Orest (Orry) J. Fiume was Vice President of Finance and Administration and a Director of The Wiremold Company, West Hartford, CT, which gained international recognition as a leader in lean business management in “Lean Thinking,” by James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones. Orry was Wiremold’s chief financial officer from 1978 until his retirement in 2002. Orry led Wiremold’s conversion to lean accounting in 1991 and developed alternate management accounting systems that supported the company’s entire lean business efforts. He went on to install lean accounting at more than 20 Wiremold acquisitions and is co-author of the 2004 Shingo Prize winning book “Real Numbers: Management Accounting in a Lean Organization”. He has taught workshops, or been a guest speaker, on Lean Accounting at the Lean Enterprise Institute, the TBM Institute, the University of Dayton Center for Competitive Change, MEP’s in many states, and 15 countries. In addition, Orry has been inducted as a Life Member of the Shingo Prize Academy, which has been referred to by Business Week as the Nobel Prize in manufacturing.
Orry has a Masters Degree in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Fairfield University. He is a Certified Public Accountant, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of Financial Executives International, where he is a past president of the Connecticut Valley Chapter. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of Catalysis (formally The Thedacare Center for Healthcare Value), the leader in promoting Lean Thinking in Healthcare, the Lean Education Advancement Foundation and is a Director Emeritus of The Lean Enterprise Institute, the leader in Lean Thinking and Lean Education.