Workshops – Session One:

Leveraging Energy Efficiency Incentives for Productivity Improvements

The Massachusetts Most Recent 3 Year Energy Efficiency Plan (2016-2018) is in full stride with a total budget for nearly $1 Billion for commercial and industrial customers. Many facilities have either upgraded to LED lighting or are planning to. Once you complete your LED lighting project, what’s next? MassSave offers “customized” incentives for many difference types of equipment including funds for industrial process related equipment. Learn how you can work with your local utility and financial community to leverage their services to maximize the incentives available for commercial and industrial facilities.

Moderator: Tom Coughlin, Manager, Energy Efficiency Technical Strategy & Policy, National Grid

Grayson Bryant, Senior Program Manager, National Grid
Aaron Cyr, Industrial Energy Advisor, Leidos
Melissa DeValles, Senior Energy Efficiency Consultant, Eversource
Tim Duggan, President, Shawsheen Air Services
Stephen Pritchard, Principal and Co-Founder, RENEW Energy Partners, LLC

Workforce Development & Innovation

Talent development leaders of highly innovative firms will discuss training strategies being employed to meet increasingly complex and rigorous customer demand; and how they have used Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund grants to support their training strategies.

Moderator: Robert Duncan, Director, Workforce Training Fund, Commonwealth Corporation

Rich Amirault, Manufacturing Manager, Hydroid, Inc.
Henry Moodie
, Senior Manager, HR Programs and Internal Communications, Insulet Corporation
Michael Munday, CEO, Arwood Machine Company

Working with University Research Laboratories and Technology Transfer Offices to Access IP, Equipment, Facilities and Skilled Labor to Drive Your Innovation

Universities and research laboratories are full of skilled researchers and faculty, smart students and state-of-the-art equipment. As such, they have become a critical part of the regional innovation ecosystem working with companies that want access to new ideas and technical solutions.

As a small company, how do you access these many resources? This panel session will introduce you to some of the ways that you can work with these institutions for your mutual benefit. Our panelists will discuss how to license new technologies, how to work with a lab to get work done, how you can find students and graduates to work on your projects – and, as importantly, what are the standard terms with these agreements.

Moderator: Tom O’Donnell, Director, UMass Lowell Innovation Hub

Dr. Abigail Barrow, Director, Mass Technology Transfer Center
Brian D. Goldstein, Partner, Emerging Companies and Venture Capital, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Todd Keiller, Director, Intellectual Property and Innovation, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Dale Larson, Managing Director of Biomedical Solutions, Draper Laboratory
Arlene Parquette, Director, Business Development, UMass Lowell Innovation Institute

From Idea to Action: the Startup Journey from Prototype to Product

This panel will follow a startup from conceiving an idea and highlight the many people who can assist them as they develop into a marketable company with a product to sell.

Moderator: Micaelah Morrill, Director, Manufacturing Initiative, Greentown Labs

Shaun Bamforth, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Loci
Galen Nelson, Director, Market Development, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Peter Russo, Growth & Innovation Program Manager, Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Workshops – Session Two:

Fostering DoD and Massachusetts Industry Collaboration

The defense sector in Massachusetts is a $13.9 billion industry employing over 130,000 people. The Commonwealth is home to more than 2,500 businesses tied to Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security work through over 17,000 contracts. The overall economic impact of this sector exceeds $20 billion. The workshop will provide an overview of the defense sector, identify challenges impacting this sector, and highlight opportunities for the Commonwealth to better support the sector.

Additionally, the panel will discuss opportunities for the state’s innovation companies, many of which are part of the defense sector, to solve federal agencies’ issues and secure federal contracts through the Massachusetts Innovation Bridge, a partnership of the Commonwealth, through MassDevelopment and the MITRE Corporation.

Moderator: Anne Marie Dowd, Director of Defense Sector Initiatives, MassDevelopment

Charlie Benway, Director, MITRE/Massachusetts Innovation Bridge
Michael Prior, Director of Business Development and NGM Programs, MassMEP
Tom Stellmen, President/CEO, TIP Strategies

Go Back to School: Learn How to Work with Educators to Get the Workforce You Need

Join leaders from higher education, secondary education, and manufacturing as they describe initiatives that are producing the workers with the skills needed for tomorrow. Listening to employers, incorporating workplace skills into programming, and building training programs based on specific needs are some of the strategies that will be discussed by the panelists, who have successfully created partnerships that create career-ready graduates.

Moderator: Jacqueline Belrose, Vice President, Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development, Mount Wachusett Community College

Dennis Bunnell, Industry Consultant
Dr. Adrienne Y. Smith, Dean, School of Engineering Technologies, Springfield Technical Community College
Gina Wironen, Administrator, Leominster Public Schools
John Witkowski, General Manager, Nypro Healthcare

Workforce Development Boards & Advanced Manufacturing Companies: Partnering for Solutions

The regional workforce development boards are a valuable resource to assist advanced manufacturing companies identify effective, practical, and cost effective solutions to increase their competitiveness and grow their business. Panel members will discuss creative initiatives that have supported their company’s growth strategy.

