Dr. Amish Patel has over 14 years of extensive global leadership, development, and manufacturing experience. He is responsible for developing oral delivery platforms for vaccines at PaxVax Inc. Dr Patel CMC experience ranges from pre-clinical to life cycle management. He has been an integral part of the QA, QC and GMP manufacturing teams. He has developed over 15 clinical products and trained the GMP staff on the production technology. Dr. Patel received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering with focus on Nanotechnology, from Louisiana Tech University, and, B.S. Chemical Engineering from University of Poona (India).
Director of Manufacturing, ATO
Ford Motor Company
Global Director of Technology
Benjamin Lavoie is the Global Head of Technology and Innovation for Anheuser-Busch Inbev, the world’s largest beverage company, where he is responsible for Digital Transformation of the Global Supply Organization which includes making a Supply Chain consisting of over 1,000 facilities across 126 countries real-time, connected and continuously optimizing. Ben is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Agile Scrum Master, Project Management Professional, Design Thinking Facilitator and Data Scientist. Prior to these roles Ben was Sr. Director for Operations in North America and also lead the Global Implementation of Lean Six Sigma for Anheuser-Busch Inbev. Ben has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical & Biomedical Engineering, MBA in Operations Management and Finance from Boston University and an Executive MBA certificate from Washington University on Supply Chain Management.
Director of Lean Product Development
Eric Pope, Leadership Coach and Vice President of Operations at US Synthetic and the US Synthetic Consulting Group, is a frequent speaker at continuous improvement conferences. His topics include principles and processes associated with the deliberate creation of culture. Above all, Eric is a social scientist. He loves to design, experiment and learn what make high performance teams and organizations. Eric holds a Bachelor of Science degree (BS) in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) both from Brigham Young University.
Dr. Jack Feng
VP of Operational Excellence and CVG Digital
Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc.
Dr. Jack Feng is the Vice President of Operational Excellence and CVG Digital at Commercial Vehicle Group (CVG) reporting directly to the company President / CEO. CVG’s mission is to provide the commercial vehicle drivers with a comfortable and safe environment. In May 2018, Dr. Feng was elected as a Fellow of the IISE - Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers - in recognition of his life-long outstanding leadership and contributions in advancing the profession of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Prior to joining CVG in 2014, Jack held various senior leadership positions at Caterpillar in Lean Six Sigma, industrial engineering, and strategic human resources. He was a tenured Professor at Bradley University and a tenure track Assistant Professor at Penn State University with 100+ published peer reviewed papers, books and book chapters. He currently serves as the Associate Chair for the Columbus Chinese Chamber of Commerce, on the Council for Industrial and System Engineering (CISE), and on the Six Sigma Promotion Committee of China.
He and his consulting firm has provided consulting services to Boeing, Caterpillar, Cincinnati Milacron, Dana, Deere, Rockwell, Rubbermaid, SME, Tyco, University of Illinois College of Medicine, and the US State Department Fulbright Program. He is also a guest professor for a number of universities. He has been a keynote or guest speaker for a number of international conferences and other events, most recently at the American Manufacturing Strategy Summit, IMPACT Manufacturing Summit, North American Excellence Summit, and the IISE Annual Conference’s CISE Track. He was elected the Lean of of the Year in 2011 by China’s Annual Manufacturing Management Forum – China Lean Summit.
Dr. John H. Danley Jr.
President, North American Operations
Kenneth R. Banas
Vice President, Advanced Manufacturing and Corporate Excellence
Kenneth R. Banas is Vice President, Advanced Manufacturing and Corporate Excellence. He is responsible for overseeing USG’s Advanced Manufacturing initiative, Lean Six Sigma organization, Lean Management System, Enterprise Project Management Organization and Manufacturing Reliability.
Banas joined USG in 2004. He previously served as treasurer and was responsible for the leadership and direction of the treasury function, including all aspects of USG’s capital strategy and structure. He was also a key member of a team that completed the largest transformational joint venture in USG’s history, the creation of USG Boral Building Products, and divestiture of USG’s distribution business, L&W Supply.
Prior to serving as treasurer, Banas was responsible for enterprise program management and was the program manager for the company’s largest IT project. Banas is a member of Board for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago. Banas holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in astronomy and physics and a master’s degree in astrophysics from the California Institute of Technology.
Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII)
Director of Logistics
Vice President, Global Operations
Data Sciences International
Tandem Diabetes Care
As Chief Scientist, Tom is the most senior engineer at Tandem Diabetes Care, and his charter includes both (a) innovating Tandem’s technology, processes, and products, and (b) mentoring Tandem’s next generation of engineers and engineering managers. Tom earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in engineering at UC Irvine, and has 34 years of experience developing (and helping others develop) real time embedded software for life critical mechanical systems for both the Aviation and Medical industries. After a decade as Tandem’s Senior Director of Software Engineering, Tom began a Ph.D. program in organizational leadership and expects to finish by Summer 2018.
Director, External Manufacturing
Vicky McMillan is Director of External Manufacturing at Starbucks. She joined Starbucks in 2001 and has held various positions in Information Technology, Commercialization, Engineering and Manufacturing. As the director of external manufacturing, Vicky leads all aspects of contract manufacturing operations, including improvement efforts in the areas of cost, safety and quality.
Prior to her current role, Vicky directed operations for two years at a US plant that produced coffee, tea and soluble coffee and as an interim plant director for a coffee production plant in Europe for six months. Vicky is engaging, performance-driven, collaborative leader who brings people together from multiple functions to optimize the manufacturing network to support business growth, create flexibility and ensure business continuity.
Vicky has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA.