January 31-February 1, 2018
Join the IOT revolution!
The Industry 4.0 ThinkTank event brings together provocative thinkers, industry leaders and experts in various fields to get organizations ready for the next industrial revolution.
Get ready to face global markets, become a leader in digital evolution, find strategic partners, mentors or competitors and learn from their real-life experiences.
Discuss with industry specialists better ways to optimize the transition towards the next generation of manufacturing.
Embrace the technology, seize market opportunities and discover the future of your company in a different way, with smarter than ever manufacturing!
What to expect at
Industry 4.0 ThinkTank
Senior executives and global industry leaders sharing real-life experiences and cases studies.
Pick your track with one of our four dedicated workshops presented by leading companies: OPTEL Group, Domino Printers, Boeing, Vuzix Corporation. Details in agenda.
Grasp the complexities of Industry 4.0 with interactive panels, where specialists will discuss how they successfully integrated Industry 4.0 requirements into their operations and learn through their own trials and tribulations.
New Tech Exhibits
Immerse yourself in new processes with smart manufacturing demos!
Enjoy the festive atmosphere and make new connections. Share best practices with fellow industry leaders.
Why join ?
Uncover the Secrets to a Successful Industry 4.0. Transition
Obtain a comprehensive understanding of your organization
by analyzing your processes, human resources and information,
as well as tools, control measures and culture.
Discover ways to identify which systems/processes you may need
to integrate into future solutions, and identify the analyses, assessments and listings needed to achieve that goal.
Learn how to simplify and humanize the Industry 4.0 digitization
of your business, along with industry peers facing the same challenges.
Determine how to properly assess your employees’ strengths, weaknesses, potential and involvement to integrate Industry 4.0 requirements into your operations.
Become an Expert on Industry 4.0
Learn where we are headed industrialization-wise and analyze the maturity and ability of your company to withstand the revolution that is Industry 4.0.
Explore automatization, employee mobility, business intelligence, efficiency, robotizing, process evolution and become more efficient in your day-to-day tasks.
Grasp the complexities of Industry 4.0, learn tips on how to streamline your implementation and discover new technologies.
Review principles that can be applied to your work and process in order to be more productive and up-to-date.
The Biggest Industry 4.0 Event in North America
Registration and Welcome Coffee and Networking
Hugues Foltz, OPTEL
Opening Keynote: Powered by Digital transformation
Stacy English, Intel
Industry 4.0, IoT, Internet of Manufacturing
Reality or Pipe Dream. Case Study.
Ashe Menon, National Oilwell Varco
Industry 4.0 Overview: Making it Happen.
John Moulton, former VP Adient
Jonathan Van Wyck, BCG
Why Are We Heading Towards
Intelligent Supply Chain?
Louis Roy, OPTEL Group
Refreshment Break + Exhibition and Networking
- 11:00 am Boeing's Workshop
The 4th Industrial Revolution: Beyond the Buzzword
Moderator: Bryan Griffen, PMMI
David Stonehouse, Rockwell Automation
Ryan Bruce,ESI North America
Hugues Foltz, Optel
Smart Glasses for Industrial Applications: Case Study.
Josh Aransky, AMA Xpert Eye
Lunch + Exhibition and Networking
Industry 4.0: The Mandatory Opportunity for Success
Moderator: Jeff Freidman, BrainXchange
Jon Van Wyck, BCG
John Kowal, B&R Industrial Automation
Peggy Gulick, AGCO
Industry 4.0 and The Role of Variable
Codes: A Practical Guide
Adem Kulauzovic, Domino
Thomas A. Doney, Nestlé
Refreshment Break + Exhibition and Networking
Cloud-Connected Industry Powers
Aurelio Banda, CEO and President,
AI in Manufacturing 101
OPTEL's hands-on workshop: come challenge
our QA algorithm!
Stacy English, Intel
Hugues Foltz, OPTEL Group
Network and Cocktails
Registration, Welcome Breakfast and Networking
Opening Keynote: Disrupting Existing Business Models.
