7:30 - 8:30 am

Networking Breakfast

8:30 - 8:40 am


8:40 - 9:20 am

Supplier Survival: How a Manufacturing Veteran Makes It Happen

Strikes, program changes, inflation, labor shortages, technology shifts, partner demands—for industrial suppliers, the list of challenges is endless, and finding ways to lead through them all is one of the trickiest management feats in all of business. We will talk with a longtime veteran of the supplier game, who’s customers include some of the biggest and most important carmakers in the world, for tips on how he keeps his quality high, his employees motivated and his business thriving in a time of constant change and challenge.

Ron Hall

President and CEO, Bridgewater Interiors

9:20 - 10:10 am

Future-Proofing Manufacturing: Workforce Strategies for CEOs

Join a pivotal session led by the Manufacturing Institute, the workforce development and education affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers, focusing on the evolving U.S. manufacturing workforce. We’ll get a look at the current state of the market, challenges like skill gaps, technological integration and an aging workforce, while exploring innovative approaches for talent management and best practices for recruiting and retaining skilled talent. Gain insights into fostering a dynamic, inclusive work culture, adapting to policy changes, and leveraging population trends for strategic growth. Don’t miss this opportunity to shape the future of your organization in the ever-changing manufacturing landscape.

Carolyn Lee

President & Executive Director, Manufacturing Institute

10:10 - 10:35 am

Networking Break

10:35 - 11:25 am

The New Possible: The 2024 Manufacturing CEO’s Guide to Leading Automation

The speed and explosive change in industrial automation being brought about by the recent leaps in technology—coupled with the hypergrowth in wages for skilled labor—are making automation necessary for every manufacturer looking to stay competitive right now. A seasoned expert will help you better assess your opportunities and challenges to lead the change in your operation and gain a needed edge to stay ahead.

Jerry Perez

Executive Director - Global Accounts and Manager of the Business Develop Group, FANUC America Corporation

11:25 - 12:15 pm

From Assembly Lines to Algorithms: How GenAI Will Transform Your Manufacturing

To say that the use of AI tools has increased exponentially over the past year is an understatement. Generative AI’s usefulness is universal across sectors and functions, but when it comes to manufacturing specifically, there is a long list of practical applications that have the potential to rapidly transform your organization. Join Pavan Muzumdar, Automation Alley COO, as he digs into how companies can leverage AI to create competitive advantage. Don’t miss the chance to learn how you can take advantage of new untapped growth opportunities.

Pavan Muzumdar

Chief Operating Officer, Automation Alley

12:15 - 12:45 pm

Networking Break

12:45 - 1:45 pm

Working Lunch With Roundtables

Join your peers and subject matter experts for deep dives on the topic of your choice. Discussion may include:

  • Sustainable Manufacturing: Beyond Compliance
  • Cybersecurity in Manufacturing: Protecting Your Digital Assets
  • Innovative Financing Models for Manufacturing Growth
  • Agile Manufacturing: Tangible Tools to Increase Responsiveness, Efficiency and Competitiveness
  • Easier Said Than Done: Strategies to Streamline Tech Integration
  • Building Tomorrow’s Workforce: Overcoming Talent Challenges in Manufacturing (MEDC?)
  • Crisis-Ready Manufacturing: Planning for the Unexpected
  • ERP Realities: Navigating Challenges

1:45 - 2:15 pm

Attendees make way to buses, which will depart at 2:30 pm

2:15 - 5:00 pm

Offsite Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Fanuc America, Auburn Hills, MI

Experience breakthrough robotics and automation up close! Attendees will get an exclusive, inside look at one of the most advanced robotics facilities on earth, nearly two million square feet of cutting-edge technology where one of the world’s top automation companies is creating the future of industry. The company’s latest addition includes a just-unveiled 655,000 square foot state-of-the-art hub to house additional manufacturing, engineering and R&D projects, part of a massive expansion underway on the 67-acre site, giving attendees unprecedented access to the operations of one the very best advanced manufacturing firms in the world today.

5:30 - 8:00 pm

Reception and Dinner at MGM Grand Casino

Optional offsite networking dinners will be coordinated as well.


8:00 - 9:00 am

Networking Breakfast

9:00 - 9:05 am

Day 2 Welcome

8:35 - 9:10 am

Plug In: Winning In the Battery Economy

The fastest growing part of all American manufacturing is undoubtedly electric, and we will hear directly from one of the pioneering CEOs at the vanguard of the revolution. Mujeeb Ijaz is the founder and chief executive officer of Our Next Energy (ONE), a Michigan-based energy storage technology company and one of the few U.S.-owned battery manufacturers. With over 30 years of experience developing electric vehicles and battery systems technologies, focusing on furthering the adoption of electric vehicles through advancements in battery safety, range, and cost, he will help us understand the landscape and how to make the most of this generational opportunity.

Mujeeb Ijaz

Founder and CEO, ONE (Our Next Energy)

9:50 - 10:35 am

Turning Risk into Resiliency—and Growth

In the dynamic landscape of modern manufacturing, companies face a host of challenges that call for a fresh perspective on risk management. From integrating advanced technologies to expanding into new markets, navigating cyber risk and addressing changing workforce dynamics, the traditional view of risks as obstacles is evolving. Instead, these ongoing exposures can present untapped possibilities for manufacturers to transform risk into opportunities for resiliency and growth. By adopting a proactive rather than a reactive approach to risk management, changes can become new avenues for optimizing operations, fortifying your business against potential disruptions and identifying new markets. Learn ways to embrace risks as strategic allies, and gain pragmatic tips to turn it into opportunity—and higher profitability.

