Red Rock Resort & Spa, Las Vegas

What You Get

Our ‘invitation-only’ approach allows us to provide exceptional service for our audience.


Conference Pass

Full access to the event, from educational sessions to networking events.


Flight Voucher

Traveling more than 100 miles? We'll help with a $200 flight credit.


Overnight Hotel

We cover the first night and offer a discounted rate. Spouses welcomed.


5 Star Catering

Breakfasts, lunches, networking receptions and dinner.

Who You'll Meet

A unique engagement opportunity with Fortune 500 companies and emerging mid-size enterprises.


Influential Peers

Benchmark with the movers and shakers of aerospace and defense.


Industry Experts

Learn from the best in the field and walk away with actionable insights.


Leading Partners

Meet only with the most relevant for your projects and initiatives.



Unparalleled networking opportunities with high profile industry leaders.

What You'll Do

Your registration creates a personalized agenda based on specific areas of responsibility, challenges and interests.


Learning Time

Spend most of your time participating in educational sessions and networking activities.


Educational Sessions

Keynotes, plenary sessions, industry panel discussions, case studies and more.


Networking Activities

Connect with peers who can truly make a difference to your business.


Research Time

25-minute appointments to discover leading solutions guided by knowledgable executives.

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This year, the 100% peer-driven educational program will be centered around 4 key themes addressing the most pressing challenges in aerospace and defense.


Key Themes

close Aerospace Manufacturing & Product Innovation

The A&D industry has created some of the most game-changing technology innovations in the world.  Leading A&D companies are constantly developing innovative technologies, creating new markets, and expanding their growth potentials. However, these great leaps do not come without challenges, innovation is focused on not only the technology products, but also the process for using innovation effectively. Therefore, this track was designed for leaders and innovators to discuss and exchange successful strategies to cultivate their product and technology innovations, and stay ahead of the game.

  • Evolving manufacturing processes while minimizing impact to current programs
  • Leadership alignment via strategic goal deployment
  • Effective Innovation strategies for product development
The A&D industry continues to find new applications for additive manufacturing. Whether it is being used for making prototypes and parts or for creating designs unattainable by traditional manufacturing, additive manufacturing keeps increasing in popularity. As the trend is expected to continue over the next 10 years, it has become imperative to keep up with the growing use of 3D printing and ways of application. During this track, leaders in engineering will address leading approaches of adoption and implementation to help capitalize on the emerging trend.
  • Advanced manufacturing approaches for legacy designs
  • Innovative uses of 3D printing in Aerospace & Manufacturing
  • Approaches to organic procedure development and integration of Additive Manufacturing
Manufacturers involved in the aerospace and defense sector are leading the way by adopting robots, automated guided vehicles and other technology to solve production capacity constraints. Automation has proved to cut costs, improve quality and production rates. Leading manufacturers are investing millions to boost production and optimize their assembly plants. In the coming years automation will play a key role in the industry’s future, therefore, it is imperative for manufactures to keep up within their own operations in order to cut costs and increase their bottom line. During the track, experts will discuss the biggest challenges of automation integration and leading strategies to transform factories for the future.
  • Leveraging the supply base and understanding costs throughout the entire SC value stream
  • Managing Supplier Costs Vs. Quality
  • Smart model automation programs
A highly skilled and robust workforce is essential in the aerospace and defense industry; however, the industry faces impending retirements and a shortage of trained technical graduates in the upcoming years. Many companies predict an extreme impact to their business growth due to this shortage. Companies must act now and take necessary steps in order to reduce the consequences of this growing challenge. This track was specifically designed to discuss initiatives that will alleviate the impending challenges.
  • Maintaining an experienced workforce with an aging workforce population
  • How to achieve high levels of employee engagement
  • Training and development for the future workforce


Get insights from 20+ aerospace and defense executives who are in the field addressing industry challenges.