Stacy English, Intel
IoT: lOve Big DaTa
What Is Data Science?
Iot in Healthcare: Living a Better Life
Saving Lives: Malaria Detection
Making it Happen: A Novel Way to Make Predictions
Mohammad Shokoohi-Yekta, APPLE
Valuable Opportunities for
Head-Worn Devices: Case Study
Paul Boris, Vuzix
Let's Get Real! AR/VR Applications with Boeing
Dr. Brian Laughlin, BOEING
Refreshment Break + Exhibition and Networking.
Smart Manufacturing Integration – The Essentials
Moderator: Paul Redwood, Church & Dwight;
Scott McCormick, Emergent Enterprise
Barry Kennedy, IMR
Thomas Burke, OPC
Ashe Menon, NOV Grant Prideco
Domino's Workshop: Top 10 Potential Pitfalls
Related to Coding Automation
Lean Thinking and Industry 4.0 in Relation
to AR/VR/IR and Culture: Case Study
Peggy Gulick, AGCO
Lunch + Exhibition and Networking
VUZIX's Workshop: Practitioners Guide
to Wearable Technology
Acknowledge the Unknown
Moderator: Brett Brune, Society of
Jose Rodriguez, BCG
Tom McDermott, UI Labs
Jonathan Sutter, HackAThought
Scott Christensen,Gray Matter Systems
How Oracle, Mitsubishi and Bosch
are revolutionizing the industry 4.0?
Eric Prévost, ORACLE
Refreshment Break + Exhibition and Networking.
How Blockchain Will Affect Value Chains
in 2018 and Beyond
Jason Geyen, Verify Brand
Eric Garvin, The LinkLab
Susanne Somerville, The LinkLab
Industry 4.0 Digital Transformation and
How it Will Change Your Company: Case Study.
Scott Day, Transformational Strategies LLC
Stacy English, Intel
Hugues Foltz, OPTEL Group
Obtain a comprehensive understanding of your organization by analyzing your processes, human resources and information, as well as tools, control measures and culture.
Aurelio Banda is CEO and president of Beckhoff Automation North America. As president, Aurelio Banda oversees all operations at the headquarters of Beckhoff Automation LLC in Savage, Minn. where administration, sales and marketing, customer service and technical services/support are managed. Banda has worked for years to successfully promote and advance highly efficient automation solutions through PC-based control technology and centralized control platforms. A seasoned presenter on new automation technologies, Banda has also led numerous technological initiatives at Beckhoff North America, including the advancement of innovative concepts such as Industrie 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), wearable HMI technologies, cloud-connected manufacturing systems and more.
Throughout his career, Banda has held high level sales and management positions at a variety of automation and controls suppliers and has over 25 years of industrial automation experience. Banda is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame; he holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering.
Dave McMorran has over 25 years of experience in controls, factory automation, business development, staffing and integration. He attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and earned a BS in Electrical Engineering. He has been involved in many aspects of the business from engineering to consulting to ownership which affords him a global perspective of the tools and people necessary to execute a project or implement a system successfully. He is a solution based thinker and uses strategies and innovation to make customers successful.
John has almost four decades of experience in the automotive sector and is a former executive with Adient, the world’s largest automotive seating company. He has an extensive background in manufacturing and has lived and worked in Europe and Asia. John began his career at Bosch, where he held several roles in Germany and NA, including president of the Powertrain Division. After joining Johnson Controls (now Adient) in 2007, John served in a number of different executive positions, including group vice president of Seating Americas, group vice president China and group vice president Asia. John earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Hugues Foltz is the founder of Ellicom, the leading Canadian company in the online training industry. In October 2016, after overseeing the organization for 14 years, Mr. Foltz was named Vice-president, Professional Services and Industry 4.0 at OPTEL GROUP. With more than 1,000 employees in Quebec City, Ireland, India and Brazil, OPTEL is the global leader in traceability systems for the manufacturing world. Now a certified B Corporation, OPTEL’s goal is to use its technologies to make the world a better place.