Keith Anderson

Vice President, Travelers Insurance

Dr. Vincent Catteruccia

Health Services Manager, Neenah Enterprises Inc. (NEI Group)

Brian Gerritsen

Assistant Vice President and Manufacturing Segment Leader, Travelers Insurance

10:35 - 11:00 am

Networking Break

11:00 - 11:45 am

The New Oil: Rewiring Your Supply Chain to Win in The Age of Chips

Chips—as everyone discovered during the pandemic supply chain disruptions—are the new oil. They are in everything, and without them, you and your suppliers stand a good chance of stalling out. It’s a key vulnerability for every manufacturer, one we all need to become far smarter and more resilient around. One of the top leaders at Avnet, the most important company in the entire global electronics supply chain, will help us understand the landscape better and help us devise smarter strategies to make sure we are never lacking in the vital resource of the 21st century.

Dayna Badhorn

Regional President of the Americas, Avnet

11:45 - 12:30 pm

From Monk to Industrialist – Solving Global Challenges Through Technology and Philanthropy

Bhargava is not your garden-variety industrialist. The 70-year-old former monk ran a family plastics factory in Indiana for a while but then, about a quarter-century ago, invented energy “shots” — those two-ounce cans of caffeine, taurine and vitamins that people buy at convenience-store checkouts for mental clarity and focus, or just to get through the day without nodding off. Bhargava’s 5-hour Energy brand still manufactures its own shots, and larger energy drinks, but with the first $1 billion in proceeds from inventing the energy-shot category Bhargava has pivoted to becoming a different kind of industrialist: continuously creative, serially innovative, earnestly philanthropic, who wants to solve the world’s problems with technologies, devices and systems that he helps design, market and deploy. Join us for this extraordinary session, with plenty of lessons to unleash more creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit in your organization.

Manoj Bhargava

Founder and CEO, 5-hour Energy

12:15 - 12:30 pm

Formal Program Ends

12:30 - 3:00 pm

Attendees will have the opportunity to select from one of two offsite factory tours

  • Advanced Manufacturing at Tier 1 Supplier, Webasto Americas / Plymouth, MI
    We’ll go inside one of metro Detroit’s newest, most exciting factories, for a look at how one of the top 100 automotive suppliers in the world is bringing their just-launched facility to life. It’s a live, in-person case study of ramping up a new factory to supply some of the most difficult and exacting customers at a time of tremendous change and disruption in the mobility industry.
  • Innovation & Growth at R&D SkunkWorks Innovation & Growth, Living Essentials-5 hour Energy / Novi, MI
    How does one of the most creative and entrepreneurial business leaders in the U.S. tackle the big global challenges of the future? You’ll get an inside look at the innovation center where Manoj Bhargava, the billionaire founder behind the 5 hour Energy phenomenon is exploring new ways to tackle fundamental issues like power, clean water and hunger using advanced manufacturing technology. It’s a masterclass in industrial imagination that will give you and your team new ideas and new perspectives to think bigger—and differently— about your own challenges and opportunities.

Strategic Planning Workshop

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Many Strategic Planning Efforts Lack Systematic Approach Tips for Enhancing Your Strategic Planning Process

Executives expressed frustration with their current strategic planning process. Issues include:

  1. Lack of systematic approach (70%)
  2. Laundry lists without prioritization (68%)
  3. Decisions based on personalities rather than facts and information (65%)


Steve Rutan and Denise Harrison have put together an afternoon workshop that will provide the tools you need to address these concerns.  They have worked with hundreds of executives to develop a systematic approach that will enable your team to make better decisions during strategic planning.  Steve and Denise will walk you through exercises for prioritizing your lists and steps that will reset and reinvigorate your process.  This will be a hands-on workshop that will enable you to think about your business as you use the tools that are being presented.  If you are ready for a Strategic Planning tune-up, select this workshop in your registration form.  The additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

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Women in Leadership Seminar and Peer Discussion

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Female leaders face the same issues all leaders do, but they often face additional challenges too. In this peer session, we will facilitate a discussion of best practices and how to overcome common barriers to help women leaders be more effective within and outside their organizations. 

Limited space available.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $495 will be added to your total.

Golf Outing

10:30 - 5:00 pm
General’s Retreat at Hermitage Golf Course
Sponsored by UBS

General’s Retreat, built in 1986 with architect Gary Roger Baird, has been voted the “Best Golf Course in Nashville” and is a “must play” when visiting the Nashville, Tennessee area. With the beautiful setting along the Cumberland River, golfers of all capabilities will thoroughly enjoy the golf, scenery and hospitality.

The golf outing fee includes transportation to and from the hotel, greens/cart fees, use of practice facilities, and boxed lunch. The bus will leave the hotel at 10:30 am for a noon shotgun start and return to the hotel after the cocktail reception following the completion of the round.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $295 will be added to your total.