Moving Pacific Northwest Manufacturing Forward

No matter where your manufacturing company is in its lifecycle, this conference is designed to help you move to your next milestone. Learn from industry veterans on how to increase your manufacturing profitability and respond to rising costs through innovation.

Meet new buyers and suppliers at our formalized business to business matchmaking session, and get practical knowledge in thoughtful breakout sessions. Discover how companies like yours are applying continuous improvement methods to all aspects of their business, creating effective sales programs, improving through-put and capacity, and enhancing workforce strategies. Whether you employ 5 or 5,000, you’ll take away practical insights you can apply directly to your company. 

Exclusively for NW Manufacturing Companies

To provide the most value for our attendees attendance is limited to manufacturing companies and select partner organizations. All ticket purchase requests will be reviewed. Thank you for understanding.

“I felt the value was worth the time and money spent” – 2018 Attendee

Don’t miss Oregon’s exclusive event for manufacturers: Get Tickets

Here’s what you can expect at the Summit.

Networking and Business Matchmaking On-Site

Connect with buyers and suppliers during our focused networking session

Senior Level Executives in Attendance

Invite only ensures Oregon manufacturers in attendance

Informative Real-life Case Studies

Learn from leaders facing daily business challenges

Implementable Takeaways and Ideas

Get data driven insights you can apply right away

Resource Rich Partners

Breakout Sessions For Your Company

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

Andrew Barofsky

President and CEO, RevMedX


Topic

Keynote

Carroll Thomas

Director, NIST MEP


Topic

The Value of Collaboration

Kirk Morton

President, Precision Machine & Manufacturing Inc.


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Owner Panel: Transition Designs for Exiting on Their Terms

Jose Blanco

CVF Capital, Managing Partber


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Owner Panel: Transition Designs for Exiting on Their Terms

Jeff Stuhr

Holst Architecture PC, Former Owner & Founding partner


Topic

Owner Panel: Transition Designs for Exiting on Their Terms

Jennifer Fern

KeyBank, VP & SBA Specialist


Topic

Owner Panel: Transition Designs for Exiting on Their Terms

Cliff Stites

CabDoor, Founder


Topic

Owner Panel: Transition Designs for Exiting on Their Terms

Michael Fowler

CabDoor, Partner


Topic

Owner Panel: Transition Designs for Exiting on Their Terms

Chuck Freeman

CabDoor, Founder


Topic

Owner Panel: Transition Designs for Exiting on Their Terms

Dave Looper

Managing Consultant, OMEP


Topic

Owner Panel: Transition Designs for Exiting on Their Terms

Jay Douglas

Chief Operating Officer, ARM Institute


Topic

Preparing and Responding to New Technology: Robotics

Greg Gifford

VP of Operations Fleet Sales West


Topic

Lean Champions: Embed Continuous Improvement into your company's DNA

Sally M.B. Thomsen

Director of Operations Strategy and Continuous Improvement, Bob's RedMill


Topic

Lean Champions: Embed Continuous Improvement into your company's DNA

Jesse Oliver

VP of Sales and G.S.D. - AMFor Electronics


Topic

Lean Champions: Embed Continuous Improvement into your company's DNA

Robin Klein

Manufacturing Consultant


Topic

Lean Champions: Embed Continuous Improvement into your company's DNA

Sheila Cuyler

Manufacturing Consultant, OMEP


Topic

Lean Champions: Embedding Continuous Improvement into your Company's DNA

Chris Thom

President, Finish Line Industries


Topic

Demystifying ERP: Preparing Your People and Processes

Peter Woods

President, McTavish Shortbread Company


Topic

Demystifying ERP: Preparing Your People and Processes

Jim Wehrs

OMEP Affiliate Consultant


Topic

Demystifying ERP: Preparing Your People and Processes

Ruthie Shields

Vice President, Shields Manufacturing


Topic

Organizational Design for Management Growth

Paola Castaldo

Managing Consultant, OMEP


Topic

Organizational Design for Management Growth

John Hunt

Senior Consultant, OMEP


Topic

Organizational Design for Management Growth

Jim Allen

Value Based, President


Topic

Maximize Sales by Aligning Your Sales Cycle to Your Prospect's Buying Cycle

Jennifer Campbell

Manufacturing & Retail Industry Group Leader, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt


Topic

State of Manufacturing in the Pacific Northwest - Survey Results

Aaron Fox

President, OMEP


Topic

Identifying Gaps to Scale Your Company for Growth

John Valachovic

Managing Consultant, OMEP


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Identifying Gaps to Scale Your Company for Growth

Tim Root

Managing Consultant, OMEP


Topic

Identifying Gaps to Scale Your Company for Growth

Agenda
(Subject to Change)

Time
Talk
Speaker

8:00am

Welcome

Aaron Fox, Carroll Thomas

Welcome to the 2019 Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit!

