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 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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In 2018, the educational program was developed by 20 Steering Committee Members and centered around 4 key themes addressing the most pressing challenges in manufacturing seen in today's environment, from maintaining a successful continuous improvement system to the complex managing of innovation, technology and a changing workforce.


Key Themes

close Leadership and Workforce Strategies

This track was specifically developed to support manufacturing leaders with best strategies relating to planning and development, performance improvement and workforce management.  Effective leadership strategies are usually considered the foundation of any successful operation and key to building, developing and motivating the workforce.  This track brings together a comprehensive view of varied methods that tackle some of the most pressing challenges for the top leaders in manufacturing.

Continuous improvement and innovation are the most significant ways for companies to identify opportunities, reduce operating overhead and streamline workflows.  A successful CI plan and innovation programs allow companies to reduce wasted time and effort, resulting in time and money savings. This track will highlight some tested continuous improvement and innovation approaches and effective implementation strategies, through carefully crafted presentations for the manufacturing leader of today.
Plants are, more than ever, continually evolving environments where machinery upgrades, floor layouts, compliance and personnel changes are just some of the most pressing issues for managers. During this track top facility managers will discuss effective approaches to pressing challenges inside operational facilities, including labor and automation, execution systems, and emerging technology for plant optimization, providing comprehensive solutions for day-to-day operations.
The digital revolution is making a big impact in the world of manufacturing, providing more data than ever before. Artificial intelligence, automation and robotics, IoT and additive technology are changing the game for many manufacturers and will transform manufacturing in the next few years. However, the successful application of these technologies into factory operations, production quality and cost-effectiveness are the key challenges. During this track, manufacturing leaders will discuss best strategies, and successful case studies of their successful digital transformation.


Get insights from 40+ manufacturing leaders on keeping up with rapidly-changing times, including digital manufacturing, leadership innovation, effective continuous improvement, and workforce retention development.

Take a look at 2018 Speaker line-up 

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Markus Bolte

Previous Head of Quality Strategy

Previously with Nokia

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Willie Johnson

Engineering Section Head - Platforming

Procter & Gamble

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Orlando Alvarez

President & CEO

BP Energy Company

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Ed Magee

Senior Vice President Operations

Fender Musical Instruments

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Jim Cameron

Vice President, Global Quality


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Patrick Bass

CEO of North America

thyssenkrupp North America, Inc.

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Kurtis Jetsel

Director, Facilities and ESH

Lockheed Martin

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Martin Moran

Director, Operations and Programs

Lockheed Martin

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Mani Janakiram

Director Supply Chain Strategy

Intel Corporation

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Jason Keck

Director of Operations

Precision Aerospace Corporation

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John Glaccum

Senior Director, Global Quality

Johnson & Johnson

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Luke Goossen

Vice President of Operations

Scaled Composites, LLC

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Jeffrey Price

Executive Vice President


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Jon Sobel


Sight Machine

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Bill Bither

Co-Founder and CEO


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Peter Fritsche

VP, Global Operations

Data Sciences International

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Bradley Jakeman

President, Global Beverage Group

Pepsi Co

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Lyle Wells

National Director of Leadership Processes

The Flippen Group

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Stephen Engel

Senior Vice President, Practice Lead

Hitachi Consulting

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Dennis McRae

Vice President Management Consulting

Hitachi Consulting

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Paul Sheehy, CPE

Director- Engineering and Facilities

Herbalife Nutrition

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Ruben Mirensky


IMCO Software

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David Meek

IBM IoT & Industry 4.0 Global Leader for Chemicals, Petroleum & Industrial Products


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Robbie McKee

Sales Manager

JM Performance Products

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Scot Larsen

Chief Technology Officer


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Therese Sonnenfeld

Global MES/MOM Presales Manager

Schneider Electric (Now Aveva)

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Rob Milks

Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Americas


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Toby Price

Vice President of Strategic Sourcing

Honeywell Aerospace

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Brian Perry

Senior Vice President Food Safety & Quality

TreeHouse Foods

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Papao Saisnith

Global Director of Sweeteners

Tate & Lyle

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Brennan Brodie

Director of Sales

Freepoint Technologies

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David Stonehouse

Global Consulting Leader

Rockwell Automation, Inc.

