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.

Becoming Digital Industrial
Tuesday May 8
3:00pm - 3:30pm

Bill Ruh

CEO of GE Digital, Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer of GE

The last decade has been defined by innovation in the consumer internet. The next decade will redefine the industrial world. For the last 125 years, GE has met the challenges of industrial change head-on. That's why it will power the next wave of large scale innovation: the Digital Industrial Revolution. GE Digital is leading this charge by connecting streams of machine data to powerful analytics, providing Industrial companies with valuable insights to manage assets and operations more efficiently. World-class talent and software capabilities are driving big gains in productivity, availability and longevity that will have a powerful impact on industries across the globe.

Bill Ruh is the chief executive officer for GE Digital as well as the senior vice president and chief digital officer (CDO) for GE. GE Digital provides premier digital software solutions and services through Predix, GE's cloud-based platform for the Industrial Internet. GE Digital supports customers globally with a broad range of Industrial Internet applications, from asset performance management, operations optimization, and brilliant manufacturing to platform as a service, cloud, and cyber security. As the CDO, Ruh is responsible for global IT as well as creating GE's Digital Thread, a next-generation system for streamlining design, manufacturing, and support processes.

Ruh joined GE in 2011 to establish its Industrial Internet strategy and to lead the convergence of the physical and digital worlds within GE globally. In this role, he focused on building out advanced software and analytics capabilities, as well as driving the global strategy, operations, and portfolio of software services across all of GE's businesses. During his tenure, Ruh has led the charge to develop the first cloud-based platform for the industrial world. He also played an instrumental role in establishing the Industrial Internet Consortium by bringing together government, academic, and industry leaders for setting the standards, best practices, and processes for the Industrial Internet.

Prior to joining GE, Ruh was a vice president at Cisco, where he held global responsibility for developing advanced services and solutions. A 30-year veteran of the software and internet industries, Ruh has held executive management positions at Software AG, The Advisory Board, The MITRE Corporation, and Concept 5 Technologies. Ruh is an accomplished author and a frequent speaker on such topics as emerging business models, cloud computing, analytics, the industrial internet and digital transformation. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science from California State University, Fullerton.

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Toyota Addresses M&T Audience
Wednesday May 9
7:30am - 8:45am

Sean Suggs

President, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi

Sean Suggs is president, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi and vice president of administration, responsible for all manufacturing and administration functions at Toyota's Blue Springs. Mississippi, plant, which produces the Corolla, Toyota's highest volume selling vehicle in the world.

Prior to his promotion to president, Suggs served as vice president of manufacturing and vice president of administration at the Mississippi vehicle assembly plant.

Suggs' joined Toyota in 1998 as Team Leader at Toyota's assembly plant in Princeton, Indiana. During his 10-year tenure, he served several roles and was named general manager of quality planning in 2008. In this leadership role, Suggs oversaw professional development, vehicle quality and manufacturing quality for current and new model production.

Prior to rejoining Toyota in 2014, Suggs served as director of strategy, administration and human resources from 2011 to 2013 at Nissan's North American headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee. During his five years with Nissan, he also directed production quality at the company's manufacturing and assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi.

Suggs serves on the Mississippi State Board of Education, a nine-member board responsible for setting state education policies and standards. He also serves on the Mississippi Economic Council's executive committee; and serves as a board member for the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, and supports several other nonprofit and economic development boards in Northeast Mississippi.

Suggs holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Auburn University and a Bachelor of Science from Oakland City College in Oakland City, Indiana.

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Welcome Remarks Presented by: Jason Mann of SAS

Jason Mann

Vice President of Internet of Things (IoT)

Jason Mann is responsible for growing IoT revenue and providing global focus, strategic direction and alignment across the SAS IoT analytics portfolio. He oversees the research and development, product management and marketing, and execution of the sell-through strategy across the portfolio.

“My job is to empower R&D teams to innovate and create the forward-looking solutions that enable customers to seize the opportunity inherent in IoT, solve specific business challenges and capitalize on the insights mined from the data,” said Mann.

Prior to his current position, Mann served as Director of Product Management for Industry Solutions and the Internet of Things where he set the strategic IoT direction for SAS. He was also responsible for product management of the manufacturing and supply chain, retail, energy, and health and life sciences industry solutions. Prior to that, he served as Manufacturing Industry Strategist where he led the internal and external positioning of SAS’ distinctive competence and value to the manufacturing industry.

