high-value business growth.

He has a track record of improving production efficiency and building employee engagement at all levels of an organization. Billy has been called upon by Business Excellence Magazine, Association of Manufacturing Excellence, Nike, The United States Army, and the International Manufacturing Technology Show to deliver his powerful leadership message and show practical examples on how to drive and sustain effective results through embracing your culture and enabling employee ownership.
He earned an MBA from Baker University, in Baldwin, Kansas, and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Prairie View A&M University, in Prairie View, Texas.

Taylor is active in the community and currently serves on the Saint Vincent-Saint Mary High School Executive Board in Akron, Ohio, as well as chairman of the board of the Goodyear Good Governance Fund and executive sponsor for the Goodyear Black Network an Employee Resource Group.  He is a member of the Shingo Institutes executive advisory board at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. Billy  is a trusted member of Plant Engineering Publications Editorial Advisory Board.

Notable Achievements and Recognition:

  • State of Oklahoma Governor’s Office and the Oklahoma Southeast Legislative Delegation – citation of commendation for leadership and community service.
  • 2010 Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence – “Silver Medallion” – for leading the Goodyear plant in Lawton, Oklahoma, to excellence in lean manufacturing; the second highest honor behind the Shingo Prize and the world’s only lean manufacturing award program.
  • Freedom Fortress Coin – rarely bestowed upon civilians and presented in recognition of strong leadership during economic downturn by Lieutenant General David Valcourt, deputy commanding three-star general and chief of staff of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.
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