Leadership Team

Brent Tadsen – Managing Partner

Brent is a GE certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a co-founder and partner at Adaptive. Before joining Adaptive, Brent was one of GE’s top rated Lean and Six Sigma coaches. His Lean experience transverses numerous industries and business models. He has applied Lean in flow manufacturing, make-to-order manufacturing, maintenance repair and overhaul, and transactional environments while working at GE Appliances, GE Healthcare, GE Railcar Services, and GE Asset Intelligence. He holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of management. Brent is a former Captain in the U.S. Army and is a GE certified Green Belt, Black Belt, and Master Black Belt.

Todd Wiese – Managing Partner

Todd is a partner and co-founder of Adaptive. He has personally led business-wide improvement efforts for many types of products and services, from standard, off-the-shelf “widgets”, to complex, made-to-order product lines. During which, he has developed and executed strategies for driving improvements across critical functions including production, aftermarket services, sales, marketing, engineering, supply chain, human resources, and finance. He backs up his diverse continuous improvement background with significant business and leadership experience in Operations, Supply Chain, and Finance; having held positions of increasing responsibility as officer in the US Navy’s nuclear submarine force, Fortune 500 companies, and smaller, privately held environments. Todd holds an MBA in finance and strategy from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University as well as a B.S. degree in Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. He was certified as a nuclear engineer by the Department of Energy. Todd is also a GE certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Advisory Board

Vince Engelman

As a Lean practitioner for nearly two decades, Vince has implemented Lean in areas of operation and manufacturing, as well as transactional and management development. His extensive knowledge and experience comes from over a decade of working directly for Toyota Motor Manufacturing in managing areas of Quality, Engineering, Supplier Development, Manufacturing, and New Product Development. His expertise extends to successful management systems, strategic integration, and alignment of binding principles needed to bring about successful and sustained Lean implementations.

Vince is also experienced in implementing Lean as an executive in several large, complex organizations including conducting Lean at top-leadership levels for DaimlerChrysler where he integrated Lean methods for Product Development and supplier warranty improvements. Vince was instrumental in educating the executive band across GE globally and conducted a wing-to-wing approach for three major showcases across the business.

Vince also lectures for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Lean applications and management methodologies for the MBA – “Leaders in Manufacturing” and holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Ball State University.

Dr. Joachim Knuf

Dr. Joachim Knuf is one of the original architects of the model lean systems research and education program created in 1994 at the University of Kentucky at the invitation and with direct support of Toyota Motor Manufacturing. He served as Associate Professor and Director of Lean Enterprise Development at the University of Kentucky Center for Manufacturing until moving into the private sector in 2006. The coursework he developed at the university allowed thousands of individuals to obtain Lean Systems Certifications and Diplomas. National and international leaders in a broad array of industries, as well as many small and medium-sized companies have entrusted Dr. Knuf with training their employees, from the shop floor to the executive team. He is the author of Lean 101, an introduction to lean for team members that allows companies use to train their own workforce.