As a recognized figurehead in information technologies, Hugues Foltz has been putting, since he began working at OPTEL, his vision and technological skills into use. With his goal of assisting OPTEL’s clients in their transformation towards the future of manufacturing in mind, Mr. Foltz has been developing a complete, innovative service offer, combining IT, innovations, Internet of Things and Industry 4.0. For example, OPTEL recently began using Google GlassTM as a videoconference tool, in order to answer the needs of its clients regarding instant technical support. This innovation demonstrates perfectly how important new technologies and personalization in OPTEL’s services are to Mr. Foltz.
Scott Day is the CEO of Transformational Strategies, a company that focuses on helping companies ensure that the IoT strategy is precise and the stakeholders are prepared for the investment and the transformation.
Prior to Transformational Strategies, Scott was the Executive Vice President of Product and Business Strategy at Thyssenkrupp Elevator, Americas Business Unit. There he was executive sponsor, with sleeves rolled up, for an IIoT implementation with more than 60,000 connected assets across the U.S.
Always inquisitive by nature and committed to life-long learning, wireless networking, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence applied to business decision-making are Scott’s current focus.
Scott is a member of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) Division Leadership council, the CEO Trust, and the Association for Corporate Growth. With Scott’s passion being in field service automation, Scott also serves on the Worldwide Business Research Field Service Advisory Board.
Dr. Brian Laughlin is a Technical Fellow/ IT Architect, CAS/GS&S, serving as the Co-lead of the Enterprise Point of Use (PoU) Core Team, for Mobile, Wearables and IoT.
Brian is currently focused on the area of Wearable computing, Advanced Visualization, and strategic development and implementation of mobile technologies, both across Boeing, and with our customers and suppliers around the globe. Brian serves as an advisor, strategist, developer, teacher, coach and mentor on a plethora of emerging technologies, speaking regularly at tech conferences, in the US and Internationally.
A 28 yr. veteran in Aerospace, he draws from a diverse background: Sheetmetal/Composites Mechanic, Process Engineering Analyst, Lean Coach, Teacher and Mentor, etc. He holds a Masters in Experimental and a Ph.D. in Human Factors Psychology from WSU. Also a prolific inventor, Brian has 50+ invention disclosures and patents and received many awards: 1 Tech Rep, 2 Special, 5 Meritorious and an Ed Wells Initiative, for a body of work that has saved Billions and created RevGen opportunities for Boeing and the Aerospace market, worldwide. Brian holds a BA in Psychology, MA in Experimental Psychology, and a Ph. D. in Human Factors Psychology.
Jonathan is a Partner in BCG’s Chicago office. He works extensively with manufacturing clients, particularly in automotive, and has deep experience supporting his clients in making manufacturing 4.0 happen including building “model” factories, developing in-plant analytics solutions and tools and supporting the capability changes required to capture and sustain the value associated with these technologies.
Prior to this position, Ms. Gulick spent 16 years advancing comprehensive and sustainable solutions in global Enterprise Resource Planning Systems in the sporting consumer goods industry. She has received numerous awards including in the Manufacturing Institute STEP award for leadership in technological advancements and contribution in 2014. In 2015, Ms. Gulick chartered the Woman in Manufacturing Chapter in Minnesota while holding an active position on AGCO’s AGWN (AGCO Global Women’s Network) Global Steering Committee. Most recently, she has led a team of out-of-box thinkers and ambitious partners in the implementation of wearable technology solution on the manufacturing plant floor. Ms. Gulick holds a Masters of Business Administration in Global Business from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN. She earned a BS in Computer Science from Clarke University in Dubuque, IA, where she received the Most Distinguished Alumni for Outstanding Achievement in 2016. She also earned a certificate in Executive Leadership for Women from Kennesaw State University’s Cole College of Business Executive Education Programs and a mini masters of Project Management at the University Of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business.
