In October 2014, Mr. Robert Thikoll took the position of Vice President of Operational Excellence at Ingersall Rand. This is a company that is dedicated to providing environments that are efficient, comfortable, and sustainable. He attended Arizona State University and Nanzan University where he earned bachelor degrees in Japanese and Political Science and also minored in Asian Studies. He has worked for the Aisin Takaoka Company, Intat Precision (a subsidiary of Aisin Takaoka) and Beckman Colter/ Danaher where he was the Vice president of their global operations. He has also worked in a Toyota Tier One Factory as an operator.

Robert believes that only by aligning your team can help you solve problems and achieve the vision you are striving for. Despite the expansion of technology, he believes that the success of an individual depends on how they interact with others and in developing relationships. He considers daily management as key to plotting where you want your business to go. He prefers to find out what problems a new team is attempting to solve and then adjusting his methods to help them.

Robert believes that everyone can be an expert in problem solving. Different organizations and businesses will have their own dynamics but you still need to lead by example and push the limits.

When he lived in Japan, he learned to appreciate the concepts of teamwork, hard work, and the importance of all team members giving each other support. It was always important to respect the employees, who in turn would do their best for the customers.

Robert believes that “lean thinking” should be a priority for large companies in all aspects of their business. He stays current on business trends by attending expositions and consortiums in different countries. This affords him experience and information that helps him in his position.