An Industry Conference Reinvented

With an agenda built by manufacturers, for manufacturers, this event is custom-designed to meet your needs.

Hear globally renowned Futurist Steve Brown (formerly of Intel) discuss trends, innovation, and industry disruption with applicable takeaways. See a live keynote robotics demonstration from Universal Robotics, and interact with cobots in real-time. Build a culture of Innovation with practical tips and techniques from former CEO and President of Climax Portable Machine Tools – Geoff Gilmore.

You’ll experience manufacturing insights from future thinkers in our keynotes. Send multiple team members to get practical knowledge in breakout sessions crafted using the same hands-on workshop approach we’ve used to help companies grow sales by 50% and more.

Exclusively for Manufacturing Companies

To provide the most value for our attendees, attendance at the Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit is limited to manufacturing companies and select partner organizations. All ticket purchase requests will be reviewed. Thank you for understanding. At this time we do not have sponsor slots available.

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Don’t miss Oregon’s only exclusive event for manufacturers. Register today to get the insights your business needs to grow and thrive in 2018.

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Here’s what you can expect at the Summit.

Focused Industry Information Vs. Generic Information

Unlike other conferences, this year’s summit is a highly focused peer-to-peer experience.

Exclusive to Knowledge-Hungry Manufacturers Vs. Open to Anyone

You must be approved after registration, ensuring only manufacturing leaders are in attendance.

Experienced Manufacturing Coaches Vs. General Business Advice

Our consultants are ex-business owners and leaders. They offer advice from experience of day-to-day manufacturing operations.

Actionable and Interactive Vs. Stale and Outdated

We’re focused on high energy, highly relevant information that will generate ideas and spark your creativity.

 

Resource Rich Partners – No Exhibitor Tables

Workshops Built With Your Company In Mind

Industry Specific Info Rather Than Generic Data

Focused and Purposeful Networking Opportunities

Real-Life Case Studies and Examples

Breakfast, Lunch, and  hors d’oeuvres served. Reception includes drink tickets.

Meet our Speakers

Steve Brown

Former Futurist, Intel


Topic

Keynote - Technology and the Future of Manufacturing

Geoff Gilmore

Former CEO and President, CLIMAX Portable Machine Tools


Topic

Keynote - The Art and Science ( I3 ) of Innovation

Craig Tomita

Universal Robots USA, Inc.


Topic

CoBots

Ed Israel

Owner, Plural Additive Manufacturing


Topic

Incorporating Additive Manufacturing into your Business

Jim Allen

Founder / Principal, Value Based Sales


Topic

The Future of Sales and Marketing: Building a System that Lasts

Mike Vanier

Director, Business Development, OMEP


Topic

The Future of Sales and Marketing: Building a System that Lasts

Sheila Cuyler

Consultant, OMEP


Topic

Continuous Improvement 2.0

Gary Conner

Senior Consultant, OMEP


Topic

Continuous Improvement 2.0

Justin Gradek

Associate Consultant, OMEP


Topic

Practical Automation for Manufacturers

Zac Cramer

Owner, IT Assurance


Topic

Practical Automation for Manufacturers

Kleve Kee

Managing Consultant, OMEP


Topic

Strategic Financial Decision Making for Manufacturing Leaders

Tami Trout

Senior Consultant, OMEP


Topic

Effective Performance Management for Leaders

John Hunt

Senior Consultant, OMEP


Topic

Effective Performance Management for Leaders

Linda Wechsler

Consultant, OMEP


Topic

The Real Story: Finding, Engaging, and Retaining Employees

Jean Back

Principal, Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt


Topic

New Ways to Find and Attract Skilled Workers

Agenda
(Subject to Change)

Time
Talk
Speaker

8:00am

Welcome

Jasmine Agnor, Aaron Fox - OMEP | Michelle Weisenbach - KeyBank

Welcome to the 2018 Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit

Jasmine Agnor, Aaron Fox - OMEP | Michelle Weisenbach - KeyBank

8:15-9:10

Keynote: The Future of Manufacturing + Live Q&A

Steve Brown, Futurist - Formerly at Intel

Steve Brown has a wide range of business experience spanning over a quarter of a century in the computing industry. In plain language, Steve will explain the next huge wave of digital transformation. This wave will result from rapid advances in artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, robotics, autonomous vehicles, blockchain technology, machine vision, conversational computing, augmented reality, 5G networking, 3D printing, and more. Every manufacturer needs to prepare to embrace the next three major revolutions in computing: the new computer (Artificial Intelligence), the new display (Augmented Reality), and the new network (Blockchain). Steve will help you prepare for this future.

