Program 2018

October 22nd - October 23rd; San Diego, CA

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7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

Registration & Refreshments

8:45 AM - 8:55 AM

8:55 AM - 9:30 AM - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

Driving Change Through Leadership – “What Does Great Leadership Look Like?”

Dr. John H. Danley Jr., President & General Manager, GKN Aerospace Transparency System

  • Provide an overview of leadership and the key attribute require to be a leader
  • Does your leadership provide engagement that leads to execution
  • Authentic leadership – belief – getting people to believe
  • Understand your significant and become deliberate and leaving a positive legacy

9:30 AM - 10:05 AM - Keynote

Strategic Operations

Accelerating Manufacturing Performance in a Fast Growing Business

Stephanie Hart, Senior Vice President, Operations, Beyond Meat

  • Unlocking the potential of People and building capability in a fast changing environment
  • Investing in equipment with preventative maintenance programs to support sustainable manufacturing practices
  • The benefits of maximizing technology to support a fast growing business and the challenges that come with it
  • Continuous improvement: The Virtuous Circle

10:05 AM - 10:40 AM - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

Leveraging Transformative Leadership to Deliver Breakthrough Results

Amir Ghannad, Founder & President | Former Senior Director - Global People Excellence, The Ghannad Group | Formerly Campbell Soup Company

This presentation will inspire and equip the audience to make personal choices to show up as the extraordinary leaders that they are already.

This will be accomplished by covering the following topics:
1. Top lines of a “worst to best” case study
2. The unique role of leaders in transforming the culture and results of an organization
3. 7 Habits of Transformative Leaders

10:40 AM - 11:40 AM

iSolve & Networking Refreshments

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11:40 AM - 12:15 PM - Solution Spotlights

Developments in Lean & OpEx

An Executive Discussion on Exceptional Manufacturing Performance & Quality

Phil McIntyre, Managing Director, Client Development & Marketing, Performance Solutions by Milliken

  • Using a system-based performance management methodology to move past compliance to assurance
  • Discerning between popular trends and the real tools that will define the next jump in manufacturing productivity
  • Cascading the business strategy into financial & operational results

12:20 PM - 12:55 PM - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Creating a Problem-Solving Culture

Eric Pope, VP Operations, US Synthetic

Every organization, leader and individual desires to be successful. Your culture or repeated behaviors (both organizational and personal) are the foundation of your success. If we want to win in life and business, we must establish winning behaviors.

As business leaders our primary role is to create an environment where ideal behaviors can and will evolve and thrive. We must create a circumstance where our employees are able to make good business choices day in and day out. The sum of these employee’s choices drive our results. The circumstance we create must include organizational clarity and alignment on what winning means.

This session we will introduce a process for the deliberate creation of culture. As part of this process, we will participate in alignment exercises that will provide a solid foundation for your continuous improvement culture.

IoT & Technology

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Dr. Nourredine Boubekri, Professor of Engineering Technology, University of North Texas

We are in the midst of a technological revolution that is having a profound impact on the global economy, the extent of which is yet to be understood.

The objective of this presentation is three fold: 
1) Highlight some of the trends in select technologies; including Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, The Internet of Things, Big Data, 3D/4D printing, Smart Materials, Autonomous Vehicles, Quantum computing, and other emerging technologies
2) Highlight management challenges for both developers and end users
3) Highlight research trends in theses technologies

12:55 PM - 1:55 PM

Networking Lunch

Roundtable led by BCI Global

Global Manufacturing Footprint Strategy & Site Selection for New Production Plants and Distribution Centers around the World.

Moderator: René Buck, CEO, BCI Global

Roundtable led by Rockwell Automation

Impact of the Factory of the Future

Moderator: Brian Vogel, Digital Transformation and IIoT Leader, Rockwell Automation

1:55 PM - 2:30 PM - Solution Spotlights

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Overall Resource Efficiency (ORE) – A Way to Measure, Quantify and Kick Start Operational Improvements

Mario Faria, VP Operations, The MAX Group

How does your company prioritize what area or activities to work in terms of improvement? This sessions describes a comprehensive study to measure, quantify and kick-start operational improvements for any manufacturing factory.

An Overall Resource Effectiveness (ORE™) study provides you with:

  • Detailed OEE report of your toolset or equipment
  • Detailed Human Resource Effectiveness report of your personnel
  • Floor management practices analysis
  • Maintenance practices analysis
  • Action plans to improve OEE and Output
  • Action plans to improve cycle time
An ORE measures the effectiveness of your factory’s tools, personnel, systems and organization and determines your ultimate throughput, cycle time and cost improvement potential.

