2013 Keynote Speakers
Speakers at the Manufacturing Leadership Summit include industry leaders and innovative thinkers who share insight and best practices for an executive-level audience. Below is the list of speakers and the topics they will be addressing. Check back often to see additional speakers and topics.
2013 SUMMIT SPEAKERS AND SESSION DESCRIPTIONS
Peter L. Antoinette
President & Chief Executive Officer
Nanocomp Technologies, Inc.
Peter co-founded Nanocomp Technologies, Inc. in 2004, and serves as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to founding Nanocomp Technologies, he was the President and CEO of Cambridge Research & Instrumentation Inc. (Woburn, MA), a photonics company, where he led the commercialization of liquid crystal based optical technologies for telecommunications and high performance molecular imaging. Previously, he spent fifteen years with Millipore Corporation (Bedford, MA) a Fortune 500 leader in separations technology, in Sales, Marketing, and as a Vice President and Divisional Manager.
A Mass High Tech All-Star, Peter also is a Director of the New Hampshire High Technology Council; sits on the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Center’s Science and Technology Board; is Chairman of the Industrial Advisory Board for the NSF Center for High-Rate Nanomanufacturing (Boston, MA); and a member of United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s Small Business Advisory Council. He also served on President Obama’s National Nanotechnology Advisory Panel for the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology; and was selected to address members of Congress, business, and academia at the National Nanotechnology Summit marking the 10th Anniversary of the nation’s Nanotechnology Initiative, in Washington, D.C.
He is the holder of four patents, and co-inventor of several pending patents.
Chief Executive Officer
SME Education Foundation
Bart Aslin joined the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation in March 2003. He has administered organizations for over twenty years with an emphasis on education in the areas of manufacturing and engineering.
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers – Education Foundation (SME-EF), is one of the nation’s leading non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing manufacturing education through student outreach programs, scholarships and college and university grants. Since 1980, the Foundation has provided more than $35 million in cash grants, scholarships, and awards.
The SME Education Foundation focuses on:
- Introducing young people to careers in manufacturing, engineering, science and technology
- Bringing together educational institutions, government, industry and individuals to support K-16 education and encourage careers in advanced manufacturing
- Providing financial support to undergraduate and graduate students in engineering and manufacturing-related degree programs in North America
- Education of the public about the realities of advanced manufacturing and dedicated to improving the image of manufacturing
Prior to joining SME-EF, Aslin served as Vice President for Development at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and at Saint Peter’s College. He also served as the Director of Planned Giving at The Seeing Eye, Inc. and spent 5 years in the manufacturing sector prior joining the Seeing Eye.
Bart is a graduate of Mt. St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, Maryland where he received a B.S. and a Master in Divinity. He has received Professional Certification from the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business, South Bend, Indiana in Management and Leadership (2008) and Executive Business Administration (2010).
Chairman and Chief Technology Officer
A mathematics undergraduate in his native Australia, Rodney received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford in 1981. From 1984 to 2010, he was on the MIT faculty, and completed his service as the Panasonic Professor of Robotics. He was also the founding Director of the Institute’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and served in that role until 2007. In 1990, he co-founded iRobot (NASDAQ: IRBT), where he served variously as CTO, Chairman and board member until 2011.
Rodney has been honored by election to the National Academy of Engineering, and has been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Association of Computing Machinery, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Global VP and CIO Industrial and Automotive Repair (IAR)
Stanley Black & Decker
Gary Frederick is the Global VP and CIO Industrial and Automotive Repair (IAR) a $1.3 Billion division for Stanley Black & Decker. Mr. Frederick manages the integration of information technology into IAR’s Manufacturing, Operations, Distribution and Commercial landscape by strategically positioning information systems in the operations environment. Gary has worked for over 18 years at Stanley Black & Decker helping drive quality and lean manufacturing through a combination of technology and process improvements. He has supported the Global Manufacturing and Engineering Teams through the introduction of the Lean Product Development initiative. His work carries him globally in providing information technology solutions to Manufacturing, Distribution, Supply chain and Operations. He has led the global implementation of ERP systems, Engineering systems, Shop floor control and Material Management systems as well as warehousing solutions and Lean integration.
Prior to joining Stanley Black & Decker, Mr. Frederick worked at Westinghouse Electric Corporation Security, Defense and Logistics Divisions supporting and leading corporate initiatives around; closer integration of manufacturing and engineering systems, rapid project development/roll out with compression of project development costs, among other operational gains. Mr. Frederick also worked for the US Department of Energy in support of Congressional hearings around Natural Gas.
