Program 2019

October 21-22; Houston, TX

7:35 AM - 8:35 AM

Registration & Refreshments

8:35 AM - 8:45 AM

8:45 AM - 9:20 AM - Keynote

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Turning Passion Into Profit: The Transformation Journey that can Save your Business

Ed Magee, EVP Operations, Fender

  • Establishing a vision of change that drives innovation and allows breakthrough performance
  • Creating a culture of Continuous Improvement that generates cost savings and boosts productivity
  • Embracing Continuous Learning as the only real competitive advantage.

9:20 AM - 9:55 AM - Keynote

Advanced Production Strategies

Supervising and Managing Complex Manufacturing Environments with Multi-Functional Business Elements

Luis Fuentes, Director of Manufacturing Engineering, Boston Scientific

  • Full session abstract TBC

10:00 AM - 10:35 AM - Solution Spotlights

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Delivering Exceptional Manufacturing Performance in Transformational Times

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

  • Building a performance system as a “way of work” for surviving and thriving in hyper-competitive markets
  • Understanding the human element of operational performance amidst the ongoing technological transformation   
  • Building the system-based foundations of stability, reliability, and predictability in manufacturing processes with technology and people
  • Shifting the organizational mindset from “incremental” improvement to “breakthrough” using zero-loss thinking and a tiered management system

Future Technologies & IoT

Evolving MES supporting Digital Plant – Hybrid Cloud MES

Ganesh Hegde, Director, Product and Industry Marketing, GE Digital

As businesses prepares to change its factories into digital factory, it is important to understand how systems, such as manufacturing execution system (MES) software, can help manage these changes. See how Hybrid Cloud MES from GE Digital is enabling manufacturing businesses to digitize the operations by connecting systems, processes and factories across manufacturing network.

10:35 AM - 11:25 AM

iSolve Meetings & Networking Refreshments

11:25 AM - 12:00 PM - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

The Perfect Exit – The Importance of a Good Company Succession Plan and How it can provide Wonderful Benefits for the Company, Employees and Greater Profits

Ken Baker, CEO, NewAge Industries, Inc.

This session with provide a real-life case study of how a manufacturing company did a good company succession plan which gave the company an advantage in: hiring new employees, retaining existing employees, creating a better corporate culture, higher employee engagement, higher profits and decease federal and state taxes. Sound too good to be true? It is so true. Data about this case study will be provided along with examples of many other companies.`

Developments in Lean & OpEx

The Herman Miller Performance System Story and the Development of the Next Generation of Operations Leaders

Raymond Muscat, Industry Director, University of Michigan, Tauber Institute for Global Operations

  • Herman Miller Inc., known for its innovation and world class product designs, was challenged by growing customer demands to transform its operations, and as a result developed the Herman Miller Performance System (HMPS)
  • This presentation chronicles the Herman Miller Performance System’s journey from its humble beginnings, in collaboration with the Toyota Supplier Support Center at a small Herman Miller subsidiary, to its enterprise-wide implementation today
  • We will cover the challenges encountered, lessons learned, and changes made along the way to foster a corporate culture of continuous improvement
  • Introduction to developing the next generation of operations leaders through the Tauber Institute for Global Operations innovative, award winning graduate program.   The Institute is a joint venture between the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering, working together with a wide range of industry partners to facilitate experiential cross-disciplinary education in global operations management

12:05 PM - 12:40 PM - Solution Spotlights

Future Technologies & IoT

Smashing Quality Limits with Digital Transformation

Mike James, Chair, Board of Directors, ATS Global

The last 2 years have witnessed some dramatic changes in our ability to measure quality at every stage of the manufacturing process using digital devices in the new IIoT world. This workshop will focus on some examples, the successes, failures and pragmatic sharing of experiences so we can all walk away with real ideas to implement new solutions today.

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Finding New Improvement Opportunities in your Business

Michael George, Partner, Chartwell Consulting

  • Most companies only see a portion of the improvement opportunity in their business
  • Zero Loss Analysis (ZLA) is a structured approach to challenge assumptions within the business and identify new opportunities.
  • The session will provide a “how to” guide for applying the principles of ZLA to your business
  • There will be examples of how this was applied in different industries as well as the bottom-line improvements that it led to

12:40 PM - 1:40 PM

Networking Lunch



Roundtable led by BCI Global

Manufacturing Footprint and Supply Chain Optimization in Uncertain Times

Moderator: René Buck, CEO, BCI Global


Roundtable led by Competitive Solutions

Process Based Leadership®: Deploying a Robust Tier Management System that Guarantees Clarity, Connectivity, and Consistency

Moderator: Shane Yount, President, Competitive Solutions, Inc.

