Executive Briefing Conference 2017
April 23 - April 25, 2017 | Detroit, Michigan
Our industry is evolving.
Never before have there been more opportunities for manufacturers to move forward with new technology, new methodology and new optimism. Advanced data and metrics enable manufacturers to optimize like never before. Technology has made seemingly impractical production goals into reality. Valuable knowledge and game-changing advancement opportunities are within your grasp.
Are you prepared to move your company into the new age of manufacturing?
Join us in the manufacturing epicenter of America for insightful educational briefings, behind-the-scenes tours of advanced facilities focused on ‘what’s next’ in the world of manufacturing and exclusive networking opportunities with industry leaders.
It’s time to rethink manufacturing. Transformation starts with you.
A Look Back at EBC 2017
Learning. Discovery. Networking. Growth. Inspiration.
The 2017 Executive Briefing Conference brought together a record number of industry leaders for presentations and speakers that shared motivating new ideas and tours of advanced manufacturing facilities that provided inspiration for future innovation.
Thanks to all of our attendees, presenters, tour hosts, sponsors and everyone else involved in making #EBC17 a great success.
About the Executive Briefing Conference
After a one-year hiatus, the Executive Briefing Conference returns for its 14th edition. With the same goal of providing attendees with intensive briefings, thought-provoking speakers, case studies, plant tours and networking opportunities, this year's edition of the EBC promises to raise the bar for attendees.
The 2017 Executive Briefing Conference will take place in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit is America’s great comeback story and the original manufacturing epicenter of America. Selecting Detroit as the host city for this year's conference was strategic and purposeful, as it's resurgence and innovation is a perfect example of the rethinking that must take place for our industry to continue to thrive.
Since 2002, the EBC has become the premier venue for key manufacturers to network and explore new ways to succeed. By providing strategic and practical information that addresses manufacturing challenges, the EBC provides a forum to find out about new technologies and methods and discover opportunities in a non-commercial environment.
What Past Attendees Say About the EBC
"This was the most organized and quality conference I have ever attended! Facility and food were amazing. Speakers offered great applicable information!"
Kevin Gray, Custom Wood Products Inc.
"Overall, excellent. Lots of different topics; really appreciate the insight to industry changes. Also, thought the discussion and key points on benchmarking were well done and very informative for any size company."
Chris Utz, American Woodmark
“The EBC met and exceeded all our expectations. The presentations were timely and addressed cutting edge issues and the opportunity to network with thought leaders in our industry was invaluable.”
Glenn Ripley, Mission Bell Mfg Co
EBC 2017 Agenda
The agenda for the Executive Briefing Conference is designed and curated to provide attendees in-depth educational opportunities, behind-the-scenes tours of advanced manufacturing facilities and exclusive networking opportunities.
Enjoy presentations from experts in economics, labor, manufacturing and transformation as well as tours of world-class facilities, including the Ford River Rouge Factory. Our agenda will also allow plenty of time for networking and interaction with fellow attendees.
Click the dates below to view the current agenda for the event.
- 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Arrivals and check-in at Westin Book Cadillac Hotel
- 5:00 p.m. - Depart for Welcome Reception (Transportation provided.)
- 5:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. - Welcome Reception at Ford River Rouge Plant. Reception to include tours of manufacturing facility for the Ford F150 as well as a welcome presentation, dinner and refreshments.
- 10:00 p.m. - Return to Hotel
- 6:30 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. - Breakfast provided at Westin Book Cadillac Hotel
- 8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. - Welcome & Orientation
- 8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. - Opening Keynote Address from Josh Linkner, Author, Entrepreneur and Keynote Speaker
- 9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. - Briefing 1 - “Material Innovations for Maximizing Yields" - Mario Bobsin, Fritz Egger GmbH & Co.
- 9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - Break for Refreshments
- 10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Case Study Presentation
- 10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Tech Briefing 1 - “Protecting Your Production Flow” - Richard Diller, StediWatt
- 11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - Tech Briefing 2 - “The New Language of Tooling” - Jurgen Köppel, Leitz Group
- 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Featured Presentation from Jennifer McNelly, President of 180 Skills
- 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Lunch provided at Westin Book Cadillac Hotel
- 1:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Advanced Manufacturing Facility Tours at JB Cutting and FANUC America (Transportation provided.)
- 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Dinner & Networking Reception at Westin Book Cadillac Hotel
- 6:30 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. - Breakfast provided at Westin Book Cadillac Hotel
- 7:45 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. - Welcome
- 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. - Panel Discussion - "Capitalizing on Your Digital Potential" - Aaron Miller – Herman Miller, Denise Bahs – Consultant, Nick Schiffer – NS Builders
- 8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. - Case Study - "Wood From The Hood" – Rick Siewert, President, Siewert Cabinet & Fixture Mfg. Inc.
