Bryan Albrecht has dedicated his career to improving the lives of those he serves through a 38-year career in education. As a teacher, state administrator for the Wisconsin Department of Education through is 16 years as President of Gateway Technical College. Bryan has been instrumental in raising the dignity of technical education at the local, state, national and international level through his leadership and service. Cornerstone to his legacy is establishing a national model for business and education partnerships transforming Gateway’s prominence among America’s community college’s. Under his leadership Gateway has been recognized as a model of excellence by the US Department of Education, US Department of Labor and the American Association of Community Colleges.
Ken has over 34 years of Supply Chain Management experience and 30 years with Schneider Electric. He has a diverse background of executive level Supply Chain and Business leadership positions as well as global experience working across North America, China and Asia Pacific. Ken has proven to be a key leader in Schneider Electric’s award-winning supply chain transformation and mission: To STRIVE to be the most agile, innovative, planet- and customer-centric supply chain.
Annette is a serial entrepreneur with more than 30 years of operating, management, and venture capital investing experience. She was named in May 2022 to a two-year term as a voting member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Her career has been dedicated to driving growth and building value through successfully identifying, financing, and developing innovation into products and businesses in untapped markets. Her global corporate board experience spans multiple industries, including compound semiconductors, energy storage, lighting, advanced materials, 3-D printing, and the Internet-of-Things. Annette serves as President and CEO of EnPower, Inc.
Bill Good began his career in manufacturing on an assembly line while working his way through college. His experience sparked his passion and interest in manufacturing as a career, and he set a goal to one day lead manufacturing for a large U.S. company. Over the course of Bill’s 35-year career, he has honed his knowledge of supply chain management through his various roles of increasing responsibility at Tri-Glass, Charbroil, Whirlpool, and now in his dream job as the Vice President of Manufacturing at GE Appliances, a Haier company.
Billy Lerman has been in the role of VP Operations and Logistics for the last 15 years. Prior to that position, Billy Served 5 years as President of the groups fabrication company, SFI. Billy began his career with Steel Warehouse, working in the factory through high school and college. Other roles have included Production Supervisor, Director of Logistics, Sales associate. Billy graduated from the University of Notre Dame with BA in 1991, and MBA in 1997.
Andy Harris is a proven M&A leader, CEO, active board member, and passionate advisor with 30 years of leadership experience who thrives to deliver results through M&A. As a professional who has been on both the buy and sell side of the strategic M&A process, he applies his business acumen as Managing Director of STS Capital.
Brock currently serves as Vice President & Counsel, Business Development for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), leading the domestic business development team and providing strategic counsel. In addition to developing and maintaining partnerships with businesses and community organizations, local officials, consultants and utility partners, Herr facilitates the delivery of IEDC services and programs, including traditional incentives, the Regional Business Development Sales Trip, Venture Capital Investment (VCI), Indiana Angel Fund (IANF) and Infrastructure & Redevelopment programs.
Jeff Kaczperski is a University of Michigan graduate and is currently the President of Omega Plastics, a leading contract manufacturer specializing in prototyping, bridge-to-production, and low-to-mid volume production for the medical device industry. With over 30 years in manufacturing and 20+ years in executive management, Jeff has a broad range of experiences in leadership, manufacturing, and production launches; those experiences now include leading the recent sale of Omega Plastics to a strategic buyer (TriMas). Jeff has authored articles and spoke at industry events covering topics from customer service, the impact of early market entry, and market diversification. In addition to his work at Omega Plastics, Jeff sits on the Board of Directors of several nonprofit organizations.
Since joining Crowe, Mr. Knibloe has focused on the development and execution of Crowe’s supply chain management solutions, including: strategic sourcing, logistics optimization, performance improvement, third party risk management, supply base resiliency, and trade and compliance services. He primary services as the principal executive for Crowe’s Strategic Sourcing | Logistics Optimization solutions. Wil has prior industry experience in a variety of supply chain management and consultative roles during his 19 year career. His experience includes management of procurement, warehousing/logistics and manufacturing operations for a Big 3 automobile manufacturer and a Fortune 500 automation company.
Chad Moutray is chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers, where he serves as the NAM’s economic forecaster and spokesperson on economic issues. He frequently comments on current economic conditions for manufacturers through professional presentations and media interviews and has appeared on various news outlets. In addition, he is the director of the Center for Manufacturing Research at The Manufacturing Institute, the workforce development and education partner of the NAM, where he leads efforts to produce thought leadership, data and analysis of relevance to business leaders in the sector.
Nick Pinchuk is chairman and chief executive officer of Snap-on Incorporated. Nick’s career has been marked by ongoing service to his country, his company, and the American workforce. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard, and his Master and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He served our country in Vietnam as an officer in the United States Army. Nick is a member of the board of directors of Columbus McKinnon Corporation, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Council on Competitiveness, The Manufacturing Institute, the Manufacturer’s Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, and Carthage College.
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:
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.
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.
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.