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Variance Reduction International

Delivering Process Excellence

Variance Reduction International Inc.(VRI) is a trusted source for enduring business solutions, training, and mentoring. By eliminating waste, variation, and non-value-added activities with Lean Six Sigma methods and techniques, our clients benefit from an immediate boost in company value, productivity, and profitability.

At VRI, we break down complex problems into simple solutions that are both relatable and sustainable. The result is a leaner and meaner business that performs better, faster, and more efficiently. In addition to higher productivity and streamlined processes, our clients enjoy an increase in employee engagement and morale and an overall improved company culture.

Founded in 1999, VRI is a women-owned and minority-owned business. We make it a priority to really listen to our clients and work with them to identify their obstacles and challenges to meet their goals and objectives effectively, often exceeding their expectations in the process.

Our expert consultants come from various industries and sectors, possess a strong work ethic, and are accountable for their actions. Innovative and open-minded, VRI combines Lean Six Sigma techniques with creative and critical thinking to achieve the best possible outcomes quickly and cost-effectively.

We call ourselves Certified Process Hackers™ for a reason – we believe outside-of-the-box thinking is necessary when looking at process improvement efforts and finding innovative solutions.

We empower our clients by teaching them to embrace and master Lean Six Sigma methodologies combined with creative and critical thinking skills for problem-solving in both professional and personal settings.
We give you practical, lifelong tools and skills to help you solve both business and personal problems with ease, confidence, and success. By teaching our clients our hybrid model of Lean Six Sigma techniques and critical thinking for problem-solving, VRI helps to improve the lives and prospects of people, in turn creating a direct and vital lifeline to our businesses, communities, and the world at large.

Our Values

The Only Constant Is Change

Integrity

Honest to a fault with strong and moral principles in both personal and professional environments

Professionalism

A team player who is always considerate and respectful of others and their views and ideas

Open-Minded

Receptive to innovative ideas and creative solutions in the pursuit of the best outcome

Accountability

Taking ownership of one's actions and being responsible for their outcomes

Adaptability

Being able to adapt to change, learn from mistakes, and find new solutions to challenges and obstacle

Continuous Improvement

Always trying to better oneself both professionally and personally

Empathy

Open to all people and alternative points of view for a better understanding of immediate and long-term consequences and implications

Commitment to Excellence

Holding oneself to the highest standards and constantly striving for improvement in all aspects of work and life

VRI Management

The business of consulting works best when it’s a team effort between client and consultant. VRI takes an open and collaborative approach with each client and every project. We innately understand that teamwork and collaboration are not only vital but essential to the success of any project, large or small.

Enthusiastically applying our core principles of quality, timeliness, and superior customer service to every project, we make it our mission to be the most dedicated and responsive consultants with whom our clients have ever worked, regularly demonstrating our commitment and support, whether it’s an immediate objective or a long-term strategy.

VRI and its expert team of consultants are honest, motivated, detail-oriented, and always professional, with vast, real-world experience and a unique, proven expertise in all sectors of Oil and Gas, Manufacturing, Mining, Healthcare, and a variety of other service industries.

Determined to make your business transformation a success based on your company’s unique priorities and goals, we combine sound corporate operational strategy with a deep personal commitment to create harmonious and successful business environments that result in reduced operating costs, safer, error-proof workplaces, better employee performance and morale, on-time delivery, and high customer satisfaction.

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Maria Milo

President & CEO

As President and CEO of VRI, Maria has led her company to help clients gain organizational capability in Lean Six Sigma and continuous process improvement.

With her experience and expertise, she has successfully assisted companies in transforming into more efficient businesses and realizing millions of dollars in cost savings.

Maria is a highly motivational leader dedicated to helping clients achieve their goals. Her passion for her work is evident in her commitment to providing clients with the best possible service.

With over 30 years of experience, she can quickly understand customer needs and develop process improvement systems that achieve business goals.

Maria’s international and cross-cultural exposure has given her a broad perspective that helps her identify innovative solutions to complex problems. Her years of university teaching, shop floor and executive management experience have honed her problem-solving and change management skills.

Maria holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from St Louis University (Ph) and a Master’s degree in Statistics from Iowa State University (Ames, IA, USA).

She is an ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and is highly sought after for her expertise in implementing, training, and executing Lean Six Sigma, Continuous Improvement, and Statistical Process Control.

Follow her on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maria-milo/

Visit her blog: mariamilo.com

VRI Certifications

GSA Schedule

GSA Contract # 47QRAA18D001S We help government organizations implement comprehensive and lasting systemic change. We work collaboratively with our clients across functions, levels, departments, and business units to provide innovative and fully customized solutions and support. SIN #’s: 541611, 541614, 541514svc, 611430, 611512 NAICS CODES: 541611, 541614, 541614svc, 611430, 611512 Vehicles: GSA Contract # 47QRAA18D001S

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