My LeanCor Story: Susie Sterling, Director of Supply Chain Solutions


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I started at LeanCor the day after Labor Day in 2007 – Founder and CEO Robert Martichenko found my resume on and called me in for an interview. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business, a Master’s degree in International Business and Economics, and I speak four languages.

I knew very little about lean but it didn’t seem to be an issue. I was hungry to learn more and LeanCor offered exactly that – to be a part of a team that learns and solves problems every day. That was a perfect fit for me – I had previously worked for a global freight forwarder managing export and import shipments. I literally had a superior tell me: “Stop asking for more work, just sit there until the clock hits 5.” I wasn’t ready to stop learning, so I took the job from LeanCor as Lean Logistics Specialist.

I was LeanCor’s 14th employee.

Today we have over 300 employees and we’re continuously growing – even during the economic downturn in 2009. What an amazing place to be!

I served as a logistics specialist for four years and covered four different customer accounts from implementation to stabilization. I strengthened my leadership and supply chain management skills along the way.

In the midst of this, my father passed away in January 2012. My husband and I had to fly to Hungary immediately. LeanCor stepped in and collected about $800 – everyone chipped in to help pay for our tickets. They also got in touch with a florist in my hometown in Hungary and sent flowers to my dad’s funeral with condolences in Hungarian.

This gesture meant more to me than I can ever express – I knew it then that LeanCor was much more than just a place to work. It’s a group of amazing people who stick together and support each other.

My next career step at LeanCor was joining the Consulting and Training team. I had developed a passion for lean supply chain since attending the LeanCor Academy internal development program, and got to work on consulting projects in Poland, Germany, France and the US. I even co-taught classes through LeanCor Academy and the University of Kentucky Master’s program where we facilitate Green Belt Certification.

In the fall of 2013 – my husband took a job as a Professor at California State University in Fresno, CA. I feared relocation wasn’t an option, but LeanCor worked with me to find another opportunity where I could add value.

I am now representing LeanCor in California bringing online training solutions to global organizations.

As a young professional, I’ve been with LeanCor for eight years, have had five roles and countless rewarding experiences. I am eagerly anticipating continuing my supply chain career with a growing and exciting company. Every day is an adventure and opportunity to learn.


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Susie Sterling-Bodnar is Director of Online Training Solutions for LeanCor Training and Education. She is an instructor for Supply Chain and Logistics at the University of Kentucky MBA Program, California State University Fresno Executive MBA Program, St. Louis University, Center for Supply Chain Management Studies and for the Lean Enterprise Institute. Susie speaks four different languages and has worked in both the US and Europe. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in International Business from Avans University, Breda – the Netherlands, a Bachelor’s of Science in Business from Budapest Business School, Hungary and a Master’s degree in International Business and Economics from the Andrassy German University of Budapest, Hungary. In addition to her degrees, Susie is a certified SCPro One (CSCMP), Supply Chain Professional, and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LeanCor). Susie was born and raised in Miskolc, Hungary and moved to the USA in 2005. She now lives in Fresno, CA with her husband Chris.

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