FSO Institute


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In 2011, PMMI - the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies - along with PerrySchlegel LLC founded the OpX Leadership Network.  The Network is a community of operations, manufacturing and engineering professionals in both CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) companies who collaborate to develop protocols, guidelines and best practices to help solve some of the most significant challenges faced by both.  Since that time more than two hundred fifty companies have participated in the Network and nearly twenty work products have been produced in Total Cost of Ownership, Factory Acceptance Tests, Overall Equipment Effectiveness, Hygienic Equipment Design for Low-Moisture Foods, Workforce Engagement and Validation Processes for Low-Moisture Foods.  

To assist CPG companies with the implementation of these work products, the FSO Institute was created in 2016 with the express purpose of accelerating operational execution through networking, coaching, benchmarking and proven solutions. The FSO Institute's experience coaches include Dan Sileo, Madinah Allen, and Jill Costelow.  



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co-Founder, PartneR  

Head Coach Development

Stephen C. Schlegel

Steve is responsible for the operational and performance aspects of the FSO Institute.  Engaging with each subscriber, together they will develop Operational Execution and Client Success plans to drive accelerated performance.  He is co-founder of the OpX Leadership Network and has served as a Managing Director since 2011.

Leveraging the convening strength of PMMI, OpX Leadership Network is a dynamic community of manufacturing, engineering and operations professionals dedicated to operational excellence.  Through open dialogue between CPG manufacturers and their suppliers, OpX Leadership Network provides an exceptional forum where the best minds come together to identify and solve common operational challenges, and apply best practices and innovative solutions to the real-world context of manufacturing.

His 35 years’ experience in the Consumer Products industry also included CEO of the Food Processing Suppliers Association and Senior Principal and Corporate Development officer for Hixson Architects & Engineers.


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co-Founder, Partner

Head Coach Manufacturing

Daniel M. Sileo

Dan brings over 25 years of CPG manufacturing experience to the FSO Institute as its Head Coach - Manufacturing.  His responsibilities are to engage with each subscriber through coaching and facilitating high potential individuals and teams to achieve accelerated results. 

As a member of the OpX Leadership Network Executive Council since its formation, Dan has been integral in best practice development, adoption and advocacy within his previous employers, serving as VP of Manufacturing or Site management.

In 2014, Dan took the opportunity to apply his collective experiences to start up a new, flagship plant for SugarCreek Packaging Co. using the Workforce Engagement Model developed by the OpX Leadership Network as the backbone of the system. During his ten years at Sunny Delight Beverage Co., Dan was instrumental in leading the implementation of Lean Processes using an Engaged Workforce which provided results such as adding 21 production days back into the system.

He began his CPG career with Procter and Gamble in 1990, initially in paper, then over 12 years in its food and beverage business.  He had wide exposure to and experience in P&G’s High Performance Work System, Process Reliability and TPM systems.

Dan is a 1984 Graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography.  He proudly spent 6 years on active duty in Surface Warfare serving on cruisers and destroyers.  







Head Coach capex

Madinah Allen

Madinah delivers break-through results by enabling change and empowering organizations to build organizational capability and transform business units and teams. A re-engineering expert, change agent, thought leader and developer of people Madinah delivers on business goals tied to mid to long-term strategic plans.

In Madinah’s most recent role as Sr. Director of Corporate Engineering and Technology for Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. she developed corporate structure and governance for engineering and technology across the company to include transformational change to capital planning, project management and execution, talent acquisition and development. She was responsible for comprehensive asset management of fixed assets totaling $745+MM providing technical leadership, direction and counsel to R&D, Marketing, Commercialization and other key leadership functions.

Madinah develops robust people plans and processes to develop a continuous improvement culture and supporting technology integrated into overall business plans. She has extensive experience in capital portfolio management ($90MM), M&A integration of capital and fixed assets, manufacturing facility assessment and analysis, policy development and communication, industry benchmarking, and regulatory compliance.

Madinah has held additional leadership roles with leading manufacturers and high-tech companies including ConAgra Foods, PepsiCo-Tropicana, and Procter & Gamble. She led large project teams implementing technology solutions, cost-savings initiatives, consolidations, internal associate development and performance management. She is recognized for her ability to motivate and mobilize teams within a culture of collaboration and appreciation of individual strengths and contributions.

Madinah holds a Masters of Engineering Management from Christian Brothers University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tuskegee University. In addition, she has completed advanced studies in project management/execution, operational excellence and leadership.


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Head Coach process & quality

Jill Costelow

Jill Costelow is a leading operations professional in the food and beverage industry with over 25 years of experience managing large-scale technical and manufacturing processes. Jill has extensive experience working for large companies such as Nestle, Coca Cola and Frito Lay as well as smaller and start-up companies such as Pressed Juicery, POM Wonderful, California Natural Products and Odwalla. Jill has experience in building plants from the ground up, shepherding the project from idea to implementation. Her experience ranges from CPG to brick and mortar retail stores.

Jill is well-versed in the fresh and pasteurized juice industry and was a part of the original team that wrote the FDA’s Juice HACCP plan. In addition to being recognized as an authority on thermal process, Jill is also a certified BRC auditor and has an extensive background in food microbiology. She received a B.A. in Food Science from University of California, Davis. Based in Fresno, Jill enjoys spending time with her husband and two adult children as well as traveling, golfing and exploring the outdoors.