Global Midwest Alliance
HomeAbout UsProgramsPSLOMeetings & EventsPartnershipSponsorshipNews

Driving Innovation and Growth



Reservations Required:   
DnA for Manufacturing: Digital and Automation 
About Our Sponsors
The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), founded in 1902, specializes in providing targeted business assistance, extensive global support, and business intelligence systems and analysis. AMT is the voice that communicates the importance of policies and programs that encourage research and innovation, and the development of educational initiatives to create tomorrow's Smartforce. AMT owns and manages IMTS - The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which is the premier manufacturing technology event in North America. 

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.

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, not-for-profit education 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 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 160 business intermediary organizations in 100 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.

Global Midwest Alliance is headquartered at Coalition: Energy

Member of


Registration, Breakfast and Qualified Introductions

Welcome Remarks & Introductions

Keynote Presentation - IIoT in Manufacturing: Getting Started
Andrew Henderson Ph.D., Advanced Manufacturing Engineer & Industry Analyst, Heavy Industry/Discrete Manufacturing, GE Digital 

Innovation and Technology Panel
Moderator: Gene Kaplan, Senior Account Executive, FORCAM, Inc.
Keith Dailey, Regional Sales Executive, 5ME, LLC
Jeffrey Donne, Ph.D., CI/BDT, Digital Business Technology, Integration and Services, Robert Bosch, LLC
Karl Floody, Chief Executive Officer, R.R. Floody Company, Inc.
Paul Kuchay, Co-Founder and VP of Business Development, Cienza USA, Ltd.

Networking and Coffee Break 

Growth and Global Opportunities Panel
​Moderator:  Benjamin Moses, Technical Director, AMT
Dale Boehm​, President and CEO, Caspian
Michael Mantzke, President & CEO, Global Data Sciences, Inc.
Nate Price, Software Developer, Task Force Tips, Inc.

Wrap Up  & Q&A

7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.

7:30 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.

7:45 a.m. -  8:15 a.m.

8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

9:15 a.m. -  9:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Copyright © Global Midwest Alliance, 2017.  All rights reserved.  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms of Use
October 19, 2016

7:00 - 10:45 a.m.

Wintrust Financial Corporation
9700 West Higgins Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Get Directions

Global Midwest Alliance, the Association for Manufacturing Technology, Cendrowski Corporate Advisors, TMA and host, Wintrust Financial Corporation, invite you to the second program in the Alliance's 2016 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.  

By the year 2020, 75% of businesses will be a digital business or will be preparing to become one.

Much of the recent gain in productivity is due to the advancement of automation along with information gathering and analysis on the factory floor. This is true whether your business is machining aerospace components or blending ingredients for food products. It is all manufacturing...processing one or more materials into a product of altered or different form.

The adoption and implementation of these technologies will only become more necessary as the demand for faster and more efficient processing increases. A growing number of applications, affordability and ease of use are rapidly making these technologies the norm. Businesses at all levels will have to adapt in order to compete.

But where does one begin? What are the proven technology offerings? What are the resources to determine what is best for your business? What should be automated and/or connected? Where are the barriers and why is it worth the battle to overcome them?

Please join us at the Wintrust Financial Corporation's headquarters in Rosemont as Global Midwest Alliance and the Association for Manufacturing Technology partner with industry leaders to discuss The Digital Factory and Automation: Where Do We Begin?

This program will consist of a keynote presentation and two moderator-led panels. The innovation and technology panel will provide insight to new and proven technologies from the companies that develop them.

In the growth and globalization panel, we will hear from manufacturing and processing industries that have adopted and implemented these technologies to their competitive advantage.

Seats are limited. Please register on or before October 17, 2016.