Speaker Biographies by Name
Head of Innovation Ecosystems
Eric Acton is the Head of Innovation Ecosystems at R2 Data Labs, the innovation catalyst, enabler and accelerator for Rolls-Royce’s digital transformation. His role can be summarized by 3 verbs: Connect, Commercialize, Co-Fund. Eric can best be described as an entrepreneurial, pioneering, digital business & technology leader. A relentless change agent, always challenging the status quo, questioning the assumptions and looking for a better way. When he’s not off being the evangelist, or out leading the team, he’ll be behind the scenes, the collaborative, persuasive, lateral thinking guy that just makes it happen. Equally comfortable rolling up his sleeves in a start-up environment and navigating the cultural and bureaucratic landscapes of Global 100 enterprises, he’s a great believer in the Art of the Possible! Eric’s specialty is being a generalist; he has had firsthand experience in disrupting and transforming businesses in different industries, he’s seen and influenced several different approaches to evolving traditional enterprises into a digital-first mindset. Inevitably, change (whether disruptive or transformative) comes down to 3 basic ingredients: Vision, Attitude and Action. With that, any team can believe in infinite possibilities.
|Dean Bartles||National Center for Defense Manufacturing & Machining (NCDMM)|
President & CEO
Dr. Dean L. Bartles is the President of the National Tooling and Machining Association. He recently served as the Director of the John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center at the University of New Hampshire and was previously the founding Executive Director of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago. Dr. Bartles worked for General Dynamics Corporation for 30 years setting up and running manufacturing operations in Egypt, Turkey, and the US and prior to that he worked for Fairchild Republic Company. He recently served as the 2016-2017 President of the North American Manufacturing Research Institute, the 2016 President of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the founding Chairman of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, and the Chairman of the Board of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining. Dean graduated from Indiana State University earning a Ph. D. in Technology Management with a concentration in Manufacturing Systems.
|Isaac Bennett||Detroit Manufacturing Systems|
Digital Transformation & IT Manager
VP & Hewlett Packard Fellow
Tom is currently Vice President, Hewlett Packard Fellow, and Global Head of Edge and IoT Labs & CoE, at HPE. He and his team develop and commercialize advanced as-a-Service (SaaS / IaaS) software, focusing on cloud managed remote infrastructure, edge-as-a-service, and converged IT/Operational Technologies (OT). Tom incepted and directs the HPE Channel-to-Edge Institute partner program, and leads company-wide strategies and venture/M&A assessments. Most recently Tom was HPE VP and General Manager, leading the global business unit, Servers and Edge Systems and Software, with P&L, worldwide sales, R&D, and customer experience ownership. In 2018, achieving revenue growth of over $250M, Tom’s business unit was the fastest growing in HPE. He directed the founding of HPE’s three global Innovation Labs for partner and customer collaborations, and led HPE’s first corporate IoT strategy. His sales teams were noted for exceeding sales quotas, and delivering first-of-a-kind products that greatly enhance customer business outcomes. At HP, Tom was VP, Server Engineering, leading global R&D and launching over 20 server, storage, software, and data center solutions - including the industry’s first 64 bit ARM server and first x86 server with integrated high performance graphics.
|Gayle Brim||Grant Thorton|
Gayle has over 30 years of experience leading large, global programs ranging from strategies and transformations to design, implementation and support projects for many US based companies that had operations and resources across the globe including: North America, Europe, AsiaPac, and Latin America. Gayle has focused on a variety of enterprise solutions including Oracle Cloud, Oracle EBS, NetSuite, JDE, Peoplesoft, Siebel, Hyperion, and OBIEE. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Gayle was IBM’s Oracle Service Line Delivery Leader (SLDL) for North America. She also was the Delivery Executive for several client programs and projects. As a Managing Director of Grant Thornton's Business Applications Practice Midwest Region, Gayle’s focus is Business Applications services for our clients across the Midwest region; Gayle is based in Chicago, IL. Gayle specializes in Supply Chain Management (SCM) and ERP (i.e. Finance and Procurement) with experience across Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Human Capital Management (HCM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytics, as well.
Director of the Raytheon Cyber Center of Excellence
Mr. Randall Brooks is an Engineering Fellow for Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTN). He is the Director of the Raytheon Cyber Center of Excellence. Brooks represents the company within the U.S. International Committee for Information Technology Standards Cyber Security 1 (CS1) and the cloud Security Alliance (CSA). He has more than 20 years of experience in Cybersecurity with a recognized expertise in software assurance (SwA) and secure development life cycles (SDLC). In addition to holding eight patents, Mr. Brooks is a CCSK, CISSP, CSSLP, ISSEP, ISSAP, and ISSMP. He graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s of Science from the School of Computer Science. email@example.com
|Shane Carter||Phillips 66|
|Rahul Chaturvedi||VIE Technologies|
Founder & CEO
Rahul Chaturvedi is the founder and CEO of VIE Technologies Inc., a leading end-to-end Industrial Internet of Things solutions provider. He is a 25 year wireless industry veteran and a prolific innovator with 15 patents to his name. As an early top executive at Nantworks, a Patrick Soon-Shiong company, Rahul developed a significant expertise in turnarounds and mergers. Rahul invented the MiFiTM, thereby launching a new multi-billion dollar global device category called the ‘mobile hotspot’. The technology is now incorporated in all smartphones. Rahul was the first person to conceptualize and develop multi-band mobile USB dongles that were previously thought to be impossible to design. Using technology from MIT Media Labs, he recently commercialized a medication reminder product line called GlowCaps. Rahul’s career spans well recognized companies in the wireless industry including Motorola, Qualcomm, Kyocera, and Novatel Wireless with increasing levels of responsibility. Prior to consumer wireless business, Rahul was involved in NASA contract work where he participated in the design of environmental controls of the Space Station Freedom.
|Jenniefer Cohen||Toyota Research Institute|
Vice President of Operations
Josh is the CEO of Oxit, a Charlotte based IoT company. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from UNC Charlotte, Josh pursued his entrepreneurial goals of continuing work with the IoT services and products industry. His past experience and gained practical knowledge allowed him to launch and grow Oxit to great acclaim.