Mr. Frederick is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and resides in Centerburg Ohio.
Chairman of the Board
Frost & Sullivan
David Frigstad, along with his business partner Wyman Bravard co-founded Market Intelligence Research Company shortly after graduating college. While in college together they developed a vision to create a global consulting organization, which focused on applying research to drive corporate growth. Over the last 25 years they have been totally dedicated on implementing this Vision.
In 1993 they acquired Frost & Sullivan, which was the dominant player in the emerging market and technology research field. With Frost & Sullivan’s strong brand recognition globally and the expertise at applying the research function to drive corporate growth they put the new Frost & Sullivan on a growth track which has consistently outpaced industry averages.
Today, Frost & Sullivan has research and growth consulting support in all global economic centers with its 31 offices. The company now provides a full array of research methodologies which include: Best Practices, Market Engineering, Customer Research, Technical Insights Research, Demographics, Financial Benchmarking, Competitive Benchmarking and Economic Research. All of these research groups work together to support and drive the growth strategy development of the Frost & Sullivan clients.
Mr. Frigstad holds a Bachelor of Science degree in MIS and management. He received his master degree in Japanese Business Administration from the Japan American Institute of Management Science in association with Sophia University, Tokyo Japan. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration with a double concentration in International Finance and International Marketing from Indiana University.
Christine M. Furstoss
Technical Director for Manufacturing and Materials Technologies
GE Global Research
Christine Furstoss is the Technical Director for Manufacturing and Materials Technologies at GE, based at GE’s Global Research Center in New York. Christine is responsible for working with leadership and R&D teams across the company, as well as with strategic partners, to assess, set strategy for growth, and implement critical process and materials developments for industry-leading products and manufacturing. In addition to working with the product teams across the company, Christine leads approximately 450 researchers at GE Global Research; her team is located across North America, Europe, and Asia.
Prior to being named to this position in January 2011, Christine held a variety of positions in the technology organizations of GE, including being the General Manager of Technology for GE’s Water & Process Technologies division. Other roles have included Product Technical Program Manager and Global Technology Leader, as well as holding a leadership position in GE’s Six Sigma quality initiative. In addition to GE Global Research, Christine has worked in numerous divisions of GE Energy. Christine has spent her professional career in the engineering and technology functions of GE.
Christine joined GE in 1989 in the Materials and Processes Engineering Department of GE Energy. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).
President for Manufacturing
Global Industry Marketing and Solutions
Keith Henry oversees Global Industry Marketing for Teradata in the Manufacturing sector. This includes Consumer Products, High Tech, Oil and Gas, and Auto/Industrial organizations. His team generates marketing strategies and oversees the creation of solution offers for Field sales and Industry Consultants. Over the last 6 years, he has worked with System Integrators, large ISV’s, and customers to create solutions and reusable assets that can be leveraged across manufacturing organizations in order to provide business value.
Prior to joining Teradata, Keith spent 18 years in the Coca-Cola System. For 10 years, he was a member of the Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) Information Technology Senior Leadership Team. Prior to its acquisition by Coca-Cola, CCE was a $17 billion operation that covered North America and Western Europe. Keith served in a number of roles at CCE including Corporate Director, IT Business Solutions. He most recently was the Technology leader for Customer Business Solutions, a Coke System wide initiative to provide information and processes to the Coke System’s largest shared national customers. This initiative built an enterprise data warehouse (with enterprise portal access) that houses secure customer information for the Coca-Cola Company and the 75 independent Coke organizations that create and distribute beverage products.
Prior to joining CCE, Keith served in a number of technology roles at The Coca-Cola Company primarily managing all IT services for North American Sales and Marketing. As a part of his responsibilities, he was a member of Coke’s original Wal-Mart Account Team from 1992 to 1995. He was also the primary technical consultant for Coke North America’s largest retail customers and he managed technology initiatives for the Marketing organization at Coke USA.
Keith has directed numerous, large enterprise application projects including SAP implementations, mobile technology, enterprise data warehousing, sales reporting, and enterprise portals. He is an expert in “Big Data Analytics” and is very familiar with major BI and statistical processing tools. He is particularly experienced with CPG and Retail business processes including DDSN, Demand Planning, Category Management, Pricing Optimization, Trade Funds Management, Data Synchronization, and other CPG electronic commerce initiatives. Keith was a member of the Retail Industry Leaders Council (RILA) and Teradata’s Manufacturing Board Directors. Besides leading Industry Week webinars, he has addressed numerous conferences on these topics including Consumer Goods Technology, Teradata Universe, Logicon, Gartner BI Europe, the Grocery Manufacturing Association, The Manufacturing Leadership Summit, and the AMR Supply Chain conference.