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David McPhail

CEO & President


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Gabor Koertvelyessy

VP & Senior Consultant

Asprova Inc.


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

MondayOpening Address

close Summit Chairman Welcome & Kick Off

thyssenkrupp North America, Inc. - CEO of North America


Patrick Bass
CEO of North Americathyssenkrupp North America, Inc.

Targeted Research Meetings

MondayBreakout Presentation

close Consumer Demands and the Effects on Food Safety

Food Safety and Regulatory RequirementsTreeHouse Foods - Senior Vice President Food Safety & Quality

In a world of every-changing consumer demands we as food manufacturers need to balance consumer wants with delivering safe quality food. Consumers are demanding Clean-label, Organic, Natural, Gluten-free, Probiotic containing, Fresh Foods. While consumer demand drives manufacturing needs, a company needs to balance meeting those demands without compromising Food Safety and Stability in the market-place.

Key Take-Aways

  • Consumer demands drive the need for a global supply chain that drives complexity and potential food safety risks
  • Removal of preservatives from products to meet organic, natural and clean-label needs lead to increased food safety considerations
  • Fresh and Natural products drive shelf life and stability considerations
  • Diving into the Probiotic world brings new concerns about separation and segregation of probiotic containing products and the other products in your facility.


Brian Perry
Senior Vice President Food Safety & QualityTreeHouse Foods
MondayBreakout Presentation

close The Interconnected North America Gas Market: Where do we go from here?

Leadership & Manufacturing Innovation StrategiesBP Energy Company - President & CEO

The global gas market continues to evolve, becoming more interconnected than ever before.  An increasing number of variables drive North American supply and demand balances, playing an important role in future price outlooks. The manufacturing industry will need to consider how factors such as domestic supply growth, global demand, pipeline developments, size and timing of U.S. exports, global weather patterns, and infrastructure outages could potentially impact an already dynamic market.  Understanding how to build a robust risk management strategy to better manage market fluctuations will be essential to safeguard industry’s growth going forward.


Orlando Alvarez
President & CEOBP Energy Company
MondayBreakout Presentation

close From Investing to Operating in the Food & Beverage Industry

Product Development and Innovation to Keep up with Consumer TrendsKombucha Wonder Drink - President

Making the right investment choices in the food & beverage industry 3C’s and 4P’s EBITDA, valuation and beyond What is the value proposition Challenges in operating the food & beverage industry Price/product competition Distribution When to pay for slotting Launching a new product line: better the chance of success Consumer/Retailer buy in Bottom line Guiding Principles: DOING THE RIGHT THING Community (cooperation, not competition) Strategic Partnership Profitability.

Key Take-Aways

  • EBITDA is a good starting point
  • People are the most important asset
  • From profitability to sustainability


Paula Phillips
PresidentKombucha Wonder Drink
MondayCase Study

close Bringing Your Innovations to Life through Savvy Storytelling

Product Development and Innovation to Keep up with Consumer TrendsPepsi Co - Research and Development Director, New Product Innovation

Innovation in any field is always more valuable if it is easily understood by key stakeholders. One of the best ways to do that is through communicating the value quickly and effectively through storytelling. Our Brains are hard wired to process and retain stories and during this session we will discuss tips for storytelling, cover two case studies on innovation and learn the power of delivering a powerful pitch!

Key Take- Aways

  • Techniques to deliver a fast, effective pitch to Leadership or customers to help them see the value of your innovation
  • Insight on enabling simple explanations of technical concepts and how to tie that into your innovation message
  • Storytelling 101: Blueprint your capability around describing why people should get excited about your innovation through understanding of all the key components of what makes up a good story


Alex Tipton
Research and Development Director, New Product InnovationPepsi Co
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Don't Gamble on your People!

Workforce Management in Aerospace & DefenseHoneywell Aerospace - Vice President of Strategic Sourcing

A Vegas inspired discussion on how to make a winning bet on your team.  Feel like a card counting veteran by identifying intentional strategies to improve your odds of developing leaders.  People are the most important asset for any corporation. Learn how to win every time you step up to the table.

