October 30, 2018 | Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Grand Rapids, MI

7:15 - 8:00 a.m. 

8:00 - 8:15 a.m.     


8:15 - 9:00 a.m.

9:00 - 9:45 a.m.


9:45 - 10:00 a.m.

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.










11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

11:45 - 12:30 p.m.


12:30 - 1:15 p.m.




1:45 - 2:45 p.m.








2:45 - 3:00 p.m.

Registration and breakfast

Welcome Remarks

Birgit Klohs, President and CEO, The Right Place, Inc.

Press Go on Industry 4.0

Rick Schreiber, National Manufacturing & Distribution Practice Leader, BDO


Keynote | Empowering Mind & Machine: How Industry 4.0  Will Reinvent Life As We Know It

Andy Storm, President and CEO, Eckhart, Inc. 



Panel Discussion: The Industrial Internet of Things


Shawn Crowley, Managing Partner, Atomic Object

Scott Sadler, Category Product Manager for Integrated Technology, Steelcase

Rick VandeKopple, VP of Quality and Lean, ADAC Automotive

Greg Nowak, Embedded Software Engineer, DornerWorks


David Carlson, US Manufacturing and Automotive Industry Practice Leader, Marsh

How Manufacturers Can Get Started on Artificial Intelligence

Alison Houston, Manager, Next Gen Manufacturing-Analytics, Ford Motor Company

Networking Lunch 

Lunch Keynote | Digital Disruption: The Future of Work, Skills, and Leadership in the New Industrial World

Dr. Tracey Wilen, Researcher, Global Speaker and Author 

Concurrent Breakout Session 1

(select one)


Developing and Implementing a Connected Product Strategy

Aaron Kamphuis, OST

Everette Binger, Amway

Jeff Kwiatkowski, USF Holland

Ryan Anderson, Teem

Mike Lomonaco, OST


IloT Smart Factories - Leveraging Big Data for Innovation in Manufacturing

Marc Fabbo

MapR Data Technologies


Manufacturing Leadership Driven by 4.0

Pavan Muzumdar

Automation Alley


3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Session 2

(select one)


Productivity and Industry 4.0 - Transforming People, Lean, and Automation

Ryan Crandell, DeWys Manufacturing

Jason Freiburger, GHSP

Joe Dyer, Disher


Real Blockchain Value: Looking Beyond the Hype Cycle

Chris Winczewski


blueshift ID


Furious Change and the Culturally Competent Leader

Skot Welch

Global Bridgebuilders

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Networking Reception