Leadership Author, Singer-Songwriter and VP
Justin is the author of “Be Extraordinary. Crush Mediocrity,” “Make It Happen! Live Out Your Personal Brand,” a singer-songwriter with two albums and multiple singles to his name, and a leader within a major global consumer goods organization. Justin’s background includes extensive strategic business and technology experience in the areas of business intelligence, customer relationship management, integrated marketing, and business development prior to jumping into the Consumer Goods and Retail industries. Justin holds an Industrial Engineering degree from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Auburn University.
Process and Industrial Products
Deloitte Consulting LLP
Rett Johnson is a Senior Manager in Deloitte Consulting’s Process and Industrial Products practice. Rett has spent his career focused on supporting chemical industry clients as they seek to capture operating improvements across the supply chain. Rett specializes in supply chain planning and optimization where he has helped companies build Sales and Operations Planning capabilities that drive operating cost improvements and lower working capital.
Prior to entering consulting, Rett spent 15 years in the chemical industry where he worked for BP and American Cyanamid in supply chain, sales and marketing roles. Rett has a chemical engineering undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business.
Vice President and General Manager
Connected Industries Group
Maciej Kranz brings 25 years of business and management experience to his position as Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Connected Industries Group. Kranz drives the vision, strategy and P&L for a business unit focused on developing intelligent networks for process and discrete manufacturing, transportation, machine-to-machine communication and connected vehicles. Prior to this role, Kranz led the efforts across Cisco businesses of defining, prioritizing, and delivering Borderless Network Architecture and roadmaps.
Cisco networks enable enterprises to conduct business and communicate from anywhere, anytime, and in any way they wish – as Borderless Networks. Earlier, as VP of Marketing for the Wireless Networking Business Unit (WNBU), Kranz drove business and product strategy for business-class indoor and outdoor wireless and mobility offerings. His team established industry-renowned positioning for Cisco with the Cisco Motion strategy and led the transition to 802.11n-based networks. Kranz also led marketing for the stackable Ethernet switching business unit which he grew to a multi-billion dollar business across enterprise, small business, and Metro Ethernet networks.
Before Cisco, Kranz was Vice President of Marketing for IPHighway, Inc., a developer of policy-based Quality of Service software solutions. Between 1993 and 1997, he held various management positions at 3Com Corporation, where he was instrumental in the strategy, development and expansion into new markets of 3Com’s $1B Ethernet network interface card (NIC) product line. He began his professional career at IBM Corporation in International Marketing. Kranz received his Bachelors’ Degree in Internal Business from the Warsaw School of Economics in Poland and his Masters’ Degree in Business Administration from Texas Christian University.
Sandra L. Kurtzig
Chairman and CEO
Software industry pioneer Sandra Kurtzig founded Kenandy in 2010 with the vision to once again transform the world of enterprise management software. She did this the first time starting in 1972 when she founded ASK Computer Systems and created the groundbreaking MANMAN product family. During her 20-year tenure as founder, chairman, and CEO of the ASK Group, Kurtzig grew the company into one of the 10 largest software companies in the world.
Since 1993, Kurtzig has been the managing partner of SLK Investment Partners, a private equity investment partnership. She has also been a mentor for and investor in entrepreneurial technology companies and has taught the Business for Engineering class at Stanford University. She was the first woman to take a technology company public, and was included on Business Week’s list of the top 50 corporate leaders.
She has served on the boards of Harvard Business School, Hoover Institution, Stanford’s School of Engineering, Stanford Engineering Strategic Council, UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management, and UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Management. Kurtzig has a B.S. in mathematics from UCLA and an M.S. in aeronautical engineering from Stanford University.
In this role, Dan is responsible for providing industry expertise and focus to better identify and deliver key mobile line of business applications across AT&T’s Enterprise Business Services group. Dan works closely with the Mobility Application Consultants across the country to provide insight into the emerging trends and technology in the Industrial and Manufacturing segments. These trends are key to AT&T’s focus on providing the right solution at the right time to maximize the ROI of our clients. Dan’s attention spans all aspects of a manufacturer’s business and includes; telemetry/SCADA, Sales Force Automation, Field & Plant service automation, Location based services, proof of delivery, and custom mobile applications.
