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Dec. 13 Wichita, KS

A free event to cultivate the opportunities and industry partnerships available to the nation’s leading advanced manufacturing region.


Presented by the Blueprint for Regional Economic Growth (BREG)

In south-central Kansas, advanced manufacturing is what we do—and we do it better than anyone else in the country. To keep it that way, the Advanced Manufacturing Forum will bring together industry leaders from across the region to explore recent innovations and uncover the ways in which we can work together to stay one step ahead of the competition. Topics covered during this free event will include supply chain management, automation, workforce development and innovation.

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David May

David May

President/Owner at Trinity Precision Inc.

As president of a company that produces precision aerospace machined parts and assemblies, Mr. May focuses on building an organization centered around people, process and principle.

Mark Torline

Mark Torline

Director of WSU Ventures and the WSU Center for Entrepreneurship at Wichita State University

Mr. Torline has extensive experience in financial services, fixed-income asset management and capital markets industries, as well as a proven track record of entrepreneurial success.

Lyndon Wells

Lyndon Wells

Division Director – Public Affairs at INTRUST Bank

In his role with INTRUST, Mr. Wells manages marketing, communications, business development and community development with a focus on advocating for and working with customers to help them achieve their goals.

Dr. Noreen Carrocci

Dr. Noreen Carrocci

President at Newman University

President of Newman University since 2007, Dr. Carrocci is actively involved in the local community and serves as the co-chair of the Greater Wichita Partnership’s Business & Education Alliance (BEA).

Curtis Richardson

Curtis Richardson

Associate Technical Fellow at Spirit AeroSystems

As the robotics and automation technology leader for Spirit AeroSystems, Mr. Richardson focuses on developing and applying new automated manufacturing technologies across a variety of aircraft structures and processes.

Mark Eaton

Mark Eaton

President at Southwood LLC

An innovative, hands-on leader with experience driving internal and external teams to accomplish goals, Mr. Eaton has over 20 years’ experience in a variety of domestic and international industries and functions.

John Allison

John Allison

Superintendent of Schools at Wichita Public Schools

Mr. Allison is the leader of Kansas’ largest school district (USD 259), educating 10 percent of all students in the state of Kansas.

Jason Cox

Jason Cox

President at Cox Machine, Inc.

Mr. Cox is president of Cox Machine, a company founded in 1956, that manufactures structural components and assemblies for aerospace.

Austin Peterson

Austin Peterson

President and CEO at Carlson Products, LLC

A native Wichitan, Mr. Peterson practiced corporate law at Mayer Brown, LLP in Chicago before returning to Wichita in 2013 to lead Carlson Products.

Sheree Utash

Dr. Sheree Utash

President at Wichita Area Technical College

Dr. Utash provides leadership for the Wichita Area Technical College, the largest technical college in Kansas and acts as managing partner for the National Center for Aviation Training. Dr. Utash offers a unique blend of teaching, administrative and leadership experience in both higher education and private industry.

Paul Jonas

Paul Jonas

Director – New Business Development & Special Programs at Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR)

Mr. Jonas is co-chair of the BREG Advanced Manufacturing Sector and has 32 years of experience in the aerospace industry. For the past six years, Mr. Jonas has focused on leading research and developing new materials and technologies at NIAR.

Brent E. Edmisten

Brent E. Edmisten

Vice President of Global Supply Chain, Engineering, R&D and Logistics at Excel Industries, Inc.

As a transformational leader in aerospace and other manufacturing industries for over 20 years, Mr. Edmisten has experience in strategic planning, global supply chain, quality, engineering, research and development, manufacturing engineering, tooling, warehousing and logistics.

Chris_Hiebert

Chris Hiebert

Director of Operations at Collins Bus Corporation

Over the course of 16 years, Mr. Hiebert has filled numerous roles within the manufacturing industry while utilizing lean principles and best practices to reduce operating costs and gain efficiencies.

Jeff Fluhr

Jeff Fluhr

President at Greater Wichita Partnership

Since the Partnership’s formation in 2015, Mr. Fluhr has been leading an aggressive approach to regional economic growth through newly aligned organizations and strategic initiatives, including the Blueprint for Regional Economic Growth (BREG).