Senior Global Platforms Manager
Alberto is the Global IT Director at Nestle responsible for Datacenter IT Platforms that includes the design and architecture of datacenter infrastructure solutions that support on-premise all the way up to cloud connectivity, the platforms architecture of the core SAP ERP infrastructure and other key infrastructure components supporting digital transformation. He is focused on mission-critical large enterprise Information Technology systems strategy, corporate on-premise and cloud Datacenter architecture and Digital Transformation, with a track record of financial efficiency planning in Information Technology. Alberto is a renowned Information Security expert, specialized in cryptography, public key infrastructure, blockchain and authentication algorithms; expertise in ethical hacking, security architecture, secure code, security auditing, risk assessment and compliance lifecycle. As a professional speaker he advises on his work in the security research and development area, namely in the security human interface field, speaking across the world including Brazil, USA, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Switzerland, Italy, Colombia, India, Israel and Australia. In 2005 he was appointed as one of the 50 most influential security professionals in Brazil by Brazil IT Intelligence and Computerworld magazine. Alberto is also co-author of the book "Setting Up Your Internet Business", a best-seller in Brazil in 2000.
|Tony Del Sesto||MxD|
Digital Manufacturing Technical Fellow
Tony Del Sesto is the Digital Manufacturing Technical Fellow for MxD, where innovative manufacturers forge their futures. Tony serves as technical consultant to MxD members and subject matter expert for MxD project, factory, and engineering teams. Tony’s focus is how to demystify Industry 4.0 technologies and turn them into practical manufacturing applications for American manufacturers. He has more than 30 years of concept-to-customer experience in product development, supply chain, and manufacturing operations. Tony has hands-on experience in over 200 factories in 15 countries and lived abroad in Asia for eight years. Tony holds degrees in mechanical engineering and international business. He is a Stanford Certified Project Manager and a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
|Alex Duncan||Verizon Wireless|
Director of Connected Solutions
Alex Duncan is the Director of Connected Solutions in Verizon Business Group that is responsible for helping manufacturers leverage wireless technology to help improve operational efficiencies & build new revenue streams. Alex and his team help organizations implement 4G LTE & 5G strategies across multiple solution sets. He received his Bachelors degree in Business Administration from James Madison University and an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix. He also holds a Business Manager Certification from Rutgers University. Alex has been in the telecommunications industry for 20+ years working in different wireless leadership roles at Blackberry, Samsung and Verizon.
Grey Dziuba is currently IoT Practitioner at Splunk. As a Solutions Engineer at Splunk to helped enable customers and partners to use Splunk in the IoT and industrial manufacturing environment by leveraging his experience as a former Automation and Controls Engineer, where he enjoyed spending most of his time answering, “Why’d the machine stop?”. Splunk was the tool he used to answer this question and wants to make that question a thing of the past. As well as being a professional speaker on the matter, Grey is the author of numerous Splunk blogs including "5 Biggest Mistakes in IoT PoCs".
|Omar El-Abed||GE Appliances|
Senior Manager of Manufacturing Quality
Omar EL-Abed has worked for GEA for the last 10 years. Omar is responsible for leading the development of existing metrology processes and value-add to all GEA’s products. Additionally, he owns scoping and process development, while leading qualification and launch of new GEA metrology processes. His current initiative involves growing the metrology capabilities for both internal and external dimensional control analysis.
Program Vice President
As a program vice president, Simon Ellis is responsible for providing research, analysis and guidance on key business and IT issues for manufacturers. He currently leads the Supply Chain Strategies practices at IDC Manufacturing Insights, one of IDC’s industry research companies that addresses the current market gap by providing fact based research and analysis on best practices and the use of information technology to assist clients in improving their capabilities in critical process areas. Within the Supply Chain practice, Mr. Ellis is directly responsible for the research in the Supply Chain Planning Strategies practice while also managing the Supply Chain Execution Strategies practice. These supply chain practices specialize in advising clients on supply chain network design, S&OP, global sourcing (Profitable Proximity and Low-Cost Sourcing), transportation, logistics, and more. He also supports IDC Retail Insights IT Strategies practices. BACKGROUND With 30 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, both as a market researcher and end-user practitioner working across all major areas of the supply chain, Mr. Ellis was previously the Supply Chain Strategy Director/Futurist for Unilever North America, a $12 billion division of Unilever. Mr. Ellis was responsible for leading the implementation of key new technologies that impacted the future of the Unilever Supply Chain. Specifically he led the North American RFID and e-Catalog teams, and was the project leader for the new Data Management Organization. Having been with Unilever from 1985 to 2007, Mr. Ellis also worked within the sales and finance organizations, thus bringing a well rounded business background to the IDC practices he directs. EDUCATION/INDUSTRY ACCOMPLISHMENTS Mr. Ellis received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University. Mr. Ellis blogs in the IDC Manufacturing Insights Community (http://idc-insights-community.com/manufacturing) and contributes to the IDC Retail Insights Community (http://idc-insights-community.com/retail).
|Joseph Etris||Execution Partners|
After almost a decade of service as lieutenant for Greenville County Department of Public Safety, Joseph joined Continental with goal to bring investigatory analysis and data-driven approach to the facility in Fountain Inn, SC. Joseph led a small team to capture energy consumption and production data at the individual machines. The initiative led to significant energy savings and the facility became the second plant in North America to achieve the Continental “Green Plant Label.” At Execution Partners, Joseph continues to work with manufacturers to overcome manufacturing and supply chain challenges. By applying an analytics framework to problems faced in the field, manufacturers can strategically focus their Industry 4.0 initiatives and then execute.
Bill Fienup, director and innovation services and co-founder, is a mechanical engineer, product developer and serial entrepreneur who has designed toys for Hasbro and researched fusion energy for Los Alamos National Laboratory. Bill holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a co-founder and president of Catalyze Chicago, which provided space, equipment, mentorship and community to dozens of early-stage product development entrepreneurs. Before merging into mHUB, Catalyze occupied 8,000 square feet, served close to 200 members who filed 80 patents, raised $21M, generated $57M in revenue and created dozens of new jobs. Bill started his career as a product design consultant for IDEO and Insight Product Development, where he was noted for his imaginative, innovative solutions to client needs. With deep experience in mechanism design, product development and complex electromechanical systems, Bill shifted from consulting to become an entrepreneur. He started several companies, including Ecofurn and MB Labs, which focused on connected devices. Bill holds 11 patents — including a bandage dispenser, biopsy needle and a NERF Atom Blaster™ with more pending, including several related to 3D printing. Bill’s reputation as a thought leader extends beyond Chicago. He was named top 40 under 40 in Chicago Crain’s class of 2018 and listed in 2019 class of Design 50, Newcity. In addition to being a repeat visitor to the White House for topics ranging from international trade to the maker movement, Bill has appeared on national television with his inventions.