Dan has held several industry focused roles in the wireless industry, including leading the manufacturing vertical for a business centric wireless carrier, leading the industry practice for the Midwest region and holding the title of national accounts manager. Prior to joining the wireless industry, Dan worked for a diverse global manufacturer of energy related products and services, a specialty chemical manufacturer and a maker of municipal and industrial water and process equipment. Dan is a native of Rochester, NY. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. Dan and his wife live just east of Rochester with their two boys.
Executive Director of Business Systems
American Axle & Manufacturing
Allan Rae has worked in the automotive industry for 34 years, including over 20 years with Chrysler and DaimlerChrysler in various senior-level executive positions. He is currently the Executive Director of Business Systems for American Axle & Manufacturing, reporting to David C. Dauch, the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer.
During his career, Allan has had experience in both Manufacturing and Corporate Quality Office positions, interacting with Sales & Marketing, Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering and Manufacturing Plants around the world in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, China, Japan, Thailand, Austria, Germany, Brazil and Poland. He has delivered training for over 40,000 executives, managers and employees at all levels and has worked with major unions worldwide. Over the years, Allan has contributed to a number of highly successful improvement initiatives and has received prestigious industry awards to recognize his achievements. In 1991, he coordinated the effort for the Chrysler Minivan Plant to be the first automotive company to win the Canada Quality Award for Business Excellence. In 1992, he received Lee Iacocca’s Chairman Award as well as the ASQ Automotive Division Judson C. Jarvis Service Award. In 1993, he became one of the founding members of the Michigan Quality Council, in conjunction with the Governor of Michigan at the time (John Engler). And in 1995, he participated in the development of the Chrysler Operating System, which was rolled out worldwide to 57 manufacturing locations in 9 countries.
Throughout his career, Allan has increased his knowledge by studying under experts in the field and also has been sought-after to communicate his knowledge and experience in multiple settings. Among other experiences, he studied with Dr. W.E. Deming during the 1980s and was a member of the Detroit Deming study group for six years. He also worked with Shin Taguchi from the American Supplier Institute and studied Lean Manufacturing Principles with the Shingijutsu Group (originators of the the Toyota Production System in Japan). Allan has provided his expertise to many major companies, organizations and universities, including service as a board member for the McGill University Master in Manufacturing Management Program and as a visiting lecturer for the MIT Leaders for Manufacturing Program.
John B. Rogers, Jr.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
John “Jay” Rogers is President, CEO and Co-Founder of Local Motors, a next-generation US-based car company that is changing the way cars are designed, built, and owned.
A car guy through-and-through, Jay grew up a student of the industry. His grandfather owned the legendary Indian Motorcycle Company and was the first Cummins Engine Distributor in the United States. It was Jay’s family and personal passions that inspired the most ambitious plan behind Local Motors: To create an open source community that works together to design and develop exciting, efficient vehicles and builds them locally in a sustainable manner with customer participation.
Rogers is a graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar). His career has taken him from a startup in China to Ewing & Partners where he became a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), to McKinsey & Co and the US Marine Corps where he served for 6 years as an Infantry Company Commander.
Founded just 5 years ago, Local Motors is already home to more than 60,000 car design concepts, 25,000 community members, over 40 full time employees, 1 production vehicle, the Rally Fighter, and 1 prototype vehicle – the XC2v – co-created for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Jay’s story, and the Local Motors story of American innovation and co-creation, has been shared on numerous national and international television and radio programs, on the pages of the world’s most well respected technology and automotive publications, and via dozens of speaking engagements around the world.
Jay lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and four young boys.
Director, US Enterprise Sustainability Consulting
Deloitte Consulting LLP
Kyle Tanger is a director with Deloitte Consulting LLP and is responsible for US Enterprise Sustainability Consulting. Before joining Deloitte Consulting, Mr. Tanger was the founder and CEO of ClearCarbon. He brings significant carbon and energy experience, having provided consulting services associated with the complex carbon management efforts of several Fortune 500 companies with combined Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions totaling more than 250 million tons. Mr. Tanger is a frequent presenter at sustainability, energy and industry conferences and was selected as a table facilitator in the energy and climate focus area for the 2008 Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting. Mr. Tanger led supply-chain sustainability initiatives for manufacturing, consumer products, technology, and retail clients. He also leads Deloitte’s sustainability analytics development and innovation, which includes solutions to manage energy, water, materials, and carbon with deep insights on technology, commodity markets, and tax credits and incentives.