Tom Martin

Tom Martin

Manufacturing Engineering Manager at Johnson Controls Inc.

Mr. Martin has been with Johnson Controls, Inc. (formerly York Int.) for 22 years and has served in various capacities including maintenance manager, manufacturing engineer, product design engineer and manufacturing engineering manager.

Nick Messer

Nick Messer

Director of Sales & Marketing at Millennium Machine and Tool

Mr. Messer oversees a very complex, diversified machine operation with customers in aerospace, agriculture, firearms & motorcycles.

Antonio Soave

Antonio Soave

Secretary of Commerce at Kansas Department of Commerce

Appointed by Governor Sam Brownback in 2015, Soave has been leading many new initiatives to market Kansas as one of the top states in the United States to expand and grow a business.

Keith Lawing

Keith Lawing

President & CEO at Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas

Mr. Lawing specializes in convening partnerships and implementing strategies to grow the regional economy through numerous strategic employment and training initiatives.

Ron Weddle

Ron Weddle

President at Weddle Consulting

Mr. Weddle is co-chair of the BREG Advanced Manufacturing Sector and has 42 years of experience in engineering and manufacturing operations focusing on product development and the application of technology to manufacturing processes.

Jerry Kukuruda

Jerry Kukuruda C.P.M., CPIM, CSCP

Supply Chain Manager at Wescon Controls

Mr. Kukuruda is an experienced supply chain professional with expertise in ERP system implementation and utilization and right-sizing inventory to improve on-time delivery while increasing working capital in the high-tech, aerospace and automotive industries.

Additional speakers include:

Deb Scheibler

Schedule

The Advanced Manufacturing Forum on Dec. 13 will take place at the National Center for Aviation Training at 4004 N. Webb Road, Wichita, Kansas 67226. Participants must be registered by Fri., Dec. 9 in order to attend the event. The event is free and registration includes admittance into all three sessions. The forum is limited to 206 registered attendees.

10 - 10:30
Opening Remarks

Antonio J. Soave Kansas Secretary of Commerce

Jeff Fluhr Greater Wichita Partnership

Paul Jonas BREG Co-chair

Ron Weddle BREG Co-chair

Continuing to improve efficiencies and lower costs year over year takes intense focus and oftentimes a little creativity. Hear from some of the region’s leading experts who have found some unique solutions to improve their bottom lines through supply chain management and automation.

Speaker:

Brent Edmisten Excel Industries, Inc.

Panelists:

Austin Peterson Carlson Products, Inc.

Speaker:

Curtis Richardson Spirit AeroSystems

Panelists:

David May Trinity Precision, Inc.

Tom Martin Johnson Controls

noon - 1:15 p.m.
Lunch with Regional Resource Providers

There are a vast amount of resources throughout the region to help you grow and manage your business. Meet representatives from several key regional organizations during a networking lunch sponsored by the Wichita Manufacturer’s Association.

1:15 - 2:30 p.m.
Workforce Development Today, Tomorrow and in the Future

This session will review common critical workforce challenges among our advanced manufacturing employers, and the regional initiatives currently underway to develop workforce skills at all ages and attract new workers while increasing retention and lowering turnover.

Speakers:

Noreen Carrocci Newman University

Lyndy Wells INTRUST Bank

Panelists:

Keith Lawing Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas

Deb Scheibler Kansas WorkforceOne

John Allison Wichita Public Schools

Jay Scott Kansas State Department of Education

Sheree Utash Wichita Area Technical College

Mark Torline Wichita State University Center for Entrepreneurship and WSU Ventures

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Sponsors

Presented by the Blueprint for Regional Economic Growth (BREG)

Special thanks to these sponsors for making the Advanced Manufacturing Forum possible.




National Center for Aviation Training

4004 N. Webb Road, Wichita, KS 67226

Opened in 2010 to meet the region’s growing aviation workforce needs, the National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT) provides students with real-world, hands-on training in the areas of general aviation manufacturing and power plant mechanics. NCAT’s 230,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility consists of classrooms, laboratories, meeting rooms and a hangar with runway access to Wichita’s Colonel James Jabara Airport. NCAT is located at 4004 N. Webb Road, Wichita, KS 67226.