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Day 1 – Monday October 30th 2017
7:45 – 8:45am
Registration & Refreshments

8:45 – 8:55am
Chair’s Opening Remarks
  • Introductory remarks by the Chair in the plenary room

Eric Pope
Vice President, Operations
US Synthetic

8:55 – 9:30am
Advanced Leadership & Manufacturing Strategies
Increasing People Engagement through Coaching, Mentoring and Empowerment

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      In today’s manufacturing environment, companies aspire to be free of safety and quality incidents while mastering performance. To achieve this, it is necessary for companies to develop their team members through effective coaching and mentoring to ensure that all members understand the path to success. At Nestlé, we have accelerated this journey by leveraging Nestlé Continuous Excellence (NCE) which is our way of engaging the hearts and minds of our people in a consumer driven war on waste. Since the launch of Nestlé Continuous Excellence in 2008, Nestlé has increased people engagement through empowerment and by involving our people in support of creating value for the end consumer. While Nestlé Continuous Excellence has been beneficial to all employees, it has had a big impact on employees within manufacturing.

Key Messages:

  • Understanding how Nestlé Continuous Excellence improves maintenance and reliability in Nestlé
  • The benefit of empowering employees through coaching
  • How to translate ‘Going for Zero’ to your site by building competencies in your people
  • Increasing reliability by increasing capability

Stephanie Pullings Hart
Vice President of Manufacturing
Nestlé USA – Ice Cream

Developments in Lean & OpEx
The Future of Continuous Improvement
  • How is CI going to be different in the future and how can we prepare?
  • The world around us is changing and therefore, CI requires a rethink from how it has been done in the last 50 years
  • How can lean and Six Sigma be interpreted and deployed moving forward?

John Biedry
Former Senior Director, Global Lean Enterprise

10:05 – 10:10am
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10:10 – 10:45am
Case Study
How can Determining the Maturity of your Lean Journey Open Up New Possibilities?

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  • What is the best way to measure your lean initiative?
  • What external accreditation boards are being used?
  • How are new developments in IT supporting continuous improvement and its measurement?
  • Can different facilities be truly compared if the processes used and products manufactured differ?

Andrew Lux
Vice President

Case Study
Future Technologies & IoT
“Who Said Nothing Is Free?” – Understanding the Science of Inventory Reduction


  • The science of inventory reduction – demand forecast, orders, supplier data
  • Data points to factor in
  • Practical case study – inventory reduced by 25% with no impact on shipping performance or premium freight fees
  • Applying an OpEx mindset

Jack Feng
Vice President of Operational Excellence
Commercial Vehicle Group

10:45 – 11:45am
iSolve & Networking Refreshments

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11:45 – 12:20pm
Solution Spotlight
Developments in Lean & OpEx
Driving to Zero: An Executive Discussion and Case Study on Exceptional Manufacturing Performance

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  • Challenge existing paradigms by embracing zero-loss thinking in cost, quality, and safety
  • Build and optimize a performance system vs. launching more initiatives
  • Leverage the power of operational excellence to deliver on corporate strategy and outperform competition
  • Establish the business case for change at all levels of the organization

Jordan Workman
Director of NA & EMEA Client Development

12:20 – 12:25pm
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12:25 – 1:00pm
Case Study
Advanced Leadership & Manufacturing Strategies
Change Management: Managing Change at the Top

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  • A full change of the leadership team impacting on people, processes and government

Atul Patel
Plant Manager
The Clorox Company

Case Study
Future Technologies & IoT
Advanced Manufacturing Initiatives in the US


  • “Public-Private Partnerships” between various branches of the USG and collaborative consortium based teams made up of companies, universities, and state and local governments are paving the way forward for advanced manufacturing in the US
  • Since launching in 2012, the USG has pledged over $1 Billion and the various consortiums of Industry/University/State & local government teams have pledged over $2 Billion to do advanced manufacturing research in the Technology Readiness Levels “TRL 4 to 7”
  • Over 1,300 companies, universities, and non-profits, scattered over 44 states, are participating

Dean L. Bartles, Ph. D
Director – John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center
University of New Hampshire

