Previously Honored Students

Miki Summers

Second Quarter 2017

Miki-300x263My career started when I was 19 and enlisted in the USMC. After completing my initial 4-year commitment, I took 4 years off and attended Metro State College of Denver and earned a degree in operations and economics. After graduating I re-enlisted in the Army National Guard as a Reservist and 14 years later I would leave the service with a bunch of skills but not of a lot of direction. That’s where Terra and her team came in.

SSD Global helped me recognize my current skills sets, refine them to make them profitable, then reorganize them in a manner for success. Now I combine 20+ years of leadership, operational experience with the principles of Lean Six Sigma in all my real-world projects. As a result, my client portfolio has expanded and I can’t begin to explain how grateful I am.

As a consultant, my core business unit is construction project management, with a specialty in cost controls and scheduling, but that is only the beginning. SSD Global, has made a huge difference in my life and since then I’ve leveraged my knowledge in LSS and tech project management and now I can apply it to media content production and enterprise system engineering. With more advances coming in Amazon Web Services (AWS) and virtual reality (VR).

The sky’s the limit and there is plenty of room at the table. “If you are successful then I am successful”, I always welcome networking and new opportunities so let’s team up and work together. My web address is,, I am still working on that but check it out from time to time and leave a message, that way I can learn more about your services and help your business grow.



Bill Castle

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First Quarter 2017
In a career that has included 25 years as a Nuclear Submarine Officer in the US Navy and 25 years as a Quality, Performance, and Production Manager in a Government Generation Utility, Bill Castle has had the opportunity to serve in a variety of roles with increasing responsibilities. These included Total Quality Management, Process Redesign, Business Management, Human Performance Management, Corrective Action Program Management, Event Analysis, Training, and Leadership Roles. He states it was the individuals/teams he led and supported that had made his career both memorable and rewarding. It was for this reason he recently undertook the process of merging Quality Management methodologies, Leadership principles, and Lean Six Sigma Continuous Improvement process concepts into a Business Management Model that can support individual growth, team projects, and organizational strategic objectives. Bill is a retired Navy Captain, a graduate of the Naval Academy, received Executive MBA from the University of Memphis Fogelman College of Business, and was the first Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certified by the Tennessee Valley Authority. He is the Business and Performance Manager at Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis, Tennessee. Click here to download William’s featured presentation “Integrating Leadership, Quality Management & Lean Six Sigma into the Business Management Process”.


bill-profile-pic-1Bill Brannigan

Fourth Quarter 2016 

Bill Brannigan is an Associate Vice President and Director of Business Intelligence and Analytics at Laboratory Corporation of America where he provides operations analytics and business intelligence to one of the world’s largest medical laboratories. In addition to more than 25 years of experience as a licensed lab technician and operations manager, he is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Six Sigma Black Belt. Click here to download Bill’s featured white paper.