Program 2018

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

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  • Developments in Lean & OpEx

  • Leadership & Workforce Development

  • Future Technologies & IoT

  • Advanced Production Strategies

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration & Refreshments

8:30 AM - 8:40 AM

Chair’s Opening Remarks

8:40 AM - 9:15 AM - Keynote

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Creating Value Through Extracting Waste

Anthony Hoskins, Director of Manufacturing, ATO, Ford Motor Company

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  • Identifying high value opportunities in the value stream
  • Securing management recognition of key insights while ensuring alignment with corporate strategies and objectives
  • Ensuring alignment of resources to eliminate waste

9:15 AM - 9:50 AM - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

Creating a Problem Culture

Eric Pope, VP Operations, US Synthetic


Our businesses are only as good as our ability to solve problems. We must solve problems everyday relative to the things that matter most for the customer, investors and employees. To be the best that we can be every employee must be a problem solver. They must have the skills, time, motivation, methodology, vision and strategic alignment. This session will discuss the critical elements and process for creating effective problem solvers at every level of the business.

9:55 AM - 10:30 AM - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Session Title TBC (Kinamed)

William Pratt, Vice President - Operations, Kinamed Corporation

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  • Session abstract TBC

Future Technologies & IoT

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

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

iSolve & Networking Refreshments

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11:30 AM - 12:05 PM - Solution Spotlights

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

Future Technologies & IoT

What can Implementing New Technology Innovations and Additive Manufacturing do to Revitalize your Assembly Lines?


  • Sourcing and procuring new technologies to advance your production processes is only half the battle, as the implementing and maximizing the usage is pivotal
  • Optimizing new purchases requires a change in mentality, training and plant configuration

12:10 PM - 12:45 PM - Case Studies

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Stakeholder Engagement: The Gateway to Social Responsibility

Billy Ingram, Director of Lean Product Development , Interface

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  • 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

Advanced Production Strategies

Session Title TBC (Shamrock Foods)

Troy Hancock, Director of Manufacturing, Shamrock Foods

  • Full session abstract TBC

12:45 PM - 1:45 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

1:45 PM - 2:20 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

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  • Full session abstract TBC

Future Technologies & IoT

Session Title TBC (Rockwell Automation)

  • Full session abstract TBC

2:25 PM - 3:00 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.

Future Technologies & IoT

Fit for Use: Biologic Manufacturing from Phase 1 to Life Cycle Management

Dr. Amish Patel, Sr. Director of Product Development, PaxVax Inc

  • In the current regulatory compliance landscape it is important to keep improving your manufacturing process and characterization tools to manufacture effective and safest quality product
  • Know how at each step of manufacturing is different
  • Decisions are based on fit for use approach to get to the next step while keeping safety of patients at top priority for any organization

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

iSolve & Networking Refreshments

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4:00 PM - 4:35 PM - Solution Spotlights

Future Technologies & IoT

Good, Bad & Ugly of Industry 4.0

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

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Recognizing Waste: Why is Identifying Waste Pivotal to the Success of your Lean Program?


  • The ability to eliminate waste has become a staple of the manufacturing process, though effectively recognising waste is the underlying challenge
  • Learning new methods and techniques in waste identification can help you streamline and help execute your lean programs

4:40 PM - 5:15 PM - Keynote

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Session Title TBC (Esterline)

Dr. John H. Danley Jr., President, North American Operations, Esterline


  • Full session abstract TBC

5:20 PM - 6:05 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


  • 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?

6:05 PM - 6:10 PM

Chair’s Closing Remarks & End of Day 1

6:10 PM - 7:00 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 - 8:50 AM

Registration & Refreshments

8:50 AM - 8:55 AM

Chair’s Opening Remarks

8:55 AM - 9:30 AM - Keynote

Advanced Production Strategies

Make and Buy: Creating an Optimized Network

Vicky McMillan, Director, External Manufacturing, Starbucks


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

  • Share the successes and challenges of seamlessly working with external manufacturers
  • How has Starbucks leveraged the strengths of external manufacturers to provide supply continuity and bring competitive products to market more quickly?
  • How do we handle the peaks and valleys of demand and maintain a healthy relationship with the external manufacturers?
  • How do we make the external manufacturer a real partner, not just a supplier?
  • What is Starbucks doing to continue to achieve end-to-end business case while keeping a healthy relationship with the external manufacturers?

9:30 AM - 10:05 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 - Case Studies

Future Technologies & IoT

Integrating Technology with Operational Efficiency

Melody Spradlin, Senior Director, Engineering, Gilead Sciences

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  • Full session abstract TBC

Leadership & Workforce Development

Overcoming Workforce Challenges to Deliver the Desired Results

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

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Most companies face many of the same challenges: human diversities, low employee engagement, ever-increasing customer expectations, relentless business pressures and ever-changing technology. Peter will combine theoretical approach with actual examples to describe how Data Sciences International (DSI) has overcome many of these challenges 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
  • The importance of utilizing appropriate continuous improvement tools and following the data

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

iSolve & Networking Refreshments

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11:45 AM - 12:20 PM - Solution Spotlights

Advanced Production Strategies

Long-term Sustainability Programs: Why can Advanced Cost and Energy Reduction Strategies Benefit your Top Line Today?


  • Practical case studies of how implementing sustainable initiatives can both reduce costs and energy usage
  • Sustainability has developed into a key, long-term driver which brings down operational costs
  • Decreasing energy usage as well as improving water and waste management can have an immediate impact and provide instant return on investment

Future Technologies & IoT

How can you Ensure full ROI on Automated and Semi-Automated Processes?


  • Decrease the level of risk when introducing new technologies and processes through an effective measurement system prior to implementation
  • Successful forecasting is pivotal to choosing the correct level of automation and ensuring the highest level of output

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

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Session Title TBC (Smardt)

Vincent Canino, Global Chief Operating Officer, Smardt

  • Full session abstract TBC

Advanced Production Strategies

The New Dawn of Manufacturing in America

Rosemary Coates, Executive Director, Reshoring Institute


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 essential to sustaining our middle class and our economy. But it’s not as easy and 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 as we embrace advanced manufacturing. This is not your grandfather’s manufacturing.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Networking Lunch

2:00 PM - 2:35 PM - Keynote

Developments in Lean & OpEx

How to Sustain our OpEx Results and Journey?

Dr. Jack Feng, VP of Operational Excellence and CVG Digital, Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc.

Starting the OpEx journey is not easy in any organizations. Yet, it is even more challenging to sustain the gains and momentum of the journey.  This talk uses examples from the speaker personal experience in large and small organizations and from his studies to illustrate the recipe for success or failure.  He intends to use and invite questions so as to engage the audience in his entire talk.

2:35 PM - 3:10 PM - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

Helping Technical Experts develop into Effective Leaders

Tom Ulrich, 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

Future Technologies & IoT

Session Title TBC (Niagara Bottling)

Niraj Jha, Director of Logistics, Niagara Bottling


  • Full session abstract TBC

3:45 PM - 3:55 PM

Chair’s Closing Remarks & End of Summit