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.

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Pre-Conference Sessions

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

8:30 am – 11:30 am

Designing Your Company’s Customer Experience to Gain Competitive Advantage

Speakers:  Raj Veeramani, Founder and Executive Director, UW E-Business Consortium and UW E-Business Institute; Chris Murray, Marketing Practice Director – UW E-Business Consortium


12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Building a Lead Generation System

Speaker:  Chris Scafario, Vice President Consulting Operations – DVIRC

Manufacturing Matters Lead Gen PPTLead Gen Workbook Spring 2018

Conference Sessions

Thursday, February 21, 2019

8:00 – 9:30AM

Opening Remarks, Keynote Speaker, Governor Tony Evers Address

Speakers:  Tim Wiora, Executive Director; Glenn Kennedy, WMEP Board Chair, Dr. Bill Mitchell, President and CEO of Aguila, A Foxconn Company












9:40 – 10:05AM – Strategic Briefings:

Industry 4.0/Technology  – NEFF Automation: “How technology is changing manufacturing and its workforce.”

Speaker:  Presented by Joe Campbell, Product Sales Manager; NEFF Automation

Leveraging Sustainability – 3M:  “3M Sustainability”

Speaker:  Will Barrett, Senior Account Representative

Improving Productivity: – WEDC: “Maintaining and Advancing Wisconsin’s Manufacturing Leadership”

Speakers: Vincent Rice,Vice President, Sector Strategy Development

Leading for Success – Wisconsin Bank & Trust: “Embracing the Inconveniences: How to protect your company from fraud” 

Speakers:  Steve Clark, SVP Treasury Management Officer; Amber Frantz, VP Treasury Management Officer; Mark Riess, VP Commercial Payment Solutions Consultant


10:20am – 11:25AM – Morning Breakout Sessions:

Workforce Excellence: Attracting & Retaining Talent: The Role of Messaging

Speakers:  Katie Felton, Founder, Strategy House; Bridgett Palm, Co-Founder, Strategy House

Presentations:  MM19 Strategy House Talent Presentation Workbook  MM19 Strategy House Talent Presentation


Improving Productivity:  Productivity Through Leadership Development

Speakers:  Jerry Thiltgen, Manager Operational Excellence; Liz Malec, Production Manager, Sussex IM, Matt Price, Director of Operations, Ultra Tool & Manufacturing


Leading for Success:  Growth Through Acquisition

Speakers:  Ann Hanna, Managing Director/Owner, Taureau Group


Strategic Growth:  Making It Happen: Metrics and Scorecards

Speakers:  Kris Raeder, CFO, Skana Aluminum; Andy Sweeney, Operations Manager, Unlimited Services; Tim Tumanic, President & CEO; J & R Machining; Ken Turzinski, Tyri Americas


Leveraging Sustainability:  Green Masters: Assessing & Recognizing Your Sustainability Performance

Speakers:  Nathan Nissen, Sustainability Leader, Kohler Co.; Patrick Cain, Plant Manager, General Plastics; Mark Alan, Senior VP of Product Management and Development, Inpro Corporation


Industry 4.0/Technology:  Industry 4.0 – The Digital Thread

Speakers:  Keny Barby, Cabinet Division Manager; WB Manufacturing; Graham Barnes, Regional Sales Director, JB Systems; Ronald Thomas, Senior Project Manager, UW Stout – MOC


12:35 – 1:40AM – Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Workforce Excellence: Winning the War for Talent

Speakers:  Chris Czarnik, CEO, Career Search Group


Improving Productivity:  Doing More with Fewer Employees

Speakers: Jason Praefke, Director of Operations, Racine Metal-Fab; Tim Tumanic, President and CEO; J & R Machining


Leading for Success:  How to Cultivate a Culture of Accountability

Speakers: Christine McMahon, Consultant, Coach & Trainer, Christine McMahon & Associates, LLC

Presentations:  WMEP Building A Culture of Accountability 2.2019


Strategic Growth: Best Practices in Sustaining an Export Strategy

Speakers:  Paul Byrne, Owner & Executive Leadership, Bradley Corp; Tom Gaglione, Principal Global Trade Finance Advisory; Brian Wagner, CEO, Gamber-Johnson

Presentation:  MM! Export Panel


Leveraging Sustainability:   The Sustainable Supplier

Speakers:  Sean Ketter, VP Supply Chain Operations, Global Procurement & Supply Chain, Oshkosh Corporation; Mark Alan,Senior VP of Product Management and Development, Inpro Corporation; Kim Marotta, Global Senior Director of Sustainability, Miller/Coors

Presentations:  OSK Sustainability 020619 MMMolsonCoors Our Beer Print 2019 Manufacturing Matters


Industry 4.0/ Technology: Lessons from DevOps: Mixing Development and Production

Speakers:  Doug Knesek, Director – Agile Development & Coaching, Flexion


2:10 – 3:15pm Afternoon Breakout Sessions:

Workforce Excellence:  Optimizing Your Employee Experience

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


Improving Productivity:  Transforming Softly for High Impact Results

Speakers: Iain Cameron, Director of Operations, JARP Industries, Inc.; Hans-Wilhelm Helsinger, Director of Planning & Technology, JARP Industries, Inc

Presentations:  JARP IND Presentation – Master


Leading for Success:  Active Shooter Training – Protecting your Organization

Speakers: Kady Olson, Senior Trainer, Wisconsin Safety Council


Strategic Growth: Driving Value

Speakers:  Tyler Carlson, Vice President, Taureau Group

Presentations:  Manufacturing Matter Driving Value in Your Business TG


Leveraging Sustainability: Water Risk and Your Bottom Line

Speakers:  Patrick Cardiff, Director of Project Planning and Analysis, Grande Cheese; Matt Howard, Vice President of Water Stewardship and Director of the Alliance for Water Stewardship North America;  Danielle Malloy, Facilities Sustainable Engineer, Badger Meter

Presentations:  Water Risk Grande Cheese


Industry 4.0/Technology:  Collaborative Robots: Enhancing the capabilities of your workforce

Speakers:  Jeff Graham, Product Sales Manager, NEFF Automation