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Kurtis Jetsel

Director, Facilities and ESH

Lockheed Martin

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Luke Goossen

Vice President of Operations

Scaled Composites, LLC

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Jason Keck

Director of Operations

Precision Aerospace Corporation

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Martin Moran

Director, Operations and Programs

Lockheed Martin

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Bill Bather

Co-Founder and CEO

Machine Metrics

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Lyle Wells

National Director of Leadership Processes

The Flippen Group

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Jeffrey Price

Executive Vice President


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Stephen Engel

Senior Vice President, Practice Lead

Hitachi Consulting

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Brian Hullinger

Director, Engineering


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Dorel Agafitei

Vice President of Quality

Crane Aerospace and Electronics

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John L. Knolla

Director, Product Support Engineering & Certification

LMI Aerospace

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Jon Sobel


Sight Machine

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Paul Oldroyd

Technical Fellow, Manufacturing & Engineering Process Development

Bell Helicopter

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Philippe Babel

Director of Operations

Zodiac Aerospace Corporation

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David McKnight

Senior Manager, Digital Manufacturing Solutions

Hitachi Consulting


Make every session valuable by selecting up to 4 key themes to mix and match the most relevant topics to you.

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Aerospace Manufacturing & Product Innovation
Additive Manufacturing Implementation
Automation Assembly & Supply Chain Management
Workforce Management in Aerospace & Defense

Welcome Cocktail Reception & Registration


Breakfast Buffet


close Operationalizing Digital Manufacturing

Implementing Digital ManufacturingSight Machine - CEO

By 2022 Smart factories will deliver an estimated $500B in value and a 7x increase in overall productivity. What can manufacturing leaders do today to ensure short-term investments support the capabilities required for near and long-term Digital Manufacturing success?

  • How can companies identify their current level of Digital Readiness?
  • What use cases become available as a company increases their Digital Readiness?
  • What pitfalls threaten successful Digital Manufacturing implementations?
  • What has Sight Machine learned from working with the world’s most advanced Digital Manufacturers?


Jon Sobel
CEOSight Machine

Targeted Research Meetings

Super session Presentation

close Journey to Manufacturing 4.0: Disrupting the Commoditization of Manufacturing

Implementing Digital Manufacturingthyssenkrupp North America, Inc. - CEO of North America

Recipes to purposefully drive your own disruption and set your business for digital transformation

Reality is you either disrupt yourself or get disrupted. But, how do we continue to reinvent ourselves? And, how do we leverage our value chain as data becomes more pivotal than our brick and mortar assets? Learn how to drive a controlled disruption and keep your business poised for the digital transformation journey.

Key Take-Aways

  • Understand how a focus on competencies over product and process can lead to continuous innovation during short, rapid time cycles
  • Learn how to employ technology as an enabler to your business while integrating it as an end-to-end solution for your operations
  • Hear ways to inspire your workforce to evolve their skills to function effectively within this digital age


Patrick Bass
CEO of North Americathyssenkrupp North America, Inc.
Breakout Presentation

close The Value of a Comprehensive Ergonomic Program

Workforce Management in Aerospace & DefenseLockheed Martin - Director, Operations and Programs

A comprehensive ergonomic program empowers the workforce to identify ergonomic opportunities, minimize work force injuries, improve manufacturing cycle times and drive down overall production costs. This is accomplished thru multiple programs geared towards equipping employees with ergonomic principals and allowing them to identify problems then design and implement solutions.

Key Take-Aways

  • Learn key elements of an effective ergonomic programs
  • Hear benefits of a program to key stakeholders
  • Hear real case studies and the benefits realized


Martin Moran
Director, Operations and ProgramsLockheed Martin
Breakout Presentation

close Achieving Operational Excellence through Building a Culture of Accountability, Adaptability, and Achievement

Workforce Management in Aerospace & DefensePrecision Aerospace Corporation - Director of Operations

The presentation will focus on establishing the building blocks for high performing work teams. The key is to drive decision making to the most appropriate levels in the organization to achieve speed and agility resulting in Operational Excellence. In order to achieve this, there must be a clear mission, ground rules with which to operate (Boundary conditions), and a decision making framework to empower the team without frustration of delays and red tape.

