Meet The Experts
This year, we will introduce our Meet the Experts program on day one of mfgCON 2017. You can schedule and meet one-on-one with top NCMEP subject matter experts to discuss strategies and issues related to the manufacturing environment.
Get access to the brains behind our solutions and services! This is your chance to speak directly with the leaders who deliver the solutions and learn how you might leverage them in the future.
Session availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so be sure to register early. Appointments begin on the half-hour and last up to 20 minutes. There is a one-appointment-per-person limit in order to provide advice to as many clients as possible during mfgCON 2017. When you register, please fill out all the information requested.
We will fill the experts’ available time slots from earliest to latest, in the order that we receive requests. (Note: You must be a paid conference attendee to participate in our Meet the Experts program.) If no time slot is available (everything is booked), we will put you on a wait list.
Scroll through our list of subject matter experts below and then schedule a meeting via the RSVP button.
Meet the Experts Program Time Slots
September 19, 2017
10:00 AM – 10:20 AM
10:30 AM – 10:50 AM
11:00 AM – 11: 20 AM
11:30 AM – 11:50 AM
1:30 PM – 1:50 PM
2:00 PM – 2:20 PM
2:30 PM – 2:50 PM
3:00 PM – 3:20 PM
Please note: The Meet the Experts Program has been moved from the Salem Ballroom to Conference 1 – Lower Level
Topics: OSHA Compliance, Recording and Reporting Illnesses and Injuries, Safety Committee Effectiveness
Holli is an expert at demystifying safety and health, making the most complicated regulations easy for everyone to understand and comply with. She develops and presents workplace safety and health education courses, conducts work site assessments and provides occupational safety and environmental training to workers throughout the Southeast. Holli’s specialties are regulatory compliance, the investigation of work-related accidents and injuries, emergency management, incident command, and the development and implementation of processes designed to reduce or mitigate identified safety risks. She is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt with more than 20 years of experience in safety and health.
Topics: ISO 14001, ISO DIS 45001, ISO 50001, Regulatory Compliance Evaluations
Charlie has coached more than 50 companies toward developing their Environmental Management System (EMS) to qualify for ISO 14001 certification. If your question has to do with air, water, waste, environmental compliance or environmental permitting, ISO 9001 or 14001, or even creating wildlife habitats on industrial sites, Charlie is the man with the answer.
Topics: ISO 9001, AS 9100
Barbara has more than 20 years of manufacturing and engineering experience, with fifteen of those years directly related to training and implementing quality management systems. She worked for seven years as a nuclear safety engineer before starting her own ISO 9000 consulting business. Barbara is now the Director of Standards and Regulatory Services at IES, and is an expert at navigating the tricky waters of international standards certifications.
Topics: Work Measurement with Timer Pro, Timer Pro Training, Quality Core Tools, (PPAP, APQP, CP, MSA, SPC, FMEA), Plant Layout, Effective Problem Solving & Root Cause Analysis
Haleh is the IES lead in Industrial and System Engineering as well as Student Projects. She helps clients to be efficient, effective and profitable through the application of industrial engineering techniques and strategies. If you would like to know more about productivity improvements, costing, facilities layout, process & training documentations, ergonomics, statistical process control, measurement systems analysis and/or work measurement training, schedule your consultation with Haleh. An ASQ certified quality engineer, Haleh is SME bronze Lean certified and has extensive training and experience in statistical engineering and project management.
Topics: Changing Culture, Strategic Planning and Execution, and Starting a Quality Journey
A certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Deb Manzo’s mission is to uncover an organization’s true potential, and to help it achieve peak performance. She has a passion for helping organizations understand and apply the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, and also consults with clients in the areas of leadership, strategic planning, customer & market focus, workforce development, and process & knowledge management.
Topics: Six Sigma, Lean Thinking, Lean Product Development
Before joining IES in 2007, Bill worked in manufacturing and R&D for 22 years, at one of the most revolutionary companies of all time: Eastman Kodak. At IES, Bill helps his clients identify and implement productivity improvements resulting in millions of dollars of economic impact. He also assists organizations in developing systematic, long-term Lean implementation and leadership programs. He has taught public classes aimed at building a basic understanding of Lean thinking and concepts, and is leading the implementation of a Lean Product Development process for IES clients. Bill holds Lean Bronze certification from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers , is a Six Sigma Black Belt, and enjoys training others for Six Sigma Green Belt certification.