- 9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. - Briefing - "Synchronizing System Communications" - Bill Henderson, Siemens
- 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Break for Refreshments
- 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Briefing 3 - "Big Data: Are You Using It Right?" - Jonathan Adams, INNERGY
- 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - Briefing 4 - "Taking The Next Step" - Gary Wernlund, Stiles Machinery
- 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Closing Keynote Address - "A New World" - Alan Beaulieu, ITR Economics
- 12:30 p.m. - Lunch provided & Departures
Featured Manufacturing Facility Tours
One of the most valuable aspects for attendees of the Executive Briefing Conference is to take part in exclusive, behind-the-scenes tours of some of the industry's most innovative and future-thinking manufacturing facilities. For EBC 2017 tours, we've selected three of America's leaders in manufacturing innovation.
During our opening reception, you'll have the exclusive opportunity to tour one of America's greatest and most historic manufacturing facilities. The River Rouge complex, current home to assembly of the Ford F-150 pick-up truck and is one of the most well-known manufacturing facilities in the world. Its rich history in innovation and progress is highlighted in this tour, with a focus on how Ford has, from day one, been a leader in rethinking manufacturing.
The scale and manufacturing materials may be different, but the challenges are the same – be inspired and learn from a world-class innovator.
Experience world-class innovation at Ford’s River Rouge Complex, where the new military-grade aluminum-alloy-body Ford F-150 truck is made and assembled. This complex has continued to evolve as a model of innovation since the early 1900s when it was the largest mass production facility in the world. Today, to compete in an era of mass customization, Rouge is leading the way in flexible production and lean manufacturing practices. A tour of the assembly line will bring together the complex web of equipment, robotics, parts delivery, and skilled workers that are required to build one truck per minute. See how the company uses smart tools to build quality into every vehicle by constantly measuring and analyzing the build process.
Lean processes, including just-in-time and vehicle sequencing, eliminate wasted time and effort and support continuous quality improvement. To increase efficiency and reduce waste and the need for storage space, vehicles are built in a precise order. Truck bodies are matched to parts, and everything reaches the line operator at exactly the right time for assembly. No more than two hours of parts are stacked along assembly lines, and just 12 hours of total inventory are on site.
JB Cutting, Inc has experienced significant growth since transitioning from a small cabinet shop in the early 1970’s. In the last 5 years JB Cutting has doubled in size and is seen as a national leader in thermofoil door and component manufacturing. Markets include the closets, healthcare and store fixture industries. They were recently honored as one of Woodworking Network’s “WOOD 100” and a winner of the 2016 Best of MichBusiness in the category of Succession Success. Over the years they’ve invested in their facility, equipment and staff and have no plans of stopping any time soon. In the next 5 years they plan to double again, not only in sales but equipment and staff included. Their approach to success is simple; work hard, service customers and empower employees to make a difference. You will get a glimpse at the manufacturing process from order entry to shipping and meet the people that make a difference.
FANUC America Corporation is a subsidiary of FANUC CORPORATION in Japan, and provides industry-leading robotics, CNC systems, and factory automation. FANUC’s innovative technologies and proven expertise help manufacturers in the Americas maximize efficiency, reliability and profitability.
This unique facility consists of 375,000 square feet and is set on 56 acres along the Clinton River. Manufacturing, Application Labs and training make up 150,000 square feet of the facilities. FANUC Robotics America headquarters provides local product and development as well as 24/7 customer support services.
A tour of FANUC America Corporation, headquartered in Rochester Hills, Mich., will offer a look at the most advanced automation for manufacturing in action. The focus will be on innovative robotic technologies and intelligent software appropriate for — and actually used in — the types of woodworking operations EBC attendees are involved in. You’ll see how painting and coating robots, for example, reduce waste materials and apply paints and coatings more consistently, with improved safety and greater speed and productivity. You’ll also see a range of compact, tabletop-sized robots share workstations and work in collaboration with human operators to perform strenuous tasks or repetitive operations. Sophisticated sensing technology removes the need for expensive industrial safety barriers. You’ll experience how the convergence of the Internet of Things and industrial manufacturing makes possible next-generation intelligence, enabling collaboration among equipment, performance optimization, improved traceability, and quality control. For example, one goal is to eliminate machine downtime by proactively detecting and communicating potential problems in equipment or processes so that maintenance can be performed before problems occur.
EBC 2017 Presenters
We're proud to welcome some of the most forward-thinking minds in our industry as featured presenters for the 2017 Executive Briefing Conference. These speakers will share their knowledge and expertise on issues and opportunities that are directly affecting our industry today.
The Road to Reinvention
Josh Linkner – who started his career as a jazz guitarist – personifies creativity, entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation. He has been the founder and CEO of four tech companies, which sold for a combined value of over $200 million.
Josh is the author of two New York Times Bestsellers: Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, and The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation. He is also the Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, investing in and mentoring over 100 startups.
Josh has twice been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is a President Barack Obama Champion of Change award recipient. He is a regular columnist for Forbes, The Detroit Free Press, and Inc. Magazine. His work on innovation has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, CNN, and The New York Times. And yes, he still plays a mean jazz guitar.
President of 180 Skills
As President, Jennifer leads industry engagement and strategy for 180 Skills, focusing on national and international strategic partnerships. Prior to joining 180 Skills, Jennifer was President and Executive Director of The Manufacturing Institute, the national authority on the attraction, qualification, and development of world class manufacturing talent. Under her leadership, the Institutes drove an agenda to close the manufacturing skills gap and make manufacturers in America globally competitive.
For over a decade, Jennifer led national efforts to change the perception of careers and reestablish the U.S. as the global leader of technical education. Jennifer led efforts to elevate the national dialogue on manufacturing with research; Change national and state investments in manufacturing education to improve quality by aligning to industry standards; engage millions of students via National Manufacturing Day and the Dream It. Do It. Network; and, inspire an army of women leaders in industry to advocate for manufacturing careers, founding the national STEP Ahead initiative.
Jennifer currently serves as member of the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Education Foundation Board of Directors and is the immediate past chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Advanced Manufacturing.
In 2012, Jennifer was named one of the inaugural 100 Women Leaders in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
One of the country’s most informed economists, Dr. Alan Beaulieu is a principal of the ITR Economics where he serves as President. Since 1990, he has been consulting with companies throughout the US, Europe, and Asia on how to forecast, plan, and increase their profits based on business cycle trend analysis. Alan is also the Senior Economic Advisor to NAW, Contributing Editor for Industry Week, and the Chief Economist for HARDI.
Alan is co-author, along with Brian Beaulieu, of books Make Your Move, Prosperity in the Age of Decline, and But I Want It. He has also penned numerous articles on economic analysis. He makes up to 150 appearances each year, and his keynotes and seminars have helped thousands of business owners and executives capitalize on emerging trends.
Plan Your Trip to EBC 2017
The 2017 Executive Briefing Conference will take place in Detroit, Michigan from April 23-25, 2017. The conference will be hosted at the beautiful Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in downtown Detroit.
The New York Times named Detroit the #9 place in the world to visit in 2017.
Guests traveling to Detroit are recommended to fly into Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW). Ground transportation is not provided by Stiles, but is available from the airport to the hotel via taxi or ride-sharing app. The airport is approximately 20 minutes from our conference location.
Guests traveling to Detroit via ground transportation should enter 1114 Washington Boulevard, Detroit, MI, 48226 as their destination in their GPS.
FROM THE WEST (Grand Rapids): Take I-96 east to the Lodge Freeway (M-10) south toward downtown. Continue south and M-10 ends in downtown Detroit on Jefferson Avenue heading east.
FROM THE EAST (Port Huron): Take I-94 west to I-75 south. Then take I-375 south toward downtown. Continue south on I-375 and it ends in downtown Detroit on Jefferson Avenue heading west.
FROM THE NORTH (Flint): Take I-75 south to I-375 south toward downtown. Continue south on I-375 until it ends in downtown Detroit on Jefferson Avenue heading west.
FROM THE SOUTH (Monroe/Ohio): Take I-75 north to the Lodge Freeway (M-10) south toward downtown. Continue south and M-10 ends in downtown Detroit on Jefferson Avenue heading east.
Valet parking is available at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel.
During the Conference
Transportation will be provided throughout the conference to our various manufacturing facility tours. It is highly recommended that guests take advantage of this provided transportation.
Detroit is in the Eastern Time Zone (UTC-05:00).
Attendees of the 2017 Executive Briefing Conference will stay at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in downtown Detroit.
"The historic 1924 Book Cadillac Detroit Hotel has been restored to its original splendor to reclaim its position as Detroit’s premier luxury hotel and social gathering destination. The Westin Book Cadillac, featuring an Italian Renaissance design, offers guest the very best luxury experience right in the heart of Downtown Detroit.
Experience the revival of Downtown Detroit and multitude of new attractions, local restaurants and entertainment venues. The Westin Book Cadillac puts you in the middle of everything Detroit has to offer. The luxury hotel also features more than 60 residences on the upper floors and some of the Midwest’s most dramatic public event spaces for a Detroit meeting or event." -Westin
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