Featured Speakers Include:
Rob Atkinson, founder and President of the Innovation Technology & Innovation Foundation, will present Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage. Beyond the success or failure of specific companies or industries, the United States has an important role to play in fostering an environment where innovation flourishes. Once the undisputed world innovation leader, the U.S. is now in danger of losing that title due to both international and domestic policies. Rob Atkinson will help you explore this bigger picture and what can be done about it by sharing findings from his new book Innovation Economics.* What should the U.S. do to better support innovation in the manufacturing sector? What can U.S. companies do to help bring these changes about and to better support their product innovation cycles? Rob will share his perspective on these key questions and describe a robust national manufacturing strategy for the United States.
Jeff Musi, Sales Manager-Value Added Group and SBQ Products, Gerdau Special Steel North America, and Mark Gilk, Director, Americas Distribution Sales, Eaton Corp., will present Guiding Principles of Employee Retention—Simplicity, Speed & Focus. Arguably, the single, most important driver of a company’s success is a motivated workforce, and even with high unemployment figures, competition for the best people is fierce. Co-presented by two members of the NFPA Future Leaders Network, this presentation will highlight a proven process for identifying and retaining the best talent, including specific analytical tools that will improve your retention planning.
Rickard Koslky, Lecturer, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, will present WIN-WIN-WIN Channel Systems: Turning Landmines into Competitive Advantages. When focusing on supply chain issues it’s easy to lose sight of the joint purpose of all involved—solving the customer’s problem. Key to honing your company’s competitive edge in the marketplace is a consistent, symbiotic relationship between all parties. Richard Kolsky’s role as Lecturer at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management allows him the opportunity to work with executives dealing with real-world scenarios every day. Those attending his classes find solid strategies they can apply directly to their businesses. Rick will share his “WIN-WIN-WIN” methodology and process to help you collaborate to deliver better value to your customers. Additional Learning Opportunity! Richard Kolsky has agreed to offer "office hours" Friday afternoon, March 8, for private consultations. A limited number of slots are available exclusively for NFPA conference attendees to discuss distribution channel topics.
Billy Taylor, Director of Commercial Manufacturing, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., will present Everyone Is a CEO: Empower Your Staff. Building a high-performance, self-sustaining culture is the foundation for company-wide success, yet to ingrain that philosophy, leadership cannot exist only at the C-level. Billy Ray Taylor brings more than 20 years of experience in all phases of manufacturing management and leadership. He has a track record of improving production efficiency and employee engagement. Billy will share his powerful stories and tell you how to drive results in your environment through both strategic deployment and tactical execution.