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About Our Sponsors
Wintrust is a financial holding company with assets of approximately $23 billion whose common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. Built on the "HAVE IT ALL" model, Wintrust offers sophisticated technology and resources of a large bank while focusing on providing service-based community banking to each and every customer. Wintrust operates fifteen community bank subsidiaries with over 150 banking locations located in the greater Chicago and southern Wisconsin market areas.

Wipfli ranks among the top 25 accounting and business consulting firms in the nation with over 1,800 associates, 41 offices in the United States and two offices in India. Wipfli is also a member of Allinial Global, an accounting firm association of legally independent accounting and consulting firms with offices in North America and throughout the world through international members and partnerships. We enjoy a solid reputation as industry experts and as a trusted business advisor to more than 60,000 clients including: manufacturing and construction companies, contractors and developers, real estate companies, health care organizations, financial institutions, insurance companies, nonprofit organizations, units of government, dealerships, and individuals. 

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. 

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.

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Registration, Breakfast and Qualified Introductions

Welcome Remarks & Introductions
Jerry Strub, Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Growth Consulting, Inc. 

Keynote Presentation -- Manufacturing: The Chaos of Change
Patrick McGibbon, Vice President, Strategic Analytics, Association for Manufacturing Technology 
Pat McGibbon will share his view on how change agents such as technological innovation and political inaction will impact the future manufacturing landscape. Technology is developing at an increasingly rapid pace and manufacturers need to be aware of the challenges and opportunities. Yet innovation and adoption do not happen in a vacuum; rather, the environment is often set by those we send to Washington through trade agreements, regulation and taxes. To be successful in today’s manufacturing environment, one must be aware of how industry and government interact.

Innovation and Technology Panel
Moderator: Benjamin Moses, Technical Director, Association for Manufacturing Technology
Bhasker Dhutta, Chief Technology Officer, DM3d
Frank Jones, Sales Director, MEMEX, Inc.
Oliver Tan, Field Application Engineer, Braas Company
Eric Updike, Area Sales Manager, Universal Robots USA, Inc.

Networking and Coffee Break 

Growth and Global Opportunities Panel
​Moderator: J.T. Belknap, Managing Partner, 3S Advisory Group
Patricia Miller, Chief Executive Officer, Matrix 4
Ron Sommers, Sales Manager, Aimtron Corporation 
Jeff Wolinski, President, Wintrust Capital

Wrap Up  & Q&A

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September 14, 2017

7:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Wintrust Financial Corporation
9700 West Higgins Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
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Global Midwest Alliance, the Association for Manufacturing Technology, TMA, Wipfli and host, Wintrust Financial Corporation, invite you to the second program in the Alliance's 2017 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.  

The United States has lost more than seven million manufacturing jobs since the year 2000. Manufacturers are not only continuously challenged on how to keep jobs and remain competitive in our global economy, but are also looking to find ways to bring jobs back to the U.S.

Manufacturers recognize that they must modernize and innovate to remain or become globally competitive with low-wage countries such as Northern China and Vietnam. Throughout industry, manufacturers, processors, distributors and support organizations are challenged with choosing the right technologies for their businesses and how to maximize their return on investment.

Advances in automation, robotics and 3D printing -- to name a few -- have fueled considerable discussion and interest to assist companies to achieve a competitive posture in the global economy. However, many small and mid-sized manufacturers may not have the cultural and organizational skills required to adopt and implement these new technologies.

Please join us on September 14 to learn more about the latest in automation technology and to discuss the organizational skills and resources necessary to acquire and implement them for growth and competitiveness.

This program will consist of a keynote presentation covering the latest trends that will give your business the tools it needs to outperform your competitors. The keynote will discuss both the current and future outlook for the U.S. and what this means for your business.

The keynote will be followed by two moderator-led panels. The first panel will provide insight to new and proven technologies from the companies that developed them. During the second panel, we will hear from manufacturing and processing industries that have adopted and implemented these technologies to their competitive advantage. Audience questions are encouraged during both panel discussions.

Seats are limited. Please register on or before September 12, 2017.