Thank you for attending Manufacturing Matters!

Links to presentations provided by speakers for distribution are below and are also available on the conference app.

Or you can also use the following link to go to the online version of the conference app: MM! Online App 2017  or click on the following link to access the mobile version:  MM!2017 Mobile App


Pre-Conference Sessions

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

1:00 – 3:00PM

Developing your Workforce Capability: A 21st Century Approach

Speaker: Andrew Fleming, CEO, Way to Grow, Inc.


1:00 – 3:00PM

Rebuilding Your Organization’s Engine for Speed, Simplicity and Horsepower Using ISO9001:2015

Speaker: Andrew Porter, Manufacturing Specialist, WMEP

Presentation:  Rebuilding Your Engine Using ISO 9001

Handouts: 4.1 Issues – SWOT template – with examples2Knowledge Risk Assessment Worksheet 2017-02-21,

Interested Parties Table v3 blankLeadership commitment Examples 2017-02-21Risk and Opportunity Assessment 2017-02-21ISO 9001-2015 code phrasesOutline of ISO 9001-2015 Standard,


Conference Sessions

Thursday, February 23, 2017

8:00 – 8:30AM

Opening Remarks

Speaker: Tim Wiora, Executive Director, WMEP; Lee Swindall, VP of Sector Strategy Development, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation; Buckley Brinkman, Executive Director, WCMP

Presentations:  Lee Swindall – WEDC 2.1 The Prosperity Problem Falling Productivity MM 2017 2-22-17 PPT FINAL

8:30 – 9:30AM

Keynote Speaker

Speaker: Michael Stull, Senior VP of Manpower North America, ManpowerGroup

Presentation: Keynote.Michael_Stull.MM2017.original.1487698572


9:40 – 10:05AM

Strategic Briefings

5 Drivers of Millennial Generation Behaviors

Speaker: Mark Schwei, Consolidated Construction Company


10:15 – 11:30AM

Building a Recruiting Force within your Company

Speaker: Tim Pappas, President and CEO, Pappas DeLaney, LLC


Channeling Tomorrow’s Talent: Fab Labs and More

Speakers: Kathy Heady, WEDC and Tim Onsanger, Stoughton Schools


Increasing Innovation Capacity Through Process & Data Integration

Speaker: Mark Lackovic, Mastergraphics


KPI’s: Driving Growth Through Goals

Speaker: Sarit Singhal, Superioe Support Resources


10:15 – 11:30AM

Internet of Things (IoT) and Wisconsin Manufacturing

Speaker: Raj Veeramani, Robert Ratner Chair Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison


10:15 – 11:30AM

Meeting Sustainability Expectations


Patrick Cain, Plant Manager, General Plastics

Ed Blascak, Director of Operations, Bel Brands – Little Chute

Jeff Weeden, Director of Global Supply Chain, Babcock and Wilcox Universal

Walter Barger, VP of Operations, Mueller Sports Medicine

Presentations: Operational_Excellence.Jeff_Weeden.MM2017.original.1487365537 Meeting_Sustainability_Mueller_Presentation.original.1487258768 Manufacturing_Matters_Sustainabilility_General_Plastics.original.1487258620


10:15 – 11:30AM

Putting Solar to Work in Wisconsin


John Davis, Lean Manager, Letterhead Press

Rick Kettler, President & COO, R & B Wagner, Inc.

Jim Vaudreuil, CEO, Huebsch Services


10:15 – 11:30AM

Strategic Not Accidental Exporting CEO Export Award Winners


Pat Koppa, President, Power Test

Gautam Malik, COO, Gamber-Johnson, LLC

Jim Zaiser, President, Hydro-Thermal

Moderator: Paul Byrne, VP and General Manager, Bradley Corporation


10:15 – 11:30AM

Wal-Mart’s Made in the USA Initiative

Speaker: Joe Quinn, Senior Director, Wal-Mart



12:15 – 1:30PM

Award Winning Wisconsin Manufacturers


Glenn Kennedy, COO, Inpro

Rick Steinke, VP Manufacturing, Sentry Equipment

Jack Wilson, Co-founder, Box Latch Products

Moderator: Buckley Brinkman, Executive Director & CEO, Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing Productivity


12:15 – 1:30PM

Cyber Security

Speaker: Patricia Toth, Supervisory Computer Scientist, NIST MEP


12:15 – 1:30PM

Grow your Talent Pipelines with Career Based Learning


Susan Koehn, Director of Industry Partnerships, Milwaukee7

Presentation: HumanCapMgmt.SusanKoehn.Growingyourtalenpipeline.MM2017

Anne Nordholm, Education & Training Strategist, Milwakee7


Stacy Duchrow, District Assessment Coordinator/STEM Coordinator, Union Grove H.S

William Slattery, Student, Union Grove High School


12:15 – 1:30PM

How Your #2 Can Make You #1 – 5 Keys to Implementing Tandem Leadership

Speaker: Gina Catalano, President, Venture Solutions, The Value Builder System

Presentation:  How Your #2 Can Make You #1

Handouts: TL – Rules of the RoadTL_Workshop Worksheet


12:15 – 1:30PM

Leveraging ISO Certification Standards to Drive Performance

Speaker Andrew Porter, Manufacturing Specialist, WMEP

Presentation:  Leveraging MS for Performance 2017-02-23b

Handouts:  AS9100 MM certification checklist 2017-02-21aISO 9001 MM certification checklist 2017-02-21a,

Food Safety Certification MM certification checklist 2017-02-09aMfg Matters – 14001 Checklist and Description 2017-02-15,


12:15 – 1:30PM

Unlocking your Innovation Productivity

Speaker: Mike Dalton, Managing Director, Guided Innovation Group, LLC

Presentation:  Unlocking your Innovation Productivity


2:00 – 3:15PM

“Protecting Your Competitive Edge” – Workforce & Legal Protections of Intellectual Property


Jason Hunt, Attorney at Law, Boardman Clark

Chris Hussin, Partner, Boardman Clark


2:00 – 3:15PM

Grow Everyone, Every Day

Speaker: Andrew Fleming, CEO, Way to Grow, Inc.


2:00 – 3:15PM

Manufacturer’s Growth Panel


Troy Berg, CEO, Dane Manufacturing

Kat Goetz, Controller, TLX Technologies

Tony Mallinger, President, Metal-Era

Moderator: Wil Cox, Senior Manufacturing Specialist and Extended Enterprise Management Practice Leader, WMEP


2:00 – 3:15PM

The Productivity Advantage

Speaker: Enno Siemsen, Executive Director of the Erdman Center for Operations & Technology Management, UW-Madison

Presentation: The Productivity Advantage


2:00 – 3:15PM

UW-Stout’s Manufacturing Outreach Center

Speaker: Roger Gehring, Development Engineer, Manufacturing Outreach Center


2:00 – 3:15PM

What Lies Ahead for Wisconsin Manufacturers from the New Administration

Speaker: Richard Marcus, Associate Professor, UW Milwaukee

Presentation: Csuite.RichardMarcus.WhatLiesAhead.MM2017.original.1487778954


3:15 – 4:15PM

Networking Reception & Prize Drawings