LEAN Into Kentucky
A unique LEAN management training event incorporating immersive experiences with some of Kentucky’s most notable horse farms and distilleries. LEAN is a highly successful and increasingly adopted organizational approach that helps any organization reduce waste and costs while improving quality, efficiency, and performance.
Are you the kind of person who learns through hands-on experience?
Does a classroom setting or online course feel a bit underwhelming?
Are you an adventurer at heart or someone who simply enjoys experiencing all the flavors and textures of life?
Solarity has taken LEAN certification to the next level by offering LEAN into Kentucky, a truly immersive and experiential training opportunity. In this course you will:
- Earn a Lean Management certificate in an engaging classroom setting
- Use LEAN principles to improve real-life organizational processes at active horse farms & bourbon distilleries
- Enjoy a truly unique training experience in beautiful rural Kentucky with optional leisure activities, such as the famous Keeneland Thoroughbred Races, a tour of Toyota, or the Bourbon Trail
Only 15 seats are available for this unique event.
What you’ll receive
- Lean Management Course Certificate
- Hands-on experience with your team pitching ideas to panel judges each day
- Practical techniques to apply in your organization immediately
- Breakfast, lunch, and transportation to event locations both days
- Dinner and top shelf bourbon tasting at the Kentucky Castle (the 2018 Diner’s Choice Award winner), along with an exclusive workshop on the Components of Bourbon Tasting led by world-renowned bourbon expert, author, and professor Tim Knittel
Training Tours Include
- The Saxony Horse Farm
- Barrel House Distillery
- The world-renowned Lane’s End Horse Farm
- The historic James Pepper Distillery
- Optional custom tours of authentic Kentucky destinations not known or available to the typical visitor
Have Questions? Contact Us.
The Kentucky Castle
The Kentucky Castle is a beautiful medieval-style stone castle completely enclosed by a stone wall with turrets on a 50-acre estate in Versailles, Kentucky. It is home to a world-class farm to table restaurant, boutique hotel, and event space. The boutique hotel was recently named by Architecture Digest as “The Most Beautiful Hotel in Kentucky”. Learn more at TheKentuckyCastle.com.
Lane’s End Horse Farm
At Lane’s End Farm, a large thoroughbred operation, you’ll see the likes of AP Indy, Liam’s Map, and Honor Code, and experience the industry on a much bigger scale. Encompassing more than 2,300 pristine acres in the heart of Central Kentucky, Lane’s End is one of the world’s top Thoroughbred farms. Lane’s End has been the home to hundreds of Thoroughbreds, including legendary stallions and world-class broodmares.
Owner and founder, Will Farish, has raced more than 165 stakes winners and bred more than 300 stakes winners. He was the first breeder since 1880 to breed or co-breed two horses who combined to win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont in the same year. Farish served as Chairman of the Board of Churchill Downs from 1992 to 2001, and was appointed by President George W. Bush as the United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James. Learn more at LanesEnd.com.
James E. Pepper Distillery
Dating back to the American revolution, the Pepper family was one of the biggest names in Bourbon. Spanning three generations, the family dynasty included such accomplishments as building the first scientifically-advanced distillery in Kentucky in 1838, and one of the largest whiskey distilleries in the US. The last Pepper distillery closed in 1958 but reopened using the original whiskey recipes 2016, making this currently the only Bourbon distillery to return in its original location making the original product. Learn more at JamesEPepper.com.
Barrel House Distilling Co.
Barrel House Distillery continues the tradition of the old Kentucky Distillers. They produce fine spirits made by hand including Bourbons, rums, ‘shines’ and a vodka, several of which are award-winning. The distillery is located in the historic barreling house of the old Pepper Distillery in historic Lexington, Kentucky. Learn more at BarrelHouseDistillery.com
Saxony Horse Farm
Saxony Farm is a small, family owned, breeding, training and rehabilitation facility. Here, each horse is focused on an an individual. Whether it is the newborn foal or the older mare, a yearling bound for the sales ring or a racehorse needing time away from the track, each horse is assessed independently according to its particular needs and placed on a program that best suits it. Co-owners Broussard and Rosie have a hands-on approach and place a high emphasis on attention to detail. Learn more at SaxonyFarm.net.
An Exceptional Addition
Optionally stay an extra day and participate in Kentucky experiences custom curated by Rachel’s Bluegrass Experiences. Through this opportunity, participants gain unparalleled access to authentic Kentucky destinations.
It starts with a Behind-the-Scenes tour of Keeneland Race Course and breakfast at the track. Next you’ll visit some famous horses who call Lexington “home,” and enjoy lunch at The Stave, a favorite local restaurant. You’ll then wrap up your day with a tour of the extraordinary and historic Castle & Key Distillery – recently refurbished and re-opened to the public. Your day includes all transportation plus drinks (bourbon!) and snacks.
Your cost for this add-on experience is $200.
Or if you have other interests in mind, Rachel’s Bluegrass Experiences can custom curate an adventure specifically designed for you!
After working with Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Bud founded Solarity in 2003, and has over twenty years of experience in the industry. An experienced consultant and trainer with a degree in education and a passion to engage students in improving their skills and environments, he delivers high-quality training consulting locally, nationally, and internationally in diverse organization ranging from manufacturing, healthcare, technology, pharma, military, government, and higher education.
Glenn Thomas, PMP®, CSM is an Executive Project Manager and Trainer with The Solarity Group. Glenn brings more than 30 years of demonstrated success in project and program management, strategic planning, systems analysis, process improvement, application development, and training; including nine years of specialized experience with domestic and international military research activities.
Tim Knittel is a Bourbon industry veteran with over a decade of experience. Formerly the Culinary Center Manager and later VIP hospitality manager for the Woodford Reserve Distillery, he now runs Distilled Living which offers Bourbon education and consulting services. He holds the titles of Executive Bourbon Steward through the Stave & Thief Society and Adjunct Professor of Bourbon Studies at Midway University, plus sits on the Tasting Table for Distiller.com. He writes for consumers and industry through many publications. His specialty is in Bourbon palate education and he can guide Bourbon novices and enthusiasts alike through tasting the nuanced and complex flavors of fine Bourbons.
Learning Lean, and an application in the Equine Industry
- Pick up for transport to Saxony Farm
- Lean Principles
- Saxony Farm Tour
- Lane’s End Farm Tour
- Applying Lean Principles to an Equine Case
- Study groups develop recommendations
- Panel Deliberation
- Transport to the Kentucky Castle
- Social Time, Bourbon Tasting, and Dinner at the Kentucky Castle
Practicing Lean, and an application in the Bourbon Industry
- Transport to the Pepper Distillery District
- Continental Breakfast
- Lean Management Principles
- Tour of Barrel House Distilling
- Components of Bourbon tasting workshop
- Tour of Pepper Distillery
- Applying Lean Principles in the Distilling Industry
- Groups develop recommendations
- Panel Deliberation
- Optional Cocktail hour at West Main Crafting
- Transport to downtown Lexington
Optional Day Three
Time to Play and Experience Kentucky
Should you choose to stay an additional day, Rachel’s Bluegrass Experiences will provide guided excursions or concierge service to satisfy your individual interests.
We have a block of rooms reserved at the incomparable 21c Museum Hotel, which includes a contemporary art gallery and is situated in Lexington’s first skyscraper, all within walking distance of many amenities: restaurants, bars, a movie theater, etc.
To book your room at a discounted rate, call 859.899.6800 and ask for in-house reservations.
Use the group code SOLARITYGRP. The name is “The Solarity Group.”