Aaron Fox, Carroll Thomas

8:15

Keynote: Problem Solving for Better Business

Andrew Barofsky, President and CEO, RevMedX

RevMedx builds lifesaving products. President and CEO Andrew Barofsky will share their inspiring story.

Andrew Barofsky, President and CEO, RevMedX

9:00

Business Matchmaking Session

All Attendees

Focused session matching buyers, suppliers, and Oregon business partners for interactive discussions and contact exchanges.

All Attendees

10:15

Owner Panel: Transition Designs for Exiting on Their Terms

KeyBank, CVF Capital, OMEP, Various Manufacturing Companies

All business owners must consider their transition from their company, whether you’re ready to leave now or in 20 years. Join this dynamic panel for frank discussions with manufacturing business owners who are in the process of or who have already transitioned their business, whether via external or internal methods. Learn how to be the architect of your own business transition and discover potential buyers and financing options you may never have thought about. Hear how these business owners wrestled with understanding their own personal desires, values, and financial needs to determine the right transition strategy for them and their company, and what life has been like after transitioning is complete.

KeyBank, CVF Capital, OMEP, Various Manufacturing Companies

11:45

Lunch

Century High School CTE Students, and Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Enjoy a full lunch and hear from students at Century High School who are pursuing manufacturing careers. Learn about the latest challenges and opportunities for growth for NW Manufacturers from a survey taken by Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt, and meet the winners of the Patrick R Murphy Award.

Century High School CTE Students, and Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Lean Champions: Embed Continuous Improvement into your Company's DNA

Robin Klein - OMEP, Greg Gifford - Fleet Sales West, Sheila Cuyler - OMEP, Jesse Oliver - AMFor, Sally - Bob's RedMill

Whether you’re a lean expert or new to continuous improvement, this discussion will improve your operational excellence practices. Enjoy hands-on activities that will help you effectively utilize Lean champions to embed continuous improvement into the core DNA of your company. Join several manufacturers who are committed to changing their continuous improvement culture, and will share the successes and ongoing challenges of their journey.

Registrants: Pick Your Breakout Sessions

Robin Klein - OMEP, Greg Gifford - Fleet Sales West, Sheila Cuyler - OMEP, Jesse Oliver - AMFor, Sally - Bob's RedMill

Preparing and Responding to New Technology: Robotics

Jay Douglass - ARM Robotics, David McFeeters Krone- Intellectual Assets

Hear from robotics representatives at ARM MUSA. Learn how you can harness the power of robotics technologies in your own workplace to enhance your workforce.

Registrants: Pick Your Breakout Sessions

Jay Douglass - ARM Robotics, David McFeeters Krone- Intellectual Assets

Organizational Design for Management Growth

Paola Castaldo, OMEP, Shields Manufacturing

Organizational development can mean the difference between success and failure for your company. Learn how to create clarity of processes for middle managers, giving them a structure in which to succeed. Hear how Shields is bringing up the competencies/skills of middle management to create alignment within the complete organization.

Registrants: Pick Your Breakout Sessions

Paola Castaldo, OMEP, Shields Manufacturing

2:20

Business Expert Knowledge Bar

Various Staff, Organizations, and Sponsors

Meet with individual experts on specific topics – get resources for your business