Before joining SAS in 2003, Mann worked at Nortel Networks for 10 years where he led the multiyear design and implementation of global manufacturing operations and order management systems.

Mann received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University.

Introduction by David Juristy of Select International

David Juristy

Vice President of Sales

David Juristy joined the Select International team in October of 2002. Prior to his position as Vice President of Sales, David managed client relationships throughout North America for Select International with some of today’s top manufacturing companies such as; International and Engine, Goodyear, Merck, Polaris, and Allison Transmission.

Prior to coming to Select International, David held the position of General Manager at Search Engine in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Under David’s direction, Search Engine grew to become one of the largest technology staff augmentation and RPO provider in the region serving clients such as Hilti, Williams Energy, and MAPCO Coal.

Early in David’s career he worked as a fabricator at Fayette Equipment Company in Uniontown, Pennsylvania where he provided support for the Short Hole Continuous Mining System.

David is a native of Morgantown, West Virginia and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Operations Management from Northeastern State University. He’s a decorated veteran of the United States Air Force where he served in both Meteorological-Navigational technology as well as Quality/Safety compliance. His military tenure included support for operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Automation and Education: Addressing the Nation's Skills Gaps
Wednesday May 9
1:00pm - 1:45pm

Chris Mapes

CEO and President, Lincoln Electric

Filling the 60% of skilled manufacturing jobs that remain open is critical to sustain long-term growth. In this presentation, Chris Mapes will discuss how Lincoln Electric is leading the effort to address the skills gap in arc welding with a multifaceted strategy that includes automation/robotics, a unique education platform, and software-based solutions that simplify processes and procedures to better engage newer welders. 

For over 120 years, Lincoln Electric has been at the forefront of innovation in arc welding with its focus on technologies and solutions that deliver a measurable improvement in customers' productivity and quality. Today, Lincoln is successfully leveraging its application expertise and arc welding and cutting solutions to partner with customers to help them grow.

Mr. Mapes is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Company's executive management team. He was appointed Chairman in December 2013, President and Chief Executive Officer in December 2012 and served as the Chief Operating Officer in 2011. He is also on the Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. Board, having been elected a Director in 2010 while he was Executive Vice President of A. O. Smith Corporation and President of its Electrical Products unit. Prior to his career at A.O. Smith, Mr. Mapes was President, Motor Sales and Marketing of Regal Beloit Corporation and also served as President of the Global OEM Business Group of Superior Essex, Inc. Mr. Mapes is a graduate of Ball State University (BS 1985), University of Toledo (JD 1988) and Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University (MBA 1998).

Cybersecurity for Manufacturers: Is Your Operation Protected?
Thursday May 10
12:15pm - 1:30pm

Roel Schouwenberg

Director of Intelligence & Research, Celsus Advisory Group

In 2010, the Stuxnet worm crippled Iran's nuclear centrifuges. Seven years later, the state-sponsored sabotage attack, NotPetya, caused billions of dollars in damages to commercial companies around the world.

While an attack on a military target and a widespread attack on the commercial sector may seem very different, these two cyberoperations have more in common than meets the eye, and showcase ways your operations could be in peril.

State actors have been carrying out targeted destructive cyberattacks for years, but NotPetya, took these attacks to a new level and showed that widespread economic sabotage is now part of the playbook and can impact any highly automated environment or manufacturing operation. The magnitude and implications of this seismic cyber shift are still underappreciated in almost every boardroom.

What does that mean for your automated facilities and worldwide plant operations? What are the right questions to ask your technical teams to protect your operations?

Join us in this keynote to explore how cyberattacks and attackers have evolved since Stuxnet and to see what challenges and developments we can expect next. We will dive into the technical, the strategic and even the geopolitical considerations necessary to make sense of this extremely tangled web and to show how you need to protect your business.

Roel Schouwenberg was one of the first to perform deep research on Stuxnet. He has had a special interest in destructive and state sponsored cyberoperations ever since. Over the past seventeen years Roel has researched threat actors, malware and vulnerabilities around the world. He was the first to publicly predict state actors would start conducting destructive attacks under the guise of ransomware. Born in the Netherlands, he is currently based out of New York. Roel is the Director of Intelligence & Research at Celsus Advisory Group, where he is responsible for advanced research.