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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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


Topic

Keynote: Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center | Dynamics of Machining

Ashley Kerth

Senior Product Management - Simulation, Autodesk


Topic

Dynamics of Machining

Josh Yarrington

Western Regional Sales Manager at WFL Millturn Technologies


Topic

Dynamics of Machining

Don Kline

Director, Gardner Business Media


Topic

Dynamics of Machining

Bill Gerry

Program Manager Boeing Research and Technology, The Boeing Company


Topic

Keynote: Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center

Betsy Johnson

Oregon State Senator


Topic

Keynote: Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center

Shawn Busse

Owner, Kinesis Inc.


Topic

Sales and Marketing for the 21st Century

Ken Tomita

Co-founder Grovemade


Topic

Sales and Marketing for the 21st Century

Don DeZarn

President, Pacific Headwear


Topic

Sales and Marketing for the 21st Century

Anna Thames

Director Business Development, OMEP


Topic

Sales and Marketing for the 21st Century

Rusty Cochran

A.R.E. Manufacturing


Topic

Grow Your Own: Talent Development for the Modern Manufacturer

Michael Hanson

Continuous Improvement Manager, Hardwood Industries


Topic

Grow Your Own: Talent Development for the Modern Manufacturer

Russ Gaylor

Consultant, OMEP


Topic

Grow Your Own: Talent Development for the Modern Manufacturer

Linda Wechsler

OMEP


Topic

Grow Your Own: Talent Development for the Modern Manufacturer

Chris Hergett

Project Engineer, MilTech


Topic

Leveraging Resources for Innovation

David McFeeters Krone

Intellectual Assets


Topic

Leveraging Resources for Innovation

Scott Zellmer

Vice President and Director of Operations at RevMedX


Topic

Leveraging Resources for Innovation

Paola Castaldo

Managing Consultant, OMEP


Topic

Proactive Problem Solving for World-Class Manufacturers

Jim Wehrs

Managing Consultant, OMEP


Topic

Proactive Problem Solving for World-Class Manufacturers

John Valachovic

Managing Consultant, OMEP


Topic

Proactive Problem Solving for World-Class Manufacturers

Pat Toth

Supervisory Computer Scientist in the Applied Cybersecurity Division of NIST MEP


Topic

Practical Cybersecurity

Cliff Stites

President, CabDoor


Topic

Successfully Exit Your Business On Your Terms

Dave Looper

OMEP


Topic

Successfully Exit Your Business On Your Terms

Jennifer Fern

KeyBank


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Successfully Exit Your Business On Your Terms

Agenda
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Time
Talk
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

9:00-9:50

Discover the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC)

Adrian Allen, AMRC | Bill Gerry, The Boeing Company | Senator Betsy Johnson

Adrian Allen, Co founder of the Advanced manufacturing Research Center in Sheffield England will share the vision of the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center. Learn how the AMRC has been a movement for positive change in their community. You’ll also hear from Senator Betsy Johnson, and Bill Gerry of The Boeing Company on how you can become part of the new Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center in Scappoose.

Adrian Allen, AMRC | Bill Gerry, The Boeing Company | Senator Betsy Johnson

10:00 (Workshop Sessions)

Sales and Marketing for the 21st Century

Anna Thames, OMEP | Shawn Busse, Kinesis | Ken Tomita, Grovemade | Don Dezarn, Pacific Headwear

Sales and marketing experts Anna Thames (OMEP) and Shawn Busse (Kinesis) share the number one thing your company can do to accelerate your growth – by turning leads into deals, and deals into customers. Hear from experienced manufacturers about the biggest marketing challenges facing organizations today, and how to overcome them for a healthier prospect pipeline.

Anna Thames, OMEP | Shawn Busse, Kinesis | Ken Tomita, Grovemade | Don Dezarn, Pacific Headwear

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Dynamics of Machining

Adrian Allen- AMRC, Ashley Kerth – Autodesk, Josh Yarrington – WFL Milturn Technologies, Don Kline - Gardner Business Media

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, Ashley Kerth – Autodesk, Josh Yarrington – WFL Milturn Technologies, Don Kline - Gardner Business Media

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Proactive Problem Solving for World-Class Manufacturers

Jim Wehrs, Paola Castaldo, John Valachovic - OMEP

 

Learn how to apply strategies and tactics used by business experts to make the best decisions for your company. Move from ‘Band-Aid’ mode toward proactive problem solving and growth. This hands-on session will include activities to help you evaluate your company’s current state and utilize your findings to avoid common pitfalls for manufacturing leaders.

