Renaissance Schaumburg, Chicago

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 and network with the movers and shakers of manufacturing.


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 manufacturing.


Key Themes

close Effective Continuous Improvement

Continuous improvement is a great way for companies to identify opportunities and integrate improvements into their day-to-day operations. Working to constantly improve is the number one way in which businesses reduce operating overhead and streamline workflows.  A successful CI plan allows companies to reduce wasted time and effort, resulting in time and money savings. This track will highlight some effective and tested continuous improvement strategies through carefully crafted presentations and case studies for the manufacturing leader of today.

  • Selecting and Defining Six Sigma Projects for Success
  • Adaptation of Kaizen in US Manufacturing
  • How to Sustain Meaningful Improvements Without Additional Resources
  • Workplace Motivation for Continuous Improvement
This track was specifically developed to support manufacturing leaders with best strategies and management tactics relating to planning and development, innovation, performance improvement and technology application.  Effective leadership strategies are usually considered the foundation of any successful operation.  Top leaders also see innovation and technology implementation as some of the most important ways for companies to accelerate the pace of change in today's global business environment. This track brings together a comprehensive view of varied methods that tackle some of the most pressing challenges in leadership.
  • Leadership Planning and Development: Influencing without Authority
  • Building a Successful and Sustainable Business Planning Process
  • Product Development & Innovation: R&D for Process Improvement
  • Leading Change and Manufacturing Innovation in Global Market
  • Inspiring and Motivating Teams for Collaboration and Success
In the business world, it has now been established that to drive optimal levels of operational success, business leaders need to engage high-performing employees, foster new talent and keep developing their workforce. Throughout this track workforce management experts will discuss top approaches to keeping an engaged workforce, managing the changing landscape and tackling the task of attracting qualified talent.
  • How to Attract Millennials into Perceived Lower Tech Manufacturing Careers
  • Workforce Training and Development: Creating Leaders at all Levels
  • Improving Current Employee Engagement and Productivity Levels
  • Strategies for Retention of Skilled Employees in a Changing Workforce Landscape
The digital revolution is making a big impact in the world of manufacturing, providing more data than ever before. Artificial intelligence, automation and robotics, and additive technology are changing the game for many manufacturers and will transform every aspect of manufacturing in the next few years. However, the successful application and implementation of these technologies to optimize factory operations, boost product quality or improve cost-effectiveness is the challenge that many manufacturers are confronting. During this track, manufacturing leaders will discuss best strategies, practices and successful case studies of their digitization transformation.
  • Overcoming Roadblocks to Achieving Low Investment Digital Manufacturing
  • The Impact of Internet of Things on the Manufacturing Floors
  • Automation and Robotics: The Impact on the Factory Floor and Future Workforce
  • Current and Future Opportunities of Additive Manufacturing


Get insights from 20+ manufacturing executives who are in the field addressing industry challenges.

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Andria Long

Vice President of Innovation

Johnsonville Sausage

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Art Hyde

Chief Engineer

Ford Motor Company

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Binny Samuel

Offering Leader, Internet of Things


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Brian Strobel

Director of Quality

L-3 Communications Corporation

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Colleen Kavanagh

CEO & Co-Founder

ZEGO Snacks

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Conrad Leiva

VP Product Strategy and Alliances

iBASEt Inc.

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David McPhail

CEO & President


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Dorel Agafitei

Vice President of Quality

Crane Aerospace and Electronics

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Ferhan Ozadali

Director, Global R&D - Processing

Mead Johnson Nutrition

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Gail Stultz

Business Development Director

Advanced Material Solutions

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Jarda Smrz

General Manager

PINpoint Information Systems Inc.