IoT & Technology

Impact of the Factory of the Future

Brian Vogel, Digital Transformation and IIoT Leader, Rockwell Automation

What is the impact of technology?  Does the way we think about the future change?  Brian Vogel, Digital Transformation and IIoT Leader, Rockwell Automation addresses past expectations of automation – what flourished, what fizzled and what was totally unexpected – and shares his thoughts on the future amid the backdrop of pervasive computing and communication resources, a rapidly increasing middle class, the skills gap for advanced manufacturing, and a heightened interest in sustainability.  This enables the “Outcome Economy” – one where more and more makers of things will be looking at ways to attach measurable services to their products – mostly based on analytics.  It is based on outcome-focused solutions to solve specific problems or achieve outcomes.  This will have dramatic effects of businesses and how they sell, license and manage their products.

2:35 PM - 3:10 PM - Case Studies

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Transforming Manufacturing Operations In The Digital Age

Simon Jacobson, Vice President, Gartner

The blurring of physical and digital worlds is redefining the role manufacturing operations plays in today’s supply chains. Organizations must manage disruption with operational inefficiency while assessing a rapidly evolving set of new technologies, streamlining their operations, optimizing costs, increasing productivity, and cultivating an engaged workforce. 

Assessing immediate and future opportunities is no easy task. Manufacturers without a balanced roadmap will struggle. In this session, Gartner will provide guidance, examples, and direction on developing a balanced approach to executing the digital transformation of manufacturing operations.

Strategic Operations

How to Overcome a Multitude of Challenges to Deliver Desired Results

Peter Fritsche, Vice President, Global Operations, Data Sciences International

Most companies face many of the same challenges: human diversities, low employee engagement, ever-increasing customer expectations, relentless business pressures and unprecedented advances in technology. Peter will combine theoretical approach with actual examples to describe how Data Sciences International (DSI) has overcome many of these challenges and achieve their desired results in their pursuit of Operational Excellence.

Key Takeaways:
  • Why you need a heavy dose of both Leadership and Management
  • How to establish an engaged and collaborative culture and why it is so critical for success
  • The importance of utilizing appropriate continuous improvement tools

3:10 PM - 4:10 PM

iSolve & Networking Refreshments

4:10 PM - 4:45 PM - Solution Spotlights

IoT & Technology

Good, Bad & Ugly of Industry 4.0

Michele Sciuto, Chief Commercial Officer, ATS Global

  • Understanding what is possible with Industry 4.0, today, tomorrow and in the future
  • Business case – return on investment

Strategic Operations

The Importance of R&D within Manufacturing

Lucia Piedra, Director of Client Relations, International Metal Source

An in depth look at the importance of R&D in American economics, technological advancement and scientific exploration and the impact across time.

4:50 PM - 5:35 PM - Panel Discussion

Leadership & Workforce Development

A Growing Skills Gap: Where are the Leaders of the Future?

Kenneth R. Banas, Vice President, Advanced Manufacturing and Corporate Excellence, USG Corporation

William Pratt, VP Operations, Director of Creative Design, Kinamed, Inc.

Tom Ulrich, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Tandem Diabetes Care

  • There are approximately 400,000 unfilled manufacturing jobs at this time, a figure which is estimated to grow to over 2 million by 2025
  • Though tax reform and regulatory relief has led to great positivity in the industry, a decrease in numbers of skilled manufacturers was voted the top business challenge by manufacturers in Q4 (National Association of Manufacturers Survey 2017)
  • Further tax reform will lead to continued growth in 2018, but how will the industry be able to develop at the same rate with a lack of resources?

5:35 PM - 5:40 PM

5:40 PM - 6:40 PM

Evening Drinks Reception

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Awards Dinner

American Manufacturing & Supply Chain Leadership Awards 2018

The American Manufacturing & Supply Chain Awards 2018 will be nominated and voted for by industry professionals from all across the country. The awards are designed to recognize and celebrate the achievements of individuals and their teams who have displayed leadership excellence.

The following awards will be presented at the dinner:

  • American Manufacturing Leadership Award 2018
  • American Supply Chain Leadership Award 2018

Please click here for more information on the Awards.

8:00 AM - 8:55 AM

Registration & Refreshments

8:55 AM - 9:00 AM

9:00 AM - 9:35 AM - Keynote

Strategic Operations

Make and Buy: Creating an Optimized Network

Vicky McMillan, Director, External Manufacturing, Starbucks

Creating an optimized manufacturing network requires harnessing the capability, capacity and strengths of internal and external manufacturing and is a true balancing act that calls for ‘Make and Buy’.

  • How is Starbucks manufacturing contributing to the global supply chain strategy?
  • How does Starbucks decide when to leverage the strengths of external manufacturers to provide supply continuity and bring competitive products to market more quickly?
  • What is Starbucks doing to achieve an end-to-end business case while keeping a healthy relationship with external manufacturers?
  • Share the successes and challenges of working with external manufacturers to realize the benefit of mixed manufacturing network

9:35 AM - 10:10 AM - Solution Spotlights

Leadership & Workforce Development

Business Bootcamp: Driving Greater Execution, Engagement and Ultimately Earnings!

Shane Yount, President, Competitive Solutions, Inc.

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Are you ready to accurately assess your teams, your leaders, and your performance? Attend this engaging and highly rated session where you’ll learn tools that will immediately impact your business.

