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MFG Forum

2017 Sponsors

2017 MFG Forum sponsors Amerisure MetLife BCBS ASK Michigan Creative Clark Hill Maner Costerisan UHY LLP Yeo and Yeo Guy Hurley HCC Amigo MEDC Comcast Business

Event Agenda:

  • 7:00 a.m. — PRIME Breakfast Registration
  • 7:30 a.m. — PRIME Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m. — MFG Forum Registration
  • 9:00 a.m. — MFG Forum Program begins
  • 9:15 a.m. — Opening Keynote
  • 10:15 a.m. — Session 1
  • 11:15 a.m. — Networking Lunch
  • 12:15 p.m. — Session 2
  • 1:15 p.m. — Networking break
  • 1:30 p.m. — Interactive Session
  • 2:15 p.m. — Closing Keynote
  • 3:15 p.m. — Networking Reception

From Global Auto OEM through Supply Chain,
the Importance of Security

As a leading global automobile manufacturer committed to our customers, safety, quality and innovation, General Motors understands the importance of information security. Attendees will learn the potential impact through the supply chain as Lisa Gage shares insights to how GM is driving security through its organization from people awareness to plant floor.

Speaker: Lisa Gage, General Motors Director of Information Security; Transformation, Planning and Metrics


Real World Experience to Reduce Risk

Innovation, technology and security are hallmarks of a successful manufacturing business. This panel of experts from ASK, Orbitform, Fibre Converters and Melling Tool will share their real-world insight and experience in a moderated discussion to enlighten, inform and challenge fellow manufacturers. Attendees will gain an awareness of the evolving landscape of manufacturing, hear personal stories and learn best practices they can apply to any size of manufacturing operation.

Panelists Include:

  • Mike Maddox, ASK President (moderator)
  • Phil Sponsler, Orbitform President
  • Jamey Southland, Fibre Converters Computer Systems Admin
  • Bill Klemm, Melling Tool Director of IT Services





Why Hackers Love Manufacturing and
How to Drive Them Away

Critical manufacturers including manufacturers of vehicles, transportation equipment, metals, machinery and electrical equipment have been identified by U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the leading target of infrastructure cyber-attacks, with more than a third of total attacks impacting manufacturers. While most industrial environments were not developed with cyber security as a primary goal, manufacturers need to take action to protect their business, communities and consumers. Agents of FBI, DHS and MMTC will highlight national, state and local resources to assist Michigan manufacturers with identifying existing cybersecurity tools and resources.

Panelists Include:

  • Rebecca Taylor, NCMS Senior Vice President (moderator)
  • Greg Carnevale, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • David Martin, FBI Special Supervisory Agent
  • Elliot Forsyth, MMTC Vice President of Business Operations




How Hackable Are You?

The spread of network-connected devices has greatly impacted the way we live, the services we use and how products are manufactured. While manufacturers see the benefits of connecting these devices to collect metrics and data, organizations may not understand the risks involved. During this interactive session, Merit Network's Jason Brown, will demonstrate how a hacker can eavesdrop on your corporate network and provide ways to protect your staff and your equipment in this highly connected world.

Panelists Include:

  • Jason Brown, Merit Network Chief Information Security Officer
  • Tonia Cronin, Merit Network Program Manager, Michigan Cyber Range Hubs


Sustaining a Culture of Innovation

Innovation is in the DNA of manufacturing and is the mother of necessity for competitiveness. Yet, not every manufacturer has learned how to develop or embrace a culture of innovation. Learn how your Chief Information Officer may be blocking innovation, how to embrace disruption and proven strategies to sustain innovation. In addition to an inside look at how Microsoft is innovating, Mike Walton will share his experience to help manufacturers learn the linkage of culture and innovation to develop game-changing strategies and technologies.

Speaker: Mike Walton, Microsoft Manufacturing Vertical Senior Executive



Why Should You Attend the MFG Forum?


About the MFG Forum

  • The 2017 MFG Forum will be like nothing you have seen before as MMA partners with the National Center for Manufacturing Science to deliver an exceptional learning experience.
  • This full-day program focuses on emerging issues impacting Michigan's manufacturing sector by providing real-world best practices presented by leading manufacturers and issue experts.
  • In addition to best practices, attendees will learn about important resources to protect and grow their business.
  • Open networking and interactive activities will let you take the conversation to a deeper level and gain insightful new knowledge.


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