Senior Analytics Technical Specialist
Technical team leader with wide-ranging experience in engineering and data science. Current interests include the development of predictive maintenance algorithms for connected off-road equipment as well as definition and development of the data/analytics platforms required to meaningfully implement these models at scale. Previous roles focused heavily in the autonomy/computer vision realm as well as general systems-level performance modeling and foundational inertial sensor technology development. Leading the development of next generation predictive failure algorithms for connected off-highway mobile assets. Also serve as a subject matter expert helping shape the definition, scope, and testing of the analytics layer of Caterpillar's corporate digital platform.
Smart Logistics Chair, LoRa Alliance, & Director of LoRa Business Development
Pierre Gelpí graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and obtained a Masters from Montreal University in Canada. He has more than 18 years of experience in the telecommunication industry. After 8 years with Orange Labs working on radio technologies and international standardization, Pierre spent 5 years with Orange Business Services as technical director for large accounts. Then he joined Siradel for 2 years focusing on smart city projects, notably in Chile, and wireless network planning. Pierre started the first SaaS radio planning tool dedicated to IoT before joining Semtech in 2016. He is now in charge of LoRa business development in EMEA, building end to end partnerships for enterprise customers, in particular for the logistics and asset tracking vertical.
|Alison Grealis||Women in Manufacturing|
Founder & President
Allison Grealis is founder and president of the Women in Manufacturing® Association (WiM), a national trade association focused on supporting, promoting and inspiring women in the manufacturing sector. She also is president of the WiM Education Foundation, the 501(c)(3) arm of WiM, which provides effective and affordable educational opportunities for women in manufacturing. From 2001 until March 2020, Grealis also served as vice president of association services for the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), a full-service trade association representing the metalforming industry. Grealis is a frequent speaker at industry events, including the Financial Times’ Future of Manufacturing Summit, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence conference, the North American Manufacturing Excellence Summit, the Generis American Manufacturing Summit, and more. She also regularly is featured on industry podcasts and in the media. Grealis was recognized as one of 2018 Crain’s Cleveland Business’ Women of Note, which celebrates women for their outstanding leadership in the community. Grealis serves as a member of the Community Advisory Board and Outreach Committee of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women of Case Western Reserve University. She also is a member of the Saint Joseph Academy Engineering and Design Honors Program Advisory Board. She previously served as a board member for the Greater Cleveland Society of Association Executives and Our Lady of the Elms High School. Grealis earned her Bachelor of Arts in English with a certificate in Women’s Studies from Ohio University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Akron.
|Dirk Groener||Software AG|
Senior Principal Industrial IoT Ecosystem
Mr. Dirk Groener is Senior Principal Industrial IoT Ecosystem, steering global Partner Management and lighthouse programs with customers. He has more than 25 years of experience in developing and implementation of vertical and horizontal integrated solutions in manufacturing, building management and utilities.
|Stacey Higginbotham||Stacey on Iot|
Stacey Higginbotham has been covering technology for major publications for 18 years. Her current site is StaceyonIoT.com and she also hosts the Internet of Things Podcast. She is an expert when it comes to the internet of things and technology in general. Her work has appeared in Fortune (where she was Senior Editor), PCMag, MIT Tech Review, Gigaom and Worth magazine. She is also a co-host on This Week in Google.
|Richard Howells||SAP America, Inc.|
VP of Awareness and Thought Leadership, SAP Digital Supply Chain
Richard Howells has been working in the supply chain management and manufacturing space for over 30 years. He is responsible for driving the market direction and positioning of SAP’s Digital Supply Chain solutions. He has also implemented ERP and SCM systems at companies such as Nestle, Gillette, Colgate Palmolive, Rohm & Haas, Wyeth, Royal Worcester Spode and Dairy Crest. Richard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Mid Glamorgan in the UK.
Vice President of Marketing
Graham is an accomplished leader and experienced start-up veteran with an integrated background in digital, social, traditional, account-based marketing, growth strategies. Graham previously worked on Madison Ave.
|Erika Jefferson||Black Women in Science & Engineering|
President & Founder
Erika Jefferson is the President and Founder of Black Women in Science and Engineering (BWISE), an organization focused on bridging the leadership gap for Black women in STEM. She received her MBA from Georgia Tech and her BS in Chemical Engineering from LSU. She has worked for top companies such as Amoco, BP, Chevron and Praxair in a myriad of leadership and executive roles ranging from sales/business development to supply chain and operations excellence. Her more than two decades of experience led her across the nation from Chicago, to Greenville, Charlotte, Atlanta and eventually Houston. ABOUT BWISE Black Women in Science & Engineering (BWISE) was founded in 2015 with the purpose to support underrepresented women through networking, mentorship and career development. The group consists of black women from middle management through senior leadership with degrees in the sciences, math and engineering (even if they no longer work in that field) who would like to connect with others. The organization provides a platform and a space to share career experiences and be encouraged. The BWISE focus is on career advancement through personal and professional development.
|Alberto Flores Jimenez||Whirlpool|
Director of New Product Integration
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|Robert Joseph||Stanley Black & Decker|
Director of Industrial Strategy for Industry 4.0
Robert received an M.S. and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon in Computer Science, as well as a B.S. and M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering. He has developed state-of-the-art technology (e.g. online learning systems, phone apps, internet applications, and desktop applications) for companies including AT&T Bell Laboratories, US West, Sony, Freshwater Software, and school districts across the country. Also as a University professor for 10+ years, he has taught over 3,000 students in all levels of Computer Science and Mathematics. Currently he is the Director of Industrial Strategy in Industry 4.0 at Stanley Black & Decker where he works with Plants in as a Data Scientist use IoT and Data Science to improve efficiency. In the past he worked in Supply Chain utilizing Data Science to create business results. But through all that, his greatest accomplishment is being the father of two awesome teenage boys.
Director of Security & Risk
Roderick Kaleho has 20+ years of experience in the IT field with focus on security for the last 16. He is passionate about integration, analytics, and automation. His experience extends across Retail, Product, Telecommunications, DoD, Banking/Financial Services and Insurance, Consulting Services, Agriculture & Manufacturing. He currently serves as a Director of Product Development & Delivery within the Technology, Governance, Risk, & Controls team with a focus on Identity & Access Management, Automation, & Self-Service. He holds a master’s in Information Assurance and several security and enterprise governance certifications.
