July 29 - 30, 2019
Hilton Austin, Austin, TX
Chief Engineer, Advanced Manufacturing
Ford Motor Company
Michael Mikula began his career at Ford Motor Company in 1994 as a Tooling and Process Engineer in the Casting Division of PowerTrain Operations supporting Ford’s foundries in Windsor and Cleveland. He was selected to be the Manufacturing Engineering Manager for the Duratec 35 engine program in 2001 and spent the following 7 years developing and installing process capability at various facilities including initial introduction of Ford Motor Company’s award winning EcoBoost architecture.
Upon successful commissioning of the Duratec 35 capacity, Mike transitioned back into Operations to run the 4 Speed Automatic transmission at Van Dyke Transmission Plant in Sterling Heights, Mi and doubled the output to meet the immediate demands of the financial crisis and federal investment in small cars. Once the demands flattened out of the 4 speed, Mike was moved to grow the midsized 6 speed transmission from 400K per year to over a million per year by combining both new installed capacity with creative solutions to repurposing equipment and breaking existing bottlenecks. In addition, Mike was responsible for the launch of Ford Motor Company’s first all new Hybrid Transmission on Ford Motor Company’s first fully flexible assembly line on a project co-funded by the Department of Energy.
Mike was then promoted to Assistant Plant Manager at Van Dyke Transmission Plant and assumed responsibility for all day-to-day operations at the 1,800 person, 2.1M square foot of manufacturing space site producing over 1.7M transmissions per year. He later was moved to the role of Plant Manager of the Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan where he assumed responsibilities for the most diverse suite of products and services at any facility in Ford Motor Company including Ford’s first Battery Assembly process in support of Hybrid Vehicle production.
In 2017, Mike was promoted to Global Chief Engineer of Manufacturing Systems for PowerTrain where his teams ensure facility readiness in support of all of Ford’s forward model programs for PowerTrain globally. Additional responsibilities include day to day operational oversight of the PowerTrain Prototype facilities as well as the Dynamometer Testing facility for North America.
In August of 2018, Mike was appointed to the position of Chief Engineer, Advanced Manufacturing for Ford Motor Company with responsibilities spanning both vehicle and powertrain production operations. In this role, Mike is leading Ford Motor Company’s Industry 4.0 initiatives ensuring global competitiveness of all Ford’s operations and engineering methods.
Vice President, Product Supply Strategy & Deployment
Johnson & Johnson
Vice President, Digital Transformation
Jeffrey (Jeff) Wilcox is Vice President for Digital Transformation at Lockheed Martin. He oversees the Digital Transformation Office (DTO) and is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of Lockheed Martin’s operations strategy. This office is chartered with leveraging emerging digital technologies to transform systems design, production, and sustainment and ensuring the workforce and systems are in place to enable successful transformation.
Previously, Mr. Wilcox served as Vice President for Engineering and Program Operations for Lockheed Martin. In this capacity, he was responsible for the effectiveness and efficiency of the engineering, program management, production operations and sustainment functions across the enterprise.
Prior to that role, Mr. Wilcox served as Vice President for Corporate Engineering where he was responsible for the engineering enterprise, ensuring that the right people, processes, tools, and technologies were in place to successfully deliver innovative engineering solutions to customers’ most complex challenges. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. Wilcox served for 17 years with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).
Mr. Wilcox earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering from Case Western Reserve University and his Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University. He holds an honorary doctorate of engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.
He is chairman of the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Advisory Board and serves on the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Board as well as on multiple industry and university advisory boards. Mr. Wilcox is an adjunct professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Steven L. Blue is an internationally-recognized expert in transforming rust-belt companies into high-tech powerhouses. He teaches senior rust-belt executives how to revitalize their companies, triple profit, and leave the competition behind using his proven formula of igniting Innovational Potential®.
Steve promotes his methods of transformation through speaking engagements and media contributions through publications such as FOX, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Inc., The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, AMA, Europe Business Review, The Adam Carolla Show, IndustryWeek, and The Wall Street Journal. His insights have led many media outlets to refer to him as one of America’s leading Mid-Market CEOs.