Steve Brown, Futurist - Formerly at Intel

9:15 - 10:15

Breakfast with a Collaborative Robot

Craig Tomita, Universal Robots

Craig’s presentation will include an overview of UNIVERSAL ROBOTS including examples of cutting-edge applications of this new technology. He will conduct a live demonstration of a UR3 robot that will illustrate the safety features of this new type of robot, as well as showing how this robot has been designed for programming and use by non-programmers.  His presentation will be of particular interest to manufacturers that want to get up to date on the latest development in industrial robots or who want to learn more about CoBots to potentially help them to improve product quality, increase throughput.

Craig Tomita, Universal Robots

10:20 - 11:20

The Art and Science ( I3 ) of Innovation + Live Q&A

Geoff Gilmore, former CEO CLIMAX

Dr. Geoff Gilmore specializes in helping people create extraordinary results using both the Art and Science of Innovation. He will be engaging the audience on both The Power of Innovation and exactly what innovation is. Within these new understandings, he will share some take away best practices and practical tools for creating innovations in your company. This enjoyable and challenging presentation is designed to maximize your learning in a short period of time so come prepared with an open and curious mind.

Dr. Gilmore, as CEO and President of Climax Portable Machining & Welding Systems (CLIMAX), successfully led CLIMAX to achieve industry-wide recognition with multiple awards and distinctions including the US Department of Commerce’s Export Achievement Award, Inc. Magazine 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America Award and both Portland Business Journal’s Top 100 Fastest Growing Oregon Companies and Manufacturer of the Year Awards.

Before CLIMAX he was the President & CEO of Electronic Controls Design (ECD), a pioneer in advanced thermal monitoring and analysis technology, and was the General Manager of both Warn Industries’ Automotive Aftermarket Division and Industrial Products Division.

Geoff Gilmore, former CEO CLIMAX

11:20 - 12:40

Lunch and Intentional Networking - Benson Students to share

Grab a buffet lunch and connect to your peers during this lively networking session. Discuss the keynote presentations given at the beginning of the day, and make valuable connections for your business. Students from Benson Polytechnic High School will share their experiences with manufacturing careers.

12:45 - 2:15

BREAKOUT SESSIONS 1

The Real Story: Finding, Engaging, and Retaining Employees

Linda Wechsler, Russ Gaylor - OMEP | Jean Back - Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt

We’ll follow the case study of a manufacturer who has built a structured approach to employee recruitment and retention. This manufacturer has taken a proactive approach to avoid being a victim of market whims.

Our workforce experts will draw on this case study to teach you how to:

  • Minimize employee turnover or retirement’s negative effects
  • Onboard and train new employees
  • Engage existing employees to help them become proficient faster

If you’re an HR Manager, VP, President, or involved in hiring decisions at your company, this session is for you.

Linda Wechsler, Russ Gaylor - OMEP | Jean Back - Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt

Incorporating Additive Manufacturing Into Your Business

Ed Israel, President - Plural Additive Manufacturing

It is not just about cost, quality, design, and repeatability. What are the steps take advantage of this huge manufacturing movement? Is it right for your company? What does incorporating the additive process into your business mean? Learn from the experts about moving from 3D printing for rapid prototyping to additive manufacturing of end-use parts. We will discuss:

  • Feasibility
  • Design for additive manufacturing
  • Equipment
  • Materials
  • Supply chain
  • Processes, and more

Ed Israel, President - Plural Additive Manufacturing

Improving Your Continuous Improvement

Gary Conner, Shiela Cuyler - OMEP

Are you doing all you can to eliminate waste and maximize productivity in your business? If you know basic lean concepts and have implemented Value Stream Mapping, 5S, or Kaizen events, but want a higher level of continuous improvement, this session is for you.

Two-time Shingo prize winner Gary Conner and CI expert Shiela will draw on real-life examples to teach you how to:

  • Increase focus on value-added activities among your employees
  • Improve productivity company-wide
  • Make data-driven decisions

If you’re an Ops Manager, Leader, VP, or Continuous Improvement leader this session is for you.

