All times Eastern

Monday, June 19

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Angels Envy

Welcome reception at Angel’s Envy Distillery

Learn about the craftmanship behind the unique aging and finishing process of Angel’s Envy bourbon, their pursuit of excellence through tradition and experimentation—and taste the final product. Spots are limited and you must sign up in advance!

Tuesday, June 20

8:00 - 9:00 am

Event networking

Networking Breakfast

9:00 - 9:10 am


9:10 – 10:00 am

Nick Pinchuk

Keynote: Winning with Manufacturing: Wielding your Advantage, Delivering in the Now, Prospering into the Future

Nick Pinchuk, Chairman and CEO, Snap-on, Incorporated

One of the most experienced manufacturing CEOs in the world, Pinchuk knows what it takes to thrive and drive a business of confounding complexity. He’ll kick off the conference with pragmatic advice based on his decades of manufacturing leadership experience. How will deglobalization disrupt nearly every operation—but also create opportunities for you to radically turbocharge your business? How can you build the kind of organization you’ll need to outpace competitors in the decade to come, no matter the size of your company? How you do you create employee- and customer-driven continuous improvement? No matter the size of your operations, Pinchuk will help you see the future more clearly—and prepare with more intelligence.   

10:00 – 10:45 am

Kenneth Engel

Case Study: De-stressing The Supply Chain

Kenneth Engel, Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain, Schneider Electric

Now that demand has stabilized and suppliers have caught their breath, it’s time to take a hard look at changing business as usual to make sure we’re not caught out again. We’ll talk with a leader in the field of supply chain management to see what they’ve learned—and what they’re doing—to insure strength, resiliency and agility in the years to come.

10:45 – 11:05 am


Networking Break

11:05 – 11:50 am

Chad Moutray

Economic Outlook and the Implications for Manufacturers’ Growth Strategies

Chad Moutray, Ph.D., CBE, Chief Economist, National Association of Manufacturers and Director, Center for Manufacturing Research, The Manufacturing Institute

We’ll take a look at key economic indicators, both domestic and international, as well as trends and counter-trends, that are having the greatest impact on manufacturing this year to help you determine your best path to growth.

11:50 am – 12:10 pm


Move to Breakouts for Working Lunch

12:10 – 1:10 pm


Concurrent Workshops and Roundtables

Attendees will have the opportunity to break into smaller discussions with their peers and subject matter experts. Topics to include:

  • Attracting New Talent
  • Positioning Your Business for a Strategic Sale
  • Adaptive Manufacturing in the Modern Factory
  • CFO Peer-to-Peer Roundtable
    • Manufacturing Profit Enhancement - Best Ideas
    • Manufacturing KPIs - Key Metrics You Manage By
    • Strategic Pricing - How to Optimize Pricing
    • Managing Risks in Manufacturing

1:10 – 1:20 pm


Attendees will move to a second set of breakout choices.

1:20 – 2:20 pm


Concurrent Workshops and Roundtables

Attendees will have the opportunity to choose a second topic to break into smaller discussions with peers and subject matter experts. Topics to include:

  • Winning at Automation
  • Pragmatic Operational and Supply Chain Performance Improvement Strategies that Move the Needle
  • Overcoming Sales Challenges

2:20 – 2:45 pm

Louisville Plant Robotics

Attendees gather for bus ride to off-site tour. Buses depart hotel at 2:45 pm sharp.

3:15 – 5:35 pm

Snap On Factory

Factory Tour: Snap-on

Walk the floors of the innovative Snap-on Advanced Vehicle Lifts plant to gather insights on implementing new technologies, streamlining processes, reducing costs and improving speed.  Get an inside look at their processes for: automated laser cutting, powder coating, robotic welding and structural assembly. 

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Louisville slugger

Networking Reception at Louisville Slugger Museum

Celebrate the history of the Louisville Slugger baseball bat that originated in 1884 and the cutting-edge current technology that keeps Louisville Slugger at the top of their game. Join fellow attendees for a festive evening of networking and interactive games.

Wednesday, June 21

8:00 - 9:00 am


Networking Breakfast

9:00 - 9:10 am


Day 2 Welcome

9:10 - 9:55 am

Bill Good

Case Study: Manufacturing Your Next Workforce

Bill Good, VP of Supply Chain, GE Appliances

There are more than 800,000 unfilled factory jobs in the United States right now. To fill that gap, we’re going to have to bring people into the industry who may not have ever thought of factory work before—and that means selling Gen Z. How do we do it? We’ll turn to a proven expert in the field for tips on how to build a culture that sells itself—and how to sell that culture to win.

9:55 - 10:40 am

Bryan Albrecht

Training and Education: Building And Keeping The Workforce

Bryan Albrecht, President Emeritus, Gateway Technical College

Once you’ve got the right people in the building, there’s nothing more important than keeping them over the long haul. That takes constant investment in training and education to ensure they have the skills you need for the work of today. How do we do it? It takes planning, dedication and the right partnerships. We’ll help you get smarter, making sure you’re building the programs you need to build your business.

10:40 - 11:00 am


Networking Break

11:00 - 11:45 am

Annette Finsterbusch

Ideas That Pay: How Manufacturers Need to Rethink Open Innovation

Annette Finsterbusch, President & CEO, EnPower

When it comes to developing new, breakthrough ideas and products, are your people thinking too much about the product and not enough about the business? If so, you’re like a lot of CEOs in manufacturing, where a generation of engineers have been raised to think about creating the next cool feature set or improvement without focusing on the most essential questions: How will this make money? Who will buy it? And when? So how do you create more entrepreneurial engineers? How do you get the team thinking about the business, not just the product? And how do you create a culture where everyone—from administrative assistants to the CFO—is thinking about innovation that not only satisfies customers, but does so profitably? We’ll explore all that and more in this session.

11:45 am

Factory tour

Main event ends. Attendees gather for optional factory tour, departing at 12:15 pm

12:15 - 12:45 pm

Snap on Tour

Transportation to optional factory tour

12:45 - 3:00 pm

GE Appliances

GE Appliances USA

GE Appliances is headquartered in Louisville, KY at Appliance Park – its headquarters since the 1950’s. Over the last five years, the 750-acre facility has been modernized with more than $800 million of investments throughout five large manufacturing plants where millions of washers, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators and components are produced every year on three shifts.

While at GE Appliances’ headquarters you’ll be able to see highlights from the company’s digital transformation:

  • Tour a metrology and 3D scanning lab to and learn how GEA went from not using the tech six years ago to a complete end-to-end system for digital engineering, design and improving quality.
  • See our data analytics platform Brilliant Factory that democratizes production, quality, maintenance, attendance and other vital data to our employees and leadership team enabling problem solving and improved communication.
  • Watch a demo of how we use AI-based tools to evaluate ergonomic risks on the shop floor and drive improvements for our operators using digital models.
  • Walk a new dishwasher manufacturing line to see our latest factory assembly process.
  • See a new multi-million dollar investment in a highly automated stainless steel tub fabrication process in our Dishwasher operation.
  • In our Plastics Center of Excellence, see a new dishwasher spray arm cells that eliminated labor-intensive manual operations and a fully automated process that produces balance rings for our topload laundry operation.


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.

New York, NY: ​​​Chief Executive's Corporate Citizenship Awards 2017

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.