1:40 PM - 2:15 PM - Case Studies

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Selective Implementation

Matthew Patrick, Director of Operations, Industrial Kiln & Dryer

  • Lean, Six Sigma, Theory of Constraints etc.
  • Common approaches to lean implementation
  • Why lean fails
  • Strategy for a successful implementation
  • How to make it stick

Future Technologies & IoT

Aerospace 4.0: Next Era for Commercial Aircraft Manufacturing Ecosystem

Dr. David Pritchard, Associate Professor/Aviation Researcher, State University of New York Empire State College

The research presentation is titled “Aerospace 4.0: Implications to the New Manufacturing Ecosystem” and will focus on the next generation single aisle aircraft (late 2020s) that will be adopting advanced manufacturing robotic applications (Cobots, Mobots), automated fiber placement, additive manufacturing and thermoplastic composites. The next single aisle aircraft design will be standardizing the processes and practices of additive manufacturing components (3D printing) and thermoplastic composites for aircraft structures.

2:20 PM - 2:55 PM - Solution Spotlights

Future Technologies & IoT

Gaining the Digital Edge

Josh Fiorenza, Vice President – IoT North America, Atos

As the amount of data being collected literally explodes, transformational business opportunities grow. Gartner predict that there will be 25 billion IoT devices by 2021 and according to McKinsey 127 new IoT devices connect to the internet every second. If you could understand the insights from your data, what would you do differently tomorrow? Have you considered all the “What ifs”?

In this session, learn how true business value can only be created with a clear understanding of the ‘Why’. Focusing on technology and roadmaps, i.e. the ‘How’, is a common pitfall. Based on many years deploying and managing IoT programs that deliver value, Atos will share the best practices for your IoT projects and how we accelerate your digital success.

Future Technologies & IoT

The Transformation of Industrial Operations, the Thinking Machine and the Augmented Human

Paul Boris, EVP & CRO, Praemo

The promise of pervasive data and the expansion of the IIoT comes with unintended consequences. Operations are becoming mired in the accumulation, analysis and dissemination of data, masking relevant insights, delivered in an actionable format, and in a time domain required to have an impact. The answers are right at our fingertips, and fortunately (and embarrassingly), are already in use for nearly trivial use cases across sectors like social media. See how tools like AI, AR and deep analytics are having dramatic impact on the Skills Gap and the effectiveness of industrial operations by coupling the IIoT and the IIoP to deliver the next generation of collaboration between the Thinking Machine and the Augmented Human.

3:00 PM - 3:35 PM - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

The FAME Apprenticeship Model: Building Global Best Entry-Level Multi-Skilled Technicians

Gardner Carrick, Vice President, National Association of Manufacturers

Last month, Toyota North America announced that it was transferring the FAME program to the Manufacturing Institute. Over 350 companies in 30 locations are now using FAME to produce their next generation of maintenance and automation technicians. Join this session to learn more about the FAME model, what makes it unique compared to other traditional apprenticeship programs, and how your company can join an existing chapter or help start the FAME program in your region.

Future Technologies & IoT

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Implementation and Research Trends

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

The fourth industrial revolution has resulted in a number of technologies being developed in a number of areas including: information systems, smart materials, robotic systems, smart technologies, and others. The focus of this contribution highlights the challenges of implementing some of these technologies as well as some of the research trends.

3:35 PM - 4:25 PM

iSolve Meetings & Networking Refreshments

4:25 PM - 5:00 PM - Keynote

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Successful Lean Transformation - The Role of Leadership

Ken Guity, Executive Advisor - Business Transformation, MacLean-Fogg Company

  • Why do some companies succeed to transform and sustain a lean environment, yet others fall short?
  • What are the key elements of driving an effective change?
  • What are the characteristics of an effective leader in a lean environment?
  • What is the role of a leader in a lean environment?

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM - Panel Discussion

Leadership & Workforce Development

How can you Build a Workforce for the Future?

Billy Ingram, Director of Lean Product Development, Interface

Luis Fuentes, Director of Manufacturing Engineering, Boston Scientific

Mike Quinn, VP of Operations, Rio Grande

Paul Unitas, Director of Manufacturing - Cleaning, The Clorox Company

  • With digitalization heralding a new dawn and great opportunity for manufacturers, how can you ensure that you are creating a team capable of the technical demands of the future?
  • Digital transformations will be about the people implementing them as much as the technologies themselves, so how can the companies attract and train their workforce accordingly?