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Jeffrey Price

Executive Vice President


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Jessica Campbell

Senior Counsel

Tyson Foods

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Joaquin Anon Suarez

Performance Manager

Danone Wave

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John Biedry

Former Senior Director, Global Lean Enterprise


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John Jackie

VP of Sales and Marketing

Alta Via Consulting

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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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Joseph Myers

Vice President of Quality

Dayco Products LLC

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Justin Kobler

Vice President of Manufacturing

Land O'Frost

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Kevin Terwilliger

IoT Solutions Director


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Mark Novak

Director of Operations

Global Organics

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Maya Gal



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Michael Armstead

Regional Director of Safety

Bimbo Bakeries

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Mike Davis

Director of Quality

Baldwin Richardson Foods

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Patrick Masterson

Vice President of Corporate Manufacturing

Husco International

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Paul Cafaro

Director LSS, Quality, North America - Latin America

Sherwin Williams

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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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Pietro Di Pilato

Senior Vice President Technical, Innovation and Brand Change


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Rafael Romero

Enterprise Principle Leader for Continuous Improvement Culture, Value Stream Flow and Visual Factory

Johnson Controls

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Scott Detillo

Vice President of Operations


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Sean Maroney

Plant Manager

Maplehurst Bakeries LLC

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Stephen Engel

Senior Vice President, Practice Lead

Hitachi Consulting

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Thomas A. Schubert

Chief Engineering Officer

Gibbs & Cox, Inc.

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Tim Schafhauser

Vice President of Manufacturing

US Vision

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Wylie Smith

Director, Software Engineering


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Youping Gao, Ph.D.

Discipline Lead, Additive Manufacturing

Aerojet Rocketdyne

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Scot Larsen

Chief Technology Officer



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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Welcome Cocktail Reception & Registration


Breakfast Buffet

Keynote Presentation

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

MondaySuper 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.
MondayBreakout Presentation

close How to Solve the 5 Pervasive Team Challenges and Transform Your Business

Workforce & Talent ManagementThe Flippen Group - National Director of Leadership Processes

People represent the greatest investment opportunity in any company. They’re also the greatest challenge. And the challenges multiply when people work together on teams. Despite the dysfunction of the majority of business teams, teamwork has never been more important for fast-growth companies.

Key Take-Aways

  • How to accelerate the effectiveness of new teams and new leaders
  • How to deal effectively with contentious teams and teammates
  • How to optimize high-functioning teams and navigate change initiatives
  • How to to develop and retain your high potentials


Lyle Wells
National Director of Leadership ProcessesThe Flippen Group
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Reducing Hardware Development Time Through Virtual Testing

Leadership & Manufacturing Innovation Strategies

Product Development from concept to market in less than a year is becoming the norm. The appetite for increasing functionality in smaller and lighter devices is insatiable. We are now expecting access to cloud computing in the palm of our hands that can respond to your voice, touch gesture and your very location. The reality in consumer electronics is that there many unknown complex system interactions and we are not afforded years of risk assessment in this highly competitive market. What is the correct approach in designing product at risk where engineering cost and schedule are finite? In this talk we will examine 3 strategies:  1. Working backwards from the customer to product risk 2. Design through virtual simulation tools;  3. Development of customer-use centric specifications using stress-strength analysis. We will examine how leveraging the power of cloud computing has enabled these new methods and shape the future of Product development.

Key Take-Aways

  • Accurate representation of device usage is now enabled with cloud computing
  • Higher customer satisfaction is achieved through the use of big data stress-strength analysis
  • Time to market has been reduced 2x with these simulation techniques


MondayBreakout Presentation

close Accelerate Your Digital Transformation: Enabling Industrial IoT to Get Results Now

Implementing Digital ManufacturingMachineMetrics - Co-Founder and CEO

Industrial IoT has been on the minds of manufacturers for a few years, yet there have been very few truly successful implementations, and a great deal of hesitancy exists for manufacturers to embrace the technology and modernization that solves the new challenges presented. According to McKinsey, of all global industries, Manufacturing produces the most amount of data yet has the least digital penetration. One primary reason is that it’s hard to extract data not only from machines but from machine operators and manufacturing systems. Learn how simplifying connectivity can result in a more rapid and successful IoT implementation, and drive real value not just into the future but today. Are you ready to accelerate your Digital Transformation? Enable IIoT and start realizing results now.

Key Takeaways:

  • Simplifying machine connectivity
  • Harnessing the knowledge of your manufacturing workers
  •  What is the edge?
  •  Moving from descriptive analytics to prescriptive analytics
  •  A roadmap to a successful IIoT implementation


Bill Bither
Co-Founder and CEOMachineMetrics
MondayBreakout 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
MondayCase Study

close Fender: A Transformation Story

Leadership & Manufacturing Innovation StrategiesFender Musical Instruments - Senior Vice President Operations

Join Ed Magee, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation’s SVP of Operations, for an inside look at the company’s manufacturing transformation story and best practices for internal and contract manufacturing. In this presentation, Magee will explore leadership and innovation strategies at Fender, in addition to the company’s rich history in manufacturing. Since 1946, Fender has evolved its manufacturing processes with technological developments, always continuing to innovate to maintain its leadership in the musical instruments manufacturing space.


Ed Magee
Senior Vice President OperationsFender Musical Instruments



Targeted Research Meetings

MondayBreakout Presentation

close The Future of A&D Leadership

Workforce & Talent ManagementLockheed Martin - Director, Facilities and ESH

The rate of change in our world is unprecedented and yet we continue to operate with an outdated leadership paradigm. The new leadership paradigm enables and inspires people. Learn the 3 key behaviors future leaders must exhibit to ‘inspire the humanity’ in your people.

Key Take-Aways

  • Learn 3 key leadership behaviors mandatory for future leaders
  • Take away one action to apply the same day in each of the key behaviors
  • Learn about the most important leadership skill you don’t currently possess and how to develop the behavior


Kurtis Jetsel
Director, Facilities and ESHLockheed Martin
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Strategies to Improve Supply Chain Agility, while Driving Improved Manufacturing and Portfolio Productivity

Leadership & Manufacturing Innovation StrategiesProcter & Gamble - Engineering Section Head - Platforming

In our ever changing businesses, we are constantly challenged to deliver faster manufactured products at reduced cost. With the increase in e-commerce, we are also asked to provide more variety. Therefore, I would like to share thoughts on how to approach this and drive optimized business solutions.

Key Take-Away

  • Getting clear on the true business need
  • Understand what levers you have to deliver the intent
  • Push for breakthroughs in areas where the solutions are undefined


Willie Johnson
Engineering Section Head - PlatformingProcter & Gamble
Breakout Presentation

close What’s Important to Me is Not Important to You!

Leadership & Manufacturing Innovation StrategiesJohnson & Johnson - Senior Director, Global Quality

Prioritization of objectives and tasks across multiple functions presents an ever-present challenge to manufacturing and quality leadership. Taking lessons from my years as a Senior Quality Leader within Johnson & Johnson, I will discuss strategies and tools for gaining cross functional alignment on goals that will help teams prioritize their work on a day to day basis to increase collaboration and results!

Key Take-Aways

  • That aligning on goals across functions is critical
  • Always focus on the customer to set priorities
  • How to effectively resolve conflicting priorities
  • Aligning teams


John Glaccum
Senior Director, Global QualityJohnson & Johnson

Cocktail Reception


Industry Dinner


Breakfast Buffet


Targeted Research Meetings

TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close Get More from Your Plant Floor

Implementing Digital Manufacturing5ME - Executive Vice President

The emergence of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is bringing to market technologies that are fundamentally transforming the world of manufacturing. Asset Connectivity, Data Extraction, and Data Manipulation are no longer technical barriers to achieving Smart Manufacturing. Is your organization educated, aligned, and structured to leverage these technologies and reap their benefits? Learn why deploying a Smart Manufacturing platform is easier than it looks.

