Empowering People,Performance & Profitability



Joni Holeman is President of Affirmation Training Inc., teaching operations and supply chain best practices along with human potential principles.  Joni has over 25 years of planning, materials management, and manufacturing experience in businesses ranging from custom lighting (ETO), value engineering, electronics (MTO & ATO), and remanufacturing (MTS).  Each point along her career path prepared her for the concepts she now instructs.  Her passions include Pugs, training with a humorous twist, volunteering on church projects and promoting Strategic Planning as a life skill for grownups.  Joni teaches the entire Principles program, Parts 1 and 2 of CPIM, CSCP and CLTD.  Within APICS’ Workshops family she specializes in CFSCM, Inventory Control, Intro to ERP and Lean Enterprise.  She is an IDP Master for the Instructor Development modules of Train-the-Trainer and Learning Dynamics for Instructors, and co-teaches the Applied Instructor Skills module with Maryanne Ross.

An obsessive compulsive volunteer since 1991, Joni is a past President of the DC Metro APICS chapter. She then served for 19 years as their VP of Education. An avid believer in volunteer development, she coaches nonprofits on how to successfully sell their invisible services.  Joni writes online and instructor-led curriculum, develops interactive workshops and is a frequent conference speaker. 

She has trained thousands of participants working for companies such as ExxonMobil, Northrup Grumman, Johnson & Johnson, Micron, DuPont, GE and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


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Maryanne Ross, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP, CLTD

Maryanne has been active in adult education for over 25 years, starting her own training company in October 2001.  She is recognized through the APICS Instructor Development Program as a Master Instructor for CPIM and CSCP and a Lead Instructor for Lean Enterprise, Global Sourcing and the Principles Courses. She is also recognized as a Master Instructor of new instructors for all three of the APICS Instructor Training Programs.

Maryanne has 18 years of experience in a variety of manufacturing, purchasing and logistics positions, including automotive, medical, consumer goods, electronic and food industries.

Maryanne has been an APICS member for over 25 years. She has developed interactive exercises to enhance the entire suite of APICS CSCP and CPIM review courses, and has served as a subject matter expert on the APICS CPIM, CSCP, and Principles content development committees. She has also been instrumental in creating activities and enhancements for the CPIM, Principles and Lean programs. Her passion is stimulating the learning experience for adult learners by creating hands on exercises that engage all learning styles. She is often engaged to deliver 5S and Lean training for Fortune 500 organizations, utilizing their internally developed curriculums, working in union and non-union environments

She has trained several thousand participants around the world, working for clients such as Astra Zeneca, Exxon Mobil, AOL, Merck, DuPont, Volvo, Northrop Grumman, Hollister, GE, Fairchild Controls, The Hershey Company, JLG, Manitowoc Crane Group, Wabtec, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Maryanne has written online curriculum and delivered many web-based courses and webinars in conjunction with APICS and Accenture.  She has served on the APICS Board of Directors, and has served for over 20 years at the chapter and district volunteer level. 

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