Key Take-Aways

  • Craps or Blackjack – which game to play…Define your leadership core
  • Don’t just watch – make the bet… Strategy vs. Action
  • What happens in Vegas, comes home… Perception is reality
  • Go All in… Laying the foundation for a career of mentorship


Toby Price
Vice President of Strategic SourcingHoneywell Aerospace
Monday, October 15Breakout Presentation

close The Connected Enterprise Make Smart Manufacturing Work for You

Implementing Digital ManufacturingRockwell Automation - Information Solutions Sales Executive

Discover How to Bring the Industrial Internet of Things (II oT) to Life. Smart manufacturing and industrial operations embrace a new way forward. This new direction is highly-connected and knowledge-enabled, where devices and processes are connected, monitored, and optimized.

Key Take-Aways

  • Learn about the Rockwell Automation transformation toward smart manufacturing – how we now think and act across our own global manufacturing footprint – what we call our own “Connected Enterprise” journey.
  • Take our lessons learned to encourage your own journey whether you’ve already begun or are just now thinking about getting out of the starting gate.
  • As we look to the future, we will also share some ideas we have for developing a much more eloquently connected supply chain.


Greg Schmidt
Information Solutions Sales ExecutiveRockwell Automation
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Strategic Workforce Practices to Support Innovation and Company Growth

E & J Gallo Winery - Senior Director Workforce Development

The concept behind the presentation is how the robust, consistent application of strategic workforce planning (SWP) practices can be a key enabler to the success of organizations, and especially as it relates to advancements in product development and innovation. Based on industry trends, emerging and maturing technologies, and the composition of the current workforce, it is essential that companies establish strategic workforce planning practices. The presentation would include examination of methodologies, how to overlay and align workforce planning with new product development, and how to look beyond organizational boundaries to establish sustainable workforce practices. Presenter has over 25 years experience in manufacturing, strategic planning, human resources, and workforce planning. 26 years with The Boeing Company with 15 in executive role and now senior director with E. & J. Gallo Winery.

Key Take-Aways

  • Importance of productive strategic workforce planning (SWP)
  • Risks and implications of not establishing long-range workforce planning practices
  • How to align and integrate workforce planning with new product development, new technologies, and other innovations
  • How to develop a fully integrated workforce planning and development strategy including a road map for phased adoption


Richard Coffey
Senior Director Workforce DevelopmentE & J Gallo Winery



Targeted Research Meetings

MondayBreakout Presentation

close Digitizing Quality

Previously with Nokia - Previous Head of Quality Strategy

In my presentation, I will discuss how in an age of rapid digitization, cloudification and increasingly ubiquitous artificial intelligence quickly disrupting existing business models and entire industry segments, a modern quality organization can respond to these challenges to ensure customer satisfaction, strengthen brand value and deliver value to the shareholder.

Key Take-Away

  • Main trends affecting quality in organizations due to digitization
  • How digitization will radically change customers’ perception of what quality is and what it’s worth
  • How digitization will change the way you engage your employees on quality and who owns it
  • How organizations can act proactively to prepare for the swift changes at hand


Markus Bolte
Previous Head of Quality StrategyPreviously with Nokia
MondayCase Study

close Pioneering San Diego's Craft Beer Industry - Staying Relevant After All These Years!

Product Development and Innovation to Keep up with Consumer TrendsKarl Strauss Brewing Co - CEO

Hear the inside story of how Karl Strauss Brewing Company started San Diego’s craft beer revolution in 1989 and how we have built manufacturing systems, customer feedback loops, and a company culture focused on continuous improvement that has enabled us to keep pioneering through the decades and stay relevant with a rapidly changing consumer base.

Key Take-Aways

  • Product Development and Innovation is process that must be planned for and embraced culturally
  • How we have adapted and developed new products to keep up emerging trends
  • Continuous evolution and improvement is necessary to remain on the forefront of your industry
  • Quality is the foundation of success



Chris Cramer
CEOKarl Strauss Brewing Co
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Innovation Partnership: Supply Chain Critical Behaviors

Product Development and Innovation to Keep up with Consumer TrendsSabra Dipping Company LLC - Senior Director of Global Engineering

As companies work to win in the marketplace with new initiatives there are critical behaviors required by all functions to bring this innovation to life. Innovation is a collaborative process that requires a multi-functional approach. This discussion will focus on the critical behaviors needed by supply chain organizations.