  • Eliminate hours of unproductive meetings per week
  • Discover non-negotiable processes that will increase team performance
  • Drive accountability and elevate employee engagement
  • Learn the eight essential elements of great leaders

10:10 AM - 10:45 AM - Keynote

IoT & Technology

Integrating Technology with Operational Efficiency

Melody Spradlin, Senior Director, Engineering, Gilead Sciences

Alissa Cooperman, Engineering, Gilead Sciences

  • Practical case study of building information models for Gilead facility operations
  • Achieving high performance buildings at Gilead
  • Future looking life cycle perspective on facility operations

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

iSolve & Networking Refreshments

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11:45 AM - 12:20 PM - Case Studies

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Stakeholder Engagement: The Gateway to Social Responsibility

Billy Ingram, Director of Lean Product Development, Interface

  • Advancing sustainability concepts and social responsibility can be a difficult task.
  • It’s hard to act on social responsibility much less explain why it’s important to others.
  • Socially responsible solutions are not easy to define, discuss or communicate.
  • Practical and systemic stakeholder engagement can solve many social change issues.
  • If you consider the needs of others, as you consider your own, you can improve both while minimizing risk.
  • You can engage your stakeholders through practical Lean/Six Sigma principles

Strategic Operations

The New Dawn of Manufacturing in America

Rosemary Coates, Executive Director, Reshoring Institute

With passage of the 2017 Tax Reform, many companies have repatriated funds into the U.S.  This is a grand opportunity to invest in American manufacturing.  But suppliers and supply chains remain mostly overseas and subject to penalty import tariffs. So what is your tariff strategy? Find suppliers in other countries? Use a Foreign Trade Zone? Develop new suppliers? Automate a brand new production line?

According to a recent study, 54% of US manufacturers over $1 billion in revenue are considering reshoring some or all of their manufacturing.  Manufacturing is hot, hot, hot in the current economy. But it’s not as easy to reshore as you may think, and requires strategy, planning, and a commitment to invest. Rethinking manufacturing processes, factory design, automation, and finding workers with new skills are today’s manufacturer’s challenges. A new day is dawning in factories across America. Are you ready?

  • What is your import tariff strategy?
  • How should you deal with global shortages? Variance in S&OP?
  • Can you and should you develop American suppliers?
  • Should you consider reshoring now?

12:25 PM - 1:00 PM - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

How to be an Industry Leader and Influence Education to Shape Your Talent Pipeline

William Pratt, VP Operations, Director of Creative Design, Kinamed, Inc.

Is your company facing a talent shortage?

It’s the workforce, dummy! ... and you can fix it.

Believe it or not, now is a great time for you to constructively engage education and help shape your future job applicants. Education from elementary through graduate level is ready and waiting for your input. So why complain about a talent shortage when you can tailor the pipeline to your requirements? All it takes is asking, but you do have to learn who, when, and where to ask, and that is the focus of this presentation. Remember, though, you don’t get what you don’t ask for - and no one is more qualified to do the asking than you!

IoT & Technology

Implementing Smart Manufacturing to Improve Energy Efficiency

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

  • Smart Manufacturing and the Manufacturing Landscape overview
  • SM technologies and opportunities
  • Smart Manufacturing – the path to energy efficiency

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Networking Lunch

2:00 PM - 2:35 PM - Keynote

Strategic Operations

“It’s Not about Effort, it’s about Results”– A Real World Guide to Reducing Manufacturing Costs and Increasing Line Output

Troy Hancock, Vice President of Co-Manufacturing, Shamrock Foods

  • Everybody’s manufacturing mission statement
  • "Everything that can be invented has been invented”
  • Understanding true manufacturing cost
  • Lay it out right
  • Know the flow
  • If you can’t count it, You can’t improve it – KPI’s and individual performance
  • Hiring and training – you get what you pay for
  • Eliminate changeovers or make changeover an event
  • Redundant low cost support equipment
  • Have a plan and execute on the plan
  • The cost of maintenance
  • Daily performance reviews – get to the true root cause
  • Simple expectations and responsible accountability

2:35 PM - 3:10 PM - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

Helping Technical Experts develop into Effective Leaders

Tom Ulrich, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Tandem Diabetes Care


In this session, Tom uses his unique combination of humor and technical expertise to present recent empirical data related to helping technical experts develop both a desire to lead and the skills to lead.

3:10 PM - 3:45 PM - Keynote

IoT & Technology

Industrial IoT meets Manufacturing and Supply Chain - Industry 4.0

Niraj Jha, Director of Logistics, Niagara Bottling

Engage in a conversation on how the ever-changing landscape of data and technology is bringing about sweeping changes in manufacturing and supply chain. Described as the 4th industrial revolution, hear thoughts and share opinions on how manufacturing and supply chain can benefit from integration of add-on technology and data to legacy systems to create a winning combination.

3:45 PM - 3:55 PM

Chair’s Closing Remarks & End of Summit

Billy Ingram, Director of Lean Product Development, Interface