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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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November 12, 2019

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 2019 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.  

​Today’s industrial processing is increasingly moving toward greater customization and flexibility of smaller lot sizes. Response to this is difficult for the most progressive company but especially daunting for mainstream production facilities.

The challenge? How do you process order quantities as small as one both timely and profitably?

Please join Global Midwest Alliance for an interactive panel discussion with industry experts from hardware, software, digital, AI, IoT and process innovation fields to explore and discuss the possibilities.

This year’s program will feature two sessions with a panel of experts. The first session will be moderator led, and the second session will be entirely audience led with questions posed to the panel. This format will allow time to inspire the audience for specific questions creating an opportunity for the audience to gain as much information as possible from the panel. 

Seats are limited. Please register on or before November 8, 2019.

Kevin Bates, General Manager, Mazak Corporation
Blake Consdorf, President & CEO, Felsomat USA, Inc.
Eric Fogg, Co-Founder and COO, MachineMetrics
Boris Goldshmidt, Business Improvement Engineer, John Crane 
Gisbert Ledvon, TNC Business Development Manager, Heidenhain Corporation
Ryan Luedke, Global Supply Chain - Associate Director - Network Design & Analysis, Kimberly Clark


Registration, Breakfast and Qualified Introductions

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Tom Hacker, President, C&L Supreme

Keynote Introduction
Benjamin Moses, Director of Manufacturing Technology, The Association of Manufacturing Technology

Keynote Presentation
Democratizing Advanced Manufacturing - Ensuring Prosperity and Security
Thomas R. Kurfess, Ph.D., P.E., Chief Manufacturing Officer, Oak Ridge National Laboratory  

Moderator-Led Panel Discussion
Moderator:  Joe Girard, Manager, Wipfli LLP

Networking and Coffee Break 

Audience-Led Panel Discussion

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