Topics: Safety Culture
We’re not sure whether it’s his leadership skills, his management experience or his natural charm, but Nick Saturno is fantastic in the classroom- his student evaluations are off the charts! Nick is a U.S.A.F. veteran who brings 25 years of management experience from the manufacturing and logistics industries. For the past six years he has been delivering safety leadership training to all sizes of organizations. A Lean Six Sigma green belt, he is able to offer help with safety system efforts rooted in discipline and data. If you have questions or want advice on teaching or training for safety, Nick can help.
Dr. Ronald Fite
Topics: Six Sigma, Lean Thinking
Ron is the Jedi Master of Quality, bringing a bachelor’s degree in Quality Engineering and a doctorate in Quality Management Systems to his work as a regional trainer for the NCCCS. He is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Lean Master with more than 30 years of manufacturing experience in the areas of quality management and continuous improvement, and 14 years teaching at the community college level. He serves the entire state of North Carolina, teaching and facilitating continuous improvement initiatives for business and industry.
Topics: Kepner-Tregoe: “Problem Solving and Decision Making” and “Analytic Troubleshooting”, Root Cause Analysis
Ron Skinner is one of the top NCWorks Regional Trainers within the NCCCS Customized Training Program. Ron provides exceptional support to businesses throughout North Caroina in the areas of Occupational Safety and Health and Continuous Improvement. A certified Kepner-Tregoe Program Leader in Problem Solving and Decision Making, he brings over 30 years of manufacturing, maintenance, engineering, safety and continuous improvement experience. He holds a B.S in Environmental and Resource Management and an M.S in Industrial Technology
Topics: State Trade Initiatives, Export Best-Practices, Export Documentation, Mitigating Risk, & Export Focused Grant Funding Resources
Paul Wyatt is an International Trade Manager for EDPNC. He provides export assistance and supports companies in the Life Science and Personal Products industries across North
Carolina. During an eight year stay in China, Paul worked for three different multi-national companies, assisting them in developing and implementing international sales and import/export projects. Paul is completing his Executive MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler and earned a BA from Davidson College.
Topics: How to Export, Export Best-Practices, Export Documentation, Getting Paid, Finding Customers Overseas
Stephanie Heckel is the Director of the U.S. Commercial Service in Greensboro, part of the U.S. Commercial Service’s worldwide network. The U.S. Commercial Service is a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce dedicated to helping U.S. companies export. With offices in over 100 U.S. cities, and 80 international markets, Stephanie can leverage this vast network to help you: learn how to export and understand the export fundamentals, answer export-related questions, provide market research and help determine best-prospect markets, introduce you to overseas customers and partners, etc. Stephanie Heckel has worked with the U.S. Commercial Service for over 14 years, serving in both Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Greensboro, NC, and specializing in industries such as aerospace, safety & security, furniture, textiles, and education services. In this time, she has helped many companies begin exporting or expand their export markets and sales.
Topics: Employee Pipeline Development, The Importance of Relationships with Existing Industry, The Role of the Local Economic Developer, & Incentive Opportunities
Bill Slagle is the Regional Industry Manager for the Northwest Prosperity Zone for EDPNC. Bill provides various types of assistance to existing industries throughout the 12-county region. Bill spent thirty-two years in the pharmaceutical industry with Berlex Laboratories and Bayer Healthcare as an Executive Sales Consultant. He has been recognized with the Outstanding Performance Designation over the past two years at EDPNC. Bill served six terms as a county commissioner in Mitchell County.
Topics: Determining Export Readiness, Developing an Export Strategy, Establishing and Maintaining International Distribution Partnerships, Protecting IP and Accessing Trade Finance
Owen George is an International Business Development Counselor with the North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC). With more than 20 years of international consulting experience, Owen specializes in helping businesses expand their revenue in the global marketplace. Owen’s background includes experience in a broad range of industry sectors. He graduated as Valedictorian in Political Science from NC State University and as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar attended the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. Conversationally fluent in Spanish and Mandarin, Owen is a Certified Global Business Professional.