2012 Oklahoma Conference on Manufacturing

Tulsa, Oklahoma
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Tentative agenda:
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7:30 a.m.
Registration Opens

7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Continental Breakfast and Networking with Exhibitors

8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Mobile Manufacturing Lab available for tours in the parking lot

9 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Opening General Session
  • Remarks by Chuck Prucha, Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance
  • Keynote Address by Gus Whalen, Chairman of the Warren Featherbone Company. (See "Keynotes" tab for more information)
10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break with Exhibitors

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
Series of individual seminars (Pick One):

  • Roundtable Discussion:
    Using Benchmarking and Networking to Multiply Your Lean Results
    A lively conversation with several prosperous Oklahoma manufacturers discussing the benefits of professional networking and sharing best practices.
    Panelists include:
    ------Mike Thompson, Affinia Group
    ------Neil Ferguson, Beam's Seatbelts
    ------Lenny Roland, Nestle Purina
    ------Eric Sovereign, American Gaming Systems
    ------Dwight Perkins, IG Inc.
  • Innovation Engineering for Oklahoma Manufacturers
    American workers, managers and business owners need to transform from a culture that fears failure to a proactive culture focused on growth through innovation.  We need to learn again how to transform every company through innovation into a growth company that is profitable by providing services and products that are worth more to customers. In the past Innovation was slow and risky. Today, there is a system that increases innovation speed up to times faster while decreasing risk 30 to 80 percent.

    Joe Genet is Innovation Engineering Project Manager for the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance. This session will be an interactive discussion of the Innovation Engineering Management System, which is a proven and teachable system of tools developed through scientific inquiry -grounded in hard data and proven reliable in real-world application. Over the past 25 years, this system and the tools that make up the system were only available to the big companies like Nike, Hewlett Packard, Walt Disney, Procter & Gamble, Slumberger and Ford.  Now thanks to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s NIST/MEP Network it’s available to Oklahoma’s small and medium-sized companies through the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance.

  • Employment Regulations: Practical Advice for Practical People
    Madalene A. B. Witterholt serves as a director for Crowe & Dunlevy, where she specializes in labor and employment, litigation and trial, and worker’s compensation law. She’ll lead a witty discussion including real case studies on a variety of topics related to employee regulations. She’ll offer the most up-to-date information on worker’s comp, wage-and-hour, I-9 compliance, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and much more … All in an effort to help managers avoid hidden pitfalls. (More Information Soon)

  • Disaster Recovery Planning and Cloud Computing for Manufacturers
    Is your business prepared for an IT disaster?  Imagine if you did not have access to your files, email, accounting or ERP system.  Would production grind to a halt?  Forty percent of manufacturers do not reopen after a disaster and another 25 percent fail within one year. This session will give you insight on how to be prepared in case a disaster occurs in your business.  We will also introduce cloud services which can help in this process and possible streamline your current IT infrastructure.

11:45 a.m. – Noon
Visit with Exhibitors


12:30 p.m.
Lunch General Session
  • Remarks by Lt. Governor Todd Lamb
  • Presentation of Governor’s Manufacturing Leadership Awards

1:15 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.
The State of Our Manufacturing Economy, presented by Chad Wilkerson, Vice President and Oklahoma City Branch Executive for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

1:40 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Afternoon General Session
  • Keynote Address and presentation by Michael McMillan, world leader in creative thinking and innovation. (See "Keynotes" tab for more information.)

3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Conference concludes; Michael McMillan available for individual questions.


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