Key Take-Aways

  • Connectivity Layers and Strategies – Edge, FOG, Cloud
  • Communication Protocol Standardization
  • Begin with the End in Mind: What’s the problem you’re trying to solve?
  • Which Data is Right for You? – Define Your Use Cases
  • Driving Transparency Across the Enterprise – Integrating with Business Systems


Jeffrey Price
Executive Vice President5ME
Breakout Presentation

close Win the "War on Waste" through Progressive Capability Programs

Leadership & Manufacturing Innovation StrategiesCoorsTek - Vice President, Global Quality

Winning the “war on waste” requires a well thought out strategy fought on multiple fronts. This talk presents an overview of how we used Quality Centers of Expertise; management systems (internal, external, and customer audits), metrology (measuring things the right way with the right tools), and process control (proactively controlling and managing outputs) to meet ever increasing customer requirements without significantly impacting our cost structure.

Key Take-Aways

  • Change the way your company thinks about Quality: develop an organizational vision
  • Change the playing field: measure Quality differently by focusing on the system rather than output at the end of the line
  • Meeting “spec” is no longer enough; it’s just the ante into the game. Understand your capabilities compared to your customers’ expectations
  • Progressive capability programs promote standardization and allow easier management of global quality expectations across multiple factories


Jim Cameron
Vice President, Global QualityCoorsTek
TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close How to Overcome Workforce Challenges and Deliver the Desired Results

Workforce & Talent ManagementData Sciences International - VP, Global Operations

Today’s workforce is more diverse than ever before, employee engagement is reported to be at an all-time low, business financial performance pressures continue to grow, the pace of change is relentless and the impact of technology is expanding on an increasing number of fronts. With all of these head-winds, how can we be successful? In this presentation I’ll share my perspective and experiences to overcome these challenges and deliver the desired results. The tools we will discuss come from a variety of sources and can be applied to any type of business.

Key Take-Aways

  • Why not to “train” but rather to teach
  • Neuroscience-based approach to improving performance
  • Why company history and culture matters
  • Focus on aspirations that unite


Peter Fritsche
VP, Global OperationsData Sciences International



Experienced industry leaders help us design a relevant and 100% peer-led educational program.

Steering Committee Members

Jeff Knight COO
Classic Optical Laboratories Inc.
Cristina Cristea COO
Daniel McFall Chief Operating Officer
Stimson Lumber Company
Patrick Tang VP Technology - Hardware Dev
Bamidele Ali CCO
XG Sciences
Patrick Pollock CEO
Genesis Systems Group, LLC
Tony Spielberg CEO
Boone Center Inc
Kenneth Barra Director of Engineering
Spinal Elements
Jason Keck Director of Operations
Precision Aerospace Corporation
Loran Cox Director of Quality
Paul Arrieta Director of Technical Services
Visionaire Lighting, LLC
Bruno Padovani Director, LEAN Manufacturing
Ferrara Candy Company
Bill Duarte Director, Lean Systems
Columbia Forest Products
Kim Appling Divisional Vice President-Operations
Eddie Bauer LLC
Rez Moghaddasian Vice President of Engineering
Varsha Nainani Vice President Quality & Regulatory
Dhaliwal Labs
Mary Plemons VP of Franchise Operations
Verlo Mattress
Mo Toumert VP of Manufacturing and Operations
Meyer Products
Nancy Baek VP of Product Development/Production
Rebecca Minkoff
Luanne Ruddy Director, Operations
Jim Tortorelli President and CEO
American Home Products LLC


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.

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IMPACT is the manufacturing industry’s fastest growing event, quickly establishing a reputation as the deal generating show.


The manufacturing 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

Renaissance Schaumburg

Experience refined style at the Renaissance Hotel in Schaumburg where stunning design blends seamlessly with impeccable service.

Our Schaumburg hotel accommodations boast stylish design and luxurious comfort. Located in an accessible hub with a sophisticated collection of retail and culinary options such as Sam & Harry’s and Woodfield Mall, this Schaumburg, Illinois hotel serves as an indigenous ambassador for entire Chicagoland area…and a gateway for the entire Midwest.
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 nearest airport is Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD), which is less than 15 miles away. Alternatively, you may fly into Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW). This hotel does not provide shuttle service. Taxis are readily available at the airport.
The Renaissance Schaumburg  | 1551 N. Thoreau Drive Schaumburg, IL 60173