Steve is President and CEO of Miller Ingenuity—an innovative company revolutionizing traditional safety solutions for railway workers. Its products protect assets, preserve the environment, and save lives. Steve also serves on a variety of boards in safety, banking, healthcare, and university business schools, and is the first CEO-in-Residence for the College of Business at Winona State University.
Steve’s “Transform. Ignite. Disrupt.®” podcast, available on iTunes®, and his “League of Extraordinary CEOs” article series, featured in The Business Journals, are dedicated to interviewing innovative CEOs who have successfully transformed their organizations.
He is the best-selling author of five critically acclaimed books that target executives, leaders, entrepreneurs, and anyone seeking to learn the secrets of success in the corporate world.
Steve’s latest book, Metamorphosis: From Rust-Belt to High-Tech in a 21st Century World, is a detailed blueprint for CEOs and senior leaders to transform their businesses from failing rust-belt companies with small margins into high-tech leaders with superior profits.
Steve’s earlier books include: Best-seller Mastering the Art of Success (co-authored with Jack Canfield of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series), American Manufacturing 2.0: What Went Wrong and How to Make It Right, The Ten Million Dollar Employee: When Your Most Toxic Liability Meets Your Most Important Customer, and Burnarounds: Unlocking the DoubleDigit Profit Code.
Steve Blue joined with DNA Films® as a Co-Producer in the documentary called “Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got: The Jay Abraham Story,” which chronicles the life and legend of Jay Abraham, an American business icon.
Steve’s “7 Values of Ingenuity®” is the preeminent system to achieve exponential growth in a business. His “Innovational Potential®” concept offers a roadmap for companies to ignite their creativity and innovation capability.
Steve holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the State University of New York and an MBA from Regis University.
Senior Vice President of Operations, Head of Manufacturing and Engineering
Vice President – Technical Services
Amy M. Meyer is Vice President, Technical Services for Kohler Co. In this role, Amy is responsible for the management of all aspects of Global Procurement; Aviation and Business Travel; Architecture and Interior Design; Construction Engineering and Management; Facilities, Maintenance and Grounds; Machine Build and Process Automation; Global EHS; Energy Management; and Kohler Operating Systems.
In February 2009, Amy joined Kohler Co. as Vice President-Engineering, Kohler Engines, where she was responsible for global engineering and the execution of product innovation for Kohler Engines. In January 2014, Amy was promoted to Vice President, Kohler Operating Systems, where she was responsible for company-wide supply chain and manufacturing Centers of Excellence along with three service-based, global organizations: the Chemical and Metallurgical Laboratory, the Machine Build and Process Automation Team and the India Technical Center.
Passionate about the personal development of her associates, Amy lives by the motto of “hire great people and enable them to do great work” by providing clear goals and authority, giving direct and honest feedback on both strengths and weaknesses, and celebrating personal growth through successful results and challenging setbacks.
Amy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in applied Mathematics from Michigan Technological University. Additionally, she has completed a Master of Science degree in Computational Mathematics from Michigan State University and a Master of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.
Vice President, Global Human Resources & Facilities
Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America
Stephen Childs is the Vice President / CHRO for Panasonic Automotive which is a global leader in the OEM Infotainment space with over 7,500 employees. He has a huge passion influencing Best Place to Work Cultures and designing best in class HR/Talent Management process that are simplified but highly effective.
Stephen has been honored to win numerous industry awards to include the 2016 and 2018 American Business Award for HR Executive of the Year. And because of the culture they have created, Panasonic Automotive is the proud winner of the 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For National Large Business “Best of the Best” Award for 2017, 2018 National 101 Best and Brightest places to work as well as the 2018 Talent Board CandE (Candidate Experience) Award. Even though Awards are nice to win, the ultimate goal for him and Panasonic Automotive is to create a culture where highly talented people want to come to work or stay working for Panasonic because they want to, not because they have to.
Vice President, Supply Chain
The Coca-Cola Company
Senior Director – OFS Engineering and Supply Chain Applications
Baker Hughes, a GE Company
Continental Automotive GmbH
Americas Supply Chain Director of Operations – Expanded Consumer
McCormick & Company, Inc.
