Renaissance Schaumburg, Chicago

Invitation-only means an exceptional experience, on us

Coordinated by your personal concierge, a schedule is tailored to your professional goals and company priorities.


Complimentary Pass

Inventive learning, renown speakers, executive networking. All free to you.


Travel Reimbursement

$200 of your travel is covered if you’re trekking over 100 miles to attend.



Your first night’s stay is on us and a discounted rate is available thereafter.


5 Star Catering

All of your meals and libations are complimentary throughout the event.

Join the Upper Tier of Innovation

A curated audience reserved for the senior level of Fortune 500 and mid-market organizations puts you in exceptional company.


Affluent Peers

Meet the people who are just as invested in innovation as you are.


Influential Leaders

Learn valuable strategy components from today’s very best.


Proven Solutions

Meet industry leading solution providers, hand picked for your priorities.



Take this unprecedented opportunity to connect with high profile execs.

A curated experience to cultivate achievement

Based on your specific areas of responsibility, challenges and interests we’ll craft a personal agenda that paves your path to success.


Days of Insight

Jump in the discussion through focused educational sessions and networking opportunities.


Innovative Sessions

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


Networking Opportunities

Tie into contemporaries and mentors interested in the same avenues of opportunity as you.


Research Meetings

Meet one-on-one with executives delivering on the solutions that are shaping the industry.

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Peer-Led Education

The IMPACT Steering Committee consists entirely of your contemporaries, meaning we tackle the themes that have profound significance to your performance and your company.


Key Themes

close Emerging Technology Impacting R&D

Digital manufacturing, additive processes, and a wealth of data are fueling the fire to iterate faster and smarter. Learn how to leverage emerging tech to stay ahead of the competition.

Allocate your budget to the right projects, align strategically with cost containment goals, and understand the role of sustainability in R&D.
Navigate the precarious line between innovation vs. quality when designing new products. Master lean implementation strategy as well as tactics for optimal new product launches.
Capture the right data and use the right metrics to get to market faster. Learn how to strategically improve your R&D processes and keep pace with evolving consumer demand.

High Profile Speakers

Hear strategic endeavors and skillful insights from 20+ R&D leaders as they make way in today’s changing landscape.

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Ray Cull

Executive Director - Research and Development

SI Group

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Ken Chrisman

President, Product Care

Sealed Air

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Lawrence Martin

Global Sr. Vice President Product Development

Epicor Software

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Archana Khetan

Vice President Product Management

Zebra Technologies Corporation

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Vikas Malhotra

Chief Research and Product Development Officer

Dorel Juvenile Group

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Chris Cunningham

Global Vice President - Product

Burton Snowboards

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Abraham Kang

Sr. Director Software

Samsung Corporation

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Michael Friedmann

Senior Vice President Global Marketing Product Management and Customer Service

Rosenbauer International AG

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Nissim Lehyani

Director of Digital Marketing Products


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Ashok Kulkarni

Vice President Engineering

The New IEM, LLC

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Raja Shembekar

Director of Engineering

DENSO International America

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Paul Babin

Director of Technology, Innovation & Sustainability

thyssenkrupp North America, Inc.

2019 Full Agenda

Your personal concierge will craft a custom schedule based on your interests and priorities. View the complete agenda below.

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Sustainability & Cost Containment Management
New Project Development, Design & Innovation
Streamlining the R&D Process for Success

Welcome Cocktail Reception & Registration


Breakfast Buffet


Targeted Research Meetings




Targeted Research Meetings

Monday, May 20Breakout Presentation

close Designing, Planning, and Managing a Lean Transformation

Continuous Improvement & InnovationThe Murli Group - CEO

Since Lean was first introduced to the US, there have evolved many different approaches to gaining its acceptance and adoption throughout the organization. Over the years of experience, we learned how to characterize individual organizations and their specific needs. From this, we can develop a detailed transformation plan and methods to manage it through to completion at a rate that makes sense for your specific organization.

Key Take-Aways

  • How to characterize your organization
  • How to develop a detailed transformation plan
  • How to carry your plan through to successful completion


Joe Murli
CEOThe Murli Group

Industry Dinner


Breakfast Buffet


Targeted Research Meetings



Executive Steering Committee

Experienced R&D leaders work with us to focus our program on trends that will move the needle at your company.

Steering Committee Members

Thomas Schubert Chief Engineering Officer
Gibbs & Cox , Inc
Lisa Sykes Quality Director
Merck & Co
Sameer Talsania Senior Manager, External Innovation
Dave Everett Vice President, Engineering
Spectrum Brands
Tiffany Nesbit Vice President, Engineering
Elbit Systems of America
Praveen Gupta Director of Quality
Stephen Gould Corporation
Gene Hawkins Vice President of Engineering
ADAC Automotive
Paul Kobishop Global Director of Quality and Safety
Reynolds Polymer Technology
Suresh Rama Director of Engineering and Innovation
Valiant Machine & Tool Inc.
Daniel Stef Director, Manufacturing Engineering and Operational Excellence
Sloan Valve Company
John Wedgworth Quality Control Manager
Capitol Aggregates , Ltd.

An Esteemed Audience

Thousands of R&D executives have joined us over the years for what has been voted the “most effective trade show” for over a decade. Use our tools to demonstrate ROI to your C-Suite.

Attendee Testimonials

Attendee List


IMPACT has quickly become established as the “deal generating show”.


The research and development 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.

Have Questions?

We’ve answered a few FAQs to get you started. For any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Our Team

Josh Ridener

Vice President
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Marin Silvers

VP of Operations
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Riley McLaughlin

Content Director
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Fesa Berenc

Attendee Relations Executive
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George Marinakis

Sales Manager
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Robert Scolaro

Account Executive
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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