Conference Presenters

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

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.

NASA TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE
The NASA Technology Showcase will open on October 1 at 2:00 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center and be available to conference attendees through the end of the following day.  NASA scientists will be on hand to speak to technologies that up until recently were used exclusively by the agency.  Companies who commercialize new technology show impressive results in revenue, cost savings, and job creation.   Learn how this might be of benefit to your company.

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Tim Salaba, Division Engineering Manager, 3M, Process Information and Control Solutions

ENERGY COST CONTROL TOOLS AND STRATEGIES

Tim has held several leadership positions throughout his 29-year career at 3M Company.  His work began with mechanical design for 3M experiments that flew aboard the space shuttle in the late 1980’s aimed at fundamental understanding of the effects of gravity on materials and chemical reactions.  He later provided engineering support for the Lithium Polymer Battery and Fuel Cell programs in the early 1990’s by constructing 3M’s first combined dry-room and clean-room facilities and associated processes.  He spent two years as a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt in the automotive division focusing on cost reduction opportunities in the manufacturing environment and in 2007 returned to the Engineering organization as a Division Engineering Manager.  In 2011 Tim accepted a leadership role in 3M’s Process Information and Control Solutions organization (PI&CS) which is accountable for supporting 3M’s capital equipment investments by providing leading edge controls strategies and process integration.  Under Tim’s leadership, PI&CS has purposely evolved to begin proactively addressing far reaching technology needs, including energy understanding in manufacturing operations.


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John Torinus, CEO, Serigraph, Keynote

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, Keynote

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. 

 

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Mike Weller, President, North America Welding, Miller Electric, Keynote

Mike has spent over 34 years with Miller Electric Mfg. Company, assisting in the transition from a family owned business to an acquisition by Illinois Tool Works in 1993.
    
In his current leadership role as Group President-- ITW North America Welding, Mike:
• Provides leadership to ITW Welding Group North America focusing on products and solutions to meet the needs of our customers in a highly empowered culture. He is a trusted Industrial Channel strategist.  • Is professionally recognized as an “Industry Fellow” by AWS (American Welding Society)—there are only 75 globally recognized in this capacity. • He serves on the Board of Directors for the Green Bay Packers.  He chairs the Marketing Committee and Vice Chair of the audit committee. • Gives back to our community by volunteering to serve on the Board of Directors  to several non-profit businesses: Theda Care, the Performing Arts Center, & Junior Achievement Senior Advisory Committee. Mike earned his Economics degree from Ripon College, with honors.  He has been married to his wife Peggy for 41 years, he has 2 sons and 3 grandchildren.  They are the joy of his life.  

 

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Nancy Mistele, Director of Business Development, State of Wisconsin

REDUCING THE REGULATORY BURDEN - MINI SESSION & ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

Want to do something to reduce the regulatory burden you face doing business in Wisconsin?Then attend this event to hear what the Office of Business Development can do for you.As the 'concierge service for business' they help cut through government red tape to solve problems, work with you to identify laws and rules that need to be reformed (or removed) and link you to various business services available in the state.Don't miss the opportunity to meet your very own state government problem solver.

Elizabeth Laxague, International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service

GROWING YOUR BUSINESS THROUGH EXPORTS - MINI SESSION

Exporting gives companies the chance to diversify their markets and increase sales and jobs. Learn how exporting will benefit your company. Included in the discussion will be the available resources in Wisconsin to help make exporting easier than ever.


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Roger Gehring, Development Manager, UW-Stout MOC

TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION / ACCELERATION - MINI SESSION

Hear about the Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center’s unique approach to researching new, application-ready technologies for adoption by forward-thinking manufacturing companies.

Roger began his professional career commercializing a metal injection molding process, taking it from lab bench failures (learning) to a profitable business.   He transitioned to the role of evaluating new technologies and integrating them into a medical implant and device manufacturer.  At UW-Stout since 2010, Roger now enjoys helping companies to recognize new product or process improvement opportunities and to identify the right technologies to make these possible.  


David Ding, Professor of Operations and Management, UW-Stout
Joel Ericson, Senior Manager of Corporate Quality, St Jude Medical

ISO 9001:2015 CHANGES AND REVISIONS - MINI SESSION

ISO standards touch almost everything.  They make the world a safer and more efficient.  Hear about the upcoming changes and how to prepare for the transition.

Dan Conroy, Vice President of Human Resources, Nexen
Mark Tyler, OEM Fabricators
Joni Geroux, Chair, Manufacturing Works / UW-Stout Discovery Center

THE SKILLS GAP:  FIVE SLIDES AND A CHALLENGE - BREAKOUT SESSION

 

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Herb Hannam, Manufacturing Specialist, WMEP

ENERGY CONSERVATION - PANEL DISCUSSION

Herb worked as an engineer at manufacturer Giddings and Lewis for the first 25 years of his career.  As he puts it, he helped "build the machines that made the machines."  He has real world experience working with manufacturers on sustainability projects and will bring a wealth of knowledge to the panel. 


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Mark Xistrix, Vice President, Business Development & Provider Relations , The Alliance

EXPLORING ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CARE OPTIONS

The Alliance is a not-for-profit employer-owned and member-directed health care cooperative.Using their collective role as purchasers of health care, they are driving transformation and creating a market that rewards high quality, safe care at an affordable price. Hear about self-funding and the value proposition of self-funding vs. fully insuring health insurance, an online service that provides physician selection based off of cost and quality, and a cost estimation tool which identifies facility and physician pairings and bundled pricing.

Mark joined The Alliance in 1997 and his main responsibilities include oversight of the provider network, pay-for-performance programs, business development of the cooperative and value measurement for its various applications across The Alliance.   Prior to joining The Alliance, Mark was a provider relations specialist and utilization management consultant for UW Health. In that capacity, he negotiated PPO contracts and designed utilization reports for physicians to identify outliers.  He is a board member of the Wisconsin Health Information Organization, chair of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Health Care Quality's measurement audit committee, and a member of the Health Care Financial Management Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives.