George started his career at Motor Coach Industries in 1994 where he received Lean coaching by the best consultants in ERP systems, Just-in-Time manufacturing, and Total Quality Management. Having led change for over 10 years, he decided to start his own consulting firm in 2003. It grew to become one of Canada’s Fastest Growth Companies by 2006.
The government of Canada asked George to create an online course to teach Lean. This course educated over 300 companies. It also became a book OEM Principles of Lean Thinking. By 2011, the course was offered globally and educated 100,000 students from 60 different countries.
By 2012, relationships were forged with some of the most recognized names in Lean including Dr. Jeffrey K. Liker, best-selling author of the Toyota Way, and Norman Bodek, known as the Godfather of Lean. Encouraged by both Jeff and Norm, he adopted a much deeper understanding of Lean which stretches back to Japan and the origins of Toyota. Having video documented over 100 webinars, two Japan Study Missions, Harada Method workshops, and many other teachings on the topics made George deeply knowledgeable on the topic and techniques.
In 2013, George and Jeff Liker co-founded the Lean Leadership Institute. Their coaching is based on the book and online course Developing Lean Leaders at All Levels, Jeff Liker with George Trachilis, which won the Shingo Research Award in 2016.