2015 SPEAKERS, PANELISTS

Nikki Haley

Governor, South Carolina
KEYNOTE: Salute to Manufacturing Awards Luncheon

Gov. Haley will give the keynote speech at the Salute to Manufacturing Awards Luncheon at Noon, Tuesday, April 14th. Haley will honor winners of several state-wide manufacturing excellence awards at the Luncheon. Haley was re-elected as the 116th Governor of South Carolina in 2014. An individual ticket for the Awards Luncheon is $60 and a corporate table is $495. Both can be purchased on the registration page. That can be done by clicking the “REGISTER” button at the top of this page.

Bobby Hitt

Secretary of Commerce, South Carolina
KEYNOTE: The State of Manufacturing in South Carolina

After Bobby Hitt’s speech, which will be Tuesday, April 14th at 4:30 p.m., he will hold a short press conference to take questions from the media. Hitt was appointed by Governor Nikki Haley to serve as Secretary of Commerce in 2011. Previously, he was the manager of corporate affairs at the BMW Manufacturing Company in Spartanburg, SC and was involved in bringing BMW to the Upstate. He is also a past chairman of the South Carolina Manufacturers’ Alliance.  The keynote speech is free to the public, however, attendees must register for a Conference Pass to get in. That can be done by clicking the “REGISTER” button at the top of this page.

Pete Selleck

Chairman and President, Michelin North America
KEYNOTE: The Future of Manufacturing in South Carolina

Pete Selleck’s keynote will close the conference on Wednesday, April 15th at 4:15 p.m. Selleck is responsible for coordinating all activities of Michelin in North America. With more than $10 billion in sales and 21,500 employees across Canada, Mexico and the United States, Michelin is a global leader in the tire industry. Selleck joined Michelin in 1982 and served in manufacturing and general management in Greenville, SC and Clermont-Ferrand, France. The first half of his career was focused on engineering, quality, and operational and leadership roles in North American manufacturing plants. Selleck’s keynote speech is free to the public, however, attendees must register for a Conference Pass to get in. That can be done by clicking the “REGISTER” button at the top of this page.

Mark Fava

Chief Counsel, Boeing South Carolina

Mark Fava will give the opening keynote speech on Tuesday, April 14th at 8:45 a.m. Fava was named chief counsel for Boeing’s South Carolina site in 2010 and manages all legal matters related to the Boeing site. Prior to Boeing, Fava practiced aviation law as a partner at a major Southeastern law firm. He was also the chief operations attorney for Delta Airlines, Inc. Early in his career, Fava worked as a federal judicial law clerk in the District Court for the District of South Carolina. Fava’s keynote speech is free to the public, however, attendees must register for a Conference Pass to get in. That can be done by clicking the “REGISTER” button at the top of this page.

Keith Miller

President, Greenville Technical College, Greenville, SC
KEYNOTE: Update on Center for Manufacturing Innovation

Keith Miller’s keynote will follow a panel discussion on Creating a Skilled Workforce on Wednesday, April 15th at 9:45 a.m. Miller will also serve as a panelist on the workforce development panel. Miller has been the President at Greenville Technical College since 2008. Miller served as Chairman of the Board for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in 2008-09. He has also served on the board of directors for the American Council on Education and was co-chairman of the national steering committee for development of the Voluntary Framework for Accountability. Currently, he serves on the boards for the Greenville County Chamber of Commerce, Urban League of the Upstate, United Way of Greenville County and Upstate SC Alliance. An individual ticket to Miller’s keynote and breakfast panel discussion is $35 and can be purchased on the registration page. That can be done by clicking the “REGISTER” button at the top of this page.

Tom Crabtree

Television Evening Anchor, 7 On Your Side, WSPA-TV (CBS Affiliate)
EMCEE: Salute to Manufacturing Awards Luncheon

Tom Crabtree will emcee the awards luncheon. With nearly 40 years in broadcasting, Crabtree is one of the most experienced news anchors in the Carolinas. He co-anchors the 5, 6, 7 and 11 o’clock weeknight newscasts for the Upstate’s CBS affiliate located in Spartanburg, SC. He was named “2013 Television Anchor of the Year” for both North and South Carolina by the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas. The Awards Luncheon is at Noon, Tuesday, April 14th.