David Stonehouse leads Rockwell Automation’s Global Consulting Services Team. In this role, he works with companies to understand the potential value of digitization and analytics across their manufacturing network, ensures that it is aligned with the firm’s strategy, and that a sustainable path forward is developed.
He has over 20 years of experience as an operations leader and management consultant. His operations experience includes:
plant manager, general manager, multi-site management and global supply chain leadership.
Prior to entering consulting he led Kohler’s supply chain operations for the Americas. His consulting experience includes five years with PwC’s Strategy & Operations
practice, supporting companies as they transformed their manufacturing and supply chain operations.
David has an undergraduate degree in Chemical
Engineering from Queen’s University (Canada) and an MBA from Western University (Canada).
For 9 years, Jose (Pepe) has consulted with global biopharmaceutical companies on operations and supply chain topics. In his work, Jose (Pepe) has helped multiple clients develop digital solutions and advanced analytics leveraging big data to derive insights from their operations and improve performance. His projects have delivered significant top and bottom line value, and have enhanced the digital and analytics capabilities of his clients. Jose (Pepe) received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico.
Dr. Bryan Griffen is Director, Industry Services for PMMI (www.pmmi.org), the association for packaging and processing technologies. PMMI’s mission is to unite the industry across the manufacturing supply chain through connecting people, knowledge and ideas for success in the global marketplace. The Industry Services arm specifically focuses on developing innovative manufacturing solutions to meet evolving consumer demands, today and in the future.
Bryan brings nearly 25 years of industry experience, including 20 years with Nestlé. During his career with Nestlé, Bryan gained significant global experience; he was stationed in North America and Europe, as well as completing projects in South America, Africa and Asia. Bryan has worked in operations at the factory level, as well as leading the electrical and automation activities for the USA and Canadian markets, and globally at Nestlé’s world headquarters in Switzerland. Bryan has also lead engineering teams in Nestlé’s R&D arm for the Ice Cream, Beverages and Cereals businesses.
As former Chairman of the Board of Directors for OMAC, and previous chair of the OMAC Packaging Workgroup, he and his team were the first to implement the full PackML strategy (ISA TR88.00.02) on a prototype packaging line utilizing disparate automation platforms, including implementing a standard data model for IIoT applications.
Bryan completed his undergraduate studies in electronics engineering technology at Brigham Young University. He followed with a graduate degree in computer integrated manufacturing, where he developed an intelligent instrument for measuring internal mold cavity temperature in injection molding. He has also earned a doctorate in technology from the University of Northern Iowa with focus on the development of advanced process control techniques for application in industrial controllers.
For more than two decades, Jason has been leading the development of mission-critical software systems. After graduating from college with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, Jason went on to engineer and lead critical multi-million dollar software projects for both 3M and Boston Scientific.
Since 2008, Jason has been at Verify Brand leading the product development team to develop cloud-based, highly scalable SaaS solutions for various industries, including medical device and pharmaceutical businesses. He is a member of the Center For Supply Chain Studies Blockchain Core Team, and has been researching blockchain as a potential tool in the fight against counterfeit and diverted pharmaceutical products since 2015.
Paul Boris is the COO of Vuzix Corporation, a leading supplier of Smart Glasses and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and products for the consumer and enterprise markets. By being the solution closest to the operator or technician, the eyepiece, Vuzix is in a position to help drive the digital transformation that is starting to accelerate for manufacturers, field engineering services and any number of use cases where data-driven decisions and real-time support are critical to effective operations and a successful outcome. Boris’ combination of skills – from industrial operations, solution development and sales to ecosystem build out – will accelerate the success of Vuzix’ solutions into the marketplace.Boris joined Vuzix after spending the last two plus years at General Electric in a variety of executive leadership roles including CIO of Advanced Manufacturing Strategy, Site Leader of the Advanced Manufacturing and Software Technology Center and most recently as the Vice President of Manufacturing Industries of GE Digital. As CIO of Advanced Manufacturing Strategy for GE, he focused on driving GE’s innovative factory strategy to increase productivity and deliver the optimization of assets and operations. In his most recent role Paul focused on defining and enabling General Electric’s commercial strategy for Brilliant Manufacturing by working with companies to accelerate their own digital transformation. Prior to working at General Electric, Paul spent over eight years in a variety of executive roles overseeing manufacturing and operations strategy at SAP. Paul was the dynamic force behind the Perfect Plant initiatives at SAP where he was Global Vice President, Enterprise Operations Management. He served as director at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the US’s largest industrial trade association for just under five years to 2014. Mr. Boris’ breadth of manufacturing operations and technology-related capabilities and experiences brings significant value.