VP of Sales, North America
Tyson King spearheads Altizon’s efforts in North America as VP of Sales. With over 20 years of experience in complex, technology sales leadership roles in large multi-national companies as well as small, nimble startups in IoT, he aspires to help manufacturers with their digital transformation initiatives. Utilizing a EE Degree from Michigan State University combined with a natural curiosity, his success can be attributed to creating a collaborative culture between engineering, business, and operations teams. Outside of work, you may need GPS to locate his whereabouts as he is an avid outdoorsman and adventure racer. With three kids in grade school, his real adventures are helping them explore new trails through mountains and across streams, building mental toughness as the trek become arduous.
Digital Transformation Manager
Sandeep Kuthe is working as Digital Transformation Manager for Faurecia, North America and is responsible for enabling digital transformation in the manufacturing sites in North America. Sandeep has over 20 years of experience in Information Technology and has always been involved in launching digital initiatives in the organizations he has worked. He has held various IT leadership positions in his previous organizations. He brings with him depth of knowledge in automotive manufacturing systems and process and strong operational focus. He has worked with all geographies and is a proven cross-cultural, multi-national executive with strong language and influencing skills. He has very good understanding of the regional and cultural issues and the role they play in getting systems and processes implemented and accepted in an organization. In his current role, he leads a team of project managers who help the business partners in transforming their sites from traditional manufacturing sites into more productive and digitally enabled sites.
|Kenneth Labhart||Schneider Electric|
North American Innovation Leader for Supply Chain Performance
Kenneth Labhart is the North American Innovation Leader for Supply Chain Performance. In this role, he supports implementation of Smart Factory initiatives throughout Schneider Electric’s North American facilities. EcoStruxure is a major component of these initiatives, as well as Proof-Of-Concept verification of emerging technologies in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, and IIoT. Kenneth joined Schneider Electric as an Engineering Supervisor, for the Lexington, KY facility, in 2000. He spent 15 years in the facility in various roles, including 9 years as Manufacturing Engineering Manager. During this time, he led a talented team that automated multiple processes within the facility, including robotic machine tending, electro-static painting, RFID based material handling, and vision based inspection. Prior to joining Schneider Electric, he spent 7 years with General Motors in Saginaw, MI. During this time, Kenneth led a team of engineers in the specification, design, and support of major automation projects in a facility that produced over 7M brake corner module assemblies annually. Mr. Labhart holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Global VP of Solution Management, Digital Manufacturing
Mike Lackey joined SAP in 2008 through the acquisition of Visiprise and is the Global Head of Solution Management, Digital Manufacturing. With previous roles at Visiprise, NetVendor and Teradyne Manufacturing Software Group, Mr. Lackey has a unique set of knowledge that covers both manufacturing software and design collaboration along with over 30 years of experience in the manufacturing sector. Early in his career, he started as a manufacturing engineer with DCA/Attachmate, which provided him with invaluable first-hand knowledge and understanding of how SAP customers can use SAP’s Digital Manufacturing Solution Portfolio to improve their global operations. Mr. Lackey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MA in Business Administration from Mercer University with dual concentrations in International Business and Marketing.
Research Manager - IT/OT Convergence
Jonathan Lang is Research Manager for IDC Manufacturing Insights responsible for the IT/OT Convergence Strategies practice. Mr. Lang’s research focuses on digital transformation strategies in environments where operations technologies are deployed including Manufacturing, Utilities, Oil & Gas and Healthcare Provider settings. As IT capabilities redefine and extend the core value drivers of operations technologies, Mr. Lang’s research examines strategies, roadmaps, and governance models to drive this convergence and manage the new data and processes it requires. Previously, Jonathan served as the principal analyst at PTC responsible for corporate thought leadership. In this role, Mr. Lang researched emerging technologies including IIoT, Augmented Reality, Additive Manufacturing, Digital Twin, and AI to articulate the business value of adopting these technologies within industrial enterprises. Prior to his work at PTC, Mr. Lang worked at IDC supporting client initiatives in the Energy, Healthcare, and Investment Banking industries.
Director of Global Advanced Mnaufacturing Technology
Susanne joined AGCO Corporation in 2012, initially as a project manager for Manufacturing Automation. In her current role as Director, Global Advanced Manufacturing Technology she represents the business in regards to the Enterprise PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) implementation at all global sites. This is an enabler for AGCO’s Design Anywhere Build Anywhere platform strategy, because it allows the global collaboration between the plants. Expanding on this she also governs projects in the areas of digital plant and process simulation. Susanne is therefore one of the drivers behind the global strategy for Manufacturing 4.0 (Smart Factory), and manages a team that investigates the potential applications for new production tools, such as Additive Manufacturing, Collaborative Robots, AGV’s and Wearable Technologies. Susanne holds a degree in Production Engineering from her native Germany, and came to the United States in 1993 as part of the Space Shuttle manufacturing team. In April of 2017 she received the prestigious STEP Ahead Award from the Manufacturing Institute for her achievements as a female in the manufacturing industry, and a few weeks later she was voted on the national BoD for Women in Manufacturing. Later that year she also received the Front Line Leadership Award from the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance.
Dr. Brian Laughlin is a Technical Fellow/ IT Architect, CAS/GS&S serving as the Co-lead of the Enterprise Point of Use (PoU) Core Team, for Mobile, Wearables and Internet of Things. Brian is currently focused on the area of Wearable computing, Advanced Visualization, and strategic development and implementation of mobile technologies, both across Boeing, and with our customers and suppliers around the globe. A 28yr veteran in Aerospace, he draws from a diverse background: Sheet metal/Composites Mechanic, Process Engineering Analyst, Lean Coach, Teacher and Mentor, etc. He holds a Masters in Experimental and a Ph.D. in Human Factors Psychology. Also a prolific inventor, Brian has 47 Disclosures and patents and received many awards: 1 Tech Rep, 2 Special, 4 Meritorious and an Ed Wells Initiative, for a body of work that has saved Billions and created RevGen opportunities for Boeing and the Aerospace market, world-wide.
|Dave Leone||GE Appliances|
Director of Engineering - Dimensional Control
Dave is at the forefront of driving a Dimensional Management revolution at GE Appliances. GEA is redefining its product development processes by developing deep technical expertise in Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T), Functional Gaging, Model-Based Enterprise (MBE), Model-Based Tolerance Analysis, and Model-Based Quality using 3D Scanning.
|Terri Lewis||PlanetConnected LLC.|
Founder & Director
Terri Lewis is an engineer and marketer by training, strategist by vocation, and technologist by heart. She started her career at Caterpillar in service engineering and has worked in marketing, product development, engineering and supply chain. Terri currently leads the Technology and Solutions group for Energy and Transportation, working with the industry group’s strategy deployment. Recently, she accepted a position with the ITA IoT Council. Her passion for learning, change management and people along with her global, cross-function background allows her to strategically develop and execute the commercialization of Cat Connect for the Energy & Transportation group. Terri is proud of Caterpillar’s progress and passionate about the company’s future business opportunities in Digital.
