Connor Butler

Managing Principal and Co-Founder

Prior to joining Relevate Connor served as the Innovation Manager for Intel’s Construction Organization and led the company’s first IFOA implementation on a tool install project in Arizona. He also led the negotiation and implementation of what is believed to be the first IFOA contract/project in the EU.  Connor performed lean transformation and project turnarounds in Portland, Israel, and China. He is an expert in Last Planner, team building, IPD project organization and commercial agreements, as well as applying traditional lean manufacturing to construction.


Nicholas Yamashita

Principal and Co-Founder

Prior to joining Relevate, Nic was working for a confidential semiconductor client in upstate New York on a lean IPD project, retrofitting three production factories.  Nic was a Senior Mechanical Engineer and Project Manager at a major national physics laboratory working on high priority research and development projects for the Department of Energy.  Nic is a certified Lean Six Sigma green belt and kaizen facilitator. 


Mike Trulove

Director of Construction

Mike Trulove has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry.  He has led Last Planner implementations on high tech projects in the US Southwest and internationally in Ireland and Israel.  He also has a wealth of experience on Health Care, Commercial and Retail projects.  Mike specializes in using collaboration to improve the flow of work on construction projects. 


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Anne Miller

Affiliate Consultant

Anne is distinguished by her action-oriented approach based on the premise that it is far easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than to think your way into a new way of acting. For over 35 years, she has worked globally with senior leaders and their organizations to create extraordinary futures that generate substantive innovations and financial returns. 

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Bruce Vilches

Executive Director of Continuous Improvement

Bruce spent 36 years in semi-conductor manufacturing with IBM and Intel.  In 1998 he became a certified Jonah in systems thinking from the Goldratt Institute. He went on to earn his Bronze Lean certification from SME in 2008 and a Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt certification in 2009.  Bruce led the adoption of lean to preventive maintenance (High Precision Maintenance) for semiconductor manufacturing equipment at Intel resulting in a 50% improvement in capital equipment availability, >$15M reduction in commodity spending, Best in Class (BIC) equipment parametric matching, and 20% improvement in work-method safety.  The capital equipment availability improvement saved over $250M in additional capital equipment purchases.  Bruce now leads a team that applies the same principles to small to medium size contractors.  Bruce is passionate about eliminating waste, leadership development, and creating cultures of continuous learning


Zac Drzayich

Client Lead

Prior to joining Relevate, Zac worked at both the general contractor and trade subcontractor levels, gaining valuable construction management and leadership experience. While working as a project manager for a prominent national electrical contractor, Zac participated in Intel's first IPD/IFOA project in Arizona and has sought to bring Lean/IPD ideals and practices to every project team he has been on since. In addition to cultivating the typical project management skills (team leadership, project maintenance, effective communication, etc.), Zac works to build effective project teams by focusing on building trust through open communication, making and keeping reliable commitments, and cultivating an attitude of continuous improvement.