2017 Speakers

If you have a recent case study or manufacturing project which your peers could learn and you would like to be considered for the 2017 program, please contact us by email with a short description about your chosen topic. Email Gurtej Johal at mabconferences@markallengroup.com

Alejandro Tassara - Luvata (web version)

Alejandro Tassara

Global Director, Luvata Production System

Amy Meyer - resized

Amy Meyer

VP – Kohler Operating System and Supply Chain
Kohler Co

Andrew Lux - Atricure (web version)

Andrew Lux

Vice President

Ariel Abam - Zodiac Aerospace (web version)

Ariel Abam

General Manager
Zodiac Aerospace

Atul Patel - The Clorox Company (web version)

Atul Patel

Plant Manager
The Clorox Company

Aubrey Jones - Ingredion (web version)

Aubrey Jones

Sr. Director, Continuous Improvement Deployment

Dean L. Bartles, Ph. D.

Founding Chairman
Smart Manufacturing Leadership CoalitionS

Eric Pope - US Synthetic

Eric Pope

VP of Operations
US Synthetic

Jack Feng - resized

Jack Feng

Vice President of Operational Excellence
Commercial Vehicle Group

Jason Marsh - Nextflex (web version)

Jason Marsh

Director of Technology (CTO)

John Full - Fox Head (web version)

John Full

Director of Financial Planning Analysis
Fox Head

John Biedry - Nike (web version)

John Biedry

Former Senior Director, Global Lean Enterprise

Jordan Workman - Milliken (web version)

Jordan Workman

Director of NA & EMEA Client Development

Keith McPherson - Rockwell Automation (web version)

Keith McPherson

Market Development Director
Rockwell Automation

Lorinda Lewis, PhD

Sr. Director, Continuous Improvement
Oshkosh Defense

Mario Faria - MAX Group (web version)

Mario Faria

VP Operations
The MAX Group

Mark Brajer - resized

Mark Brajer

Vice President of Operations

Mark Gooch - resized

Mark Gooch

Global VP, Lean Enterprise & Operations

Paul Cafaro - resized

Paul Cafaro

Director LSS, Quality, North America – Latin America

Richard Hainrihar - Luvata (web version)

Richard Hainrihar

Global Director, Luvata Production System

Ron Dunford - Schreiber US (web version)

Ron Dunford

Schreiber US

Ray Collett - CESMII (web version)

Roy Collett

Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute

Ryan King - resized

Ryan King

Director of Operational Excellence
Wabash National Corporation


Stephanie Hart

Vice President of Manufacturing

Stephen Wolff - Philips (web version)

Stephen Wolff

VP of Global Operations
Philips Health Systems

Tim Lawrence - Baxter International (Formerly) [web version]

Tim Lawrence

Former CVP of Operations
Baxter International (Formerly)

Uday Vaidya - resized

Uday Vaidya

Chief Technology Officer
Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation

William Osborne - Navistar (web version)

William Osborne

Senior Vice President, Global Manufacturing & Quality

2016 Panel of Speakers

Campbell Soup Company

Amir Ghannad

Sr. Director – Global People Excellence

Dean Foods

Benjamin Tanner

Director of Continuous Improvement

Bob Argyle - Leading2Lean (web version)


Bob Argyle


Bruce Sawyer - Johnson & Johnson (web version)

Johnson & Johnson

Bruce Sawyer

Sr. Director, Global Business Excellence

Chad Williams - West Liberty Foods (web version)

West Liberty Foods

Chad Williams

Corporate Maintenance Manager

Charlie Dahlstrom - McNaughton-McKay (web version)


Charlie Dahlstrom

Sales Engineer

Chris Lawson - USG Corporation (web version)

USG Corporation

Chris Lawson

SVP – Corporate Excellence

David DeLaRosa - Telit (web version)


David DeLaRosa

VP – deviceWISE Industry 4.0

Verb Surgical, J&J, Google, SRI International

David Moore

Design Director, Visionary Industrial Designer

Eric Pope - US Synthetic

US Synthetic

Eric Pope

VP of Operations

Harry Moser - Reshoring Initiative (web version)

Reshoring Initiative

Harry Moser

Founder & President

Eric Maass - Medtronic (web version)


Eric Maass

Engineering Director and Senior Master Black Belt

Israel Losada - Kitron Group (web version)

Kitron Group

Israel Losada

Chief Operating Officer

Boston Scientific Spencer

Ivan Quesada

Continuous Improvement Manager

Mitsubishi Corporation

James Griffin

Director Manufacturing

James Lapham - CitiSite (web version)

CitiSite Corporation

James Lapham

CitiSite Corporation

Keith Barr - Leading2Lean (web version)


Keith Barr

President & CEO

San Diego State University

Khaled Morsi

Professor & Director, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Oshkosh Defense

Lorinda Lewis, PhD

Sr. Director, Continuous Improvement

Mario Faria - MAX Group (web version)

The MAX Group

Mario Faria

VP Operations

Travis Russel - US Synthetic (web version)

US Synthetic

Travis Russel

Production Manager

Steve Josey - Milliken (web version)


Steve Josey

Director of Client Development

Terry Davis - US Synthetic (web version)

US Synthetic

Terry Davis

Executive Operations Leader

Tandem Diabetes Care

Tom Ulrich

Senior Director of Software Engineering

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.

Tom Butkiewicz, Ph.D.

Manager, Operations