5:45 PM - 5:50 PM

5:50 PM - 6:50 PM

3rd Annual American Manufacturing & Supply Chain Awards 2019


Join us for the 3rd Annual American Manufacturing & Supply Chain Awards Ceremony. All attendees are invited to enjoy a complimentary drinks reception during the Awards presentation.

Nominations for the following awards are NOW CLOSED:
  • American Supply Chain Leadership Award 2019
  • American Manufacturing Leadership Award 2019              

We are happy to announce the Award Winner for American Manufacturing Leadership Award 2019,

To see, please click here 

8:00 AM - 8:55 AM

Registration & Refreshments

8:55 AM - 9:00 AM

9:00 AM - 9:35 AM - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

Achieving Empowerment via Skill Blocks

Paul Unitas, Director of Manufacturing - Cleaning, The Clorox Company

  • Purpose of Skill Blocks - Retain, Attract and Align Talent
  • How to Setup – Various formats
  • T&Q support
  • Annual Evaluation - Ensuring fairness for both the individual and the company

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

Leadership & Workforce Development

Process Based Leadership®: Deploying a Robust Tier Management System that Guarantees Clarity, Connectivity, and Consistency

Shane Yount, President, Competitive Solutions, Inc.

Do your current metrics, meetings, and management system really move the business forward?

Don’t miss this highly rated and engaging session where you’ll learn:

  • How to deploy “Thermostatic Metrics” that answer the question, “Are we winning or losing?”
  • How to measure engagement by making accountability visible, personal, and measurable
  • How to operationalize a Tier Management Communication System thereby promoting a robust cadence of communication
  • How to move leadership mindsets from “the first line of defense” to the “Front Line of Offense”
  • How the iconic American Corporation, 3M changed their culture utilizing Process Based Leadership®

10:10 AM - 10:45 AM - Keynote

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Driving Large-Scale Transformations in Efficiency, Performance and Quality

Jeff Wilkerson, Lean Advisor, Innovation & Technology Division, Caterpillar Inc.

Driving Large Scale Transformations in efficiency, performance and quality starts with a shift from managing to leading in the organizations where transformation happens and is sustained. Leaders connecting all team members through a purpose can then lead the focus on challenging current processes for daily, steady, continuous improvement that lays the foundation for a transformation culture.

Defining what to transform to starts with moving from “fuzzy” customer value to to a more defined standard that is quickly understood by all team members and can be clearly communicated with visuals showing current and target conditions. The team then identifies the value chain through value stream mapping and creates flow through systemic improvement where the value stream is unbalanced or constrained. This activity is completed through small scale kaizens that empower team members to make the changes quickly with minimal bureaucracy.

10:45 AM - 11:35 AM

iSolve & Networking Refreshments

11:35 AM - 12:10 PM - Solution Spotlights

Future Technologies & IoT

Global Operations – Factory of the Future

Adrian Wood, Director, Strategic Business Development, Dassault Systèmes

The Factory of the Future is the virtual world extending and improving the real word. It is about empowering collaboration and decision support to enable manufacturers to have a learning factory that helps support business decisions and activities not only today but also in years to come. Learn about the collaborative operational processes used to enable manufacturers to model, optimize, & perform the Factory of the Future.

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Understanding Commonality Between Navy Seal Missions and Crisis Management

Thomas Kowal, Vice President, Business Development, Seraph

Jim Foreman, Sales Team Lead, MATBOCK

  • Strong leadership and a proper team
  • Clear communication and goal setting
  • Precise data

12:15 PM - 12:50 PM - Case Studies

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Socially Responsible Innovation through Lean Six Sigma

Billy Ingram, Director of Lean Product Development, Interface

Social responsibility is the most direct path to sustainability. Lean Six Sigma methods are the most well understood improvement concepts. Applying Lean Six Sigma methods to affect social responsibility is an effective way to align your organization and enable the full strength of innovation through highly engaged individuals. Learn first-hand how these techniques have been successfully applied at Interface in global product development and why Interface has consistently been called one of the most sustainable companies in the world for the past 20 years.

