Connected Manufacturing Forum 2019

July 29 - 30, 2019

Hilton Austin, Austin, TX


Our Speakers


Bart Talloen
Vice President, Product Supply Strategy & Deployment
Johnson & Johnson
Bart Talloen is an executive supply chain leader with over twenty five years broad and diverse experiences across several supply chain functions – planning, engineering, NPI and tech transfers, project management and continuous improvement, operations, general plant and end-to-end supply chain management – in 3 geographical regions (Asia, Europe, and North America) and in different businesses (pharma Rx, OTC, consumer goods, material handling). He has a vast experience in plant management and is a dynamic leader with vision and aspiration who can take calculated risks and guide others though a fast-paced, changing environment. At J&J, Bart is responsible for the development and deployment of standard processes and capabilities to improve product supply from raw materials via the manufacturing sites though distribution centers. Bart will be sharing practical recommendations on putting smart manufacturing and IIoT at the heart of your business transformation.
Jeffrey J. Wilcox
Vice President, Digital Transformation
Lockheed Martin
Warren Pruitt
Vice President, Global Supply Chain
Colgate-Palmolive Company
Steve Blue
Miller Ingenuity

Steven L. Blue is an internationally-recognized expert on leading change and business transformation. 

Steve regularly contributes to leading media and industry outlets, such as FOX, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Inc., The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, AMA, Europe Business Review, The Adam Carolla Show, and The Wall Street Journal. His insights have led many media outlets to refer to him as America’s leading Mid-Market CEO.

Steve is the 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 is a best-selling author of critically-acclaimed books that target executives, leaders, entrepreneurs, and anyone seeking to learn the secrets of success in the corporate world. 

Steve’s fourth book, co-authored with Jack Canfield of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, is titled "Mastering the Art of Success" and became a best seller its second day in publication. In it, Steve describes how any company can unleash its Innovational Potential® through the transformation of company culture. This book earned him the prestigious Quilly® Award and induction into the National Academy of Best-Selling Authors®. Steve’s additional books include "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 Double-Digit Profit Code."

Steve is a business movie producer. His latest film, "Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got: The Jay Abraham Story," chronicles the life and times of this legendary marketing genius.

Carlos Ruiz Rabago
Senior Vice President of Operations, Head of Manufacturing and Engineering
Amy Meyer
Vice President – Technical Services
Kohler Co

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.

