Thank you for attending Manufacturing Matters!  Links to presentations provided by speakers for distribution are below and are also available on the conference mobile app.

Or you can also use the following link to go to the online version of the conference app:  [email protected]!2018 Online App  or click on the following link to access the mobile version:  MM!2018 Mobile App.

Pre-Conference Sessions

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Marketing Specialist Workshop

Speaker:  Katie Felten, Strategy House


9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Leading for High Performance

Speaker:  Christine McMahon


Conference Sessions

Thursday, March 1, 2018

8:00 – 8:30AM

Opening Remarks

Speakers:  Tim Wiora, Executive Director; WMEP, Governor Scott Walker










8:30 – 9:30AM

Keynote Speaker:  Matthew Fitzgerald, Vice-President Product; Rethink Robotics

10:20 – 11:25AM


9:40 – 10:05AM

Strategic Briefing:  The Internet of Things

Speakers:  Kelly Armstrong, WEDC and Dave Vasco, Rockwell Automation

Presentation:  WEDC Rockwell Automation Internet of Things Implications for Your Company


Growth & Innovation:  Positioning Your Company for Growth

Speakers:  Ken Turzinski, President, Tyri America; Rod Drummond, President, Unlimited Services; Scott Lucas, President, Racine Metal Fab


Productivity: Automation for Everyone

Speakers:  Tom Price, President, Price Engineering


C-Suite Essentials:  Creative {but sound} Tips & Best Practices for: Transitions, Financing, Growth & Improved Cash Flows

Speakers:  Gordon Guthrie, Div Manager Treasury Mgmt – Wells Fargo; John Wooten, Tax Exempt Lending Division Manager – Wells Fargo; Chris McGraw, Senior Wealth Planning Strategist – Wells Fargo; Doug Banzuly, Business Banking Division Manager – Wells Fargo; Zachary Mayer, Partner, Wipfli


Workforce Engagement: Improving Retention with Effective Employee Onboarding

Speakers:  Tom O’Rourke, President & CEO, Connolly Clarke, LLC

Presentation:  Improving Retention with Effective Employee Onboarding


Technology:  3D Printing and the Manufacturing Revolution

Speakers:  Joe Jones, President, Big Systems

Presentations: 3D Printing and the MFG Revolution


Industry Focus:  From Rust Belt to Brain Belt: Driving Wisconsin’s Digital Renaissance

Speakers:  Kimberely Miller, Manpower CORE Recruiting Manager

Presentation:  From Rust Belt to Brain Belt The MidWest’s Digital Renaissance (1-19-2018)


12:35 – 1:40AM

Growth & Innovation:  Strategic, Not Accidental, Exporting

Speakers:  Glaselyn Miller, Director Global Sales & Distribution, Lucigen Corp

Presentations:  Exporting Strategic Not Accidental LucigenExportStory2017


Productivity:  Getting Ahead of Sustainability Requirements

Speakers:  Joe Quinn, Senior Director, Public Affairs and Government Relations, Wal-Mart; Jessica Giner, Director of Implementation, The Sustainability Consortium (TSCI); Wally Barger, Vice-President of Operations, Mueller Sports Medicine, Inc.


C-Suite Essentials:  Increasing Company Value

Speakers:  Larry Burnett, Shareholder, Reinhart Law; Tyler Carlson, Vice-President, Taureau Group; Ben Holbrook, Managering Director, Mason Wells


Workforce Engagement:  Transforming Workers into Leaders and Problem Solvers

Speakers:  Jeff Uitenbroek, Continuous Improvement Manager, Alliance Laundry Systems; Jerry Thiltgen, WMEP

Presentations:  Transforming Workers Into Leaders and Problem Solvers, and TWI presentation MM 2018v2


Technology:  Considerations for Developing Your Digital Road Map

Speakers:  Dawn Meier, Marketing Practice Director, UW E-Business Consortium; Melissa Thorson, Vice President Marketing, Inpro


Industry Focus:  State of the State & Manufacturing

Speakers:  Mark Hogan, Secretary/CEO of WEDC, BJ Dernbach,  Assistant Deputy Secretary of  DWD

Presentations:  State of the State Developing WI Talent Pipeline


2:10 – 3:15pm

Growth & Innovation:  Fast Tracking Sales Growth

Speakers:  Christine McMahon, Founder, Christine McMahon & Associates, LLC

Presentations:  WMEP Fast Tracking Sales Growth 3.1.2018.ppt


Productivity:  Transformational Productivity: Growing the States GDP, One Manufacturer at a Time

Speakers:  Enno Siemsen, Proctor & Gamble Bascom Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison; Randy Bertram, WMEP Sustainability Director

Presentations:  Manufacturing Matters 2018 Transformational Productivity


C-Suite Essentials:  Are you ready for Foxconn?

Speakers:  Jela Trask,  Key Business Liaison, Business and Investment Attraction Director, WEDC; Alan Yeung,  Director of US Strategic Initiatives, Foxconn; Buckley Brinkman, Executive Director, WCMP


Workforce Engagement:  Creative Ways for Recruiting and Reaching out to Youth

Speakers:  Ron Roehl, CEO, CNC Solutions; Dean Popek, CFO, Racine Metal-Fab Ltd.; John Peterson, President, Schuette Metals


Technology:  Cyber Risk in Manufacturing: Be Proactive and be Prepared

Speakers:  Bob Cedergren, Partner, Wipfli

Presentations:  Manufacturing Matters_Managing Cybersecurity Risk_2018


Industry Focus:  Boom or Bust? Will the New Tax Code Reignite Manufacturing in Wisconsin?

Speakers:  Dr. Richard Marcus, Professer, UW-Milwaukee