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Connected Factory, Digital Manufacturing & The Internet of Things…How Are They Connected?
About Our Sponsors

Cendrowski Corporate Advisors is a full-service process and financial consulting firm with offices in Chicago, IL and Bloomfield Hills, MI. We specialize in providing highly-personal services to clients in diverse industries, including manufacturing. We provide comprehensive risk management, internal control improvement, and integrated cyber security solutions to organizations of all sizes. Our strategic partners include leaders in the cyber security field including former Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge and the team at Ridge-Schmidt Cyber.

RSM US LLP is the leading U.S. provider of assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, with 8,000 professionals and associates in 80 cities nationwide. A licensed CPA firm, RSM serves clients around the world through RSM International, a global network of independent accounting, tax and consulting firms. 
The Technology Manufacturing Association (TMA) is a leading voice in an evolving manufacturing industry. TMA cultivates and strengthens its members by providing them with programs and services in order to thrive as individuals, companies and as a business community. Founded in 1925, TMA is the leading voice for manufacturing and a major contributor to economic growth and opportunity. TMA has grown into a 1,000 member not-for-profit organization of precision manufacturing and supplier companies in the greater Chicago area. 

Global Midwest Alliance is a business-led, region-wide organization dedicated to transforming the Midwest into an internationally recognized leader in innovation and business growth. The Alliance aligns and integrates resources throughout the Midwest helping businesses to grow by leveraging existing resources to develop new products and find customers throughout the world. The Alliance is the Private Sector Liaison Office for the World Bank and a member of Global CONNECT. Through these and other affiliations, the Alliance facilitates access to global business opportunities for Midwest business. The Alliance offers educational and networking opportunities through a variety of programs and resources designed to promote innovation, technology development and access to global opportunities in the clean technology, energy, food, logistics, manufacturing and water industries.

The Private Sector Liaison Office (PSLO) Network of the World Bank Group is a group of 156 business intermediary organizations in 106 countries around the world working to foster trade and investment between countries with the support of the World Bank Group's products and services. PSLOs facilitate companies' access to World Bank Group business opportunities, services and knowledge, and act as the voice of the private sector in advising the World Bank Group on how to better engage companies on development issues.

Registration, Breakfast and Qualified Introductions

Welcome Remarks & Introductions
Jim Martin, Managing Director, Cendrowski Corporate Advisors
Tom Hacker, President, C&L Supreme 

Keynote Presentation - Tech Trends:  Why Today's Discussion is Important
​David J. Burns, Senior Advisor, Association for Manufacturing Technology and Past Board Chair, Association for Manufacturing Technology 

Innovation and Technology Panel
Moderator: David J. Burns, Senior Advisor, Association for Manufacturing Technology and Past Board Chair, Association for Manufacturing Technology 
Aurimas Adomavicius, President, Devbridge Group
Frank Langro, Director Marketing & Product Management, Festo Corporation
Allen Tubbs, Product Manager, Electric Drives and Controls, Bosch Rexroth

Networking and Coffee Break 

Growth and Global Opportunities Panel
​Moderator: Dennis Thompson, Director of Workforce Development & Education Outreach, UI Labs Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute
Gus Billquist, Finance & Business Manager, Toyal America, Inc.
Laurence Hayward, Co-Founder and Partner, Independence Equity
Joel Neidig, Business Development & Technology Manager, ITAMCO

Wrap Up  & Q&A

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October 28, 2015

7:00 - 10:45 a.m.

The Technology Manufacturing Association 
TMA Headquarters
1651 Wilkening Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173
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Global Midwest Alliance and sponsors Cendrowski Corporate Advisors, RSM US LLP, the Association for Manufacturing Technology, and host, The Technology Manufacturing Association, invite you to the third program in the Alliance's 2015 Innovation, Growth and Globalization Industry-Focused Series. Throughout the year, this series of programs will highlight industry expertise, innovation and technology, and globalization opportunities in growing industries.  

Technology is advancing at light speed. Innovations that seemed futuristic a short time ago are already in place and gaining traction. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the manufacturing industry.

In a world where processing equipment is rife with feedback devices, sensors and controllers, big data is just waiting to be harnessed, analyzed and interpreted. Paramount to having access to this data is determining how to use it to make informed business decisions and to automate processes.

Leading industries are already implementing many of these smart manufacturing technologies to convert data into actionable intelligence, gaining insights that provide competitive advantages. These technologies contain the tools manufacturers will use to make decisions, view and design their products and measure their equipment and product performance.

It has been suggested that the single largest challenge to the adoption of these manufacturing technologies is the manufacturing community itself. Much of this stems from an unfamiliarity and subsequent skepticism that exists with mainstream, small to mid-sized manufacturers, especially in an age of well publicized data breaches.

Please join us on Wednesday, October 28, to hear from both innovators and users of these technologies so that you may gain a better understanding of what they are and how they may hold the keys to unlock unseen potential in your manufacturing and processing operations. 

Attendees will also have the opportunity to view TMA’s best-in-class CNC training facility.

Seats are limited. Please register on or before October 26, 2015.