Mohammad is currently a Data Scientist at Apple and a Lecturer at Stanford University. Prior to joining Apple, he worked for Samsung, Bosch, General Electric Research and UCLA on predictive modeling projects. He received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Riverside and B.Sc. from University of Tehran. Mohammad is also the author of the book, “Applications of Mining Massive Time Series Data”.
Susanne was most recently the vice president of Supply Chain, North America, for Genentech/Roche. She brings over 25 years of pharmaceutical, biotech, and supply chain experience to The LinkLab, with expertise in supply chain strategic planning, biotech and pharmaceutical manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, ERP and systems management, project management and leadership, logistics and trade, and S&OP and planning. Susanne has a reputation for strong collaboration while driving results, especially as the processes and systems had to align with global manufacturing and other global serialization requirements.
Eric has more than twenty years of project management experience in the Life Sciences industry. He began consulting in 1994 focused on the IT needs of the Life Science industry, and founded Global Technical Partners (GTP) in 1997 with a revised mission to provide industry-best project management services to Pharmaceutical, Biotech, and Medical Device companies. Eric has spent the last three years leading serialization implementation programs, both for the U.S. and globally. His management savvy and technical understanding has resulted in early deliver of serialized products to market.
Passion is something that has, and continues to drive Josh’s life. Previous roles included owning his own service businesses, stock trader, and selling both HW and SW; primarily to Enterprise Organizations. Josh has traveled the world extensively, having visited approximately 75 different countries. Additionally, he’s competed in multiple sports at both semi-pro and professional levels. These experiences, coupled with an intense desire to help both individuals and companies, have led him to his current role. Josh currently serves as the Managing Director and Sales Leader for AMA XpertEye, North America. He thoroughly enjoys the challenges that come with helping to define a new industry, as well as the opportunity to position a technology/solution that is truly making a positive impact!
John Kowal is Director, Business Development, for B&R Industrial Automation, a global supplier of advanced machine control solutions, where he is responsible for North American IIoT/I4.0 strategy, standards proliferation, market development and customer specifications.John is co-chair of the Industrial Internet Consortium’s Smart Factory Task Group and serves on the Board of Directors of the Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC).He also serves on the Dean’s executive council for Purdue University Northwest’s school of technology and is active in AMT, PMMI, Hannover USA advisory board, BMA and ISA.
International experience representing the United States in multilateral negotiations and engagements on circular economy, resources efficiency and sustainable materials management as a strategy to address climate change. Former US Senate confirmed, Senior Obama Administration official with deep understanding of political dynamics and ability to advance solutions in political environments. Proven track record of engaging diverse stakeholders to establish common ground policies that merge environmental, economic/business and social considerations. Offering unique background that blends law, engineering/science and economic development expertise gained through leadership roles in both private and public sectors. Demonstrated leadership strengths in high performing, multi-cultural organizations.
When he founded Optel Vision in 1989, after graduating from electrical engineering and physics programs at Université Laval in Québec City, Canada, Louis Roy wanted to push boundaries and find ways to make the world a better place for our children. As a visionary engineer, world citizen and supporter of interdisciplinarity, he wanted to act as an ambassador for social responsibility in business and be an inspiring model for other entrepreneurs. 27 years later, the company is now positioned as the global leader in inspection and traceability systems. A highly-praised entrepreneur, Louis Roy is one of the three finalists for the 2017 Quebec EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™, in the Business-to-Business Products and Services category, and in 2016, OPTEL was the winner of Quebec’s Mercuriades “Company of the Year” award. Over the last 3 years, OPTEL has grown 337% and reached $100 million in revenue. To support this growth, the company now has over 1,000 employees in Canada, Ireland, Brazil and India to develop scalable solutions using common technologies, mainly in optics, computing, electronics and robotics. OPTEL’s mission of leaving a positive imprint on the planet is also represented in the way the company designs its personalized solutions – as a partnership, with respect and integrity towards employees, customers and the environment. OPTEL helps its customers become compliant with worldwide traceability regulations and contributes to the fight against counterfeit pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Ever since OPTEL’s inception, Louis Roy has always been acting as a leader of corporate social responsibility, working towards the welfare of future generations.
Shi-Wan is the CEO and a co-founder of Thingswise, LLC, a startup providing an IIoT streaming analytic platform as a turnkey solution adapting and innovating key requisite IT technologies to meet OT requirements in IIoT systems. Dr. Lin co-chairs various technical groups for the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), the Joint Task Group between Plattform Industrie 4.0 and the Industrial Internet Consortium and the National Institute for Standards & Technology Cyber-Physical Systems Public Working Group. Dr. Lin is a leading author of the Industrial Internet Reference Architecture published by IIC. Previously, he worked for Intel for 10 years last as a Principal Engineer/Technologist in the Strategy and Technology Office in its Internet of Things Group and his other prior experience includes working for Sarvega, Inc (a Web Service/SOA/Security startup), Lucent Technologies and Motorola. Dr. Shi-Wan Lin has 20+ years of experience leading initiatives in system architecture, Big Data, analytics, enterprise software, Cloud Service, system security and trust, telecommunications and wireless data communications in both large corporate and startup settings.
Adem Kulauzovic is the Director of Coding Automation for Domino Printing Sciences. Adem is a graduate of Bradley University, where he received his BA in Electrical Engineering. Adem also received a degree in Network Engineering at Westwood College of Technology. Prior to joining Domino, Adem worked for an engineering firm that designed Water/Wastewater facilities for local municipalities. During this time Adem helped pioneer and develop remote automation through telemetry which allowed local municipalities gain information and control various pieces of equipment remotely from PALM mobile devices. For the past 10 years, Adem has worked for Domino where he has provided guidance and assistance in developing solutions and new technology to easily integrate into industrial equipment and ERP software. Adem’s knowledge and understanding of control automation and industrial standards has allowed him to help Domino stay in the front when it comes to understanding industrial systems and lead North America in the realm of Coding Automation.
Thomas J. Burke is the OPC Foundation President & Executive Director. Mr. Burke has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from John Carroll University and a master’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Dayton. He has spent the majority of his career developing hardware and software for industrial automation. Mr. Burke started the OPC Foundation in 1995, and his vision is all about multivendor multiplatform secure reliable interoperability for data / information integration from the smallest level of devices in industrial automation, building automation, home automation, and security into the cloud and the enterprise respectively.
As Director of Marketing for Wearables at Intel’s New Devices Group, Stacy English is responsible for the go to market planning for a wide range of Intel wearable devices that are transforming how we live, work and play. With over 25 years of experience in marketing with an emphasis on branding, messaging and creative storytelling, Stacy is passionate about driving compelling marketing experiences and the global adoption of wearables.
