About DLW Partners

DLW Partners is not just another consulting firm, in fact we don’t even like the word consultant, which is why it is not in our name. We want partners who seek to move beyond countless PowerPoint presentations, and hollow conference room discussions, to making meaningful and lasting transformative change in their products, processes and on the factory floor. When you are looking for help with solutions to complex problems, transforming your business, seeking operational excellence, or improving your market position or product, you need to seek the best. Those who seek to do, who want to succeed, and are passionate about what they do, are those who we choose to align on work with. We prefer to teach, coach, and lead, pairing our wealth of experience with your teams drive and desire to succeed. This results in unparalleled successes. We don’t want to be the biggest firm at what we do, but we are the best.

“The secret of success lies not in doing your own work, but in recognizing the right man to do it.”

– Andrew Carnegie


With the members of our team each having more than 25 years of hands-on real-world executive leadership, manufacturing, product engineering, and operations experience, it is easy to define why we ARE simply the best at what we do. We value experience on our team, true and proven captains of modern industry, impeccable leaders who started on the floor and in the trenches, and know how to rise to the top with you. Our team is by nature collaborative, flexible and supportive, allowing our partners to get the help they need when and where they need it.

“Experience is the thing of supreme value.”

– Henry Ford


“Dave’s leadership and experience were pivotal parts of Thrustmaster’s successful transformation.  He provided us with a powerful blend of theory and practical learning uniquely tailored to fit our organization’s needs.  He didn’t just tell us what to do, but instead helped us determine the right questions to ask and provided us with the right tools to find answers and implement solutions.  This approach taught us how to adapt the Lean concepts and tools to the challenges of our high mix / low volume heavy manufacturing environment, and prepared us to be a self-sustainable lean company.   Dave’s breath of experience from Tool and Die Maker to Manufacturing Executive allowed him to quickly build rapport with members of our team from all levels and disciplines, both in the plant and in the office.  Within 18 months of working with Dave, Thrustmaster achieved significant improvements in first time quality, on time delivery, and overall costs.  More importantly, we achieved a sustaining culture of success through problem solving and continuous improvement.

— Jason Small,
General Manager | Thrustmaster of Texas

“Dave is forward thinking with a focus on process development and lean optimization.”

— Mr. Bill Michel,
Vice President, Uflex North America

“David Westphal is an inspirational leader with an extraordinary ability and desire to improve everything he is involved with. He is hands down, the best mentor I have ever worked with throughout my career.”

— Mr. Marc Jackson,
General Manager, Adrian Steel of Kansas City

“I was very fortunate to have Ron Taylor as my improvement coach during my tenure as COO. I particularly appreciated the focus on improving the capability of our team and his commitment to ensuring we maintained ownership of our journey. As a result we met or exceeded targets in quality, cost, LOS, patient satisfaction and employee engagement.”

— Lisa Strom,
former Hospital COO