Michael McGrath

Consultant and Senior Technical Advisor at Analytic Services, Reston, VA
SESSION CHAIR: Cyber-Threats and the Future of Security for Manufacturers

Mike McGrath will lead a panel discussion on cyber-threats to manufacturers. McGrath is a corporate officer of Analytic Services, Inc., a not-for-profit public service research institute. He leads operations in science and technology analysis and management support. He recently co-chaired a study: Cyber-Security for Advanced Manufacturing for the National Defense Industrial Association. He also served as deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development, test and evaluation. In DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office, he managed programs in dual use science and technology, agile manufacturing, electronic commerce resource centers and affordable multi missile manufacturing. Panel discussion: Tuesday, April 14th at 9:30 a.m. Free with registration for a Conference Pass.

Keith Stoufer

Mechanical Engineer, Intelligent Systems Division, NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
PANELIST: Cyber-Threats and the Future of Security for Manufacturers

Keith Stouffer will be a panelist for the discussion on cyber-threats to manufacturers. He has been with the Engineering Lab at NIST for 25 years focusing on Industrial Control Systems (ICS) security since 2000. Keith is the lead author of NIST Special Publication 800-82, Guide to Industrial Control Systems Security, which provides guidance on how to secure ICS while addressing their unique performance, reliability and safety requirements. Keith has also provided input to the ISA/IEC 62443 and NERC CIP security standards. During his career, he has received gold and bronze medals from the Department of Commerce and the Gov30 Security Award. Panel discussion: Tuesday, April 14th at 9:30 a.m. Free with registration for a Conference Pass.

John Toomer

Director of Intelligence, Information and Cyber Systems, Boeing, Washington DC
PANELIST: Cyber-Threats and the Future of Security for Manufacturers

John Toomer will be a panelist for the discussion on cyber-threats to manufacturers. Toomer joined Boeing after a 25-year career with the United States Air Force, from which he retired as a Colonel. He is responsible for supporting the Information Solutions’ portfolio, focusing on cyber security, information assurance, networks and tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Toomer recently served as the Deputy Director for the Cyber and Information Operations Directorate. Panel discussion: Tuesday, April 14th at 9:30 a.m. Free with registration for a Conference Pass.

Bill Mahoney

Chief Executive Officer, South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA), Columbia, SC
SESSION CHAIR: Venture Capital and Creating Ecosystems for Manufacturing Start-Ups

Bill Mahoney will lead a panel discussion centered on securing capital for manufacturing start-ups. Mahoney has held his post at SCRA since 2005. Within the defense, security, advanced materials and energy and sustainability market segments, SCRA has become known as a dynamic, research-based business, uniquely able to apply innovative technologies to important government and corporate problem sets. A Harvard graduate, Mahoney spent 30 years leading companies, small and large, which commercialized “first-of-a-kind” solutions in telecommunications, electronic publishing, automatic remote monitoring and other emerging applied systems markets. Panel discussion: Tuesday, April 14th at 10:45 a.m. Free with registration for a Conference Pass.

Robert "Bob" Browning

General Partner, AB Solutions, LLC, Greenville, SC
PANELIST: Venture Capital and Creating Ecosystems for Manufacturing Start-Ups

Bob Browning will sit on a panel that will explore ways manufacturing start-ups can acquire funding. Browning is the general partner at AB Solutions, LLC. His firm specializes in aerospace consulting services for domestic and international clients. These services include: growth and new business acquisition strategies; mergers and acquisition; lean manufacturing processes; and life-cycle support. Prior to forming ABSLLC, he spent 16+ years in the aerospace industry with The Boeing Company, The McDonnell Douglas Corporation and Lockheed Martin Corporation. Panel discussion: Tuesday, April 14th at 10:45 a.m. Free with registration for a Conference Pass.