Social responsibility is not what you think. With years of green wash and bad marketing the term doesn’t get the credit it deserves. However, the correct definition and practical demonstration of the concept is much more refreshing. When the concept of social responsibility is thoroughly understood and applied, individual engagement and innovation bloom. Aligning the individual, functional area and organization is the best way to create a culture defined by accountability, transparency, ethical behaviour and respect for stakeholders’ interests. These attributes are the first four guiding principles of social responsibility. If you are interested in doing well while doing good you should attend this presentation.

Future Technologies & IoT

Digital Manufacturing - Making Customized Products Possible

Thomas Cole, Former Vice President - DIS Operations & Global Expansion, Dentsply Sirona (Previously)

  • Full session abstract TBC

12:50 PM - 1:50 PM

Networking Lunch

1:50 PM - 2:25 PM - Solution Spotlights

Leadership & Workforce Development

Session Title TBC (CGN Global)

Rick Diefenderfer, Partner, CGN Global

  • Full session abstract TBC

Advanced Production Strategies

How to Avoid and Defend Legal Disputes in Global Manufacturing

Rosemary Coates, Executive Director, Reshoring Institute

For any manufacturer who has ever had a problematic supply chain relationship, and those who want to manage their supply chain relationships so that they do not become problematic, this session will identify some of the critical issues.  Based on Rosemary’s book “Legal Blacksmith – How To Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes”  this presentation will  help executive management, manufacturing, supply chain, procurement executives, and in-house legal professionals deal with difficult supply chain issues.

2:30 PM - 3:05 PM - Case Studies

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Greenfield Global’s Path to Business Excellence

Connie Deyo, VP Business Excellence, Greenfield Global

  • 2008 – Controller at a Plant Start-up
  • 2010 – Introduced (traditional) Lean Manufacturing Concepts to the Finance/Admin processes
  • 2013/2014 – Graduated from a 10 month program on Lean Excellence
  • 2015 – Director of Financial & Business Lean Initiatives – Corporate Role – sharing the Vision, growing the culture – team of 1 – Lean now supported at the VP level
  • 2017 – Introduced Business Excellence – expanded lean concepts into our whole business and our ERP – Business Prioritization introduced and Scrum methodology
  • 2019 – VP Business Excellence – over 12 on team – responsible for ERP Implementation across nine sites

Leadership & Workforce Development

Using Apprenticeship Programs: Solving Workforce Challenges of Finding and Attracting Talent

Miquela Craytor, Executive Director, Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Council, New York City Small Business Services

Manufacturing and Industrial companies are struggling to find and attract talent. To overcome these changes, the Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Council (MaiiC) of New York City launched ApprenticeNYC. In this session you will learn how MaiiC companies have worked with the city to address:
  • The lack of awareness to the opportunities of the Industrial and Manufacturing sectors
  • Ways to mitigate the pain points of training entry level talent
  • Adopting best practices to retain new talent for on the job training through the apprenticeship model

3:10 PM - 3:45 PM - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Strategic Planning in a Millennial World

Mike Quinn, VP of Operations, Rio Grande

  • Millennials became the largest segment of the workforce in 2016. They will make up 75% of the workforce by 2030
  • Companies need their strategic planning and execution process to engage this Millennial generation
  • We will cover key strategic elements to ensure this engagement happens

3:45 PM - 3:55 PM

7:45 AM - 1:00 PM

NASA Johnson Space Center Tour

We have two exclusive guided tours, each taking two groups of 30 people.

The Private Tram Tour (Price: $95 per person)
This exclusive tour includes a 90 minute Private Tram Tour around the NASA Johnson Space Center and an all-day admission ticket to the Center. Be one of the first daily visitors to the Historic Mission Control. On the tour, you will be able see the Astronaut Training Facility and the Rocket Park, where you can see a life size Saturn V Rocket aircraft.

Exclusive Guided Tour of Space Center (Price: $150 per person)
As well as a 90 minute Private Tram Tour and an all-day admission ticket, this option also includes a 60 minute personal tour of the Space Center. This tour has been specifically designed for our summit, looking particularly at the Manufacturing and Supply Chain processes at the Center.

Also, get exclusive access to the Independence Plaza that has a full size 747 carrier and hear about the engineering processes that go into creating and running the shuttles.

Discover the intriguing details of flown spacecraft on display and learn more about the innovations NASA is making today to achieve the feats of tomorrow.

This option also includes a lunch at the Zero-G Diner. Fuel your space adventure by selecting from deli sandwiches, salads, vegetarian meals, pizza or hamburgers!


Please note: There are only 30 places on each of these tours and they will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.