Jim Wehrs, Paola Castaldo, John Valachovic - OMEP

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Set Yourself up for Success: Plan Your Exit

Jennifer Fern, KeyBank | David Looper, OMEP | Cliff Stites, CabDoor

At some point, you will leave your business. This session will help plan your exit so it is as you imagined it, and avoid the pitfall of operating without a succession plan. Join this session to learn how you can leave your business on your terms, when you are ready and glean successful tactics from business owners who are in the process of building their plan.

Jennifer Fern, KeyBank | David Looper, OMEP | Cliff Stites, CabDoor

11:35-12:20

Speed Networking - The Value of Collaboration

All Attendees

Carroll 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.

All Attendees

12:30 -1:30

Lunch & Awards Ceremony

Chris Scherer - OMEP | Eric Balentine - Moss Adams

Enjoy lunch and the Patrick R. Murphy awards ceremony. Students from Career and Technical Education Center will share their experiences in manufacturing.

Chris Scherer - OMEP | Eric Balentine - Moss Adams

1:45 (Workshop Sessions)

Grow Your Own: Talent Development for the Modern Manufacturer

Russ Gaylor & Linda Wechsler, OMEP | Rusty Cochran, ARE Manufacturing | Jared Comfort, A.R.E. Manufacturing | Michael Hanson, Hardwood Industries | Chris Nicolet, Hardwood Industries

To find and retain great workers is THE challenge for most manufacturers. In this session, you will learn from two manufacturers who have developed a new training strategy that has cut their onboarding time significantly, and increased their hiring pool. A.R.E. Manufacturing and Hardwood Industries will discuss how they develop employees in house so they can promote from within and impact their bottom line.

Attendees will learn:

How to visualize a training development pathway for their employees

How to tie compensation to learning rather than seniority

Russ Gaylor & Linda Wechsler, OMEP | Rusty Cochran, ARE Manufacturing | Jared Comfort, A.R.E. Manufacturing | Michael Hanson, Hardwood Industries | Chris Nicolet, Hardwood Industries

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Leveraging Resources for Innovation

Chris Hergett, MilTech | David McFeeters-Krone, OMEP Affiliate | Scott Zellmer, RevMedX

Oregon manufacturers can take advantage of significant opportunities to leverage resources that will assist them in new product development and/or bringing their new product concepts to market. This session will outline opportunities available through the DoD, well as other institutions such as federal research labs.  You will learn how to move your product from ideation to commercialization, and hear directly from a manufacturer who has successfully tapped into these resources to do just that.

Chris Hergett, MilTech | David McFeeters-Krone, OMEP Affiliate | Scott Zellmer, RevMedX

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Protect Your Company: A Practical Guide to Cyber Security

Pat Toth, NIST MEP

The internet has changed the way we do business. While these changes have improved communication and efficiencies, they have also made businesses – large and small – vulnerable to cyberattacks.

NIST MEP is building on the five functions of NIST’s Cybersecurity Framework, Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, and Recover to help MEP Centers and their clients organize cybersecurity activities. These functions help businesses manage their cybersecurity risks, make risk management decisions, and address cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities. This session will provide helpful cybersecurity guidance that you can use in your business.

Pat Toth, NIST MEP

Manufacturing 21 – Creating Stronger Advocacy for Oregon Manufacturers

Gary Gaussoin - Silver Eagle Manufacturing | Norm Eder- Manufacturing 21 | Chris Scherer - OMEP

MFG 21 and OMEP leadership believe the moment has come to expand industry’s advocacy and take it to a new level of cooperation and coordination. Hear from them about how they intend to accomplish this and involve more companies in the hard work of building the resources necessary for a sustainable and successful manufacturing economy.

Manufacturing 21 Coalition was founded by industry leaders in 2005 to be a clear and focused voice for the manufacturing community in Oregon. Since then it has stayed true to its mission of advocating for the research and development and workforce needs of manufacturing companies. The organization’s work has been characterized by quiet advocacy, partnership, and system building. This has produced substantial results, including the Columbia Willamette Workforce Collaborative, the Manufacturing Production Technicians training program, WSI’s bridge training programs, and Pathways to Manufacturing.  The newly established Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center is a logical extension of the M21’s advocacy for this type of facility over the last decade.

Gary Gaussoin - Silver Eagle Manufacturing | Norm Eder- Manufacturing 21 | Chris Scherer - OMEP

3:30-4:30

Purposeful Networking and Manufacturers Q&A

Presenting Manufacturers, OMEP Consultants, and Various Resource Organizations and Partners

Connect with all presenting speakers for a purposeful Q&A session, as well as other experts who have resources to share. Enjoy food and beverages and continue the connections you created in the speed networking session.

Presenting Manufacturers, OMEP Consultants, and Various Resource Organizations and Partners

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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.