William R. (Will) Johnson

Shareholder, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., Columbia, SC
PANELIST: Venture Capital and Creating Ecosystems for Manufacturing Start-Ups

Will Johnson will sit on a panel that will explore ways manufacturing start-ups can acquire funding. Johnson practices in the areas of tax and economic incentive matters. He has worked extensively on structuring incentives to facilitate investments by domestic and foreign companies of over $2 billion in South Carolina. He is the immediate past president of the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division and received the University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Foundation’s “Compleat Lawyer Silver Award.” Panel discussion: Tuesday, April 14th at 10:45 a.m. Free with registration for a Conference Pass.

Jason P. Premo

Chairman, Premo Ventures, Greenville, SC
PANELIST: Venture Capital and Creating Ecosystems for Manufacturing Start-Ups

Jason Premo will sit on a panel that will explore ways manufacturing start-ups can acquire funding. Premo Ventures is a capital firm focused on investing and accelerating small to mid-size advanced manufacturing companies with high-impact potential in the aerospace, defense, energy and medical device industries. Premo has worked in a wide variety of roles ranging from design engineering to CEO, in startups to Fortune 500 global organizations. Panel discussion: Tuesday, April 14th at 10:45 a.m. Free with registration for a Conference Pass.

Peter Bastien

Business Development Officer, Toyota Tsusho America, Boston
PANELIST: Venture Capital and Creating Ecosystems for Manufacturing Start-Ups

Peter Bastien will sit on a panel that will explore ways manufacturing start-ups can acquire funding. Bastien leads technology business development and early stage investment efforts at Toyota Tsusho, the trading company for the Toyota Group. Bastien develops deals such as capital investments and strategic partnerships on behalf of Toyota Tsusho. Prior to Toyota, he was an associate at Patriot Venture Partners, a start-up, early-stage venture capital firm. Panel discussion: Tuesday, April 14th at 10:45 a.m. Free with registration for a Conference Pass.

Thomas Kurfess

HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
PRESENTER: Challenges and Opportunities for Next-Generation Manufacturing

Tom Kurfess will make a presentation on the challenges that face manufacturers in the coming years. Kurfess took a leave from his current job in 2012-2013 to serve as the Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States. In this position he had responsibility for engaging the Federal sector and the greater scientific community to identify possible areas for policy actions related to manufacturing. He was also responsible for coordinating Federal advanced manufacturing R&D, addressing issues related to technology commercialization, identifying gaps in current Federal R&D in advanced manufacturing and developing strategies to close these gaps.  Presentation: Tuesday, April 14th at 2:00 p.m. Free with registration for a Conference Pass.

Dan Nagy

Managing Director, Inter-Regional Secretariat at Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS), Arlington, VA
PRESENTER: Challenges and Opportunities for Next-Generation Manufacturing

Dan Nagy will make a presentation on international coordination and cooperation in research and development between governments and other entities. IMS International is a government-supported multi-lateral program for advanced manufacturing R&D. Nagy is responsible for oversight of activities related to the IMS International program, including general management, marketing, finance, project portfolio and outreach activities. Formerly, Nagy managed corporate accounts for Apogent Technologies, where he guided sales and marketing efforts of scientific products to large accounts. Presentation: Tuesday, April 14th at 2:00 p.m. Free with registration for a Conference Pass.

Dean Bartles

Executive Director, Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) at UI Labs, Chicago
PRESENTER: Digital Manufacturing and the Future of Long-Term Data Retention

Dean Bartles will explore innovations in digital manufacturing strategies. The DMDII addresses the life cycle of digital data interchanged among myriad of design, engineering, manufacturing and maintenance systems. Bartles has had a 36-year career in manufacturing, implementing multi-million dollar programs domestically and internationally, setting up manufacturing operations in Egypt and Turkey. His responsibilities included research and development, technology transfer, program management and manufacturing operations. Presentation: Tuesday, April 14th at 3:15 p.m. Free with registration for a Conference Pass.