1:00 – 2:00pm
Networking Lunch

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Lunchtime Roundtable: Best Practices for Manufacturing Digitization & Supply Chain

2:00 – 2:35pm
Solution Spotlight
Future Technologies & IoT

Best Practices for Manufacturing Digitization & Supply Chain

  • We will share best practices for successful digitization of your manufacturing enterprise.
  • This practical discussion will move beyond buzz words to review actual implementations

David Stonehouse
Director, Global Connected Enterprise
Rockwell Automation

Solution Spotlight
Advanced Leadership & Manufacturing Strategies
Cost Reduction Strategies in Production, Systems and Procurement

Jaymee Del Rosario
International Metal Source

2:35 – 2:40pm
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2:40 – 3:15pm
Case Study
Developments in Lean & OpEx
Implementing Lean on a Global Scale: Succeeding through Diversity of Products, Processes and People

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  • Common success factors throughout the business
  • Leadership – Benchmarking – Accountability
  • Culture of continuous improvement – open minds
  • Balancing the value and priority of the lean methodology to the individual manufacturing unit and the business as a whole
  • A tailored approach without forgetting core principles
  • Coaching and culture – developing the best of each culture across the globe

Alejandro Tassara
Global Director, Luvata Production System
Luvata Special Products

Case Study
Future Technologies & IoT
Creating a Technology Ecosystem for Flexible Hybrid Electronics


  • Giving everyday products the power of silicon ICs by combining them with new and unique printing processes and new materials
  • Technologies available today
  • Consumer and commercial applications
  • Challenges of implementation

Jason Marsh
Director of Technology (CTO)

3:15 – 4:15pm
iSolve & Networking Refreshments

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4:15 – 4:50pm
Case Study
Advanced Leadership & Manufacturing Strategies
Strategic Deployment and Hoshin Kanri – “It’s A Ground War Not An Air War”


  • Wabash’s Hoshin Kanri journey – Passion, Perspective and Planning
  • Climate and culture must support the initiative
  • SDP table stakes – it takes to courage launch an initiative and the grit and tenacity it takes to stay with it
  • Be real about your situation

Ryan King
Director of Operational Excellence
Wabash National Corporation

Case Study
Future Technologies & IoT
Latest Manufacturing Technologies for Low-cost, Energy-efficient Manufacturing of Advanced Polymer Composites


  • IACMI’s focus on development and characterization of energy-efficient, high-rate, and low-variability manufacturing processes from constituent materials through composite structures
  • Where the technology stands now and where will it be in 5-10 years
  • Capabilities to move innovative composite materials technologies from the laboratory to commercial-ready status

Uday Vaidya
Chief Technology Officer
Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation

4:50 – 4:55pm
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4:55 – 5:40pm
Panel Discussion
Advanced Leadership & Manufacturing Strategies
Your Say – Interactive Panel
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The interactive panel discussion will focus on the following key focus areas from last year’s summit:

  • How can multiple sites follow a shared way of working and performance improvement program when the working cultures and backgrounds are so varied?
  • What pattern of performance improvement can be expected from implementing corporate lean programs in multiple factory networks?
  • What can and cannot be reflected in KPIs?
  • With human error contributing close to 50% of all quality deviation related issues, what are the solutions to this issue? Increased automation or a change in mentality and approach?

Ron Dunford
Board of Directors
Schreiber Foods

William Osborne
Senior Vice President, Global Manufacturing & Quality

Amy Meyer
VP – Kohler Operating System and Supply Chain
Kohler Co

5:40 – 5:45pm
Chair’s Closing Remarks
  • Closing remarks by the Chair in the plenary room and end of Day 1

Eric Pope
Vice President, Operations
US Synthetic

5:45 – 6:45pm
Evening Drinks Reception
7:00 – 10:00pm
Awards Dinner
American Manufacturing Leadership Award 2017 – Gala Dinner

AMS Awards Banners LogoThe American Manufacturing Leadership Award 2017 will be presented to Jose Miguel L. Ascaso, the Vice President of Manufacturing Excellence at Johnson Controls during an unforgettable evening at the Riverwalk Golf Club; San Diego, CA. The award was nominated and voted for by manufacturing industry professionals from all across America, with a nomination, selection and voting process.

