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Conference Agenda

Workforce Excellence

Leadership and Culture

Operational Excellence

Technology, Innovation and Strategic Growth

Day 1

Thursday, March 24

Day 2

Friday, March 25

Day 1

7:30–9:15 a.m.
Exhibitor Set-up/Registration and Networking/Continental Breakfast
9:15–10:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks: Phil Mintz, NCMEP and Ben Kinney, Business NC 
Keynote: “Growing an NC Manufacturing Business Globally Today with a Focus on Talent, Technology, and Performance Locally” Geoff Foster, CEO and President, Core Technology Molding Corporation

10:45–11:45 a.m.

Value of Apprenticeships in Today’s World
Joseph Schumacher, Director, Technical Training and Development, Ardagh Group NC

Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast: Building a Winning Culture with Your Team

Scott Kyles, Lead Content Specialist & Client Relationship Manager, Cibirix Digital Marketing
Jay Lara, COO, Carport Central and the American Building Network

Enhance Your Value Stream View Using Data
Stephanie Parker, Quality Manager, Boon Edam

The Journey from NASCAR to Aerospace and Defense- Overcoming the Barriers of Entry in a New Market
Bob Ucman, Director of Business Development, Rousch Yates Manufacturing Solutions

Noon–1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Keynote:
From Corporate Board Room to Machine Shop, what’s the Same? Mark Beck, Co-Founder and CEO, B Square Precision Group
1:45–2:45 p.m.

Weathering Covid
Ryan Zimmerman, Director of Human Resources and Meredith Summey, Human Resources Manager, POLYWOOD and Jody Blackwell, PCC

Inclusion and Diversity in Manufacturing
Kevin Price, Senior Vice President, DHG and other panelists TBA

Southland Group’s Blueprint for Success-How Planning for Success Made it a Reality
Christine Elder, Owner, Elder Group Inc. and Greg Martin, General Manager, Southland Electrical Supply

Protect Your Company and Supply Chain from Cybersecurity Threats
Jeff Hillison, Cost Accountant and Network Administrator, Electro Switch Corporation and  Myriam Batista, Chief Information and Security Officer, Reef Systems

3:00–4:00 p.m.

People + Performance +Philanthropy = Workforce Excellence
Scott Bauer, President, Parker Offshore and Betsy DeCampo, Carteret Community College

What Does Resiliency Look Like in Your Supply Chain? Lessons Learned from COVID
Eric Henry, CEO and Founder of TS Designs, Neal McTighe, Center Director, SBTDC

Toyota Kata Part 1
Bill Iacovelli, Improvement Specialist, NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES), Chris Koontz, Improvement Specialist, NC State IES

Reach Global Markets with EDPNC
Mike Hubbard, Director of International Trade, EDPNC

4:00–5:45 p.m.
Vendor Tradeshow and Networking Reception

Day 2

8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast and Networking with Exhibitors/Table Discussions
8:50 a.m.
Opening Remarks and Announcements
9:00-10:00 a.m.

You Run a Healthcare Business Whether You Like it or Not – How to Take Back Control of Your Health Plan
Bryan Bickley, Vice President, Benefits Consultant, Scott Insurance and Dan Nifong, VP of Experience Arcadia Beverage

Answering the “Why” First- Our Journey to Changing Company Culture and Performance
Tony Smith, Senior Director of Operations, Automated Solutions and Kathryn Brant, Senior HR Partner, Performentor

Toyota Kata Part 2
Bill Iacovelli, Improvement Specialist, NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES), Chris Koontz, Improvement Specialist, NC State IES

Achieving Strategic Growth Through Economic Gardening
John C. Loyack Vice President, Global Business Services, EDPNC

10:00–10:20 a.m.
Networking Break with Exhibitors
10:30–11:30 a.m.

Utilizing State Resources to Recruit and Retain
Ray McKeithan, Manager of Government and Public Affairs, Nutrien

Onsite Employee Direct Care
Dr. William Satterwhite, Chief Wellness Officer,Wake Forest Baptist Health; Bradley Teague, Plant Manager, Egger Wood Processing; and Leslie Ward, RN/Certified Nurse Health Coach, Wake Forest Baptist Health

Implementing an ISO 50001 Energy Management System, A Success Story
Lindsey Nichols, Corporate Environmental Engineer, Daimler Trucks North America and Michael Stowe, Senior Energy Engineer, Advanced Energy

Robotics 101
Bill Iacovelli, Improvement Specialist, NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES), Chris Koontz, Improvement Specialist, NC State IES, Dominick Stephenson Assistant Director, Research Development and Evaluation, NC State IES, Travis Langford, Channel Sales Manager, Universal Robots

11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Awards Luncheon with Keynote
1:30–1:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks/Conference Concludes

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