Principal Software Architect
Ben Lucas currently works as a Principal Software Architect for Steelcase and is responsible for the IoT platform architecture that supports Steelcase Workplace Advisor and other IoT applications. He provides design and guidance for a microservices based architecture hosted in Azure. Ben is an experienced architect and technical lead with extensive experience in the Microsoft stack of technologies. Using his understanding of the software development process as well as best practices, Ben delivers high-quality solutions to meet business needs and requirements. He is a technical lead and mentor, helping his teams to build and design the best software possible.
|Haresh Malkani||Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII)|
Chief Technology Officer
Haresh Malkani has three decades’ experience in industrial research, development and engineering, much of that time focused on the application of smart manufacturing technologies ranging from sensors to simulation to advanced process controls. In his role as CTO for CESMII, Dr. Malkani oversees the organization’s technology mission and roadmap, as well as spearheading development of technologies spanning advanced sensors, controls, platforms, data analytics, modeling for manufacturing, and smart manufacturing standards and protocols. Prior to joining CESMII, he was Director of Digital Manufacturing & Automation Technologies at Arconic/Alcoa where he was responsible for developing the organization’s strategy for smart manufacturing and deploying solutions that drove productivity across the company’s discrete and hybrid operations. In addition, Dr. Malkani has been involved with the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) for more than eight years, most recently holding the position of Vice Chairman.
|Ryan Martin||ABI Research|
Ryan Martin, Principal Analyst at ABI Research, covers new and emerging transformative technologies, including augmented reality (AR), analytics, and the Internet of Things (IoT). He currently leads the firm's Manufacturing, Industrial, and Enterprise IoT research. Prior to joining ABI Research, Ryan spent the past several years working at technology market research firms, including Yankee Group and, most recently, 451 Research. Before his time as a market research analyst, Ryan served as a consultant at Mobile Future Institute, a U.S.-based think tank focused on business strategies and marketing tactics for the mobile ecosystem. Additionally, he held advisory, consultative, and managerial positions at a number of early- to late-stage startups. Ryan is frequently quoted and published in a variety of industry and business media, including BBC, CIO, LA Times, and Forbes. He is also a regular speaker at client and industry events, and a judge for major awards programs such as the CES Innovation Awards and the GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards.
PhD MBA, IoT Technologies & Business Expert, Consultant
Karen Matthews, a native of Baltimore, MD, began her academic career at the US Naval Academy, received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Morgan State University (1989) and a MEng (1991), a PhD in Electrical Engineering (1998) and an MBA (2007), all from Cornell University. Karen has held senior positions in Corning Incorporated’s Science & Technology Division in optoelectronic packaging as a research and then senior research scientist, most recently working in early innovation stage markets and technologies for the optical communications sector to identify and help implement new growth opportunities in both wired (fiber, cable and connectivity) and wireless. Her focus on moving concepts through to commercialization remains, with a current emphasis on the Internet of Things, smart manufacturing and 5G. Dr. Matthews has authored numerous publications and patents and is a member of several technical and professional organizations. She has served as Corning’s Executive Board member of Georgia Tech’s Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT) – sitting on the Research Work Group and leading the Thought Leadership Work Group therein. Most recently, she has been invited as keynote speaker, moderator, panelist and open forum discussion leader at various 5G, Internet of Things and smart manufacturing conferences. She was also the Chair of the OFC 2020 N5 Market Watch, developing the programming for Market Watch, Network Operators Summit and Data Center Summit, and continues as an active subcommittee member for 2021.
|Kate Maxwell||Raytheon Technologies|
Engineering Lead for the Raytheon Indianapolis site and Chief Engineer of the Raytheon Navigation and Modernization Solutions (NMS) Product Support business area. 15 years of experience supporting major programs for government customers, leading strategic R&D efforts across Raytheon, and providing technical expertise in Mission Management and Unmanned Systems. Founding Director of the Raytheon IIS Innovation Center, an organization which inspires and empowers Raytheon employees to innovate -- at all levels and functions. This organization sparked a business-wide culture shift, led to explosive growth in innovation and Intellectual Property filings, and has proven to be a game-changer for Raytheon.
IoT Technical Sales Director for the Americas
Darryl is the Microsoft IoT Technical Sales Director for the Americas. The Microsoft CDS IoT Technical Sales team is responsible for IoT Solution Architectures utilized by our ecosystem of Microsoft partners to design and empower the latest Intelligent Edge solutions featuring Azure IoT, Azure Sphere, Azure IoT Edge, Windows platform, Windows Server, Office and Windows Embedded/IoT. Our Microsoft ecosystem partners include silicon providers, solution aggregators, value-added resellers, system integrators, independent service vendors, service providers as well as OEMs. The IoT Technical Sales team is deeply committed to our mission of accelerating and scaling industry-leading repeatable Intelligent Edge-to-Azure cloud solutions with our device ecosystem partners. We partner and support the global technical relationship management and technical sales of more than 8,000 OEMs that are designing and selling many of the most exciting and widely used devices such as Point Of Service, Self Service Kiosks / ATMs, Digital Signage, Smart Building devices, Industrial PCs, wearable and other emerging IoT devices. Our vision is to transform and enable the world of IoT, making it more securely connected, easily accessible, by leveraging the Microsoft IoT device ecosystem across a wide set of industry verticals and helping our partners leverage cloud services to create new business opportunities through Digital Transformation. Darryl has direct experience building global enterprise class IoT projects, with areas of business concentration on Smart IoT Solutions, Digital Transformation Strategy, Industrial Automation, Smart Buildings, Enterprise Asset Management, and Facilities Management. He has extensive global experience with industrial automation, automotive, heavy truck, construction and agricultural equipment manufacturers.
|Seth McDonald||GE Aviation|
Senior Director of Digital Operations
Seth McDonald is the Senior Director of Digital Operation for Quality and Compliance within GE Aviation. Seth graduated from Purdue University with a Masters in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineer in 2006. He then joined GE Aviation where he spent the first part of his career as a composite hardware designer, introducing GE’s first ever high energy rotating composite part. Always passionate about challenging the status quo, Seth has held roles in Manufacturing, Operations, and Quality focusing on process improvement in the design and manufacture of Aircraft Engines and Avionics. In a culmination of his professional experience, Seth supports GE Aviation’s Supply Chain to establish a manufacturing digital thread that is leading to reduced Cost of Quality and optimized service agreements for GE Aviation’s customers.