Please click here for more information on the American Manufacturing Leadership Award 2017.

Delegates are able to purchase tickets for the Awards Dinner on a first-come, first-served basis for $95.

Day 2 – Tuesday October 31st
8:00 – 8:45am
Registration & Refreshments

8:45 – 8:50am
Chair’s Opening Remarks
  • Introductory remarks by the Chair and recap of Day 1 in the plenary room

Eric Pope
Vice President, Operations
US Synthetic

8:50 – 9:25am
Advanced Leadership & Manufacturing Strategies
Developing Leadership Talent Capable of Executing your Manufacturing Vision

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  • In order to realize the full benefit of your operations excellence strategy you need committed leaders at every level of the organization. Successful leaders know what makes them successful and they model the right behavior
  • In this session you will learn why developing leadership is as important as your operations excellence strategy, ideas for an effective leadership development program and how success comes from understanding and practicing your core success principles

Ron Dunford
Board of Directors
Schreiber Foods

9:25 – 10:00am
Developments in Lean & OpEx
Continuous Improvement – How do you make it Work?

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  • Continuous improvement is not something that happens naturally
  • Effective continuous improvement is on purpose
  • CI can be executed in many ways, once the decisions is made to go down that path
  • Doing just Lean, Six Sigma or even LSS is not enough
  • So what approach should you take? What approaches are out there?

Aubrey Jones
Sr. Director – Continuous Improvement Deployment
Ingredion Incorporated

10:00 – 10:05am
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10:05 – 10:40am
Case Study
Future Technologies & IoT
From Idea to Innovation: How can you Streamline the Process of Turning a Prototype into a Product?


  • The market needs are constantly shifting, and to align products to the growing needs of the end-user is becoming an increasingly difficult
  • Decreasing time to market is imperative to improve success rates of product launches and respond to the needs of the market
  • Improving internal processes and creating an innovation culture to encourage ideation and quicker implementation
  • Linking new product development and flawless project launches increases speed and decreases product lifecycle costs

Amy Meyer
VP – Kohler Operating System and Supply Chain
Kohler Co

Case Study
Advanced Leadership & Manufacturing Strategies
It’s Time to Bring Manufacturing Back to America

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According to a recent study, 54% of US manufacturers over $1billion in revenue are considering Reshoring some or all of their manufacturing. Manufacturing is essential to rebuilding our middle class and our economy. It’s important for our future and our children’s future. It’s bi-partisan and is on every politician’s agenda to support jobs growth.

But it’s not as easy and you may think, and requires strategy, planning and a commitment to invest in rebalancing your global supply chain. Reshoring will have a significant effect on global procurement, logistics, trade and manufacturing strategies. How will you prepare for this coming evolution? Are you ready?

    • Why Reshoring is important now
    • Are jobs really coming back?
    • The global total cost of ownership
    • The effect on global procurement and logistics
    • Call to Action: What you can do to support Reshoring

Rosemary Coates
Executive Director
Reshoring Institute

10:40 – 11:40am
iSolve & Networking Refreshments

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11:40 – 12:15pm
Solution Spotlight
Rising from Crisis: A Semiconductor Company’s Pursuit of Excellence in Operations

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      Poor cycle times and yields lead to unpredictable delivery and erode confidence in a manufacturing operation. The MAX Group guided a US Semiconductor Company through a rapid recovery process and to position it for growth by ensuring best practices were being deployed in the manufacturing operations.

