5S Lean Mfg



Chris E. Hair, MIS, Colonel, USAF (ret), and Chief Operating Officer, Optitek, Inc. is appointed to lead the 5S implementation.


The 5S process is a methodical team based approach to organizing a work space to ensure it is tidy, arranged ergonomically, efficient, and capable of repeatable, quality output. The five phases can be translated from the Japanese as Seiri (Sort), Seiton (Straighten), Seiso (Shine), Seiketsu (Standardize), and Shitsuke (Sustain).


Although the origins of the 5S methodology are in manufacturing, it can be applied to knowledge-economy work, information, software, and media in the place of physical product; it has expanded from manufacturing to health care, education, government, and other industries.


President, Optitek, Inc. Ricki McGuire states, “This process, when implemented properly, results in business improvement and efficiency. It does not happen overnight, but is well worth the effort. In the end, we will be more organized, more efficient, and much cleaner.” Chief Operating Officer, Chris Hair, comes to Optitek holding a Lean Certification with more than 30 years of experience.

SLU Fair

07/14/2015  SLU Preferred Vendor Fair


Optitek, Inc., a St. Louis University preferred vendor, exhibited at the annual SLU Preferred Vendor Fair on Tuesday, July 14th at the St. Louis campus, Busch Student Center, Wool Ballroom.


The Business Services Department of Saint Louis University hosts the event annually in the Busch Student Center Wool Ballroom, St. Louis, Missouri. This invitation-only fair is open to vendors with whom the University has a preferred partner status, contract, or pricing agreement.


Optitek has been a SLU preferred vendor for the past twelve years, helping to automate business processes throughout their departments such as:  housing & residence life, internal medicine, student health center, Pius XII Memorial Library, Human Resources/Benefits & Compensation, Dean Parks College, Research & Development Services, Admin Public Service, Provost/Office of Institutional Research, Financial Aid, Allied Health Admin, and School of Public Health. We are grateful for SLU’s continued business and to be considered a preferred vendor.


Jennifer Hummel, Senior Client Services Consultant, and Charles Sutton, Production Supervisor, attend the event on behalf of Optitek.



06/18/2015  Summer Outreach Conference


Chris E. Hair, MIS, Colonel, USAF (ret), and Chief Operating Officer, Optitek, Inc. attends the GovConectx Summer Outreach Conference in Arlington, Virginia.


Colonel Hair meets with the United States Air Force, Navy, and General Services Administration to discuss latest developments and their impact on businesses.


Chris has more than thirty years of experience and holds a certification in 5S Lean Manufacturing. He has been with Optitek for one year.


Golf Funds

05/08/2015  SHO Golf Tournament


Team Optitek attends the 12th Annual  Scott Harris Oliphant (SHO) Golf Invitational, Dinner, & Auction at Forest Park Golf Course. Optitek, Inc. President, Ricki McGuire, brings her team outside to attend quite possibly the most exciting golf tournament in St. Louis. Activities and events are organized all in the name of raising funds to help families with their fight against cancer.


For more than 11 years, the Scott Harris Oliphant Memorial Foundation has raised funds to donate to families who are enduring a battle against cancer.



BCC Luncheon

04/23/2015  BCC Infomercial Luncheon


Chris E. Hair, MIS, Colonel, USAF (ret), and Chief Operating Officer, Optitek, Inc. addresses the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce at the annual Member Infomercial Luncheon at the Brentwood School District Conference Center, Brentwood, Missouri.


The event is held  at the beginning of Spring every year, providing new members an opportunity to meet fellow Chamber members. The Conference Center is located at 1201 Hanley Industrial Court.


Colonel Hair and Regional Sales & Support, Sonya Matzig, represent Optitek answering questions from the crowd.


03/30/2015 Madison County Testimonial


“Our office maintains a land records database of hundreds of thousands of documents, mainly large format maps and surveys dating back to 1956.  At one time, customers would have to come to our office to view these records. But, not anymore.  In 1996, we started using Optitek’s software and scanning solutions and made the transition from paper to digital. Now we can publish CDs and DVDs with the information customers want and send it to them on a disk.  For more specific sets of data, we can e-mail the files as a pdf.  Our capacity to serve the public and other customers has increased exponentially.”


“While we have used Optitek, we have gone through two server updates, and numerous software upgrades, and they all have gone as planned.  No surprises.  No data losses or excessive downtime. We are very satisfied with Optitek and their great support!”


Fred N. Michael, CIAO
Supervisor – Maps & Plats GIS Division


Madison County Chief County Assessment Office
157 North Main Street, Suite 229
Edwardsville, IL 62025



SLU Fair

02/18/2015 SLU Career Fair


Optitek, Inc. supports the St. Louis University 2015 Spring Career & Graduate School Job Fair in the Busch Student Center Wool Ballroom, St. Louis, Missouri.


This general career fair is open to students of all majors, from freshmen through graduate students and alumni.


Chris Hair, Chief Operating Officer and Sonya Matzig, Regional Sales Support attend the event, speaking to students about current internship opportunities. Optitek is seeking qualified individuals for an Entry Level Information Technology Professional.

PWA Speaker

02/04/2015 PWA Speaker Series


Jennifer Hummel, Senior Client Services Consultant, Optitek, Inc. attends the Professional Women’s Alliance (PWA) February Speaker Series at Frontenac Hilton, St. Louis, MO.


PWA features its first Keynote Speaker for 2015 in their Women of Distinction Series. Khalia Collier, the 26 year old owner and general manager of the St. Louis Surge women’s professional basketball franchise, knows a thing or two about team building.


The Surge is taking off with a business model that focuses on marketing strategy, diversity awareness and inclusion. Surge players see themselves as community leaders-part of a bigger team effort mentoring youth, leading educational growth seminars and athletic skills clinics. That model has enabled Collier to maximize corporate relationships, develop supporter and donor programs, and position the organization for eminent growth.


Optitek, Inc. is a member of the Professional Women’s Alliance.


STL Journal

01/30/2015 STL Business Journal Woman’s Conference


Jennifer Hummel, Senior Client Services Consultant, Optitek, Inc. and member of Professional Woman’s Alliance (PWA), attends the 10th annual St. Louis Business Journal Woman’s Conference held at our National Historic Landmark, St. Louis Union Station.


Based on the ground-breaking book, The Confidence Code, this year’s conference explores “the science and art of self-assurance”.  Co-author Claire Shipman is the keynote speaker, along with luncheon keynote Claire Shipman, a contributor for ABC News and New York Times Best-Selling Author of The Confidence Code and Womenomics.


Academic research and personal stories are shared by some of the most successful women in St. Louis.


Optitek, Inc. supports the Professional Women’s Alliance (PWA), a group of civic-minded entrepreneurs and corporate leaders who aspire to grow personally and professionally.   http://stlpwa.org/


Mayor Kelly

01/22/2015 State of the City Luncheon


Optitek, Inc. supports the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce, State of the City Luncheon with Mayor Pat Kelly.


Mayor Kelly speaks to chamber members addressing the State of the City. Mr. Kelly has served Brentwood for the past twenty-two years. He has served as mayor for the past fourteen years and was an alderman for the previous eight years. He previously served on the Executive Board of the St. Louis County Municipal League, and is the past chairman of the Small Cities Committee. Since being elected in 2001, Mayor Kelly has placed immense importance on maintaining open dialogue with his constituents.


Regional Sales Support, Sonya Matzig, attends the event at Brentwood Recreation Center, on behalf of Optitek.


(Pictured:  Mayor Pat Kelly & Sonya Matzig)