Director of Asset Management
Dr. Gilbert Meyer-Gauen is the Director of Asset Management at National Oilwell Varco (NOV), a leader in the design, manufacture, sale, and service of oilfield equipment. He leads a team of software, reliability and implementation engineers who develop and implement software applications that reduce equipment downtime and improve reliability at NOV's manufacturing facilities. His group is currently working on a new suite of software products that are tightly integrated with NOV's industrial big data platform (NOV Max™) and will provide preventive, predictive and condition-based maintenance capabilities in one easy to use software suite. Dr. Meyer-Gauen has a Master of Science and a Ph.D. from the Technical University Braunschweig in Germany.
|Jim Morrish||Transforma Insights|
Jim is a respected IoT industry expert, with over 25 years’ experience of strategy consulting, operations management and telecoms research. From 2011 to 2017 he was Chief Research Officer and co-founder of Machina Research, the leading IoT industry analyst and consultancy, before exiting via a sale to Gartner. He is a co-author of the Ignite|IoT project management framework and an accompanying book entitled “Enterprise IoT” Jim is a Co-Chair of the Industrial Internet Consortium’s Business Strategy and Solution Lifecycle Working Group and Chair of the IIC's Business Strategy Task Group. He is also a member of the Global Advisory Body for the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) India IoT Panel. Jim has judged a range of IoT industry awards, including for Total Telecom and the GSMA, is a member of the Internet of Things Council and is responsible for the addition of the terms Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networking and Subnet of Things (SoT) to the lexicon of the IoT. He is currently a member of advisory panels for a range of conferences including the IoT Tech Expo World Series and the IoT Asia conference, and is a member of Calysto’s PR Vibes IoT Thought Leadership Board. He has worked on-site in in excess of 30 countries worldwide, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. Previous experience includes strategy consulting for Booz.Allen&Hamilton, Head of department at the BBC and also work as a freelance consultant. At Cable & Wireless he was Secretary to both Operating and Executive Boards of the Business Networks division and project managed the restructuring of that entity as Cable & Wireless Global Markets. He was a founder shareholder in the AIM-listed Avanti Communications and is an experienced conference speaker including for blue chip events such as the IET’s Pinkerton Lecture, and the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress. He studied mathematics at Oxford University, and holds an MA (Oxon.).
Engineering Functional Excellence Manager
Alexander Nazarov is a Engineering Functional Excellence Manager at Cummins Distribution Business Unit. After the acquisition of North America Distribution Network, he became a part of the leadership team and has played a major role in the development of a central ecosystem. The ecosystem will link together systems, processes, between various functions within a single distributor, and complete North America distribution network. The focus has been to provide enough information about the product to ultimately enable global legendary customer support. Alexander has more than 10 years of business-building experience. He led in the hiring and coaching of a successful, self–motivated team and developed system processes to support engineering, manufacturing quality, sourcing and service. He has lived and worked in United States, Russia, and Singapore. Alexander's leadership experience has grown because of the diverse opportunities in Russia and Singapore, the technical general management role, and a strong upper management team. He credits his divergent exposure within the business as one of the keys to success in forming strategic partnerships with cross-functional leaders. Alexander holds a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. He also graduated from the Leadership Skills Program and Management Accounting Program at Singapore Institute of Management.
Team Lead, Local Home SDK
Principal Data Scientist
Principal Data Scientist with a Ph.D. and more than 15 years data science experience. Leads the most complex BSA analytics projects, contributing millions in incremental revenue and cost reductions. His expertise includes: predictive modeling, optimization, machine learning, CRM measurement, market sizing and segmentation, A/B testing, product pricing, and brand positioning across functional areas such as supply chain, operations, marketing, real estate, pricing, finance, etc.
Research Director of Manufacturing Insights & IT Priorities
Reid Paquin is Research Director for IDC Manufacturing Insights responsible for the IT Priorities & Strategies (ITP&S) practice. Mr. Paquin’s core research coverage includes IT investments made across the manufacturing industry and manufacturers' progress with digital transformation. Based on his background covering the manufacturing space, Mr. Paquin’s research also includes an emphasis on the technology enablers that help manufacturing executives make better-informed operational decisions. Previously, Reid was Industry Solutions Director at GE Digital, analyzing manufacturing trends and the needs of the industry. Prior to GE Digital, Mr. Paquin was Research Analyst at the Aberdeen Group covering the Manufacturing & Product Development space. Before joining the Aberdeen Group, Mr. Paquin worked for Polartec as an Industrial Engineer focused on process improvements and data analysis.
|Shelley Peterson||Lockheed Martin|
Emerging Technology Lead
Shelley Peterson has supported Lockheed Martin pursuits, diving into the rapidly evolving augmented reality and wearables market to integrate emerging technologies into key solutions for Lockheed Martin. Her combined skill and reputation as a thought leader across the augmented reality industry have resulted in repeated demonstration of the potential of this emerging technology across numerous Lockheed Martin programs. Shelley obtained her mathematics and physics degree at a young age, and taught college math at the University of North Texas at age 21. Early in her professional career, Shelley founded a business focused on emerging technology solutions, including military aircraft distributed mission training and multi-spectral imaging monoculars for SOCOM. Her pursuits have included software development on the B1-Bomber simulator at Dyess AFB, electronic warfare capabilities at E-Systems, and she has served on the Space Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS) satellite program as the first certified Mission Management crew member and instructor. In her spare time, Shelley teaches college mathematics as an adjunct, enjoys volunteering for and speaking at STEM events, and operates Shotlink Lasers for the PGA.
Global Director of Innovation - Equipment, Digital & Supply Chain
Chetan Polavaram leads Supply Chain Innovation for a strategic customer within The Coca-Cola Company. Chetan is focused on developing Equipment, Digital and Supply Chain Innovation solutions to increase efficiency, transparency and enhance the consumer experience. His experience includes developing frameworks and solutions to increase consumer retention and incidence via the eCommerce channels. Prior to his current role he led New Product Development within the Freestyle division at Coca-Cola to develop innovative beverage dispensing solutions capable of pouring over 200 different beverages. Prior to Coke, Chetan worked in different capacities at Lennox International and GE Energy. Chetan graduated with a double Masters from Penn State and Rensselaer Polytechnic and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management.
