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2014 Manufacturing Leadership Summit Speakers

pdficon_16x16.gifFEB. 25, 2014 Manufacturing Leaders Uncover how Emerging Trends, Digital Media, Technology and Materials will Transform the Manufacturing Industry

Why join your peers at the Manufacturing Leadership Summit?

  • Summit delegates are the smartest group in the industry. You will join an annual gathering of leaders committed to manufacturing and its future. They know that in order to adapt and thrive, they need to lead the way.
  • Collaborate. With market forces accelerating faster than companies can keep pace, staying ahead of the curve means focusing on tomorrow's strategies. To do that, you must collaborate — with peers across functions and industries.
  • Widen your lens. Summit delegates hail from all segments of our industry, and they own responsibilities and roles that represent the entire value chain. You'll broaden your perspective — and help each other see through the fog.
  • Create your future. Forces of disruptive innovation are demanding no less than a new set of rules about how we lead, organize, operate and manage our companies. It's all about being able to visualize the future — its possibilities and its challenges.

The industrial revolution is underway. Our speakers are focused on the issues critical to your strategic response.

  • Stephen Hoover, CEO, Palo Alto Research Center, on the trends that will radically change the design process and the way things are built.
  • Aziz Asphahani, CEO, QuesTek Innovations, on the vast potential of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering—and how innovation partnerships accelerate the discovery and implementation of breakthrough materials.
  • Ralph Resnick, President, NCDMM and Director, America Makes on the progress of the first of 15 technology “accelerators” charged with revitalizing manufacturing competitiveness in the U.S.
  • Tonya Jackson, VP, Global Supply Chain Operations, Lexmark International, Allison Grealis of the Precision Metalforming Association and a panel of experts on why manufacturers struggle to find talent while an under-utilized pool of talent is ready to assume leadership.
  • Francis Bitonti, Founder, Francis Bitonti Studio, on the blend of computer-driven techniques and cutting edge manufacturing technologies that enables this “new craftsman” of luxury goods to realize what has been called by the press “alien” objects and spaces.
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  • "I enjoyed the caliber of presenters and attendees. Appreciated the food for thought and was in an impressive venue/setting."
    – Mark Thomson, IT Project Director, GE Aviation
  • “This was truly a great event—first class. The networking was excellent for everyone - small business , major companies, Ford, Chrysler, IBM, TATA, Mitsubishi, Procter & Gamble, Siemens, Lockheed Martin. The award ceremony was also first class and a benchmark for getting manufacturing people together and celebrating excellence.”
    – Allan Rae, Office of the Chairman, American Axle & Manufacturing
  • “Excellent opportunity to participate in the future of manufacturing.”
    – Lance A Scott, President, EAO Corporation
  • “Top rate.”
    – Frank Vlasaty, President, King Innovation

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