Brian W McConnell
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Brian McConnell

Senior Lecturer
Supply Chain and Operations


  • MS, Manufacturing Systems 1991
    Manufacturing Systems University of St. Thomas

  • MBA 1987
    Business Administration College of St. Thomas

  • MPA 1981
    Public Administration University of Oklahoma


Brian McConnell is a principal and founding partner in BravoMike Consulting LLC. He brings nearly 40 years of leadership and management experience to bear on operations. Prior to establishing this consulting firm Brian's career has included government, retails, manufacturing, and airlines as an operational leader. Graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A., Brian began a career which lasted 28 years as an Active Duty sand Reserve Army officer. With worldwide assignments in command and staff positions, Brian retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2000.

Working then as a Plant Manager for Pearl Baths, Inc. Brian also began his teaching career at the Universities of St. Thomas School of Business and the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Supply Chain and Operations Department.

Upon leaving Pearl Baths Brian worked full time as an educator until approached by Northwest Airlines. There, Brian worked as an internal process improvement consultant and later became the corporation's leader for Continuous Improvement. After the merger with Delta Air Lines, Brian continued as a leader in Lean leadership. During his tenure in the airline industry, Brian joined the Board of the Lean Flight Initiative. Currently he is the Chairman of the Board for this non-profit dedicated to implementing Lean and associated Continuous Improvement skills in aviation-related organizations. As well, Brian developed the Lean Program for Aviation training program for the International Air Transport Association and has taught Lean in the U.S., Switzerland, Japan, and El Salvador. Brian has earned three Masters degrees in Business Administration, Manufacturing Systems, and Public Administration, and has completed a significant amount of doctoral work. Brian is married; lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Homosassa, Florida. He enjoys travelling, boating, collecting, and reading. Brian is a member of the Lean Flight Initiative, the Association of the U.S. Army (Life Member), the Air Force Association, the Naval Institute, the U.S. Field Artillery Association (Life Member), and the University of Oklahoma Alumni Association (Life Member).

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