Moderator: David M. Cruise, President and CEO, Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, Inc.

Heather P. Boulger, Executive Director, Berkshire County Regional Employment Board, Inc.
Steve Capshaw, President, VSS, Inc.
Susan Kasa, President, Boulevard Machine & Gear
Greg Lennartz, Excell Solutions

Exploring Export Opportunities: Practical Strategies for Success & Compliance

Today’s global economy provides outstanding growth opportunities for Massachusetts manufacturers, and studies consistently show that exporting firms are far healthier, more profitable and more competitive than their non-exporting counterparts. While navigating and entering foreign markets may seem overwhelming for companies with limited resources, many Massachusetts manufacturers – including small businesses – have achieved outstanding success internationally, with export sales often accounting for 50% or even more of revenue. Join us to hear from a panel of manufacturers as they discuss their strategies for success in worldwide markets while implementing operations to ensure compliance with the increasingly complex global trade regulatory environment. Participants will also learn about government resources that can help companies to begin, expand and optimize their export operations.

Moderator: Paula Murphy, Director, Massachusetts Export Center / MSBDC Network

David Blair, Director of Operations, Headwall Photonics
Leslie Greis, Owner and Director, Kinefac Corporation
Tami Hofuis, Business Administrator, Union Biometrica

Workshops – Session Three:

Implementation of a Continuous Improvement Culture

Implementation of a Continuous Improvement culture is a critical component to driving a successful innovative advanced manufacturing organization. Continuous improvement is not a project. It is a culture change and philosophy that world class manufacturing organizations recognize is the DNA of their operation.  The panel will discuss how Continuous Improvement is an organizational mindset that focuses on an ongoing effort to improve. Manufacturers that embrace an attitude of continuous improvement become an agile, more competitive, and more profitable businesses that can introduce innovative and sustain innovative programs and products. The panelists will discuss their lessons learned in implementing a culture of continuous improvement.

Moderator: Joe Griffin, Field Operations Manager, MassMEP

Charles DaRosa, Vice President, Operations, CPS Technologies Corporation
Dennis Leonard, Senior Manager, QA and Lean, OFS Corp.
Steve Oliver, Director Operations, REXA, Inc.
Frank Santiago, Senior Manufacturing Executive, Siemens

National Network of Manufacturing Innovation: Future Opportunities in Massachusetts

The National Network for Manufacturing Innovation consists of linked Manufacturing Innovation Institutes with common goals, but unique concentrations. Here industry, academia, and government partners are leveraging existing resources, collaborating, and co-investing to nurture manufacturing innovation and accelerate commercialization. Each institute is designed to be a public-private membership organization that provides vision, leadership, and resources to its members. Massachusetts participates in the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics), NextFlex, the Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute, and Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA). This panel will discuss the Institutes and future opportunities for manufacturers in Massachusetts.

Moderator: John Killam, President/CEO, Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP)

Dale H. Allen, Vice President, Community Engagement, Quinsigamond Community College
Dr. Brian Anthony, Director, Master of Engineering in Manufacturing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
David  Cranmer, Deputy Director, NIST MEP
Aimee Rose, Ph.D., CTO, AFFOA

Collaborative Robotics and Automation

“Collaborative Robotics” have created quite a buzz in the robotics and manufacturing industries.  Unlike their industrial predecessors collaborative robots are nimble, cost-effective and safely work alongside workers, off-loading repetitive tasks permitting skilled workers to focus on higher value-added tasks. This game changing technology is revolutionizing the way workers interact with robots.  Massachusetts is one of the world’s hotbeds for collaborative robotics technology and research.  At this session local collaborative experts will explore where collaborative robotics technology is today, how to incorporate it into manufacturing, and where it’s headed.

Moderator: Ray Ritter, President, Lighthouse Strategix

Jim Daly, COO, ReThink Robotics
Dan Kara, Research Director, Robotics, ABI Research
Dan O’Brien, President, Gibson Engineering Co., Inc
Carl Vause, CEO, Soft Robotics Inc.

Supplying to OEMs across Multiple Industries

Developing successful supplier relationships with OEM customers can be quite challenging. This panel discussion will explore the requirements of OEMs in different industries, including medical devices, robotics, and defense. Suppliers will come away from this discussion with a better understanding of how to position themselves as a valued partner to their customers, which will allow them to grow their business.

Moderator: Jim Shuman, Principal, JMB Consulting, LLC

Mike Kelly, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Hologic
Ira Moskowitz, Vice President and General Manager, US Operations, Analog Devices, Inc.
Dr. Andy Walsh, Senior Systems Manager, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems
Bruce Yaung, Vice President, Supply Chain & Manufacturing, Symbotic LLC

Roundtable with the Manufacturing Caucus

The Manufacturing Caucus was formed in 2013 and consists of 50 members of the House and Senate. It was formed to address problems faced by the commonwealth's manufacturing industry in filling technically demanding jobs with people who have the right skills. Meet with members of the Manufacturing Caucus to ask questions, discuss manufacturing issues, and learn more about the legislative process.

Moderator: Jeffrey N. Roy, Massachusetts State Representative
Panelists (TBA)