In his role as Chief Program Officer, Tom McDermott works across the UI LABS organization to oversee program planning and operations. He is responsible for optimizing execution for overall impact for UI LABS, partners, and other stakeholders. Tom is also Executive Director of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII). Prior to joining UI LABS, Tom was an Engagement Manager in McKinsey & Company’s Operations Practice, where he led numerous strategy and operations projects across multiple industries with extensive experience in manufacturing, service operations, and logistics topics. Tom joined McKinsey from the US Navy, where he served as a submarine officer; he was responsible for directing both ship and nuclear power plant operations. He also served as a Naval ROTC assistant professor at Boston University and MIT, where he taught engineering and weapons systems courses to future naval officers. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
Ashe Menon serves as the Senior Vice President of Manufacturing at NOV Grant Prideco, based in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining NOV, he worked in the Aerospace and Oil and Gas Industries. He spent multiple years as an entrepreneur until one of his companies was acquired by NOV in 2006. Ashe has been published in over 10 Oil and Gas Industry Magazines and Journals, he has also presented papers at various conferences around the world. He is an Alumni of University of Houston and Harvard Business School. He received the 2017 Smart Industry 50 award from Putnam Media. Outside of family and work, he loves to golf, run and a huge Houston Texans fan. He has been ranked in the top 250 fund raisers for various charities in Houston for the past few years.
Jeffrey is passionate and fascinated by wearables’ innovation and technology. Jeffrey has worked for a number of the leading commercial conference organizers in the U.S. and around the world, having held managerial and executive positions in all major areas of event development, including sales, production, marketing and project management. Jeffrey’s conference experience ranges from industry to industry – from Life Sciences to Finance to Enterprise – and from large trade shows and strategic summits to small, intimate business gatherings. Today, Jeffrey capitalizes on his diverse background and skill set within the conference industry as well as his extremely outgoing personality as BrainXchange’s CEO.
Scott McCormick is Editor of the tech news site Emergent Enterprise and founder of Emergent Enterprise Consulting. Scott speaks nationally on topics such as user experience, enterprise mobility and new technologies. He has 30+ years in enterprise training and technology initiatives and helped launch two companies: Float, an enterprise technology company, and The Iona Group, a corporate communications agency. He was a contributor to the book, Mastering Mobile Learning.
Ahmed Banafa has extensive experience in research, operations and management, with focus on IoT area. He is a reviewer and a technical contributor for the publication of several technical books. He served as a faculty several at well-known universities and colleges, including the University of California, Berkeley; California State University-East Bay; San Jose State University; and University of Massachusetts. He is the recipient of several awards, including Distinguished Tenured Staff Award of 2013, Instructor of the year for 2013, 2014, and Certificate of Honor for Instructor from the City and County of San Francisco. He was named as number one tech voice to follow by LinkedIn in 2016.
Brett Brune is Editor in Chief of Smart Manufacturing magazine. He previously edited and wrote business news on staff at the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and The New York Times. He also served as Editor in Chief of Smart Grid Today and critiqued business magazines for The New York Times.
Scott Christensen, is the Cyber Practice Lead for Gray Matter Systems, a leading solution provider assisting industrial companies in their digital journeys. He leads all facets of their Cyber business with a focus on delivering cyber security solutions into OT and Industrial environments. Prior to joining Gray Matter Scott was the Cyber Subject Matter Expert for GE Digital, leading their efforts to help customers mitigate risks associated with a digital transformation. He has held positions with Wurldtech Security Technologies; Dexa Systems (formerly a division of Schlumberger); CSI Software; NetIQ and Bindview primarily focusing on Cyber Security in the O&G, Power, Manufacturing and Healthcare space.
Ryan Bruce is Director of Virtual Reality – IC.IDO at ESI North America. With experience starting from the Virtual Reality Applications Center at Iowa State, where he created industrial grade Military VR training simulations, to leading the North American Expansion of Stuttgart based start-up IC.IDO; Ryan has spent more than a decade solving high-value business problems. Now a member of ESI Group, an innovator in Virtual Prototyping and the digital HybridTwin ™ , IC.IDO continues to develop and achieve significant returns on investment for their globally distributed enterprise Virtual Reality customers. Ryan guides ESI prospects and customers in the implementation of IC.IDO to identify and resolve human-centric challenges, as they leverage digitally realized products to experience their proposed processes—engineering integration, production planning, product operation, and maintenance.
