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Conference Agenda

Agenda At-A-Glance

May 13 (day 1)

1 p.m. Registration
1:30 p.m. Opening remarks
2 p.m. Opening keynote
3 p.m. Three concurrent breakout sessions (TBA)
4 p.m. NCMEP Manufacturing Leadership Awards ceremony
4:30-6 p.m. Celebration of North Carolina manufacturing reception and vendor tradeshow

May 14 (day 2)

7 a.m. Registration
7:30 a.m. Breakfast available
8 a.m. Opening remarks
8:15 a.m. General sessions:
Topic 1: Supplier Matching
Topic 2: AI in Manufacturing
9:30 a.m. Three concurrent breakout sessions (TBA)
10:30 a.m. Networking break and exhibits
11 a.m. Three concurrent breakout sessions (TBA)
Noon Lunch
12:30 p.m. Keynote speaker
1:30 p.m. Closing comments and door prizes

Full Agenda (Tentative)

Day 1

Monday, May 13

Day 2

Tuesday, May 14

Day 1

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Exhibitor Set-up

1 p.m.

Registration Opens

1:30-2 p.m.

Opening Remarks:
Phil Mintz – NCMEP
Ben Kinney – Business NC

2-2:50 p.m.

Opening Keynote:
John McGirr – Senior Vice President and General Manager, Corning Optical Fiber and Cable Division

3-4 p.m.

Room A: Partnering for a Successful Apprenticeship Program

Jay Simmons – Apprenticeship Program Manager, Machine Specialties

Sponsored by:

Catapult Logo

Room B: Journey to Manufacturing Excellence

Ryan Biddix – Continuous Improvement Manager, Teijin Automotive Systems – Lenoir

Tracy Gray – Plant Manager, Teijin Automotive Systems – Lenoir

Mark Parsons – Operations Manager, Teijin Automotive Systems – Lenoir

Sponsored by:

ServPro Logo

Room C: Food Safety & Security and Cybersecurity for Manufacturing Firms

Eric Hobbs – President, Technology Associates

Michael Druga – President and CEO, SinnovaTek and FirstWave Innovations

Tyler Brown – VP of Manufacturing, SinnovaTek and FirstWave Innovations

4-4:30 p.m.

Leadership Awards Ceremony

4:30-6 p.m.

Celebration of NC Manufacturing Reception (Sponsored by ING ING Logo) and Vendor Tradeshow

6 p.m.


Day 2

7 a.m.

Registration Opens

7:30 a.m.

Breakfast Available

8 a.m.

Opening Remarks/Announcements

8:15 a.m.

General Session – 2 mini sessions to be presented
Topic 1: Supplier Matching: KeAnne Hoeg, Director of Data Management Systems, Supplier Matching and Reporting, NC State Industry Expansion Solutions
Topic 2: Streamlining Success: How Software Modernization Elevates Manufacturing Efficiency and Scalability: Michael Georgiou, Co-Founder and Eric Lawrence, Director of Growth and Partnerships, Imaginovation

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Room A: An Innovative Model for Addressing Skilled Labor Shortage

Bill McBrayer – Human Resources, Safety, Health and Environmental Manager, Lexington Home Brands

Sponsored by:

Catapult Logo

Room B: GE Aerospace’s Key to Manufacturing Success – Exceeding Customer Expectations Through Learning and Consensus

Ed Zimmerman – Leap Manufacturing Program Leader, GE Aerospace

Room C: Using Training Within Industry (TWI) as a Foundation for Standardized Work

Dan Grimsley – Corporate Learning and Development Manager, Chatsworth Products, Inc.

10:30-11 a.m.

Networking Break with Exhibitors

11 a.m.

Track A: Sustainability and the Circular Economy Panel

Roland Butzke – Enterprise Account Executive, Sustainable Energy Management, Siemens Industry, Inc.

Matthew Flowers – Corporate Purchasing Manager, Unifi

Kevin Martin – Executive Director, Carolina Utility Customers Association (Moderator)

Track B: Navigating the Digital Transformation Journey

Steven Airoldi – East Region General Manager, Vision 33 and Manufacturing Client TBD

Track C: Utilizing Kata for Improvement

Brandon Bunn – Kaizen Promotion Officer, NC Correction Enterprises


Buffet Lunch Available

12:30 p.m.

Keynote with Q&A: Speaker Invited

1:30 p.m.

Closing Comments and Door Prizes


Early Registration (ends April 5)

Manufacturers: $299
Non-Manufacturers: $399

Hotel Information

Durham Marriott City Center
201 Foster Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701

Unscripted Durham
202 Corcoran Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701