Wednesday, October 4, 2017 | 7:00 - 10:45 AM | WI Manufacturing & Technology Show at Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park

The annual Next Generation Manufacturing Summit, presented by BizTimes Media, features an exciting interactive discussion with chief executive officers of southeastern Wisconsin companies. The CEOs will share their companies’ best operational strategies and discuss their solutions for competing in a global marketplace.


Preparing For What’s Next

Are you letting the disruptors control you, or are you building a “Proactively Adaptable Organization”?

Join us for the annual Next Generation Manufacturing Summit, featuring a lively interactive discussion with chief executive officers and leaders of southeastern Wisconsin manufacturing companies. These CEOs will share their company’s ideas and best practices for competing in a global marketplace and how they strive to be “proactively adaptable” world-class manufacturers in the 21st century.

Proactively adaptable organizations look beyond their own four walls and next purchase order and are preparing for the inevitable disruptors in today’s business environment. Hear from industry leaders who are creating processes and a culture of innovation, as well as methods of talent attraction, that will drive innovation in their business.

Following the CEO panel, the program continues with roundtable discussions.

Moderated Panel (8:00 AM – 9:15 AM):

Jim Hawkins, CEO – Kenall Manufacturing (1)
Jim Leef, President – ITU AbsorbTech (2)
John W. Mellowes, CEO – Charter Manufacturing Company, Inc. (3)
David Werner, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Director, Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division (IATD) – 3M (4)

Moderator – Mike Shiels, Dean – School of Applied Technologies, Waukesha County Technical College (5)

Roundtable Forum (9:15 AM – 11:00 AM):
This portion of the program will be comprised of three, 25 minute session discussions held at 15+ tables. A content expert will be a table host, presenter and discussion leader.

  • Achieving Results at the Speed of Engagement: A Leader’s Responsibility
  • Artificial Intelligence – AI is about to change the rules of business.  Are you ready?
  • Considerations in Business Transition Planning
  • Does Next Generation Manufacturing Require Next Generation Cyber Security?
  • Driving Profitable Growth In Your Organization
  • Driving Talent Attraction and Retention Through Business/Education Partnerships
  • Duty engineering
  • Improving your business culture: Essentials in recruitment and retention success
  • Industry 4.0: Hype or Business Value
  • Introduction to the Blackbox – an Innovation process
  • Proactively Adapting to a Global Manufacturing Economy
  • Recruiting and Retention in an Ever-Changing Supply and Demand Environment
  • Sales Forecasting
  • Secure Your Secrets, Button Up Your Brands, and Patent to Protect Your Profits
  • Succession Planning | What’s Next?
  • Total Factor Productivity
  • Turn Export Efforts Into Export Revenues: Best Practices to Fast Track to ROI

The 2017 Next Generation Manufacturing Summit was the main stage event at the Wisconsin Manufacturing & Technology Show.


Past Events:

2016 Next Generation Manufacturing Summit

2015 Manufacturing Summit