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2018 Kansas Manufacturing Summit

September 18, 2018

National Center for Aviation Training

4004 N. Webb Road ∙ Wichita, Kansas 67226

Thank you to all who joined us for the second annual Kansas Manufacturing Summit. The event was a great success in enabling attendees to network with industry colleagues and learn what’s on the horizon for this key Kansas industry. 

Agenda (click on hyperlinked names to download presentations)

Tuesday, September 18

8 a.m.Registration & Exhibits 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 
  • Moderator: Brian Brown, Director of Robotics and Automation Laboratory – National Institute for Aviation Research
  • Darin Greset, President / CEO / Chairman – BG Products, Inc. 
  • Paul Jonas, Director Technology Development - National Institute for Aviation Research
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
  • Moderator:  Scott Smathers
  • Andi Giesen, Executive Director of Public Affairs & Special Projects - USD 259 
  • Jim Means, Executive Director, Career & Technical Education Program - USD 259 
  • Sheree Utas, Educational Partnerships with Business - WSU Tech 
  • Samantha Meeds, Senior Manager of Workforce Development - Spirit AeroSystems
1 – 1:30 p.m.
Heroes MAKE America
  • Amy Thomas, Senior Director, Programs and Development - The Manufacturing Institute
  • Quantae Robinson, Production Supervisor - Hormel Foods
1:30 p.m.
Block Chain Management Presentation
2 p.m.
Cyber Security Panel Discussion
  • Moderator:  Brian Dennis, Cyber Security for Small Business - KSBDC
  • Samuel Alva, Director of Business Development - Tricorps Security
  • Jonathan Lanning, Assistant Professor of Cyber Security - Friends University Computer & Network Security
  • Stacy Mill, CISCO and VP, Global Compliance - 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
  • Moderator: Doug Gish
  • Tapan Bhatt, CEO – TeraCrunch
  • Paul Buchanan, Founder -  BUCS Analytics
  • Igor Alvarado, Mechanical Engineer – National Instruments
4:45 p.m.
Reception – Exhibits Open
6 p.m.


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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