Key Take-Aways

  • Roadmap for implementing High Performance Work Teams
  • Decision Making Framework
  • Examples of “Real Life” Results
  • “Lessons Learned” to help avoid pitfalls


Jason Keck
Director of OperationsPrecision Aerospace Corporation
Breakout Presentation

close Never doing the same thing twice - A Divergent Approach to Manufacturing Prototype Aircraft

Aerospace Manufacturing & Product InnovationScaled Composites, LLC - Vice President of Operations

Performance in manufacturing is often gained by becoming good at doing the same thing over and over. Processes are refined to obtain the last few degrees of efficiency by reorganizing workstations or getting an extra tool to do the same thing faster, or with less deviation. This is not true innovation however, it is iteration, and the result is a more efficient version of the same thing. Innovation requires the ability to not just iterate a process but to start over to discover something entirely different. Scaled Composites employs the concept of never doing the same thing twice; we are constantly split testing manufacturing methods in our shops to find a better, lower cost, or faster way to build composite aerospace projects.

Key Take-Aways

  • All types of innovation require engaged and empowered teams, but the structure of those teams also matters; some common organizational structures and systems prevent innovation
  • Innovation comes in many forms, but discovery is one of the most valuable. Discovery cannot be planned and requires experimentation. Getting past the cost/schedule constraints that strangle experimentation is half the battle
  • Research and development in manufacturing process can be powerful; constantly split testing production approaches, or never doing the same thing twice, will result in breakthroughs over time
  • Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted”; you can chase metrics or innovation, but it is extremely difficult to chase both at the same time


Luke Goossen
Vice President of OperationsScaled Composites, LLC



Targeted Research Meetings

Breakout Presentation

close Improving Productivity Levels in R&D Environment

StandardAero - Director, Engineering

This presentation addresses the ongoing problem all managers face, motivating your employees.  Strategies to retain and keep employees engaged all while developing visionary talent in today’s workforce.

  • Recruitment and retaining employees
  • Standardizing as many tasks as you can
  • Clear and exciting vision for the future
  • Keep and Improve employee engagement


Brian Hullinger
Director, EngineeringStandardAero
Breakout Presentation

close Smart Manufacturing: Connect Your Machine to Significantly Improve Machine Efficiency

Dell - IoT Solutions Director

Manufacturers face disruption in this digital world. A desire to compete is a prime reason why IDC finds that 75% of industrial manufacturers have technology initiatives driven by digital transformation. At Dell, we understand the challenges faced by manufacturers because we are one, and offer an expansive portfolio of solutions from Industrial PCs to Rugged Tablets which address these top needs.  In this session we will cover real deployments where we are enabling manufactures (including ourselves) to achieve digital transformation with our broad industrial solutions.

  • Key use cases to start your digital transformation journey with
  • Achieving digital transformation in your operations with flexible infrastructure
  • The importance of Edge analytics to future proof your IoT/Automation deployments
  • How to scale faster and safer with the right security and manageability strategy


Kevin Terwilliger
IoT Solutions DirectorDell

Cocktail Reception


Industry Dinner


Breakfast Buffet

Keynote presentation

close Building Smarter Manufacturing with The Internet of Things

Implementing Digital ManufacturingHitachi Consulting - Senior Manager, Digital Manufacturing Solutions

Are you pleased with your current margins? Does your revenue grow by single digits? Is 2017 another year of “trimming costs” to be more efficient with the result being mediocre at best? Hitachi has 100+ years of manufacturing experience. Today, convergence of operational technology and information technology enables manufacturers to be more efficient, agile, and profitable. Learn how Hitachi has employed IoT and Advanced Analytics to solve internal manufacturing challenges and address customer pain points, to realize real operational savings. Key Take-Aways
  • Where is manufacturing headed? IoT will fundamentally change how products are invented, manufactured, shipped and sold
  • With IoT, IP networks and analytics, manufacturers can become more efficient, improve worker safety and offer new business models
  • IoT will help manufacturers improve resource efficiency, safety and return on assets Manufacturers that master this new dynamic will have a variety of new opportunities for revenue growth and cost savings


