What is the Manufacturers’ Summit?

The Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit is an annual event that celebrates and empowers manufacturers in our state. Join over 300 manufacturers in Oregon as we work to Advance ManufacturingTo stay ahead of the competition requires a balance of innovative thinking, as well as sustaining systems that keep your businesses running. We will focus on maintaining that balance. Learn from the experts as they share real life challenges and successes, and leave with practical takeaways you can implement today. By attending, you will empower your team with the tools to sustain continuous improvement gains for the long-term.

Our goal? To enable Oregon manufacturers to build thriving businesses, sustain organizational improvements, and proactively seize opportunities for manufacturing excellence in 2017.

This event is exclusively for manufacturers. Attendance is therefore limited to manufacturing company owners and employees, public and non-profit service providers, trade association staff, and event sponsors. If your company does not fall into the above categories, but you are interested in participating as a sponsor, please contact us directly.

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No other event delivers you more focused expertise for manufacturers across our state. Register today for the limited earlybird discount.

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Here’s what you can expect at the Summit.

Relevant and Timely Session Topics

Select from our extended-length breakout sessions designed to meet your most critical business needs.

 

Gain Exclusive Insights From Your Peers

Hear from experienced manufacturers as they share behind-the-scenes insights about how they meet day-to-day challenges.

Uncover New Resources

Discover the new Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center, and build valuable alliances with businesses on a mission to empower Oregon’s manufacturing sector.

Sustain Continuous Improvement Gains

Implement practical solutions to position your business for ongoing growth.

 

Create a roadmap for success with actionable takeaways in each workshop-style session.

Implement stabilizing business systems to avoid needless risk

Build marketing and sales strategies that grow your bottom line

Protect your company with a practical cybersecurity strategy

Outsmart your competition – learn to identify and evaluate growth opportunities

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

Meet our Speakers

Adrian Allen

Founder, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centere


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Keynote Presentation

Shawn Busse

Owner, Kinesis Inc.


Topic

Sales and Marketing for the 21st Century

Anna Thames

Director Business Development, OMEP


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Sales and Marketing for the 21st Century

Russ Gaylor

Consultant, OMEP


Topic

Grow Your Own: Talent Development for the Modern Manufacturer

Caroll A. Thomas

Director, Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)


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The Value of Collaboration

Al Deibert

Director, MilTech


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Leveraging Resources for Innovation

Paola Castaldo

Managing Consultant, OMEP


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Proactive Problem Solving for World-Class Manufacturers

Jim Wehrs

Managing Consultant, OMEP


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Proactive Problem Solving for World-Class Manufacturers

John Valachovic

Managing Consultant, OMEP


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Proactive Problem Solving for World-Class Manufacturers

Dave Stieren

NIST MEP


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Practical Cybersecurity

Linda Wechsler

OMEP


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Grow Your Own: Talent Development for the Modern Manufacturer

Dave Looper

OMEP


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Set Yourself up for Success: Plan Your Exit

Jennifer Fern

KeyBank


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Set Yourself up for Success: Plan Your Exit

Agenda
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Speaker

8:00-8:30

Registration & Buffet Breakfast

Enjoy a refreshing breakfast as well as coffee and tea.

8:30-9:00

Welcome

Chris Scherer, OMEP President | Barbara Cardinale, KeyBank

Chris Scherer and KeyBank kick off the 2017 Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit!

Chris Scherer, OMEP President | Barbara Cardinale, KeyBank

9:00-9:45

Keynote Address

Adrian Allen, AMRC

Learn how the new Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC) is poised to transform Oregon’s manufacturing economy – and how you can be a part of the movement.

Adrian Allen, AMRC

9:45 (Workshop Sessions)

Sales and Marketing for the 21st Century

Anna Thames, OMEP | Shawn Busse, Kinesis

Hear from experts on building B2B relationship development strategies that will grow your bottom line. Discussion includes marketing best practices as well as sales and marketing integration strategies. 

