May 8-10, 2017
Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH USA


Hear from some of the biggest and brightest industry thought leaders as they discuss various topics related to manufacturing and technology. Take away ideas, insights and effective strategies to improve your overall operations program.

Raj Nair

Total Transformation: How Ford is Reinventing Itself for the Digital Age

Raj Nair

Executive Vice President, Product Development, and Chief Technical Officer of  Ford

In today’s digital age, the rapid advancement in technology is transforming the automotive industry. Data analytics, the Internet of Things, virtual reality, robotics, and additive manufacturing are disrupting not only the design and manufacturing of cars, SUVs and trucks, but also leading to emerging mobility services and solutions. In this keynote speech, Raj Nair, Ford’s executive vice president, Global Product Development, and chief technical officer, will share how Ford is deploying an innovative mindset in every part of its business, focusing on connectivity, vehicle electrification, autonomous vehicles and the customer experience, to change the way the world moves.

Brett Wood

Toyota Production System: Insights from the Inside

Brett Wood

President and CEO of  Toyota Material Handling North America

Attend a keynote session presented by a leader of a corporation that has inspired several generations of companies to adopt the Toyota Production System (TPS) as their operating philosophy. We all know how fast our world is changing, but simply changing along with it is not enough. We need to be proactive and swift in our actions to differentiate ourselves from the competition. Toyota Material Handling North America President and CEO Brett Wood will share the “inside story” about how their company continues to evolve and strengthen the TPS principles to increase productivity, benefit its dealers and customers, and what his team is doing to help associates embrace change and stay motivated and involved in continuous improvement. 

Billy Ray Taylor

Lean Team: Driving, Enabling & Sustaining Operations Excellence

Billy Ray Taylor

Director of Manufacturing of  Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

The success of a business organization comes back to the challenge: Institutionalizing Operational Excellence through everyone in your organization. Billy R. Taylor will share a Business Operating System that enables his operations organization convert strategy into results. The management system effectively provides clarity:  "Define winning" (purpose of the work and specific objectives of the work), "Align winning" (who owns specific objectives of the work) and "Execute winning" (The processes used to govern the work). 

The system ensures proper organizational alignment of Functions and Tiers to the overall business strategy. Billy will demonstrate proven processes driven by strong execution skills and visual ownership at all levels. A disciplined and logical approach to getting things done, transforming strategies into winning.

Keynote 2


Amit Agarwal

Sr. Manager, Automation Engineering & MIS
Genetix Optics


Steve Blue

President and CEO
Miller Ingenuity


Dr. John F. Carrier

Senior Lecturer
MIT Sloan School


Ricardo Estok

Enterprise Principle Leader, Manufacturing Excellence
Johnson Controls, Inc.

Heath Ewing

Training & Development Manager
Kenworth Trucking Company


Peter Feil

Vice President/General Manager
STOBER Drives Inc

Laury Ferguson

Training Manager
Great Lakes Cheese Co. Inc


Linda Golinghorst

Director Information Solutions - Global Rolled Products

Brett Greene

Willington Nameplate


Frank Hacker

General Manager - Wisconsin Operations
Rockline Industries

Mike Hannah

IIoT Market Development Manager
Rockwell Automation

Dennis Hodges

Inteva Products LLC


Ellis Jones

General Manager Race
Goodyear Tire


Paresh Kalwani

Global Manufacturing ITS Solutions & Strategy Lead
Mondelez International

Jay Kim

Chief Strategy Officer
APX Labs

Ryan King

Director of Operational Excellence, Commercial Trailer Products
Wabash National Corporation


Jim Lancaster


Jose Miguel Lopez-Ascaso

VP Manufacturing Excellence
Johnson Controls

Thomas Lucas

Chief Information Officer
The Sherwin-Williams Company

Eric Lussier

Steel Business Partners/Handy & Harman


Scot McLemore

Manager of Talent Acquisition and Deployment
Honda Manufacturing


Erik Nistad

Director ITS, Global Mfg./ RDQ COE Lead
Mondelez International

Goran Novkovic

Toronto Water


Brent Robertson



Fred Schultheis

Director Authomation - Global Rolled Products

George Schuster

Rockwell Automation

Dustin Smith

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Commercial Trailer Products
Wabash National Corporation

Jon Sobel

Co Founder & CEO
Sight Machine

Dan Stieler

Power Film


Brian Tapajna

Program Manager - Supplier Development and Continuous Improvement
Huntington Ingalls Industries - Newport News Shipbuilding

Billy Taylor

Director of Manufacturing
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

Tony Topencik

Director of Manufacturing Operations
The Raymond Corporation

Esteban Tristan

Director of Safety Solutions
Select International


Karl Wadensten

President and Owner
Vibco Vibrators

George L. Westcott

Fabrication Manager
The Raymond Corporation


Jennifer Yaros

VP of Operations
Radcom Services

Shane Yount

Competitive Solutions Inc