Lean practitioner Samuel Selay died in a kayak accident on Lake Elsinore (California). He was only 34 years old and leaves behind his wife Brittney and four young children.

A former Marine, I met Sam when I provided his group ISO 9001:2015 training at the Marine Corps’ Camp Pendleton in 2014. He soon ended his enlistment and moved to the private sector, studying Lean as he became, over the past few years, a leading voice for the practice. Sam brought a nearly spiritual insight to Lean and management techniques, often imbuing them with a positive and calm mindset that is generally lacking in the profession. He was on his way to being a major thought leader in this area.

He had posted on Facebook about kayaking only days before his accident.

Since the accident, his wife Brittany posted on LinkedIn:

My husband touched each of your lives and I’d love to hear any stories you may have of him. He was my whole world and now I need to keep his memory alive for our children.

The news has reported that he had limited life insurance, and a GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help Brittany and Sam’s four children with expenses and food. I urge everyone to donate, please, no matter what amount.  

About Christopher Paris

Christopher Paris is the founder and VP Operations of Oxebridge. He has over 30 years' experience implementing ISO 9001 and AS9100 systems, and is a vocal advocate for the development and use of standards from the point of view of actual users. He is the author of Surviving ISO 9001:2015. He reviews wines for the irreverent wine blog, Winepisser.