Ashley Baron
Vice President HR, Industry 4.0 & Corporate
Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
Stephen A. Childs
Vice President, Global Human Resources & Facilities
Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America
Steve Chadwick
Senior Principal Engineer
Intel Corporation
Lloyd Colegrove
Data Services Director
The Dow Chemical
Derrick Register
Vice President, Supply Chain
The Coca-Cola Company
As Vice President of Supply Chain at Coca-Cola Refreshments, Derrick leads business unit P&L of $500mm with 16 manufacturing locations, planning, procurement, transportation, human resources, engineering, SES (Security, Environmental and Safety), and OE (operational excellence) with a variety of beverage platforms including sparkling and water – 220 million equivalent cases. Derrick facilitated development of business plans for the US Region that consisted of 5 Directors – Planning, HR, Quality, OE, and SES and 2500 indirect associates.
Sarah Bodo
Lead Process Automation Engineer
The Dow Chemical Company
Terry LeDoux
Director Information Systems – Product Supply
Nestlé Purina
Randy Engalla
Senior Director – OFS Engineering and Supply Chain Applications
Baker Hughes, a GE Company
Gary Binstock
Director of Technology – Strategic Innovation and Alliances
Colgate-Palmolive Company
Sibylle Buettner
Plant Director
Continental Automotive GmbH
As Plant Director for Continental, Sibylle oversees over 1000 employees, and has a deep interest in the move towards Industry 4.0 and how lean management principles and transformation can bu built upon for successful digital transformation. Sibylle will be discussing how artificial intelligence, cloud computing, the latest data analytics technologies and smart sensors supported Continental’s transition to smart manufacturing and established them as a frontrunner in the manufacturing field.
Janet Lynch
Director - Injection Molding and Manufacturing 4.0
CertainTeed, a Saint-Gobain company
Reggie Haith
Americas Supply Chain Director of Operations – Expanded Consumer
McCormick & Company, Inc.
Josef Kriegmair
Representative, Production – Turbine Blade/Structure Castings
MTU Aero Engine
Josef Kriegmair works as Representative Production Turbine Blade / Structure Castings at MTU Aero Engines AG Center Production. His focus is on developing and implementing digital process chains, CAD/CAM methods, NC simulation solutions, manufacturing intelligence for turbine blades and structure castings. Prior to that, he was in production engineering focus technology development for production and maintenance, repair & overhaul and in logistics & plant maintenance at MTU Aero Engines. Josef started at MTU in technical procurement. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering focus Production Technology and a degree in Industrial Engineering focus Project Management and Technology Management.
Stefan Zippel
Industry 4.0 Architect
Georg Fischer
Stefan is currently a Senior MES Project Manager with Umicore, and is focused on using the field of MES to help achieve better business results. He has a keen interest in working with new technologies and methods like Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing to develop a more efficient production process. With more than 10 years expert-level experience in this area, Stefan believes that MES is one of the corner-stones to be able to take on initiatives in Industry 4.0, IIoT and the Smart Factory.
Jesper Toubøl
Vice President, Elements & Moulds
LEGO Group
Jesper is heading up Elements and Moulds – Engineering. He has delivered organizational footprint and technology strategies within Element design and Mould Manufacturing - establishing Engineering centers in LEGO manufacturing sites in Mexico and Denmark. Responsibilities include delivering innovation to support product development and leading engineering on manufacturing sites. During his work Jesper has profound focus on how IoT can support his visions and enable the future – a true IOT-technology evangelist. Jesper has worked for LEGO in several roles. 1) Responsibility for R&D in Packaging and Processing (Decorations and Assembly) 2) Delivering coherent business plan for DUPLO product line enabling gross sales increase, establishing sustainable value chain optimizations– delivered sustainablesavings redefining product design –incl. marketing ROI, 4P and recruitment strategies for stronger consumer franchise. 2) Responsibilities for product development execution for LEGO Games, LEGO Technic, LEGO Hero Factory - leading development teams through design, sourcing and marketing process from concept to finished product. 3) establishing logistics strategy, delivered turn around results in increasing differentiated services and reducing costs by e.g. outsourcing, consolidating sites and redefining logistic service offering.
Andrew Lux
Senior Vice President, Operations and Sustaining Engineering
ArtiCure, Inc.
Casper Mørck
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

Eddie Smith
Director, Operations
Kuhn Krause
Eddie Smith has over 40 years in a variety of industries and held numerous high-level management positions, including Manager of Quality Assurance, Director of Quality Assurance, Manager of Manufacturing, Manager of Operations and Director of Operations. He has experience in automotive, off-road wheel manufacturing, gas and oil, construction and agriculture. He is a strong proponent of LEAN and has employed this approach to drive changes. Under his leadership in 2013 the Wichita, KS Case New Holland Construction Plant received the Best Plant Award from IndustryWeek for their application of LEAN. Eddie currently holds the position as Director of Operations at Kuhn Krause a manufacturer of agriculture equipment which are distributed globally. Through his direction Kuhn Krause has incorporated the use of LEAN Principles and Machine Intelligence. Kuhn Krause has been on their journey of continuous improvement for the past 3 years which is moving them toward a world-class manufacturing facility.
Leonel Leal
Associate Director, Manufacturing Engineering
Faraday Future
Thomas Kelly
Executive Director and CEO
Automation Alley
Kevin McDunn
Chief Technology Officer
UI Labs
Brian Daigle
International Trade Analyst
U.S. International Trade Commission
Fernando Gracia
International Trade Economist
U.S. International Trade Commission
Cihan Dagli
Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Antonia Kay
Program Director
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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