David McKnight
Senior Manager, Digital Manufacturing SolutionsHitachi Consulting

Targeted Research Meetings

Breakout Presentation

close Engagement and Execution: Modern Supply Chain Solutions

Lockheed Martin - Director, Engineering Professional Development

Today's competitive aerospace environment requires adaption, agility, and responsiveness throughout the entire A&D Supply Chain.  Buyers and Sellers must partner together to offer solutions to the scrutinized budgets, compliance, and schedules while driving demonstrative progress that keeps Programs "sold" and employees engaged.  Overcoming modern obstacles through Engagement and Execution.
  • Engagement – The Art of Understanding
  • Supply Chain: Re-energized
  • Maintaining Agility in a Compliant Environment
  • Just in Time – Just Done Wrong
  • Evolution of Execution


Sam Davis
Director, Engineering Professional DevelopmentLockheed Martin



Experienced industry leaders help us design a relevant and 100% peer-led educational program. Take a look at last year's members!

Steering Committee Members

Chad Stefonowicz Senior Facilities Manager
Honeywell International Inc
Hani Noshi Director, Operational Excellence
Philippe Babel Director of Operations
Zodiac Aerospace Corporation
Ahmed Bakhsh Director of Int'l Engineering
Lockheed Martin
Carter Biggs Manager - Business Optimization
Bell Helicopter Corporation
Pete Bunce President & CEO
General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Conrad Leiva VP Product Strategy & Alliances
iBASEt Inc
Paul Oldroyd Technical Fellow, Mfg. & Engineering Process Dev.
Bell Helicopter Corporation
Mark Peterson VP Operations
L-3 Communications Corporation
Joe Phillips Director Engineering
Textron Inc.
Jeffrey Reed Director, Vehicle Engineering
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Dick Yerington Operations Manager
Orscheln Products L.L.C
Clifford Smith Director, Engineering


Over the year’s we’ve hosted senior level executives from over 80% of the Fortune 100 as well as thousands of up and coming mid-market organizations. See last year's attendees!

Attendee Testimonials

"This was my second time attending the IMPACT Summit. I found it very informative, made some good contacts, and brought back some information that was of benefit to my group. As a result I brought a colleague with me this time. The presentations and scheduling were tailored to my interests. When I preferred to attend presentations not on my original schedule it was modified per my request. I would recommend attendance at these events."

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IMPACT is the aerospace and defense industry’s fastest growing event, quickly establishing a reputation as the deal generating show. Explore last year's solution partners!


The aerospace and defense industry's leading executive-level conference plays host to over 500 senior-level attendees each year. In the last decade, we’ve produced 10 large scale IMPACT conferences across America.


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Your full access conference pass includes overnight accommodations, meals and cocktail receptions.

The Hotel

Red Rock Resort Spa & Casino

Featuring luxurious hotel rooms and suites, three-acre pool backyard, sensuous spa treatments, delectable dining and exciting casino gaming–all overlooking the stunning Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Inspired by the natural beauty of the neighboring mountains, Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa pays homage to the elegant mid-century modern resorts that made Las Vegas famous. Spacious accommodations are designed with modern contemporary décor and a wealth of amenities like no other hotel rooms in Las Vegas, and include a 42-inch HD TV, VOIP internet phones, an automated, fully-stocked private bar and in-room safe.
Accommodations must be booked through the conference organizers and not through the venue directly. We cover the first night and offer a discounted rate. Spouses welcomed. For reservations please contact:
The closest airport to the hotel is McCarran International Airport (LAS). Red Rock does operate a complimentary shuttle between McCarran Airport and the hotel. You can see the shuttle schedule here. Taxis are also available at the airport and cost approximately $50 each way.
Red Rock Resort, Casino & Spa | 11011 W. Charleston Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89135