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The Resource Challenge: 
How to Scale for Growth
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 has more than 1,000 precision manufacturing and supplier members that are bettering the industry through association. TMA is a non-profit association that is committed to recognizing manufacturers as value-added producers of goods and services, and creators of high quality jobs for Illinois citizens. TMA supports industry by providing educational opportunities, industry repre-sentation and services to foster member company global competitiveness. 

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
Thomas Hacker, President, C&L Supreme 

Keynote Presentation:  Economic Outlook for the U.S., the Region and Manufacturers  
Rick Mattoon, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago 

IMTS Technology Update
Stephen LaMarca, Manufacturing Technology Analyst, The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)

Innovation and Technology Panel
Moderator: Deron Kling, Senior Manager, Wipfli 
Ed Cannon, Founder and Managing Partner, New Madison Ave
Keith Dailey, Regional Sale Executive, 5ME
Paul Van Metre, Founder, ProShop ERP
Carol Woten, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Genesis Systems Group, LLC

Networking and Coffee Break 

Growth and Global Opportunities Panel
​Moderator: Colin Cosgrove, President, Laystrom Manufacturing
Thomas P. Ormseth, Executive Vice President, Digital Channels and Transaction Banking, Wintrust Financial Corporation
Patrick Osborne, Vice President of Training and Education,Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA)
Steven J. Rauschenberger, President, Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA)
Lisa Stenglein, Vice President, Global Supply Chain Operations, Motorola Solution
Jeff Wolinski, President, Wintrust Capital at Wintrust Financial Corporation

Wrap Up  & Q&A
Thomas Hacker, President, C&L Supreme 

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October 24, 2018

7:30 - 10:45 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 a manufacturing conference in the Alliance's 2018 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.  

Business is growing for most industries. Manufacturing, in particular, is in a prime position for expansion. According to a recent report on the U.S. economy, manufacturing is forecast to increase faster than the general economy. Production is estimated to grow 2.8% in 2018, 2.6% percent in 2019 and 2% in 2020. The challenges and opportunities presented through growth will require technology, people, and processes to support scaling up.  

We will hear from keynote speaker, Rick Mattoon, a Senior Economist and Economic Advisor at The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, about local, regional and national policies and economies having a direct impact on the manufacturing industry's environment and vibrancy. His unique perspective will help manufacturers understand whether the current industrial growth is sustainable, and if so, for how long.

This conference will also feature multi-panel discussions on topics such as human resources and the skilled labor challenge, MRP/ERP solutions, business and factory automation, finance, supply chain and business intelligence. 

Please join us on October 24 to hear from and network with industry leaders, C-suite executives, manufacturers, government officials, and the innovators and users of new technologies so that you may gain a better understanding of how scaling up for growth may hold the key to unlocking unseen potential in your manufacturing and processing operations.  

Seats are limited. Please register on or before October 22, 2018.