Principal, Operational Performance | Kepner-Tregoe

Samuel M. Bernstine directs the Kepner-Tregoe (KT) automotive segment of the Operational Excellence Practice in North America and serves as liaison to KT's global automotive practice.

For over 27 years, Sam has brought his belief in teamwork, his persistent pursuit of value, and his strong leadership skills to serving KT clients in the automotive, manufacturing, and power generation/energy industries. He has helped companies such as Honda, Nissan, Chrysler, Robert Bosch, Johnson Controls, Bridgestone, Siemens, Duke Energy, Exelon Corporation and Ontario Power Generation to examine and improve how decisions are made, problems are solved, projects are managed, and communication is carried out. For Honda Motor Company, his collaborative review and refinement of business processes has built a relationship that spans four decades.

Sam's proven ability to collaborate effectively with employees at all levels—from the C-suite to the production floor—enables clients to fulfill quality, productivity, and cost-savings goals both at the major automotive OEMs and their tiered suppliers. Sam is a vital resource who consistently achieves rapid results for clients while embedding the analytic and business processes needed for continuous improvement. Sam combines a social science background with manufacturing industry expertise to meet the business needs of today's ever-changing world. He says, "If you give a team of people the right process and provide them with clear leadership, there is no limit to the positive change they can achieve."

Prior to joining KT, Sam managed plant-wide employee involvement programs for a Fortune 100 company where he integrated the efforts of labor and management through organizational development programs focused on team building, problem solving, decision-making, and statistical process control. His manufacturing experience is supported by previous supervisory and production-control management roles.

Sam has a Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University. He is a current member of the Penn State Alumni Association Executive Council Board and serves as the Chairperson of the Membership Committee. He was also a former president of the Penn State Shenango Alumni Society. Sam was selected as the Penn State 2010 and 2013 Volunteer of the Year. He is also currently serving as the Chairperson of the fundraising effort - " For the future. The Campaign for Penn State Students", Shenango Campus. Sam is an avid supporter of Penn State football.

Sam is President of Temple Hadar Israel.