Connected Manufacturing Forum 2019

July 29 - 30, 2019

Hilton Austin, Austin, TX

Our Speakers

Trever White
Divisional Information Officer, Manufacturing & Engineering Systems
Toyota Motor Corp.
Jack Fish
Vice President of Global Manufacturing
GE Aviation
Michael Mikula
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. 

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

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.

Warren Pruitt
Vice President, Global Supply Chain
Colgate-Palmolive Company
Steve Blue
Miller Ingenuity

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.

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.

ASHLEY BARON is Stanley Black & Decker’s Vice President of Human Resources, Corporate & Industry 4.0. In this position, Ashley acts as HR Business Partner to Corporate departments including, Industry 4.0, Finance, Legal and Business Development, among others.  Ashley is involved with organizational design, recruiting, succession planning, and leadership development.  In addition, she spearheads the Company’s workforce readiness and development initiatives for manufacturing facilities impacted by Industry 4.0 projects.   

Prior to joining the Company in 2010, Ashley was an attorney with Siegel, O’Connor in Hartford, CT practicing labor & employment law.  Ashley represented management clients in all aspects of labor relations and employment claims and litigation.  

She earned a Bachelor’s from University of Connecticut and a JD from University of Connecticut School of Law.  

Stephen A. Childs
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.  

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.
Bill Duty
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.

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

Richard Boulware
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.

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
Byron Clayton
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.

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
John Genovesi
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Accounts & Software
Rockwell Automation

John Genovesi, Senior Vice President of Rockwell Automation Enterprise Accounts and Software. Genovesi is responsible for our most strategic customers and software success, including our investment, PTC. Fundamental to Rockwell Automations success is our ability to bring the Connected Enterprise to life for customers around the world. In doing so, we help deliver value by engaging customers in their digital journey. John has deep experience and expertise in delivering value to customers by understanding their businesses and best opportunities for productivity, and he is committed to driving customer success.

Genovesi has a history of successful global business leadership experience since joining Rockwell Automation in 1989 from Siemens. He has held positions of increasing responsibility in the global sales and software business organizations during his tenure. Genovesi’s prior role was Vice President and General Manager of the Information Software Business since 2016, Vice President and General Manager Information Solutions and Process Business since 2011, Vice President, Global Accounts since 2008, and Vice President Industry Solutions in 2006. Prior to that he held various positions across the organization.

Genovesi holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland Ohio. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Youngstown State University.

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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