John Stampen, Director of Marketing, WMEP

The fun part of working at the WMEP is that most everyone you interact with wants the same thing, namely success for Wisconsin Manufacturers.

Nowhere is this clearer than behind the scenes of our Manufacturing Matters! Conference.  This year’s event promises to be outstanding with a balanced mix of programs featuring over 30 national manufacturing experts and Wisconsin manufacturing leaders participating in 7 distinct tracks.

The WMEP is connected statewide and nationally to experts on the latest developments and trends impacting Wisconsin’s manufacturers.  Almost everyone we ask to present at the conference is willing, and fortunately most are able to do so.  As a result we are very excited about this year’s presenter line up.

The planning for Manufacturing Matters is a year long endeavor. It begins with the identification of a keynote speaker to lead things off.

This year’s keynote speaker is Rockwell Automation’s Mike Laszkiewicz who leads Rockwell’s Power Control Business. Laszkiewicz will talk about the growing convergence of information technology and operations technology in manufacturing which Rockwell Automation refers to as The Connected Enterprise.  He will share how this convergence improves manufacturers’ productivity, sustainability and economic performance.

Laszkiewicz also plays a lead role in advising national and state governments on manufacturing interests.  Most recently, he served as Chair of The Manufacturing Council, which serves as the principal private sector advisory committee to the Secretary of Commerce on the United States manufacturing sector. He currently serves as Vice Chair of Governor Walker’s Council on Workforce Investment.  Laszkiewicz’s experiences provide him unique insight to address global, national, regional, state, and local issues that impact Wisconsin manufacturers.

The WMEP is always on the lookout for presenters that will provide immediate value to Wisconsin Manufacturers as well as speakers with an eye towards providing a preview of the changing manufacturing landscape, so we undergo a yearlong recruiting process for each conference.   Many speakers are manufacturers from Wisconsin who have achieved great success in their organizations and are willing to share their stories with others.

The truly rewarding part is that most every speaker donates their time and talent to the cause, and sponsors are quick to get behind and promote the conference as well. We hope you are able to join in the fun and learning and connect with your manufacturing peers at this year’s conference.  Early bird pricing ends January 14th so register today at