Key Take-Aways

  • Innovation is everyone’s job
  • Cross functional partnerships are important
  • Innovation is both nimble and rigorous
  • Building a culture in collaborative innovation



Willie Johnson
Senior Director of Global EngineeringSabra Dipping Company LLC
Breakout Presentation

close Why are Most Companies Still Scheduling With Spreadsheets?

Asprova Inc. - VP & Senior Consultant

Many companies still use spreadsheets and other unsuitable tools to create their production plans and schedules. Why is it hard to move to a better software solution, what are the benefits of such a move, and what is important when choosing a system?

Key Take-Aways

  • Inadequate scheduling causes unnecessary costs
  • Process synchronization is the key for a good schedule
  • Material availability must be considered
  • Make sure that the scheduling software is a good fit for your specific requirements



Gabor Koertvelyessy
VP & Senior ConsultantAsprova Inc.
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
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Industry 4.0 - Bringing The Factory of the Future to Today

Leadership & Manufacturing Innovation StrategiesIMCO Software - CEO

To compete in today’s Global economy, where capital and technology flow a lot easier than what they did decades ago, manufacturing companies will have to rely heavily on technology. The higher level of technology will not be limited to the introduction of automation, i.e. robot technology, to the manufacturing process but will have to encompass every process along the supply chain as well. Industry 4.0 brings higher levels of efficiency and effectiveness to every aspect of the manufacturing and supply chain processes from demand planning to delivery of products to the customer. There are 4 design principles in Industry 4.0, Interoperability, Information Transparency, Technical Assistance, and Decentralized Decisions. In this workshop, we are going to explore how these 4 design principles can help manufacturing companies increase profitability by: • Dramatically increasing Uptime • Substantially reducing scrap and rework • Providing traceability • Drastically reducing working capital tied-up in inventory.

Key Take-Aways

  • Increase up-time
  • Improve traceability
  • Reduce working capital tied up in inventory
  • Reduce scrap and rework



Ruben Mirensky
CEOIMCO Software
Breakout Presentation

close FSMA Industry Perspective and Updates

Food Safety and Regulatory RequirementsGlanbia plc - Director of Quality Control

FSMA is the biggest change in food safety law in over 70 years. It has been 7 years since it was signed into law by President Obama and implementation is still in progress. This presentation will help food and beverage companies understand the history of FMSA, where we are in the implementation timeline, where we are going, and ideas for how to stay the course.

Key Take-Aways

  • History of FSMA
  • FSMA Implementation Timeline and Status
  • FSMA and the Future of Food Safety
  • Ideas for Staying Motivated


Noreen Hobayan
Director of Quality ControlGlanbia plc
Monday, October 15Breakout Presentation

close Data-Driven Manufacturing - Monetizing your Investment with Impactful Continuous Improvement

Implementing Digital ManufacturingMemex Inc. - CEO/President

No matter the size of your company, you can connect your manufacturing assets to your business systems TODAY and be rewarded with a compelling ROI. However, it is not enough for manufacturers to just monitor machines to achieve maximum efficiency and profitability. They must also ensure shop floor data is collected automatically and in real-time, and then must analyze and act appropriately upon this data. In this presentation, MEMEX will use actual case studies to discuss a strategy for monetizing real-time shop floor data that is rooted in a pragmatic approach and focused on the business case / outcome through Impactful Continuous Improvement.

Key Take-Aways

  • Understand the (5) steps to Success with Data-Driven Manufacturing – Connect / Visualize / Analyze / Optimize / Monetize
  • Fuel Lean Continuous Improvement initiatives with Real-time data to get to root cause and counter measures fast
  • Reduce your company’s operating costs by effectively increasing your plant capacity
  • Learn how an investment in Data-Driven Manufacturing can boost your bottom line financial results


David McPhil
CEO/PresidentMemex Inc.
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Application of AI and Analytics for Manufacturing Supply Chain Excellence

Intel Corporation - Director Supply Chain Strategy

Intel’s manufacturing supply chain is a global and complex capital-intensive network, requiring many specialized materials and highly complex manufacturing processes with long lead times and short product lifecycles. To manage this complex supply network, the company embraced the use of AI and analytics in all facets of its manufacturing supply chain to make data-driven decisions. Intel has enabled an intelligent manufacturing supply chain by investing in improved technology, advancing analytics and developing data science skills for its workforce.