Don Hemmelgarn

Sr. Executive VP, International Technegroup, ITI, Inc.. Milford, OH
PRESENTER: Digital Manufacturing and the Future of Long-Term Data Retention

Hemmelgarn will discuss the need to create a digital design storage system that has the staying power of paper blueprints. He leads the PLM/CAD/CAM/CAE Interoperability and Integrations solutions business within ITI. Responsibilities include managing the company’s business operations and interests throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and partnerships with major PLM providers, including Siemens PLM, Dassault Systemes and PTC. He also serves as an officer and executive committee member on the PDES, Inc. Executive Board. Presentation: Tuesday, April 14th at 3:45 p.m. Free with registration for a Conference Pass.

Chris William

Executive Producer, Carolina Business Review
MODERATOR: Creating a Skilled Workforce Panel Discussion

Chris William will moderate a panel discussion on workforce development on Wednesday, April 15th at 7:30 a.m. For 25 years, William has been an executive in the private client group at Wells Fargo and has been the moderator and executive producer for the long-running, syndicated PBS television program, Carolina Business Review. The TV show is seen each week in 22 markets throughout North and South Carolina. William is also the host and co-founder of The Forum for Corporate Conscience, an organization of nearly 150 CEOs that discuss issues around corporate sustainability, ethics and values.

James (Jimmie) Williamson

President, South Carolina Technical College System, Columbia, SC
PANELIST: Creating a Skilled Workforce

Jimmie Williamson will sit on a panel that will discuss the skills gap in South Carolina and a variety of workforce development issues that manufacturers experience. Williamson was recently named the President of the South Carolina Technical College System. He previously served as Chief Human Capital Officer for Agape Senior. He has also served as President of both Northeastern and Williamsburg Technical Colleges. He received the South Carolina Governor’s Award for Two-Year College Educational Champion of the Year. Breakfast Panel Discussion: Wednesday, April 15th at 7:30 a.m. There is a $35 charge to attend this breakfast event. Tickets can be purchased on the registration page. That can be done by clicking the “REGISTER” button at the top of this page.

Molly Spearman

State Superintendent of Education, South Carolina
PANELIST: Creating a Skilled Workforce

Molly Spearman will sit on a panel that will discuss the skills gap in South Carolina and a variety of workforce development issues that manufacturers experience. Spearman was elected as state superintendent of education in 2014. For 18 years she served as a classroom music teacher and assistant principal. She was elected to four terms as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives. For 10 years she served as the executive director of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. Breakfast Panel Discussion: Wednesday, April 15th at 7:30 a.m. There is a $35 charge to attend this breakfast event. Tickets can be purchased on the registration page. That can be done by clicking the “REGISTER” button at the top of this page.

Henry Giles

President, Spartanburg Community College, Spartanburg, SC
PANELIST: Creating a Skilled Workforce

Henry Giles will sit on a panel that will discuss the skills gap in South Carolina and a variety of workforce development issues that manufacturers experience. Giles was named President of Spartanburg Community College in 2012. Giles has worked for the college for the past 45 years in a variety of positions, including CFO, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Vice President for Business Affairs. Breakfast Panel Discussion: Wednesday, April 15th at 7:30 a.m. There is a $35 charge to attend this breakfast event. Tickets can be purchased on the registration page. That can be done by clicking the “REGISTER” button at the top of this page.

Cheryl Stanton

Executive Director, South Carolina Dept. of Employment and Workforce
PANELIST: Creating a Skilled Workforce

Cheryl Stanton will sit on a panel that will discuss the skills gap in South Carolina and a variety of workforce development issues that manufacturers experience. Stanton was appointed to serve as executive director of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce by Gov. Nikki Haley in May, 2013. She is responsible for the overall administration and management of the state’s employment agency, which is focused on matching jobseekers with employers quickly, efficiently and effectively. Prior to her current position, Stanton worked as a labor and employment attorney in both the public and private sectors. She served in the White House under President George W. Bush as the administration’s principal legal liaison to the U.S Department of Labor. Breakfast Panel Discussion: Wednesday, April 15th at 7:30 a.m. There is a $35 charge to attend this breakfast event. Tickets can be purchased on the registration page. That can be done by clicking the “REGISTER” button at the top of this page.