Gary Conner, Shiela Cuyler - OMEP

Prioritizing Decision Making – Unlock Your Company’s Profitability

Kleve Kee, OMEP | Jefferson Peters, KeyBank

As a business leader, are you confident you are maximizing your company’s profitability? Our presenters will share assessment methods that have created improvements resulting in 100 percent capacity increase, 30 to 50 percent increases in productivity, and more. You will learn:

  • How to utilize your financials to prioritize and inform description making for your business
  • How operational improvements and/or top line sales growth affect your business
  • How to use these methodologies to analyze your own business and make proactive decisions for your company that can increase growth, profits, and productivity.

If you’re a Business Owner, General Managers, CFO, Controller, President, CEO, or key decision maker in your company, this session is for you.

Kleve Kee, OMEP | Jefferson Peters, KeyBank

2:30 - 3:50

BREAKOUT SESSIONS 2

Core Practices for Successful Manufacturing Leaders

Tami Trout, John Hunt - OMEP

As manufacturing leaders, the way we manage systems influences how successfully we interact with employees.  When we understand how to build systems that tap into the strengths and best nature of our employees, we unlock the potential of our workforce to increase effectiveness, ultimately leading to growth. In this session, we will focus our attention on a few core principles that you can take back to work to better manage the systems that your employees navigate.

Attend this session to learn:

  • A framework for systems that set clear expectations and naturally reward ideal behaviors
  • Strategies to create opportunities for learning, and how to set reasonable challenges to meet and overcome.
  • How to avoid the distressing loop of “progressive discipline” (punishing poor behaviors and outcomes)

Tami Trout, John Hunt - OMEP

The Future of Sales and Marketing: Building Systems that Last

Jim Allen, Founder - Value Based Sales, Mike Vanier, Director Business Development - OMEP

How can your company continue to add value and communicate that value to your customers for the long-term? Explore a strategic approach to value-based sales and marketing with two industry experts. We will discuss real-life examples and case studies to teach you how to:

  • Build a strategic marketing and sales approach that articulates the value of your product/services to your target markets
  • More effectively align your sales and marketing people and processes
  • Employ timeless best practices to stay ahead of the competition.

If you’re a VP or Director of Sales, Business Development or Marketing this session is for you

Jim Allen, Founder - Value Based Sales, Mike Vanier, Director Business Development - OMEP

Practical Automation for Oregon Manufacturers  

Justin Gradek - OMEP | Zac Cramer - IT Assurance

Automation doesn’t have to be out of reach for your manufacturing company.  Whether you seek to automate your office processes, order/shipping systems, or some automate some processes in your production; we will share real-life examples that can help you make the jump into automation or further refine what you’ve already started. Our presenters will show you how to:

  • Avoid common pitfalls that trap manufactures into wasting time when implementing automation
  • Approach developing automation solutions in-house with off the shelf parts
  • Scope and spec an RFP for selecting vendors to develop automation solutions to find the best solution for your company
  • Automate back-office processes or order flow

If you’re a CEO, Ops Manager, or decision maker in your company, this session is for you.

Justin Gradek - OMEP | Zac Cramer - IT Assurance

Tap Into New Technologies and Research

David McFeeters-Krone, Manufacturing USA

Oregon manufacturers can tap into a myriad of research to discover new technology applications that can enhance their business growth. Attend this technology showcase featuring tech demonstrations from various manufacturers involved with Manufacturing USA Institutes. Hear a short panel discussion around current industry trends and visions for the future across all technologies.

You will learn:

What new technologies are being developed in the united states, and how they can improve efficiencies for your business

How technology can enable you to enter new areas of business

How technologies can be used to enhance product development

David McFeeters-Krone, Manufacturing USA

4:00 - 5:30

2018 Patrick R Murphy Awards and Open Reception

Enjoy beverages and refreshments as you reflect on the day and continue networking. Our sponsors will present the 2018 Patrick R Murphy awards in a brief presentation during this time.

Get Tickets While You Can

Don’t miss Oregon’s only exclusive event for manufacturers. Register today to get the insights your business needs to grow and thrive in 2018.

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2018 Location

The 2018 Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit will be hosted in Tigard, Oregon at the newly renovated Embassy Suites. This space is equipped with all the modern conference amenities, plus features beautiful Oregon inspired decore and designs. Parking is free on site in the lot.

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Our Summit Sponsors

OMEP’s team of former manufacturing business owners, leaders, and engineers, use their career experiences in the field to help Oregon manufacturing leaders, managers and skilled workers innovate and grow their businesses. As one of 5o NIST MEP Centers, OMEP is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Oregon.