Operational Excellence Conference announces Steve Starks as a 2018 keynote speaker

Steve Starks, president of Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment and president of the Utah Jazz, will be a keynote speaker at the State of Utah and Goldratt Consulting Operational Excellence Conference on Sept. 27-28 at the Grand America Hotel.  

Steve will talk about what it takes to lead a company that encompasses everything from sports teams to theaters to radio stations. He will also share insights about the inner workings of the Jazz organization and his unconventional path to professional success.  

The theme for the 2018 conference is Building on Success 2018: Intense Focus, Extreme Results. The annual conference is centered around how to apply Theory of Constraints (TOC) principles to the public or private sector. Theory of Constraints, often referred to as Constraints Management, helps organizations get breakthrough results by focusing on the one or two constraints limiting performance. 

More than 1,100 people attended the conference last year, making it the largest TOC gathering in the world. In addition to Steve Starks, other notable 2018 speakers include the following:

  • Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox
  • Noelle Cockett, President of Utah State University 
  • Gil West, Executive Senior VP and COO of Delta Air Lines 
  • Kristen Cox, Executive Director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Management and Budget
  • Ajai Kapoor, Partner of Goldratt Consulting
  • Keith Squires, Commissioner of the Utah Department of Public Safety

Utah state government improved performance by more than 27 percent in four years utilizing the principles that will be taught at the conference. These operational improvements have saved taxpayers millions of dollars and produced better outcomes for customers. 

The conference is produced by the Utah Governor’s Office of Management and Budget and Goldratt Consulting. It will include two tracks, one for government and the other for the private sector. To register or learn more about the conference visit www.utahexcellence.com