Group Vice President of Energy & Manufacturing
Kevin Prouty is Group Vice President for IDC Energy and Manufacturing Insights. He is responsible for managing a group of analysts that provide research-based advisory and consulting services that will enable energy executives in oil and gas and utilities to maximize the business value of their technology investments and minimize technology risk through accurate planning. Kevin's research specialties are Utilities, Manufacturing, Enterprise Applications, and Product Innovation research. Before joining IDC he was SVP of Research at Aberdeen Group. He also spent over five years as Sr. Director of Manufacturing and Energy Solutions at Motorola and was the resident expert on technology’s role in continuous improvement. Prior to Motorola, he was Research Director for Manufacturing and Automotive at AMR Research and Gartner, where he spent a cumulative six years. Leading up to his research role, Kevin spent over 15 years as both a user and system integrator of operations software. Twelve of those years was as a plant manager and project manager at a global manufacturer, managing a large workforce and business that produced tooling for automotive and industrial companies. He was responsible for all automation of the facility and energy plant, including integration of automated process and information systems into all aspects of the business. In addition, Kevin helped lead the re -engineering team that implemented ERP and shop floor systems throughout the company. Kevin also managed the building, start up, and initial operation of a plant in China from 1992 to 1993.
Cory Raszeja is a Solution Architect who works with Eaton’s Business Units to connect their devices to the cloud and build additional value for their customers. Cory has driven the release of one of Eaton’s first Internet of Things cloud applications. Cory is a graduate of Eaton’s Engineering & Technology Leadership Development Program where he spent time in both Corporate Research and Business Units. Cory is trained in Cybersecurity by the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team and in Cloud Infrastructure by Microsoft Azure. Cory holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.
|Scott Reese||Harbor Industries|
|Jonathan Reichental||Human Future|
Founder & CEO
|Sean Riley||Software AG|
Global Industry Director Manufacturing & Transportation
Sean Riley is the Global Industry Director for Manufacturing & Transportation for Software AG. Over the past eight years, Mr. Riley has been obsessively focused on enterprise digital transformation with a focus on leveraging technologies like IoT, Predictive Analytics, Machine Learning and Intelligent Automation as applied to production, field services, supply chains, logistics and new product development. Prior to joining Software AG in 2011, Mr. Riley has over ten years of experience in the supply chain, logistics & manufacturing fields. In addition to his work experience, Mr. Riley has received a BA in Business Administration from Hanover College, a MBA with Distinction from DePaul University and is a certified Six Sigma Greenbelt. As well as being a continual guest lecturer for DePaul University, Mr. Riley also sits on the curriculum advisory committee for the DePaul Graduate Program for Supply Chain and Operations Management and has been named a Supply & Demand Chain Executive “Pro to Know” for seven consecutive years.
VP, Augmented Reality Product Management
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|Paul Stafford||Toyota North America|
Engineering Manager - New Technology & Manufacturing Innovation
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|Robert Stucky||Solar Turbines|
Manufacturing Engineer, Turbine Rotating & Small Body
Robert Stucky is a Manufacturing Engineer at the Solar Turbines gas turbine overhaul facility in DeSoto, Texas, responsible for the stationary parts on Solar’s small body engines as well as the overhaul additive manufacturing segment. He has a passion for increasing efficiency and reducing waste, and he is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Before working for Solar Turbines, Robert gained engineering experience in the defense/aerospace and semiconductor manufacturing industries. Robert holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Baylor University with minors in Business Administration and Mathematics. He currently resides with his wife in the Dallas area, and in his free time he enjoys traveling and playing sports such as disc golf, soccer, and volleyball.
Product Manager – IoT
Peri is a Product Manager at Monsanto with a diverse set of experience ranging from software development and solutions architecture to leveraging cloud technologies to build effective platforms. He currently leads and manages the enterprise IoT platform at Bayer Crop Science a division of Bayer and formerly Monsanto company, along with IoT related products in the Supply Chain space. Prior to joining Monsanto, Peri was involved in building open source solutions for a consortium of University Libraries such as UChicago, Princeton, MIT and Harvard to replace old vended systems with a more robust and scalable library software.
|Karrie Sullivan||Culminate Strategy Group|
After more than 20 years of driving revenue growth in Marketing/Sales, Strategy, IT, and Operations roles Karrie Sullivan is great at helping companies adopt AI automation and navigating change. As a transformational leader and entrepreneur in residence she is a “fixer” and operator, expert at helping companies turn oceans of data into EBITDA, growth, and future-proof plans. Karrie works with mid-market, enterprise, and PE portfolio companies that need to quickly and profitably understand their data assets, often starting with integrating data and process between marketing, sales, back office, and operations to create efficiency and data-driven automation.
|Craig Sutton||John Deere|
Manager, Advanced Manufacturing Innovation
Craig Sutton is the Manager for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation at Deere and Company. As Manager for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation at Deere, he works to identify and validate new emerging trends to enable a competitive advantage for John Deere manufacturing units. He has over 23 years of experience at Deere with roles ranging from customer support, quality engineering, product engineering, product validation, and manufacturing engineering. Craig has work experience on Deere’s precision farming equipment, self-propelled sprayers, and combine harvesters. His most recent role focuses on new manufacturing technologies such as additive manufacturing, robotics, lightweight materials, and Internet of Things (IoT) for manufacturing. Along with experience in product design and advanced manufacturing, he also serves on the Quad City Manufacturing Lab board, Western Illinois University College of Engineering advisory board, Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Corp (IMEC) board and the Iowa Innovation Council. In addition, he leads Deere’s engagement with the MxD institute and serves on its technical advisory committee. Craig received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture engineering from the University of Illinois and an executive MBA from the Tippie School of Business at the University of Iowa. He currently works at the John Deere Technology Innovation Center in Moline, Illinois.
|Beth Swanson||Pioneer Service, Inc.|
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Beth Swanson is VP of Sales and Marketing for Pioneer Service Inc, an ISO 9001 and AS9100D certified provider of contract precision machining services. She is responsible for developing strong partnerships with clients in the aerospace, medical, industrial, oil and gas, defense and electronics industries, and overseeing the company’s online and offline marketing activities. Beth started her manufacturing “career” working in her father’s boat company in Lake Geneva, WI when she was 14 years old, where she learned composite, wood and metal working. After completing her undergraduate degree at UW-Madison, and her MBA at North Central College, she has led successful production and support teams for a wide variety of manufacturing companies across the US. Along with leadership duties at Pioneer Service, Beth is actively involved in a variety of associations to help support and grow the next generation of manufacturing talent: Valley Industrial Association (VIA), Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMA) of IL and Women in Manufacturing (WiM). She is also an Examiner for the IMEC Recognition Program (the IL affiliate of the Malcolm Baldrige Award), providing insight and feedback to applicant organizations looking to move their performance to the next level.
