2013 Benchmarking Conference October 17-18, 2013
*Schedule subject to change
Wednesday, October 16:
6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception
Thursday, October 17:
8:00 a.m. Super Human Power – It Resides in Everyone!
When Lauren Kornacki discovered her father crushed beneath his BMW 525i, which had slipped off the carjack during repair, the 22-year-old wedged herself under the vehicle — and pulled it off her father. Troy Nix will share how incredible human feats have been documented throughout history and that incredible human feats can be documented in your facility every day. As effective leaders, each of us has the potential of extracting and significantly multiplying greater contributions from employees regularly. In fact, of all the competitive advantages that each executive tries to establish, leadership will always be the differentiator and major source of impact on the success of companies.
8:30 a.m. The Real Truth about Success: What the Top 1% Do Differently and Why They Won’t Tell You
Many experts agree that trust is perhaps the most important element of a successful workplace. Company executives who gain the trust of their employees tend to have a more engaged, productive workforce and a high efficiency work environment. Although trust is the least understood element of business success, it can be the most powerful or the most destructive of all. During this dynamic keynote address, Garrison Wynn, author of amazon.com’s best-selling book The Real Truth About Success, a Steven Covey coauthor, and primary speaker to some of the world’s most effective leaders and business developers, will present substantiated research on what the top 1% of executive teams do differently to gain the trust of their employees thus maximizing productivity and profits.
9:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:00 a.m. The Science of Running Profitable Manufacturing Businesses
Running a profitable business in today’s environment has changed significantly over the last 20 years. In fact, many business practices in the past are simply extinct and have been replaced by more sophisticated processes and methods. Understanding today’s manufacturing metrics is essential in order to prepare for tomorrow’s success. During this interview based approach, two of the most recognizable industry analyst, Jeff Mengel of Plante & Moran and Laurie Harbour of Harbour Results, will provide conference attendees with the latest operational, financial, and process benchmarks related to best-in-class manufacturers. Information and trends retrieved directly from Plante & Moran’s North American Plastics Industry Survey and Harbor Results’ industry interactions will serve to fully educate executives where and how to allocate resources to achieve new levels of profitable success.
11:15 a.m. The Customer Replacement Strategy – The Method to Effectively Expand Profits
Opportunities for growth and expansion have inundated U.S. manufacturing companies over the last 18 months. Leading companies are replacing the outdated business strategy of “grow or die” to a longer term approach focused on the concept of replacing high maintenance low margin customers with more profitable clients that better fit the culture, capabilities, and long term goals of the business. Since this strategy assumes a company has a strong pipeline of sales prospects, the transition can only start after a prospect is evaluated and converted to a full-fledged customer. With this metamorphosis occurring, CJ McClanahan (entrepreneur, consultant, author, and professional trainer) believes that companies can be successful by applying simple and practical strategies daily and are committed to practicing proven fundamentals that lead to a definite path to success.
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. In-Depth IGNITE Exchanges
Industry executives have made it clear that the most powerful professional learning and development tools can be found through exchanges between people of like interests and like responsibilities. To optimize the learning potential of conference attendees, themed Ignite Sessions will enable attendees to select from a group of business exchanges that most interest them. Upon entering an Ignite Session, conference participants will hear brief overviews, experiences, and remedies for the identified topic. After hearing from the presenters, attendees will have a short period to ask questions, gather information on resources, and explore ideas. The goal for these sessions is for attendees to gain new ideas, find potential resources, and expand their business networks with those who share common concentration with the topic.
Topics included for selection are:
1. Process Validation and Automation
2. Program Launch
4. Sales Management
5. Training & Development
6. Recruiting Talent
7. Wellness Initiatives
9. Waste Reduction
11. Social Media
2:15 p.m. Rotate to Next Ignite Session Choice
3:00 p.m. Networking Break
3:30 p.m. Using Seconds to Improve the Efficiency of Company Operations
Most conference attendees have heard the term “it’s a game of inches.” During this interactive panel discussion with CEO’s and Presidents from manufacturing companies across the world, a new theme of “it’s a game of seconds,” will quickly emerge. In fact, these leading business executives have taken lean improvements down to the second and will explain how they have literally transformed their employee base into an army of thinkers, waste reduction specialists, and efficiency experts. As an expansion of the 2-Second Lean concept, Paul Akers of FastCap and a strong host of senior executives from around the globe will take stage to explain the gains they’ve achieved by comprehensively educating their workforce on the concept and implementation of instantaneous improvements. With 57,600 seconds in a two-shift work day, the possibilities here are endless.
4:15 p.m. The Strategy of Building a Culture That Promotes a Company’s Future
The handwriting is on the wall; the workforce shortage will continue to impact manufacturing operations for years to come. To counter this economic imbalance for the need for workers, some manufacturing executives are finding that a significant competitive advantage can be created by the method with which their management teams facilitate, foster, and sculpt nurturing environments for their people. In fact, the age ole adage of recruiting people has transitioned into the strategy of attracting, enticing, and drawing talent to an organization. During this keynote address, Jon Wolske, Culture Evangelist for Zappos, will demonstrate the advantages his company enjoys over competitors when it comes to winning the war on finding talent. There’s no doubt, no matter the size of your company there will be several ideas and concepts attendees will hear in which they can implement back into their business strategies for building a solid culture.
5:00 p.m. Association Annual Meeting
5:15 p.m. Networking Reception
Friday, October 18:
8:30 a.m. Breakfast with Business Leaders in the Same Functional Area
NEW this year is Peer-to-Peer Breakfast and Discussion, where attendees can share a meal with other individuals who are in their functional area while discussing key topics/issues. Expanding the annual roundtable discussions to enable attendees in the same functional areas to exchange about new ideas, resources used, and expand business networks.
9:45 a.m. Networking Break
10:00 a.m. Strategies that Pay: Implementing Approaches to Waste Reduction and Environmental Stewardship
Executives looking for trends and ideas for where the future of the manufacturing sector is headed will be tested with this thought-provoking engagement on the three R’s (reduce, reuse, and recycle) from Tom Easterday, Executive Vice President of SIA (Subaru of Indiana Automotive). The executive team of SIA, the first car manufacturing plant in the United States to achieve ISO 50001 (energy management systems accreditation), have perfected all three of the three R’s because of the impact on the company’s performance in manufacturing, position in the community, and profits for the stakeholders. This zero landfill facility has interwoven its business operations into the community becoming a regional employer of choice, a state of the art production facility, and known for its quality products with the 3R philosophy in full swing. During this presentation, executives will gain a comprehensive understanding of how large company strategies can be implemented in smaller manufacturing operations to achieve cost savings in energy, materials, labor and more.
11:00 a.m. This is Why We Make The BIG Bucks, Right?
As a well-known weekly columnist for the New York Times, Forbes, Inc.com and a frequent guest on Fox, Fox Business, MSNBC and CNBC, Gene Marks will bring a macro perspective to conference attendees that is unique, refreshing, and entertaining. Since industry professionals are responsible for looking ahead and reacting appropriately, it’s important to understand how economic and technology changes will not only impact for profit entities but how this impact will eventually impact those who are responsible for making the products that keep companies in business. During this presentation, Gene will bring clarity to future trends and what actions executives should take to prudently prepare. Attendees will understand the facts, without emotions, so they can make the right decisions for the long term in regards to trends in technology, management themes, healthcare reform and the latest tools and services available for business executives to help grow their companies. (Caution: this presentation will be delivered by a small business owner…not an economist, statistician, or politician!)
12:00 p.m. Gear up for the 2014 Benchmarking Conference
12:15 p.m. 2013 Benchmarking Conference Adjourned