Representative, Production – Turbine Blade/Structure Castings
MTU Aero Engine
Industry 4.0 Architect
Vice President, Elements & Moulds
Head, Supply Chain
Over the last 20+ years, Bill has held numerous leadership and transformation roles in the chemical industry. He led multiple large SAP implementations across the world, managed organizational and process redesigns, and held global supply chain leadership positions.
With his unique background, Bill has strengths in all aspects of the supply chain with vast knowledge of best practices and proven ability to deliver results with inventory optimization, planning, scheduling, S&OP, customer service, forecasting, and system implementations in the global environment. He has also led businesses to gain successful recognition as world class supply chains, including the Oliver Wight – Class A Certification.
Most recently, Bill has been optimizing the BYK NAFTA supply chain.
Bill is a graduate of West Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He is also a Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
Head of Learning Technology & Digitalization – America
Siemens Global Learning Campus
Casper Moerck has an established global career as a leader in the learning space. He has consulted on learning, training and onboarding for large companies for years and has worked in the renewable energy sector for companies like Vestas, being responsible for global new hire onboarding as well as training for the Northern European region.
His career has exposed him to most aspects of learning from instructional design of new hire programs, sales, LEAN and leadership programs to strategy development, learning process & infrastructure optimization and corporate university development.
He currently works for Siemens, where he is responsible for Infrastructure & Learning Technology in The Americas. Casper holds a Masters degree in Psychology and Business Administration from University of Roskilde in Denmark
Global Director, Logistics
Richard Boulware, MBA, CPSM, is Director, Global Logistics for International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. Rich collaborates with procurement, planning and operations to streamline inbound, outbound and intercompany material flows delivering improved levels of cost control, process governance and trade compliance. In his 15 years with IFF, Mr. Boulware has held various positions in IFF’s Supply Chain organization. Mr. Boulware has been an active leader in supply chain strategy, strategic sourcing and global supplier relationship management.
Over his career, he has held roles in engineering and operations in the pharmaceuticals industry and in software development and program management for the automotive industry during the dot com boom. Mr. Boulware recently relocated to the Netherlands to join his peers working in IFF's new Supply Chain Hub office.
Mr. Boulware will be sharing his recent real world experiences in taking on the task of integrating IFF's 3PL logistics partners as a key component of an enterprise-wide Logistics Strategy for International Flavors and Fragrances Inc.
Chief Executive Officer
Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM)
Dr. Byron Clayton is the Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM). Founded at Carnegie Mellon University in January 2017 and now operating as an independent non-profit, ARM is a national, membership-based consortium dedicated to asserting U.S. leadership in manufacturing by accelerating the commercialization of innovative robotic technologies and empowering American workers to obtain advanced manufacturing jobs. By lowering economic, technical, and operational barriers, ARM and its members help manufacturing enterprises of all sizes adopt robotic solutions and hire a labor force prepared to work collaboratively with robots.
Prior to his appointment as ARM CEO in January 2018, Dr. Clayton served as the President and CEO of Research Park Corporation (RPC), an economic development organization serving Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Clayton also previously led regional innovation clusters in printed electronics, advanced energy, and water technologies while based in Northeast Ohio, and has more than 25 years of experience developing, commercializing, and implementing advanced manufacturing systems and software.
Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Connected Manufacturing Forum
Antonia Kay is a Senior Conference Producer at Worldwide Business Research (WBR). She has worked in event production since 2013 and is currently responsible for project management, market research, content creation, and speaker recruitment for best-in-class manufacturing, retail and medical device conferences that bring together executive leaders from Fortune 500 organizations and innovative start-ups for a collaborative debate about the latest digital transformation trends, the evolution of customer care, and regulatory compliance.
Prior to joining WBR, Antonia held various roles in advertising/PR, operations and immigration-through-investment consulting.
Antonia holds a B.A. degree in Journalism from CUNY and a B.A. degree in Education from A.S. Pushkin Brest State University. Originally from Belarus, she speaks six languages and enjoys traveling the world and exploring foreign cultures and traditions.
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