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2018 Kansas Manufacturing Summit

September 18, 2018

National Center for Aviation Training

4004 N. Webb Road ∙ Wichita, Kansas 67226

Make plans to join us for the second annual Kansas Manufacturing Summit to network with industry colleagues and learn what’s on the horizon for this key Kansas industry. 

Registration Opens August 1.

Registration Form


Tuesday, September 18
8 a.m. Registration Open

8:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks
        • Susan NeuPoth Cadoret – Director of Business Development, Kansas Department of Commerce
        • Alan Cobb - President, Kansas Chamber of Commerce
8:45 a.m. Emerging (3D) Technologies Presentation

9:15 a.m. Automation & Additive Manufacturing Panel Discussion 

10:15 a.m. Break – Exhibits Open

10:30 a.m. Sustainability & Efficiencies in Manufacturing Workforce
        • Scott Smathers, Vice President of Workforce Development, Kansas Board of Regents
11 a.m. Workforce Development & Integration Panel Discussion
        • Samantha Meeds, Senior Manager of Global Talent Acquisition - Spirit AeroSystems 
        • Rachelle Wolford, The Manufacturing Institute - Heroes MAKE America, Ft. Riley
        • Sheree Utash, WSU Tech - Educational Partnerships with Business
        • Andi Giesen, USD 259 – Executive Director of Public Affairs & Special Projects
        • Jim Means, USD 259 – Executive Director, Career & Technical Education Program
Noon Lunch

1 – 1:30 p.m. Heroes MAKE America
        • Quantae Robinson, Production Supervisor - Hormel Foods
1:30 p.m. Block Chain Management Presentation
        • Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety, WalMart

2 p.m. Cyber Security Panel Discussion
        • Samuel Alva, Director of Business Development - Tricorps Security
        • Brian Dennis, Cyber Security for Small Business - KSBDC
        • Jonathan Lanning, Assistant Professor of Cyber Security - Friends University Computer & Network Security
        • Stacy Mill, Spirit AeroSystems
3 p.m. Break – Exhibits Open

3:15 pm. Digital Transformation Presentation
        • Doug Gish, Supply Chain & Network Operations – Deloitte Consulting LLP
3:45 p.m. Digital Transformation Best Practices Panel Discussion
        • Tapan Bhatt, CEO – TeraCrunch
        • Doug Gish, Supply Chain & Network Operations – Deloitte Consulting LLP
        • Igor Alvarado, Mechanical Engineer – National Instruments
4:45 p.m. Reception – Exhibits Open

6 p.m. Adjourn

Rooms are available for $94 at the Courtyard by Marriott, Wichita East, 2975 N. Webb, Wichita, Kansas 67226. 

Dial 316-636-4600 and ask for the Kansas Manufacturing Summit rate.
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