TED Senior Fellow
MIT Department of Architecture
Director, Self-Assembly Lab, MIT
Founder & Principal, SJET LLC
SKYLAR TIBBITS is a trained Architect, Designer and Computer Scientist whose research currently focuses on developing self-assembly technologies for large-scale structures in our physical environment. Skylar graduated from Philadelphia University with a 5 yr. Bachelor of Architecture degree and minor in experimental computation. Continuing his education at MIT, he received a Masters of Science in Design + Computation and a Masters of Science in Computer Science.
Skylar is currently a lecturer in MIT’s Department of Architecture, teaching graduate and undergraduate design studios and co-teaching How to Make (Almost) Anything, a seminar at MIT’s Media Lab. Skylar was recently awarded a TED2012 Senior Fellowship, a TED2011 Fellowship and has been named a Revolutionary Mind in SEED Magazine’s 2008 Design Issue. His previous work experience includes: Zaha Hadid Architects, Asymptote Architecture, SKIII Space Variations and Point b Design. Skylar has exhibited work at a number of venues around the world including: the Guggenheim Museum NY and the Beijing Biennale, lectured at MoMA and SEED Media Group’s MIND08 Conference, Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Institute for Computational Design in Stuttgart and The Center for Architecture NY. He has been published in numerous articles and built large-scale installations around the world from Paris, Calgary, NY to Frankfurt and MIT. As a guest critic, Skylar has visited a range of schools including; the Architectural Association, University of Pennsylvania, Pratt Institute and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.
Skylar Tibbits is the founder and principal of SJET LLC. Started in 2007 as platform for experimental computation and design, SJET has grown into a multidisciplinary research based practice crossing disciplines from architecture and design, fabrication, computer science to robotics.
Skylar Tibbits is the director of the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT, a cross-disciplinary research lab composed of designers, scientists and engineers inventing self-assembly and programmable material technologies aimed at reimagining our processes of construction, manufacturing and infrastructure. Self-Assembly is a process by which disordered parts build an ordered structure through only local interaction. We have demonstrated that this phenomenon is scale-independent and can be utilized for self-constructing and manufacturing systems at nearly every scale. The Self-Assembly Lab is working with academic, commercial, nonprofit, and government partners to make this self-assembling future a reality.
GM North American Manufacturing
Diana Tremblay is currently General Motors’ Vice President of North American Manufacturing. In this role, she manages a team of over 74,000 employees and has responsibility for 56 facilities in North America. These plants include assembly, stamping, powertrain and component operations which work together to produce some of GM’s most popular vehicles, such as the Chevrolet Volt, Buick Enclave, GMC Sierra and the Cadillac ATS. In 2011, she led the implementation of over $3.6 billion of investment in U.S. manufacturing plants, creating or retaining nearly 10,000 jobs.
She was named vice president, Manufacturing and Labor Relations in December 2009. Previously, she served as GM North America vice president of labor relations beginning in January 2006 where GM negotiated an historic labor agreement. Prior to that, she held various positions in labor relations and manufacturing, including global positions in Luton, England and Antwerp, Belgium. Diana began work with GM at Central Foundry in Defiance, Ohio in 1977.
Diana holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Administration from Kettering University and, as a Sloan Fellow, received a master’s degree in Business Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Diana has a strong passion for leadership and has been featured in Fast Company’s 30-second MBA series. She has also shared her views on leadership in the Wall Street Journal and Forbes. In 2010, Diana was named one of the “100 leading women in the North American auto industry” by Automotive News. Diana is on the Board of Directors for Focus HOPE and Medical Advantage Group, and she serves on an advisory board for Kettering University. Diana also serves as the executive champion for GM’s African Ancestry Network Affinity Group.
Diana and her husband, Dan, have been married for 32 years. They have one daughter, Lisa, attending college in New Hampshire.
Brian J. Valeyko
Director of Enterprise Data, BI and Big Analytics
Mr. Valeyko is a managing technical executive with over fifteen years of experience supporting decision support, BI, and DW solutions from strategy, design and development through implementation. His experience spans various technologies and platforms, both off-the-shelf and custom built. He has managed large programs of widely distributed teams in development and support efforts. He has supported a variety of clients ranging from manufacturing, retail, telecom and data services to U.S. Government agencies. He has served as a guest lecturer on project management and BI/DW theory at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and at the Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology in Nagpur, India. He recently joined the MIS Advisory Board at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. Mr. Valeyko’s prior roles include: Technical Director at Advanced Technology Systems, Inc. (now Salient Federal Solutions), Principal at Claraview (a division of Teradata), and International Engagement Manager at InfoCepts, LLC. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia and an M.S. in Engineering Management from the George Washington University.