Grady Johnson

President and Group Publisher, SC Biz News
MODERATOR: Supply Chains of the Future

Grady Johnson will moderate a discussion on how leaders are preparing to get more from their supply chains in an uncertain future. Johnson is the president of SC Biz News, South Carolina’s media engine for economic growth. SC Biz News publishes the Charleston Regional Business Journal, the Columbia Regional Business Report, GSA Business, SCBIZ Magazine and six digital business news alerts and the digital weekly.  Panel Discussion: Wednesday, April 15th at 10:30 a.m. Free with registration for a Conference Pass.

Peter Straub

Executive Director, South Carolina Applied Research Center
PANELIST: Supply Chains of the Future

Peter Straub will discuss how leaders are preparing to get more from their supply chains in an uncertain future. Straub’s main objectives in his current position are to develop, implement and direct a newly formed state initiative for supply chain and logistics excellence. Prior to this position, Straub was manager of international transportation for Michelin North America. He was responsible for the procurement and operations of the maritime network for the Carolinas. He was also responsible for the North American international air freight, railway and inland drayage operations. Panel Discussion: Wednesday, April 15th at 10:30 a.m. Free with registration for a Conference Pass.

Chuck Spangler

COO, South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP)
PANELIST: Supply Chains of the Future

Chuck Spangler will discuss how leaders are preparing to get more from their supply chains in an uncertain future. Spangler has over 26 years of experience in a variety of industries, having worked for Milliken & Company, Michelin, Willis Hosiery and SCMEP. He has been with SCMEP for the past 19 years, the last 12 as COO. He has developed three Supply Chain programs for DuPont Solid Surface, DuPont Paint and Hanesbrands.  Panel Discussion: Wednesday, April 15th at 10:30 a.m. Free with registration for a Conference Pass.

Alfred Haas

Department Manager, Material and Transportation Control, Delivery Assurance, BMW Manufacturing Co., Greer, SC
PANELIST: Supply Chains of the Future

Alfred Haas will discuss how leaders are preparing to get more from their supply chains in an uncertain future. Haas joined BMW in 1986 at their plant in Regensburg, Germany in their logistic department. Since then he has held the following positions: manager of material planning and overseas production, manager, material planning, manager purchasing interior and manager material control. Panel Discussion: Wednesday, April 15th at 10:30 a.m. Free with registration for a Conference Pass.

Andy Owens

Managing Editor, SC Biz News, Charleston, SC
MODERATOR: Opportunities in Additive Manufacturing

Andy Owens will moderate a panel discussion on how additive manufacturing will impact small to large manufacturers in the future. Owens has hundreds of bylines in news and trade publications across the Unites States over his 20 years in the industry. He has experience covering a number of business beats, including economic development, government regulation and infrastructure and education. Panel Discussion: Wednesday, April 15th at 1:15 p.m. Free with registration for a Conference Pass.

James Simmons

Additive Manufacturing Director, SIMT (Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing Technology), Florence, SC
PANELIST: Opportunities in Additive Manufacturing

James Simmons will give his insights on the future impact of additive manufacturing for state manufacturers. Simmons manages the Additive Manufacturing Center for SIMT. The Rapid Prototyping Center at SIMT houses the largest 3D plastic and metal prototyping tools in the Southeastern United States. Simmons’ staff works with clients to find the best prototyping solution. He has technicians who can convert rough drawings into physical parts, sometimes in a matter of hours. Panel Discussion: Wednesday, April 15th at 1:15 p.m. Free with registration for a Conference Pass.

Jay Kramer

Business Development, Multiplastics, Charleston, SC
PANELIST: Opportunities in Additive Manufacturing

Jay Kramer will give his insights on the future impact of additive manufacturing for state manufacturers.  Kramer leads the business development and marketing team at Multiplastics, a plastics manufacturer founded in 1952. He founded the Center of Plastics Excellence in 2013 to be a development hub of new applications, plastics knowledge and a powerhouse of plastic innovations with a focus on additive manufacturing. Panel Discussion: Wednesday, April 15th at 1:15 p.m. Free with registration for a Conference Pass.

Mark Cotteleer

Research Director, Deloitte Services LP, Milwaukee, WI
PANELIST: Opportunities in Additive Manufacturing

Mark Cotteleer will lend his expertise to the conversation on additive manufacturing. Cotteleer is the portfolio leader for performance-related thought leadership across Deloitte. He works to ensure high quality eminence output with the goal to drive proprietary insights that can be used to ensure success for clients. Cotteleer’s research has been widely published in a number of academic journals such as the Harvard Business Review and MIS Quarterly. He won an award for Outstanding Research from the Harvard Business School. Panel Discussion: Wednesday, April 15th at 1:15 p.m. Free with registration for a Conference Pass.

Kevin Hunter

President, Simplified Office Systems, Columbia, SC
PRESENTER: Latest Options in 3D Printers

Kevin Hunter will discuss the latest and greatest in 3D printers. He has 18 years of sales and marketing experience. Simplified Office Systems (SOS) provides customers with equipment, services, support and consultation and sells a wide variety of 3D printers. Presentation: Wednesday, April 15th at 2:30 p.m. Free with registration for Conference Pass.

Natalie Corella

Executive Vice President, Contracts and Compliance, South Carolina Research Authority, Summerville, SC
SESSION CHAIR: The Future of Intellectual Property for Manufacturers

Natalie Corella will moderate a discussion on how manufacturers can protect assets and take advantage of new business opportunities. Corella has 27 years of experience in contract management, procurement and administration. She is responsible for negotiating and overseeing all SCRA and SCRA Applied R&D prime contracts, which total over 2 billion dollars. She oversees all subcontract and procurement functions corporate-wide, as well as the development and management of a workforce of contracting professionals. Panel Discussion: Wednesday, April 15th at 3:00 p.m. Free with registration for a Conference Pass.

Steve Johnson

CEO, CreatiVasc Medical, Inc., Greenville, SC
PANELIST: The Future of Intellectual Property for Manufacturers

Steve Johnson will discuss ways for manufacturers to protect assets and take advantage of new business opportunities.  Johnson has 25+ years’ experience in new company start-ups and technology maturation and commercialization. He became President and CEO at CreatiVasc in 2007. The company delivers a stream of innovative, easy-to-use vascular technologies that address the universal problems of vascular access for dialysis patients, improving survivability and quality of life. Formerly, Johnson was VP of new product development at Dow Chemical. Panel Discussion: Wednesday, April 15th at 3:00 p.m. Free with registration for a Conference Pass.

Jason Allen Jennings

Attorney, Dority and Manning, P.A., Greenville, SC
PANELIST: The Future of Intellectual Property for Manufacturers

Jason Jennings will discuss ways for manufacturers to protect assets and take advantage of new business opportunities. Jennings concentrates his practice on intellectual property development and protection (including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets) along with related counseling services. He has extensive experience in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in both the United States and abroad. Panel Discussion: Wednesday, April 15th at 3:00 p.m. Free with registration for a Conference Pass.

Douglas W. Kim

Attorney, McNair Law Firm, P.A., Greenville, SC
PANELIST: The Future of Intellectual Property for Manufacturers

Doug Kim heads the Intellectual Property Group for McNair and concentrates on counseling companies concerning the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. He assists in developing intellectual property protection strategies for new ventures as well as established international companies with the goal of enhancing IP portfolios to increase company worth. He has experience in patents, trademarks, service marks, copyrights and trade secrets. Panel Discussion: Wednesday, April 15th at 3:00 p.m. Free with registration for a Conference Pass.