Key Take-Aways

  • Learn about Intel’s manufacturing supply chain excellence
  • Key AI and Analytics tools and capabilities to advance your manufacturing supply chain
  • Application of AI and Analytics thru’ use cases
  • Emerging and disruptive technologies for manufacturing supply chain


Mani Janakiram
Director Supply Chain StrategyIntel Corporation
Breakout Presentation

close High Frequency Mobile Process Audit Programs: A Fast-Track Strategy for Cutting Quality Costs & Building a Culture of Quality

Ease - Chief Technology Officer

Unless you’re in the automotive or aerospace manufacturing industries, you probably haven’t heard of Layered Process Audits (LPAs). They are high-frequency process audits conducted on the shop floor to check that correct processes are being done. They focus on how products are made, rather than inspecting finished products. Due to their proactive nature, they detect process errors early to reduce defects and complaints, build a culture of quality through leadership engagement and communication. It’s because of their unique ability to see blind spots and ensure process standardization that more industries are adopting layered process audits to add extra verification around high-risk processes.

Key Take-Aways

  • Adaptation of high-frequency audits on all levels of the manufacturing organization
  • Create audit questions that prevent pencil-whipping and produce real change for the shop floor
  • Hold the gains in quality and continuously sustain meaningful improvements
  • Find out the leading and trailing indicators of high-frequency audit


Scot Larsen
Chief Technology OfficerEase

Cocktail Reception


Industry Dinner


Breakfast Buffet

Keynote Presentation

close Why your Digital Manufacturing Efforts are Doomed to Fail

Sight Machine - Chief Marketing Officer

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?

Key Take-Aways
  • What pitfalls threaten successful Digital Manufacturing implementation?
  • Why are IOT platforms not built for ROI in manufacturing?
  • What are the organizational and cultural challenges?
  • What has Sight Machine learned from working with the world’s most advanced Digital Manufacturers?


Syed Hoda
Chief Marketing OfficerSight Machine
Keynote presentation

close Building Smarter Manufacturing with The Internet of Things

Hitachi Consulting - Senior Vice President, Practice Lead
Hitachi Consulting - Vice President Management Consulting

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


Stephen Engel
Senior Vice President, Practice LeadHitachi Consulting
Dennis McRae
Vice President Management ConsultingHitachi Consulting

Targeted Research Meetings

TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close Bring World Class Maintenance to Your Site in 2018

Product Development and Innovation to Keep up with Consumer TrendsHerbalife Nutrition - Director- Engineering and Facilities

It is time to raise the bar on your expectations from your Maintenance team. Getting to world class maintenance is as much about relationships & following up on what you uncover. You can no longer afford ineffective maintenance. Get on the path to become world class.

Key Take-Aways

  • The path to world class maintenance is not complicated
  • Data is key- so don’t over complicate it
  • You must provide adequate infrastructure to support the efforts
  • The journey is a continuous process: Raise the bar & repeat


Paul Sheehy, CPE
Director- Engineering and FacilitiesHerbalife Nutrition
TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close Getting More from your Existing CNC Equipment Without Spending a Fortune

Leadership & Manufacturing Innovation StrategiesJM Performance Products - Sales Manager

A flaw exists in the design of V-Flange tooling that is costing the manufacturing sector a tremendous amount of money in terms of time, lost production and excessive tool life. The presentation will illustrate how the flaw was identified and ultimately remedied. An in-depth discussion into process and tooling changes to eliminate the cause of the problem, namely toolholder expansion, will be held. These changes enable shops to increase their production on their existing equipment by 10-40% while increasing their tool life by 15% and more. The presentation will provide details key to the implementation process and describe the systematic method of achieving faster speeds and feed rates on existing equipment. Actual case studies are included, beginning with the problems that were presented in real-time milling environments and ending with how affected companies optimized their CNC spindles. The discussion will include attention to routine maintenance practices and encourage employee education. Participants will learn how optimizing the CNC spindle and tooling connection will make V-flange tooling the most accurate, affordable and productive tooling system available, making it possible for every shop to increase their speeds and feed rates and realize an increase in productivity on existing CNC equipment.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Identify symptoms of v-flange tooling flaws in seeing how they impact one’s own CNC environment
  • Recognizing the effect of the flaws on one’s CNC production
  • Using the tools learned to correct the flaws
  • Increase production and improve tool life without making a large capital commitment



Robbie McKee
Sales ManagerJM Performance Products
TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close Optimize Operations and Reduce Total Cost of Ownership with Performance Monitoring in the Cloud

Schneider Electric (Now Aveva) - Global MES/MOM Presales Manager

Cloud computing is a critical technology enabler driving the digital transformation of manufacturing. With cloud and hybrid deployment models of operations management solutions, companies can improve operational performance, increase asset reliability and increase recipe agility while lowering total cost of ownership and expanding advanced capabilities to manual or semi-automated plants.