|Jatin "Jay" Talreja||Viaanix|
Jatin is a dynamic, results-oriented leader with a strong track record of performance with a high turnaround and high-paced organizations. He has earned Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and an MBA. He utilizes keen analysis and insights and team approach to drive organizational improvements and implementation of best practices. He is a visionary strategist able to identify fresh solutions, inspire diverse stakeholders with a clear and compelling vision, transcend obstacles, and tenaciously execute to deliver target results on-time, under-budget, and with exceptional ROI. Jatin is currently the CEO of Viaanix, Inc., Managing Director of Riyanix Private Limited India, and Vice President of Inventors Association of South Central Kansas.
Vice President of Business Development
Karen Tilson is an entrepreneur and a veteran of the communications industry. Currently Vice President Business Development for Senet, Karen’s current and past clients include leaders in global consulting services, communications, industrial manufacturing, and IoT. Prior to Senet she was with Trimble, a global positioning solution company for over 6 years where she led inside sales and global partner development at one of their divisions. Earlier positions include sales and marketing leadership positions with Verizon and co-founder of 2 successful start-up companies. Karen holds an undergraduate degree from Bentley University and an MBA from Northeastern University. She enjoys skiing, boating, biking and travel.
Cliff Tironi is Managing Partner of Thinaer, an IoT platform that integrates actionable data from highly-calibrated sensors and real-time employee feedback to give organizations unparalleled insight into their operations, predictive analytics to see the future, and consultative business process redesign to get improved results. Thinaer empowers digital transformation by using the assets an organization already owns and engaging the people who matter most to an organization.
|Ravi Tolani||CNH Industrial|
Director of Digital Connected Products and Services
As the Digital Transformation Director at CNH Industrial, Ravi utilizes his vast expertise in cloud, mobile, IOT and embedded product development to define the strategy and coordinate the implementation of CNH’s Connected Vehicle and Digital Agriculture platform. Prior to CNH, Ravi worked at Microsoft and Motorola in various product development roles. He has a BS and MS in Engineering and a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
Jim Vinoski has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing, in products ranging from plastics and paints to food and bourbon. His focus has been in engineering, operations, and management, with a strong background in continuous improvement. He’s a veteran of companies such as Ralston-Purina and General Mills. As a Forbes Contributor, he’s explored all facets of manufacturing. His emphasis has been on highlighting successes in American manufacturing and exploring advanced technologies, such as 3D printing and artificial intelligence, and their impact on the production world. Jim is married with two sons and resides in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area. He’s an avid cyclist and runner, and he and his boys are heavily involved in Scouting. Jim is the Scoutmaster for Troop 292 in Grandville.
As a Co-Founder at Very and having been involved in over 250 product launches in the last 8 years, Ben leads a team of over 50 full-time engineers, designers and data scientists that work with clients to understand challenges they’re facing and build custom software-driven solutions. Ben believes that attracting and retaining top-tier talent is a key differentiator, which is why he champions reinvesting profits into employee benefits and cultural experiments. Ben has also led the investment and development of several ventures that have spun out of Very like ReadyCart, which went on to raise additional capital and was acquired by Grapevine Inc in 2017.
|Jennifer Weiss||McCain Foods|
Continuous Improvement Manager of North America
Jennifer Weiss is a Continuous Improvement Manager North America at McCain Foods. As a Manager for Continuous Improvement Manager at McCain Foods, Jennifer co-leads the future manufacturing leaders program; implements and coaches skills development/work simplification; and is responsible for leadership of high performance work systems. Jennifer previously worked as a Continuous Improvement Manager at Dean Foods. In addition, she spent 15 years at Unilever in various supply chain roles ranging from warehousing, customer service, project leadership, and process improvement. Jennifer received her MBA from Benedictine University and her BS from MacMurray College. She currently works at McCain Foods North American Headquarters in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.
|Jonathan Weiss||Software AG|
Vice President - Emerging Technologies
Jon is an innovation and technology thought leader with extensive experience in leading customer engagements. Jon has spent the last decade working with some of the world's largest companies, including Fortune 50 organizations, seeking to undergo digital transformations in their manufacturing facilities, supply chain initiatives and enterprise applications. He has a passion for helping companies reduce cost, increase efficiency and create new revenue streams by leveraging emerging technologies.
Director of Product Strategy – Fuse Technologies
Matt joined AGCO in 2015 and currently has responsibility for the AGCO Fuse or Precision Ag Technology team in North America. Prior to AGCO, he spent 11 years with Caterpillar Power Systems division in various product support and distribution development roles. Matt holds an MBA, bachelors and master’s degree in Electronic Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
|Matt Wopata||IoT Analytics|
Matthew is a senior analyst covering Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT technologies at the market research and consulting firm IoT Analytics. Prior to joining IoT Analytics, Matthew was an Industrial IoT gateway product manager at Elecsys Corporation. He also worked as an engineer at Rockwell Automation and has consulted for a number of oil and gas, manufacturing, and industrial automation companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Matthew is the lead author of IoT Analytics’ Industrial Connectivity and Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing market reports, and is currently working on a report covering industrial edge computing and analytics. Matthew holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA. For more information on Matthew's work and credentials, please visit his LinkedIn profile.
|Amy Wysowaty||Verizon Wireless|
Managing Partner, Connected Solutions
As the Director of Connected Solutions in Manufacturing and Agriculture vertical for the Verizon Business Group, Amy's team is responsible for IoT solutions globally to help our clients drive business results. Her Client Partners enable the Internet of Things (IoT), along with machine-to-machine technology (M2M), to make possible what once seemed impossible by helping businesses and communities maintain safety, better manage costs and greatly enhance the customer experience.
IoT R&D Applications Engineer
Sai Yamanoor has over 6 years of experience as an embedded systems expert and currently works for an industrial gases manufacturer in Buffalo, NY. He has worked on software development, hardware development including IoT system design, testing and deployment. He is a co-author of two books on the use of Raspberry Pi to execute DIY projects, and has participated in Maker Faires across the country. Sai's current interests include Edge Computing, IIoT and AI. Sai is also currently working on machine learning projects aimed at improving Quality of Life (QoL) for people with chronic health conditions.