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Conference Agenda

Workforce Excellence

Leadership and Culture

Operational Excellence

Technology, Innovation and Strategic Growth

Day 1

Wednesday, May 18

Day 2

Thursday, May 19

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.

The Value of Today’s Apprenticeships,

Michael Taylor, Mentor Apprenticeship Program and ML Trainer, Buhler Inc.



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

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

Practical Innovation: How Innovative Thinking Can Transform Your Business

Jon Boggiano, Co-Founder, Everblue

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.

Sustaining Growth & Leadership Culture through Covid
Ryan Zimmerman, Director of Human Resources, POLYWOOD, Mike Moore, HR Manager, POLYWOOD, Tabitha Pennell, HR Generalist, POLYWOOD 

Inclusion and Diversity in Manufacturing
Kevin Price, Senior Vice President, DHG
Alexis Blackford, Senior Corporate Counsel, JELD-WEN
Lynne Walker, Inclusion Strategist, Retired from First Horizon National Corporation
Scott Krull, Executive and Board Member, Retired from Ingersoll Rand

Southland Group’s Blueprint for Success-How Planning for Success Made it a Reality

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

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 IES,
Chris Koontz, Improvement Specialist, NC State IES,
Chris Hartley, Lean Improvement Specialist, NC State IES

Reach Global Markets with EDPNC

Liz Isley, Director of NC Furniture Export Office, EDPNC and Other Speaker TBA

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

Toyota Kata Part 2

Bill Iacovelli, Improvement Specialist, NC State IES,
Chris Koontz, Improvement Specialist, NC State IES,
Chris Hartley, Lean 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.

Automating Undesirable Tasks to Combat Rising Labor Shortages

Lynn Crump, President-Cross Automation, Cross Company

Keeping People Well and Working: Healthcare Access at the Point of Work

Danielle Lamphier, Vice President, Enterprise Employer Services, Atrium Wake Forest Baptist Health
Brian Summerton, Environmental, Health and Safety Manager, Collins Aerospace
Leslie Ward, RN/Certified Nurse Health Coach, Atrium Wake Forest Baptist Health

Implementing an ISO 50001 Energy Management System, A Success Story


From Daimler Truck North America (DTNA): Brantley Cocklereece, Facilities Engineer, Colin Buchanan, Environmental Sustainability Specialist, Ryan Pennington, Corporate Environmental Engineer and Scott Fister, Environmental Engineer MODERATOR: 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

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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