July 2010  


Implementing the SEA Roadmap
Just Got Easier

Have you visited the SEA Webcasts Tab lately?
We’re making it easier to implement the roadmap with a series of one-hour webcasts that help you accelerate your improvement.


November 16 - 18, 2010


Golf, Supply Chain Summit, Reception, Conference and Awards Dinner
Event Location:
Hyatt Grand Champions Villas & Spa
44-600 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells, CA 92210

About the Conference
Palm Springs, and the beautiful community of Indian Wells, is one of the world’s greatest desert destination resorts with an abundance of beautiful sights and places to play and relax. You’ll want to include a spouse and co-workers in this trip. There will be opportunity to participate in golf, shopping and other outings to enjoy the beautiful desert weather. Suppliers and customers will be honored during the Awards Gala. Space is limited and you will have ample opportunities to collaborate with your customers and peers.


Who Should Attend

  • Aerospace and Defense Industry Contractors and Suppliers
  • Companies that has been nominated and has made it as a semi-finalist
  • CEOs, company owners, presidents and operations senior leaders
  • OEM and Tier One senior supplier development, management and procurement professionals
  • DoD, Airlines, and others who depend on the aerospace and defense supply chain


Not a SEA member? JOIN NOW!




JULY 12-16, 2010 - SEA Leader Workshop - Guide your company on the journey to continuous improvement using the Supplier Excellence Alliance (SEA) Lean Enterprise System – the continuous improvement system designed by and for the aerospace and defense industry. In this in-depth, 5-day workshop, you’ll gain a full understanding of the SEA Lean Enterprise System (LES), the SEA Roadmap, and how to prepare your company for the SEA Certification.

Get started today with the "GETTING STARTED WITH SEA" webcast – you’ll quickly learn about the steps and how easy it can be to get started on your path.

Basic Members will need to upgrade to the Performing Membership to participate in Process Owner Forums, Quarterly Performance Review, and SEA Leader Workshop – and the time was never better to make the investment.

The webcasts are free to every member so get started and register today

Thinking about putting it off until later?

Every day…

  • Suppliers are surprised by losing business they’ve held for years
  • Suppliers are being placed on the customer “phase-out” list without even knowing it
  • Suppliers are being told that their scorecard is “red” and they have to improve or lose business
  • Suppliers are being asked to make things at less than their cost and then losing to a competitor
    who says he can do it and still
    make a profit
  • Suppliers are losing business to another supplier who is consolidating business for 20 suppliers
  • Surprise after surprise after surprise – the message? BE PREPARED!

We recommend you don’t wait but get started today. We’re in a position to see what’s coming in our industry and we believe you have less time than you think.


THE RUSH to be LEAN can lead to greater inefficiencies and higher costs if done without a thorough understanding of objectives, expected results and measurements to track those results.  It helps to work with a partner who has a proven track record; who understands the what’s and how’s of lean; who understands the attributes of lean and how to implement those attributes; and who helps you realize the benefits faster and with lower costs.
LEARN how Glovia can help you understand the terms – just what is ‘takt time’ or ‘poka-yoke’ anyway?  How do all individuals within your organization work as part of the team to help you achieve this coveted title?
SEE how Glovia is supporting some of the premier “LEAN” manufacturing companies in the world achieve their goals.



Benchmarking from Your Laptop! What if you could spend one hour and never leave your office while you listened to suppliers present their experience in implementing each process of the SEA Roadmap? What would it be worth to you to spend an hour and gain a wealth of information and best practices?

Well you can find out...just use our DAY PASS – pick the session you would like to attend here and then click on the “sign up” link and register. There will be no cost and you’ll receive the information you need to participation by phone and webcast. Just have your computer in front of you and you’ll be amazed at the value you can receive in one hour.

Our DAY PASS is for Basic members who do not currently subscribe to the Process Owner Forums.

Go to the Webcasts Link to sign up!


––– ABOUT SEA –––

Did you know…?  
SEA is an unprecedented aerospace and defense alliance led by sub-tier suppliers committed to accelerating supply chain performance. SEA is a non-profit 501c6 funded by supplier memberships and sponsorships that provides...

  • a proven turnkey system for supplier development targeted to mid-tier aerospace and defense customers.
  • a platform for supplier visibility, performance improvement and collaboration.
  • an industry voice for suppliers on issues affecting supply chain performance.

SEA partners and alliances include Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG), Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC), and California Space Authority.

