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Eric Freeman




Eric Freeman retired after a 25-year career at Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America as Manager of Manufacturing People Development, where he focused on teaching the Toyota Production System.   Eric is certified through Toyota Japan as a master trainer and as a global master trainer.  He joined True Lean™ in 2020.

During his distinguished Toyota career, Eric managed Paint Manufacturing (TMMK), led the startup of Toyota’s Mississippi plant, and developed and led manufacturing people development (KY).  He successfully established and deployed numerous development programs beyond TMMK, including partnering with Toyota Japan for training and development of Team Members -Team Leaders and lineside supervisors through managing the Toyota Way Systems.  He also delivered training throughout Toyota Japan and North America.

Eric holds global master trainer certificates from Toyota Japan in:

  • Floor Management Development Systems
  • Basic Role of the Lineside Supervisor
  • Motion Observation and Motion Analysis

And, master trainer certificates from Toyota Japan in:

  • Leadership Development
  • Mendomi
  • Standard Work and Fundamental Skills Development
  • Toyota Production System

Recognized for his expertise, Eric maintains strong everlasting relationships throughout Toyota’s North America plants, as well as with Toyota’s Training and Development Center in Japan.