Anna Thames, OMEP | Shawn Busse, Kinesis

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Dynamics of Machining

Adrian Allen, AMRC

Adrian Allen, co-founder of University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (AMRC) and colleagues, will present on advances in technology that significantly reduce machining time, cost and improve productivity in the machining process. Topics covered include techniques, tools and technologies developed at the AMRC that have been adapted across the global aerospace supply chain.

Adrian Allen, AMRC

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Proactive Problem Solving for World-Class Manufacturers

Jim Wehrs, John Valachovic & Paola Castaldo, OMEP

Learn how to apply strategies and tactics to make the best decisions for your company. Move from ‘band-aid’ mode toward proactive problem solving and growth. 

Jim Wehrs, John Valachovic & Paola Castaldo, OMEP

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Set Yourself up for Success: Plan Your Exit

Jennifer Fern, KeyBank | David Looper, OMEP

Jennifer Fern and David Looper discuss how to make your business transition plan successful.

Jennifer Fern, KeyBank | David Looper, OMEP

11:20-12:20

Speed Networking - The Value of Collaboration

Carol Thomas, NIST MEP | All Attendees

Carol Thomas will discuss the importance of partnership and collaboration. Then, manufacturers will have the chance to meet one another in a speed networking style event to build valuable relationships.

Carol Thomas, NIST MEP | All Attendees

12:30 -1:30

Lunch & Awards Ceremony

Sponsors

Enjoy lunch and the Patrick R. Murphy awards ceremony.

Sponsors

1:45 (Workshop Sessions)

Grow Your Own: Talent Development for the 21st Century Manufacturer

Russ Gaylor & Linda Wechsler, OMEP | Melissa Leoni, Oregon Talent Council

Discover a new way to manage talent to increase your bottom line and improve employee engagement.

Russ Gaylor & Linda Wechsler, OMEP | Melissa Leoni, Oregon Talent Council

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How to Leverage Resources for Innovation

Al Deibert, MilTech | David McFeeters-Krone, OMEP Affiliate | Jim Wehrs, OMEP

Learn about opportunities available to your manufacturing company to transfer innovative technology to deployed combat operations through MilTech. Your company can create products that make a soldier’s life more safe, more comfortable, and more efficient. 

Al Deibert, MilTech | David McFeeters-Krone, OMEP Affiliate | Jim Wehrs, OMEP

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Protect Your Company: A Practical Guide to Cyber Security

Dave Stieren, NIST MEP

Learn how to build and implement a practical cybersecruity strategy for your manufacturing company to keep your company safe.

Dave Stieren, NIST MEP

2:00 - 3:00

Manufacturing 21 - The Future of Oregon's Manufacturing Ecosystem

Norm Eder, Manufacturing 21

Hear from key business leaders about the future of Manufacturing 21 and your opportunities to be involved.

Norm Eder, Manufacturing 21

3:30-4:30

Purposeful Networking and Manufacturers Q&A

Presenting manufacturers & OMEP consultants

Connect with all presenting speakers for a purposeful Q&A session. Enjoy food and beverages and continue the connections you created in the speed networking session.

Presenting manufacturers & OMEP consultants

Limited Earlybird Discount!

GET TICKETS WHILE THEY LAST

No other event delivers you more focused expertise for manufacturers across our state. Register today for the limited earlybird discount.

Get Your Ticket!

Years Past

The 2017 Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit will be hosted in our state’s capitol – Salem. The city is home to the Salem Convention Center – a state-of-the-art facility whose stunning architecture reflects the innovative mindset embraced by our state’s manufacturing community.

Check Out Last Year!

 

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Our Summit Sponsors

OMEP is a nonprofit organization on a mission to help Oregon manufacturers achieve permanent, long-term profitability. We work with owners, executives, managers, and operators to assess company needs and unleash growth potential in all areas.

The annual Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit facilitates progressive discussion among the state’s industry leaders, and is just one more way OMEP helps guide manufacturing firms toward business improvements and measurable results.