Contact Information

For further information and answers to your questions about SEA, please contact:
2062 Business Center Drive, Suite 225, Irvine, CA 92612

SEA Website

Main telephone: (949) 476-1144

Executive Director
: Mickey Wiebe, Ext 307
Director, Operations: Hilda Pacheco-Taylor, Ext 316
Director, Small Business: David Blanco, Ext 334
Director, Outreach: Kimberly Hawkins, Ext 332
Director, Sponsorships: Mickey Wiebe, Ext 307
Outreach Representative: Keba Parker, Ext 362
Other Important Links

What’s New on the SEA Website?
Miss some important news? Here are the most recent additions to the SEA Website:
Check out our new EVENTS TAB where you can access the following information:
CEO Conferences*
(for everyone) Suppliers share their success stories and collaborate on integrated supply chain projects.
Supplier Benchmark Site Visits (for non-members) Non-SEA suppliers visit benchmark sites and determine how best to participate in SEA.
Process Owner Forums** (for members only) Process Owners study best practices and compare notes on implementation of the SEA LES.
Webcasts (for members only) Members learn how to prepare a quarterly report, how to implement the roadmap, and how to prepare for SEA certification.
Certification Workshops* (for everyone) Members and Qualified Associates learn to implement the SEA Lean Enterprise System.
*fees apply        ** subscription required

Not a SEA member? JOIN NOW!






The 2010 Awards Process Has Begun!

Nominations NOW OPEN
and are open to suppliers whether a member of SEA or not. You are encouraged to nominate your customers, suppliers, and your own company. Nominations will CLOSE on August 12, 2010.
Download Nomination Form
More Info


The Re-Invention of SEA
SEA is re-inventing itself. We’ve always been a non-profit dedicated to accelerating supply chain performance. We’ve always been committed to relationships with suppliers that produce excellence and attract more new business.

But now we’ve cracked the code on working with aerospace and defense suppliers to improve performance.

The Bottom Line
SEA can benchmark and certify your performance in a manner that attracts industry and customer attention and produces more business.

The Burning Platform
Our customers are consolidating their supply chains. They want to select only the best suppliers. The best suppliers deliver 100% on-time and 0 PPM at a lower price. How can you do that using your current methods? Add inventory, inspection, and expediting – more cost is not the answer.


Every day…

  • Suppliers are surprised by losing business they’ve held for years
  • Suppliers are being placed on the customer “phase-out” list without even knowing it
  • Suppliers are being told that their scorecard is “red” and they have to improve or lose business
  • Suppliers are being asked to make things at less than their cost and then losing to a competitor who says he can do it and still make a profit
  • Suppliers are losing business to another supplier who is consolidating business for 20 suppliers
  • Surprise after surprise after surprise – BE PREPARED!


The Plan
SEA has a simple plan you can use to make sure you “make the cut.” It’s based on what we have learned about the A&D industry over the past 7 years. Increase your lean performance and gain more visibility and more new business. The suppliers who are doing this are going to become one of two things in your world…

  1. The competitor who knocked you out
  2. The collaborator who helped you stay in

What Does This Mean to Me?
CEOs and Owners – you’ll have a definite step-by-step roadmap you can monitor and hold people accountable for – and it’s a plan that your customers are not only interested in but excited about. SEA Roadmap implementation increases company value, cashflow, and top line business.

Quality or Continuous Improvement Professionals – it’s a system you can quickly learn and use to improve your company’s performance and visibility. If you understand the lean tools and techniques and know how to conduct Kaizens, this system will involve your management team to help you take a comprehensive approach to improvement that is recognized by the industry as a best practice to excellence.

Customers – you’ll get complete transparency into every supplier you have on the SEA program. Supplier progress, their metrics, their process maturity, everything will be examined and summarized quarterly to insure investment in better performance and better cost. Every supplier you enter into the SEA Supplier Program will demonstrate a strong continuous improvement system with leadership involvement.


SEA Suppliers have a plan for taking your business. How will you compete with SEA?


What are the Key Elements of the SEA System?

SEA Leader Workshop
SEA Quarterly Performance Review
SEA Process Owner Forum
SEA Keynotes
SEA Certification
SEA Supplier Registry
SEA LES Webcasts
SEA Scholarships

SEA is the premiere supply chain organization for the aerospace and defense supply chain. We’re in our 7th year and we’re a group of suppliers who have taken charge of our destiny and we're helping our members to meet three important needs:

  • Increasing performance by following a step-by-step process called the roadmap designed for small companies from 10 to 500 employees.
  • Increasing visibility and creating opportunities for new business by using the SEA Supplier brand to distinguish ourselves to our peers and customers.
  • Increasing collaboration to work on what our customers really want - an integrated supply chain where we work together to solve industry and customer problems.

We invite you to join SEA today.
Let’s work together to build a competitive aerospace and defense supply chain!

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