Conference Presenters

John Torinus

John Torinus, CEO, Serigraph

The Grassroots Healthcare Revolution

When exploding health care costs threatened Serigraph’s solvency, CEO John Torinus Jr. searched the country for solutions. Using his findings, Torinus applied innovative, cutting-edge strategies and cut his company’s health care expenses well below the national average while improving his employees’ care.

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Craig Porter, President, PlastiCert

Workforce Engagement:  Developing and Retaining Your Most Valuable Resource

For all companies, staff will make or break your success.  As a small manufacturer, accomplishing your mission with a small staff makes that a bigger challenge.  With the evolving state of the available workforce, managing your ability to fill out that staff is a more daunting task.  Hear from a Sloan Award winner on how achieving workplace effectiveness and flexibility can help you achieve both. 



Mike Weller, President, North America Welding, Miller Electric

Strengthening the Heart of Your Companies' Performance Through Empowerment and 80/20

The principle of 80/20 simply states that 80% of organizations key outcomes come from 20% of your resources or customers. While this all makes sense and is proven, how do you act with this key business intelligence and use it to continuously improve your organization, sales, profits and your life?  Through an engaging discussion format, Mike will lead the group through the key principles of the 80/20 paradigm and how to build a process that leverages the resources of your organization while avoiding common pitfalls.

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Joe Shaw, Director, Venture Development and Partnerships, NASA John H. Glenn Research Center

Successes in Supporting Regional Economic Development

NASA Glenn Research Center has an aggressive effort to partner with members of the external community to infuse NASA capabilities (people, facilities, technologies) into critically important sectors of our national economy so as to support job creation/retention by the private sector.  This effort aligns with the 2011 Presidential directive to all federal agencies to Accelerate Technology Transfer and Commercialization of Federal Research in Support of High-Growth Businesses.  NASA Glenn's approach and recent successes will be presented and discussed.

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