Organizational Management – Leadership Workshop

Growing the Leader

Date: March 20th & 21st         Time: 8am to 4:30pm

2 Day Class held @ Middleby Bakery Group Innovation Center, Plano Tx.

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Course Overview


To provide attendees with the knowledge and skills required to improve operational effectiveness by 15-20% and in turn drive bottom-line growth.


1.Improved ownership, engagement, and accountability that will drive results leading to long-term organizational success.

2.Focus on proactive rather than reactive operational activities by leveraging your number one asset: your team.

3.Understand your creative competencies and reactive tendencies – this information highlights key components for leadership development opportunities.

4.Develop a sustainable culture through engagement, ownership, and purpose.

5.Discover new ways to maximize your team’s talent by growing the leaders’ ability to communicate, motivate, and coach team members about their contribution to the organization’s bottom-line performance.

6.Four Industry proven executives, each focused on the key elements of Leadership Growth, for maximum learning opportunities.

Who Should Attend

Front line leaders, mid-level managers, department heads and executive-level leaders.

Bonus:  Each participant will receive an Insights Discovery® Leadership Profile Assessment, valued at $110, as well as consultative instruction regarding the contents of the profile. The assessments will be performed in partnership with BEMA-U and administered by Emily Bowers, Senior Director of Education and Operations for BEMA.   Emily is an SHRM-SCP and holds her Insights Discovery® facilitator credential.

Professional Guest Speaker: Serving in an executive capacity, this speaker has assisted in constructing strategies that shape the daily operations and structure of various organizations. Robust people skills, business acumen, and work ethic are all traits that will be exhibited and implemented in speaker’s delivery.  Expect a very dynamic, high energy presentation, along with many unique take-aways that will leave attendees empowered to make a difference.

Participants will maximize their learning investment by getting the prime benefits of the BEMA-U Leadership profile assessment and dozens of real-world examples of proven leadership concepts from three industry professionals, in addition to those of the guest speaker.

Growing the Leader

Hotel Info:

Homewood Suites by Hilton Plano/Richardson    (972-881-3339)

2601 E President George Bush Hwy, Plano, TX 75074        

Candlewood Suites     (214-474-2770)

2401 E. President George Bush Hwy Plano, Texas 75074                        

Mention ‘Stewart Systems’ to get this discounted price

Courtyard Marriott    (972-516-2949)

1805 E President G. Bush Hwy, Plano, TX 75074    

Click this link to book discounted price

Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas/Plano East    (972-509-4500)

2813 E N President George Bush Hwy, Plano, TX 75074                   

*The Bakery Innovation Center is 20 miles from Dallas Love Field Airport & 30 miles from DFW International Airport.

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Course Prices  
1 Attendee $795.00        (Full Price)
2-3 Attendees $715.00  (10% discount)
4-5 Attendees $636.00  (20% discount)
6+ Attendees $596.00  (25% discount)

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Or reach us at 844-4-BRIXEY

Don’t delay, space is limited!

Instructor Bio:

Rowdy Brixey is a Certified Professional Bakery Engineer (ASBPBE) with over 38 years of industry experience.  Rowdy started as a bakery mechanic in 1981 at age 16 and advanced to Vice President of Engineering through his 28-year tenure at Interstate Brands Corp (IBC).  After IBC, Rowdy became Vice President of Manufacturing for George Weston Bakeries (GWB) and led one bakery as the interim plant manager.  After one and a half years, Grupo Bimbo purchased GWB and Rowdy became the Director of Engineering and Maintenance Optimization, leading both maintenance and engineering for all Bimbo Bakeries USA plants.  Two years later, Grupo Bimbo purchased the Sara Lee bread and bun plants.  Rowdy was leading maintenance for 55 locations and managed project engineering for two-thirds of the company.  During his last three years at BBU, Rowdy developed and taught maintenance management teams while focusing on developing future bench. 

In June of 2017, Rowdy started his own company, BEST: Brixey Engineering Strategies & Training.  Rowdy has been responsible for countless bakery interventions where remediation plans had to be developed and executed to transform the bakery performance and stabilize the leadership strategy.  Rowdy has vast experience in building new bakeries, start-ups, as well as deep knowledge of several leading maintenance management systems.  Rowdy’s Associates Degree in Business combined with his strong technical hands-on experience makes him uniquely experienced.  Rowdy has taught many classes during his lengthy career and is now available to share his knowledge with others.

Rowdy served as the Chairman of the American Society of Baking (ASB) in 2010 and is currently an ASB Hall of Fame Committee Member.  Rowdy is the Vice Chairman of the ANZI Z50 Safety and Sanitation Committee and is member of the BEMA.  Baking & Snack magazine voted Rowdy the “Rising Star” for 2004.

Instructor Bio:

Emily Bowers, Senior Director of Education & Operations for BEMA, Emily serves the baking industry as a subject matter expert on talent management and continuing professional education.  Her work with BEMA and the baking industry is focused on developing people at all levels of organizations and the soft-skills needed to succeed. Prior to joining the non-profit sector, she served in manufacturing HR operations and also has tenure in public education.  Emily has multi-industry experience as a performance consultant, and has managed the organizational development function for a global manufacturer of packaging solutions, has earned several certifications including SHRM-SCP, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Northwest Missouri State University and a Master’s degree in Curriculum Development from Baker University.

Instructor Bio:

Len Kilby has been a Senior Executive in the Food and Beverage business for the last 35+ years, in which he was President of three (3) different companies of various sizes. Len received a BA in Business and went on to get his MBA at Case Western Reserve, in Cleveland, while working in the steel business. Shortly thereafter, he managed a company that built the first beverage dispensers designed to automatically interface with cash registers for “total” monetary control. Later, he switched to the Food Processing industry and was President of Colborne Corporation in Chicago and later Stewart-Systems in Plano, Texas.

He was with Stewart-Systems for 25 years in which he eventually became part owner of the company before it was sold to Middleby Corporation in 2012. He continued his work with Middleby as President of Global Sales for the Bakery Group. Under Len’s leadership, the companies grew significantly in size and International sales became 50% of the total volume, following the fast food giants globally. Three (3) patents were also issued under his name.

As a reflection of his accomplishments, the main conference room at the new Bakery Innovation Center was named after him called “Kilby’s Café”. As a statesman for the company, he continues to expand the Innovation Center’s education programs and major R&D projects for key Industrial Baking customers. The Innovation Center has been heralded as the “top facility” in the US offering 10 Industrial Bakery equipment brands, plus customer access to over 60 Middleby Corporation Foodservice manufacturers.

Guest Speaker Bio:

Undisclosed has served in an executive capacity, constructing strategies that shape the daily operations and structure of various organizations, leveraging robust people skills, business acumen, and work ethic.  This speaker provides strategic leadership and expert opinion regarding business optimization for clients across diverse industries. Developing and executing effective programs that establish sustainable and profitable operations, collaborating with board of directors and senior leadership teams regarding financial planning, P&L / budget administration, human resources operations, and general administration. This speaker has directed countless successful client projects; managed all operations from inception through implementation, providing business consulting services to established organizations.  This speaker will help attendees translate strategies into actionable plans to shape operations, differentiate from competitors, and provide value to clients, leading to increased profits; turning around business operations.

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