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March Professional Development Meeting

March 16, 2016
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Salvatore’s Italian Gardens
6461 Transit Road
Depew, NY 14043
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We are still finalizing the event.. please stay tuned.

Games People Play

Search any list of Most Influential, Most Read, Best Selling, etc., business management books of all time and you will find The Goal somewhere near the top of the list.

The Goal introduced the world to the Theory of Constraints (TOC).   TOC has since grown into mainstream use in many operational disciplines because of the strength of its core which is:

  • All systems are governed by a few controlling constraints – Inherent Simplicity
  • Focusing on flow and throughput accelerates process improvement – speed of improvement
  • People want to do well and improve

Rocco will provide a brief overview of what TOC is and how it is used in operations, finance, project environments, supply chains, marketing, and strategy and conflict resolution.

After the TOC overview Rocco will engage the audience in some simple games that demonstrate how we waste capacity on any given day. TOC recognizes variability and more importantly resource dependency conflicts exist every day. They can never be profitably fully eliminated, but they can be managed. The games will expose the waste in multi-tasking, flow interrupting efficiency decisions that cause extended lead times and cost over runs. The games will hopefully cause you to stop and think where are you wasting capacity?

Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Location: Salvatore’s Italian Gardens
6461 Transit Road
Depew, NY 14043

Time: 5:00 -6:00 pm....Registration, Cash Bar, Networking
6:00-7:00 pm......Dinner
7:00-8:00 pm....Program

Meal Choices: 1) Chicken Parmesan; 2) Sliced Pork; 3) Salmon


Speaker Bio:

 Rocco Surace, CPA, ABV, CVA, CFF, Jonah, is a Partner with The Bonadio Group. He works with clients in various industries, directing the client service teams for the recurring financial statement and tax needs, as well as tending to the long-term needs such as being a go-to confidant, succession planning, leading financial and tax due diligence in acquisitions and divestitures, strategic planning and holistically based process improvement services.
Rocco in internationally known for his focused consulting disciplines. Rocco’s skills have been developed as a result of hands on training and leading projects with and for some of the world leaders. His formal education and training has included:

  •  Jonah designation from the Avraham Y. Goldratt Institute,
  •  Certifications in TOC Disciplines from the TOC International Certification Organization.
  •  Process based cost management with the concept developers of Activity Based Costing,
  •  Business Processed Based Re-Engineering through training with Dr. Michael Hammer obtaining his Certificate of Mastery in Re-Engineering


Rocco is the current Chairperson of the Theory of Constraints International Certification organization. TOCICO is a global, not-for-profit society for Theory of Constraints practitioners, consultants and academics to develop and administer certification standards in the TOC body of knowledge, and facilitate the exchange of latest developments in TOC.
He considers himself very fortunate to have learned directly from Dr. Eli Goldratt, the father of TOC. He served as North American Regional Director for Goldratt Consulting from 2004 through 2006.
He now leads the firm’s Leveraged Excellence And Development (LEAD) services. These services are focused on achieving operational excellence while then strategically leverage those abilities in value bases markets.
He is a frequent speaker for industry association groups and professional organizations on Succession Planning, TOC, Performance Measurement Best Practices, and Practice Development
Under his leadership and direction as the former Managing Partner of Gaines Kriner Elliott LLP, the firm received two national awards for its Professional Services program and services involving Business Process Improvement.
Rocco’s current professional participation includes memberships and service in the following:
· American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
· New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA)
· National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA)
· Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization – Board Chairman
· Greater Buffalo Partnership Board of Directors
· Niagara USA Chamber Board of Directors
· Eastern Niagara Heath System Board of Directors
· Niagara University Board of Advisors
· Insyte Consulting Board of Directors
· Active leadership roles in various local charitable organizations
Rocco Surace is a graduate of Niagara University in Niagara Falls, New York, where he received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business and Accounting.



$25.00 Member Ticket

$25.00 Guest Ticket

$15.00 Student Member Ticket

$15.00 Full Time Student( But not an APICS member)

$15.00 Member not currently in the workforce


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