Iowa Lean Champion Award

The Iowa Lean Champion Award honors a leader who has made significant contributions to Lean practices and/or lead a Lean journey and meets the following criteria set forth by the ILC Board of Directors:

  • Leadership – Recognized Leader in Lean and Continuous Improvement

  • Sustainability – 10 years practicing in a Leadership or Change Agent role

  • Impact – Demonstrated and quantifiable business improvements

  • Principle-Based – Demonstrated key Lean Principles of Respect and Continuous Improvement

  • Influential – Has been a Role Model & Mentor to Others

  • Outreach – Leader in the Community as well as in Business

2016 Iowa Lean Champion Award Winner

The Iowa Lean Consortium is proud to name David Fierke, City Manager for the City of Fort Dodge, as the 2016 Iowa Lean Champion. The award was created to honor a leader who has made significant contributions to Lean practices and/or led a Lean journey for 10 or more years. The award was presented at the ILC’s annual fall conference on October 12th.David_Fierke_RS.jpg

“David has been a strong Lean leader in government. His belief in the transformative power of Lean is evident through his actions and we are pleased to honor his work and achievements,” Jeff Dahm, ILC board president and factory advisor at Deere & Company.

As the City Manager, David Fierke inherited a tough situation when he arrived in 2006. Like other Midwestern “blue collar” towns, Fort Dodge had endured the loss of major employers resulting in a declining population, downtown vacancies and aging infrastructure. Tax and fee receipts were not matching expenses with projections showing the gap widening. But David had a vision and a strategy for realizing that vision. He had done his homework on Lean, realizing that it was not simply a toolset but rather a means for transforming culture. And he understood that it started with him.

David is a member of the Fort Dodge Rotary. He is also the Past President of the Iowa City/County Management Association.

In January, 2016 BusinessWire recognized Fort Dodge as one of the 15 semi-finalists in their America’s Best Communities $10M Competition.

The results are also evident in the top level metrics tracked as part of the Fort Dodge 2010 strategic plan which contained seven top level goals to be realized by 2015:

• Reduce the crime rate by 8% (FBI Category 1 UCR); Actual reduction 11%

• Increase sewer revenue by 20%; Actual increase 56%

• Increase water revenue by 20%; Actual increase 90%

• Increase hotel/motel tax by 20%; Actual increase 51%

• Increase average wage by 15%; Actual increase 20%

• Increase property tax base by 10%; Actual increase 11%

Fierke is the fifth Lean Champion to be recognized by the ILC.

CLICK HERE to view our past award winners.

We are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Lean Champion Award. To nominate someone for this award complete this online form by July 31, 2017. The award will be presented at the 2017 Fall Conference in Altoona.