  •   Robotic Production Systems
    Robotic Production Systems (RPS) is a Northwest-based automation/integration company specializing in robot applications.  We are registered Value Added Resellers for Universal Robots and Mitsubishi.  For manufacturing, we have worked most closely with machine tending but have also developed data communications systems as well as our own measuring equipment and automated fixturing.
  • Relay resources
    Relay Resources helps manufacturers make, pack, store and ship their items in a 115,000 square foot facility near PDX, powered by people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Our flexibility and scalability allow us to solve your supply chain issues, including light manufacturing, kitting & assembly, rework, Amazon prep and third-party logistics.
  • Kinesis Inc
    Kinesis is a team of business strategists with a marketing edge, helping manufacturing business leaders position their company for the next phase. Sometimes that’s a market shift or an ambitious growth goal, finding right-fit employees, or help with generational transitions on the leadership team.
  • Northwest TAAC
    US Businesses that have been hurt by imports may be eligible for up to $75,000 in matching grant funds for projects that improve their business through the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms Program. Business owners define the projects and select the service providers. The program is implemented in the Northwest by NWTAAC – Find more program information and testimonials at nwtaac.org or by calling us at (800) 665-8087.
  • Oregon Small Business Advocacy
    Oregon’s Small Business Advocacy team helps cut through government red tape for organizations with up to 100 employees. If you’ve got a question or concern about state or local government, call us – we run with scissors.
  • Plural Additive Manufacturing
    Plural is an Additive Manufacturing Integrator who provides an industrial 3D printing and Additive Manufacturing solution to manufacturing companies around the prototyping, fixturing, and production of end use plastic parts. Plural has a national footprint and is corporately located in Lake Oswego, OR.
  • Chemeketa SBDC
    The Oregon Small Business Development Center Network is dedicated to building Oregon’s best businesses through one-on-one advising and training. Our SCALE and SCALE Express programs help manufacturers reach new markets and develop the tools and resources needed to reach new heights.
  • Olympus Controls
    If you’re looking for a collaborative robot in your application and factory, Olympus Controls can help you navigate through all the pieces you need to make it a successful application. Even if you’re new to robotics, we can guide you through that process, we have all the parts and expertise to make you successful, and in the end, that’s our goal.
  • NW Food Solutions
    Northwest Food Solutions (NWFS) is a consulting company that helps food and beverage manufacturing businesses grow to meet new challenges in an ever-evolving industry. NWFS works with clients to build responsive and reliable manufacturing and supply chain teams capable of advancing your organization to the next level.  NWFS specializes in linking company topline strategy with bottom-line results and implementing opportunities with the most value.  Find out more at:  nwfoodsolutions.com
  • Business Oregon
    Business Oregon is the state’s economic development agency. The Business Oregon Commission oversees the agency’s activities to ensure a coherent, integrated approach to economic development and a continuous policy direction that can transcend changes in executive and legislative leadership.
  • ARM
    ACCELERATING THE U.S. MANUFACTURING RENAISSANCE WITH PEOPLE AND ROBOTS. TOGETHER. Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) is the nation’s leading collaborative in robotics and workforce innovation.  Structured as a public-private partnership, we accelerate the advancement of transformative robotic technologies and education to increase U.S. global manufacturing competitiveness. ARM is a member of Manufacturing USA, a network of regional institutes, each with a specialized technology focus.
  • OMIC
    Working with industry to find solutions to today’s manufacturing challenges through applied research; Creating a regional center of gravity to attract metals manufacturing to the region and grow the metals manufacturing economy; and Collaborating with education partners to fill the demand for well trained and reliable manufacturing workers and instilling pride in those seeking a career in manufacturing.
  • KeyBank
    KeyBank is committed to the manufacturing industry and the invaluable contributions they make to the health of the Oregon economy. Our role as business bankers is to help our manufacturing partner clients with innovative banking solutions—from loans that help them grow to strategies for helping them transition their businesses when the time comes.

Various Staff, Organizations, and Sponsors

3:00

Demystifying ERP: Preparing your People and Process

Chris Thom - Finish Line Industries, Peter Woods - McTavish Shortbread, Jim Wehrs - OMEP

This session isn’t about adopting an ERP system, it’s about readying your business for an ERP system long before selection takes place. Learn from other manufacturers on dos and donts, and get a roadmap for successful technology adoption to ensure your people and processes are prepared before you implement a new, or upgrade an existing, ERP system.
Registrants: Pick Your Breakout Sessions

Chris Thom - Finish Line Industries, Peter Woods - McTavish Shortbread, Jim Wehrs - OMEP

Maximize Sales by Aligning Your Sales Cycle to Your Prospect's Buying Cycle

Jim Allen - Value Based, Mike Vanier - OMEP

Learn how to increase sales by aligning your sales cycle to your prospect’s buying cycle in this hands-on workshop. Discover how to identify and respond to each stage of your prospect’s buying cycle with an appropriate action defined by your company’s selling cycle. Empower your sales and sales support staff to better understand their roles and functions in the customer experience – whether b2b or b2c. Many companies realize for the first time how “misalignment” between their selling cycle and their prospect’s buying cycle can derail and negatively impact their selling outcome.
Registrants: Pick Your Breakout Sessions

Jim Allen - Value Based, Mike Vanier - OMEP

Identify Gaps to Scale Your Company for Growth

Aaron Fox, Paola Castaldo, Tim Root, John Valachovic

Identify gaps in your operations, workforce, and finances to learn where to focus your energies to bring your business to its next milestone.

Registrants: Pick Your Breakout Sessions

Aaron Fox, Paola Castaldo, Tim Root, John Valachovic

4:30

Knowledge Bar & Reception

Enjoy beverages and refreshments as you reflect on the day and continue networking.

“I felt the value was worth the time and money spent” – 2018 Attendee

Don’t miss Oregon’s exclusive event for manufacturers: Get Tickets

2019 Location

The 2019 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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Summit Powered By

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.