Key Take-Aways

  • See how you can improve throughput and productivity on existing equipment
  • Easily develop, communicate and standardize best practices across multiple sites
  • Learn how you can reduce total cost of ownership with cloud and hybrid deployment models
  • Discover how cloud solutions enable advanced capabilities (predictive maintenance, performance monitoring, etc.) in areas where it wouldn’t previously have been economically feasible


Therese Sonnenfeld
Global MES/MOM Presales ManagerSchneider Electric (Now Aveva)
TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close Leveraging IIoT for Productivity Gains - in 30 days or less!

Freepoint Technologies - Director of Sales

IIoT technologies represent a tremendous opportunity to connect all your machines, in their current state, to effective cloud based productivity improvement tools today, by using technology to connect machines and engage workers at the same time. It’s more than connecting machines; it’s about engaging people by providing meaningful information.

Key Take-Aways

  • All machines can be connected, cost effectively, today
  • You do not have to change or modify existing infrastructure
  • Engaged employees are effective employees
  • Start small, achieve proven results, and then scale


Brennan Brodie
Director of SalesFreepoint Technologies
Tuesday, October 16Breakout Presentation

close Get More from Your Plant Floor

5ME - 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
TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close Win the War on Taste while Reducing Sugar & Calorie Content

Product Development and Innovation to Keep up with Consumer TrendsTate & Lyle - Global Director of Sweeteners

Together we can help improve lives for generations by tackling child obesity and adult diabetes by promoting healthier eating and increased education. Consumers are seeking to live a healthier lifestyle by reducing sugar and calorie intake but do not want to sacrifice on the taste experience. Significant taste barriers exist for consumers to switch to low or no sugar products until now. Come learn about how ingredient innovation can reduce sugar and calories, deliver on consumers taste expectations w/ a consumer friendly label.

Key Takeaways:

  • Market and consumer trends impacting sugar and calorie reduction
  • Impact of reducing the caloric footprint
  • Keys to successful ingredient innovation launches
    • Innovation – Manufacturing, Application and Acceptable Cost in Use
    • Supporting Claims
    • Labeling – What are Consumers seeking?
    • Marketing Emerging Ingredients


Papao Saisnith
Global Director of SweetenersTate & Lyle



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

Steering Committee Members

Don Dunkers VP of Manufacturing Operations
Bayer AG
Scott Detilo Vice President
Tim Schafhauser Vice President--Manufacturing
U.S. Vision
John Wuschner Vice President - Engineering and Quality
Kahle Automation
Kevin Thorne VP of Operations
Mizuho Orthopedic Systems
Scott Wishart Director of Global Continuous Improvement
Hill-Rom Company
Mike Kelemen Director of Continuous Improvement
U.S. Boiler Company Inc
Robert Wood PE VP of World Wide Manufacturing
Varian Medical Systems Inc
Jim Robinson VP of Operations
Advanced Bionics Corporation
Jack Feng VP of of Operational Excellence
Commercial Vehicle Group
Darryll Niven Chief Manufacturing Officer
Park-Ohio Industries Inc
Mike Bond Chief Operation Officer
Fluidmaster Inc.
Michael Bommarito Engineering Director
American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc
Hani Noshi Director, Operational Excellence
Paul Cafaro Director LSS, Quality, North America
Sherman Williams
Jim Causey Chief Operating Officer
Ushers Machine & Tool Co Inc
April Loui Director, Quality
Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Richard Cope Chief Executive Officer
NanoLumens, Inc
Chad Saldana Plant Manager
Coast Composites, Inc
Michael Haessly Director of Quality
Delta Systems, Inc
Ravi Singhal Plant Head
Polyplex USA
Rafael Romero Enterprise Principle Leader CIC, VSF and VF
Johnson Control


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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