Barry qualified with an MSc from University of Dublin, Trinity College Dublin in 1996. Barry has worked in a research environment in Trinity College Dublin for 10 years before commencing work with Intel. He has worked in a number of senior engineering roles in Intel as process integration, failure analysis engineer. He has worked in a number of management roles within Intel such as Laboratory and Failure Analysis manager, Process Integration manager, Device, Process Control and Statistics manager, Yield Analysis manager, Quality and Reliability manager, Yield Q&R department manager. Barry has also worked as New Business and Strategic Program manager for Ireland Fab Operations in Intel.
Eric Prévost has 20 years of experience working in information Technology strategy roles for Manufacturing sector. Eric has also a deep cross-industries knowledge in innovation practice, IT/Business Strategy, Design Thinking, Service and Digital transformation, and INDUSTRY 4.0 areas.
In his current role within the Oracle Industries Solution Group, Eric is developing the global strategy and solutions development including emerging technologies (IOT, Cloud, Blockchain, Virtual/Augmented reality, Artificial Intelligence) for Automotive and Manufacturing industries.
His career experience includes senior positions in management and Digital Transformation consulting at IBM Global Services and Capgemini, and 6 years leading the Automotive and Manufacturing innovative solutions at Oracle.
Eric was digital director and head of business/IT consulting team in Capgemini Manufacturing business unit. He supported manufacturing companies to build and implement their innovative transformation journey to address new services business including new pay per use business and financial models. Eric also covered roles of CIO and head of Enterprise Architecture for numerous IBM’s customers to implement new IT organizations and IT transformation roadmaps for supporting digital transformation including all technology stacks from Infrastructure to business application. Eric was also the BPM Practice Leader in Capgemini, co-author of “BPM: Modeling through Monitoring” IBM book, and author of several papers on BPM and Innovation practices for business.
Eric is also the president of the TRIZ-France innovation association in charge of developing innovation practices in France and worldwide innovation cooperation; and Active member of the French Alliance of the Industry of the Future, and Industry 4.0 working group at Syntec Numerique, 1st Digital Professional French Association.
Paul has over 25 years experience implementing automation technology in manufacturing. He has worked for Kraft Foods, Reckitt Benkiser, Unilever, and Church & Dwight. As the R & D Equipment Engineering Manager, his areas of special expertise are in Creative Problem Solving, Technology Assessment, Strategic Planning, & Product Innovation. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Organization of Machine Automation & Controls (OMAC). He is also a Technical Contributor for Packaging World’s Playbook Series including the Automation & Controls Playbook. Paul has also served on technical panels and has keynoted at the ARC Advisory conference and at the Automation Conference. Paul has collaborated to produce several technical and problem solving articles for Packaging World magazine, Packaging Technology & Engineering and Kepner-Tregoe’s Forum magazine.
Paul holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Hofstra University and a Masters in Engineering Management from New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Jonathan has extensive experience within technology, innovation and strategy. Jonathan currently runs Hack-A-Thought ( http://www.HackAThought.com ), an organization that combines the power of globally known thought leaders, academic research and diversity of thought. Jonathan’s most recent summit was held at the Harvard Club of NYC and was supported, in part, by the AI-focused group at Harvard Kennedy School. The summit gathered globally-known innovators from 15 industries as well as academics and prominent alumni, including CEOs and globally known thought leaders, associated in various ways with 15 globally known academic institutions.
Jonathan also has extensive experience within technology roles. Most recently, Jonathan was a Vice President for Datalex, where he managed commercial negotiations with airlines throughout the Americas and met with executives of those airlines to facilitate their usage of Datalex’s technology. Prior to that role, Jonathan worked as a technology executive with Travelport and as a Senior Associate within the Aviation and Transportation practices at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C., including working closely with various global airline customers.
Jonathan started his career working in planning roles with two airlines and with two aviation consulting firms. Jonathan holds J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Duke University and a B.B.A. degree from Emory University.
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