Results over a 12-month project included:

  • Output increased by 31%
  • WIP reduced by 51%
  • Cycle time reduced by 43%
  • Line yield improved by 7.9%

Mario Faria
VP Operations
The MAX Group

Solution Spotlight
Future Technologies & IoT
The Journey to a Smart Manufacturing Future

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  • What is Smart Manufacturing? What is Different?: Building blocks to Smart Manufacturing: IIoT, Cloud, Digital Thread
  • What does Smart Manufacturing Look Like?: Examples
  • What to do on the Journey to Smart Manufacturing?: Institutes and Consortia like SMLC and DMDII are leading the way

Conrad Leiva
Chair of Smart Manufacturing Group

12:15 – 12:20pm
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12:20 – 12:55pm
Case Study
Advanced Leadership & Manufacturing Strategies
Culture by Design

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  • Every organization, operating company, site, factory, cell and team is a reflection of their leadership, and your leadership is perfectly designed to produce exactly what you have
  • To create real change in a business we need to first understand what drives the business. The source of power is the people and their behaviors. To change a business you must change people’s behaviors. The sum of these behaviors is the culture. All business results are driven from the behaviors of people. When you change the culture you change the business. Teaching people how to think and act differently is the key
  • The culture of your business can be your most powerful strategic advantage. The intelligence, goodness and alignment of your people are difficult to replicate. When your employees think and act in alignment to the customer and the business you can’t lose. Businesses who focus on people, and establish values and principles throughout the organization will drive unparalleled success
  • There are fundamental leadership principles that will drive and empower a continuous improvement culture. We typically are taught the principles and tools of lean but are unfamiliar with the empowering culture component that is driven by leadership principles. These leadership principles coupled with principles of the Toyota Production System form the most powerful combination for business success
  • This session describes the process and principles for creating the most powerful form of a continuous improvement culture through creating an environment throughout the entire organization where we can make better choices that drive better results

Travis Russell
Production Manager
US Synthetic

Case Study
Future Technologies & IoT
Implementing Smart Manufacturing to Improve Energy Efficiency

  • Smart Manufacturing & the Manufacturing Landscape overview
  • SM Technologies & Opportunities
  • Smart Manufacturing – The path to Energy Efficiency

Miguel Corcio
Sr. Manager – Smart Manufacturing & Technical Projects
Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII)

12:55 – 1:55pm
Networking Lunch

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1:55 – 2:30pm
Case Study
Developments in Lean & OpEx
Quality Management Efforts in Mexico: How do you Work Towards a World Class Facility?

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  • The key challenges and benefits of the Maquiladora business model

Ariel Abam
General Manager
Zodiac Aerospace

Case Study
Advanced Leadership & Manufacturing Strategies
Empowering Employees through Change Management


  • Objectives: Discuss how implementing change within an organization has empowered employees and significantly improved employee engagement at BD-San Diego
  • Develop a framework that allows an organization to implement a sustained change in the way they do business by developing employees and empowering them to make the changes themselves
  • Keys to success involves; Awareness, Vision, Engagement, Ownership and accountability throughout the organization
  • BD-San Diego initially focused on establishing actionable teams that were self-lead in specific business critical components which resulted in a highly engaged workforce delivering bottom-line performance improvements
  • With a strong change foundation and measureable improvements, the organization capitalized on the built momentum by further investing in change initiatives driven by the employees
  • Creating headroom through continuous improvement projects has allowed the organization to realize over $18 million in cost savings improvements over the past 2 years

Greg Radzinski
Continuous Improvement Manager
Becton Dickinson (BD)

2:30 – 2:35pm
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2:35 – 3:10pm
Future Technologies & IoT
Innovation: Another Way of Looking at it

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  • The problem with the future
  • Design thinking is just the beginning, an introduction to design doing
  • Creativity is in all of us, winning inner creative battles

David Moore
Director, Innovation Strategy
Zero Nine Design & Development

3:10 – 3:45pm
Advanced Leadership & Manufacturing Strategies
Manufacturing Your Work Force: A Community Engagement Approach

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  • Ten thousand baby boomers retire each day. Millennials are not focused on careers in manufacturing. Positions for skilled labor are increasing
  • How do we solve this growing talent acquisition problem?
  • This presentation offers an evaluation of best practices and some new ideas regarding community engagement and collective impact as a solution to the escalating staffing predicament faced by the manufacturing industry

Lorinda Lewis
Sr. Director, Continuous Improvement
Oshkosh Defense

3:45 – 3:50pm
Chair’s Closing Remarks
  • Closing remarks by the Chair in the plenary room and end of summit

Eric Pope
Vice President, Operations
US Synthetic