ProMat 2015

McCormick Place South
 | Chicago
March 23
-26, 2015
2301 S. Lake Shore Drive

Conference & Networking

Free to all registered attendees.


March 23 | 8:45am - 9:45am

Transforming Your Manufacturing Business For the New Digital Age
Renee Niemi
Director of the Android and Chrome Global Business, Google for Work

It's an exciting time to be a manufacturer. Everyday objects like appliances, watches, cars and equipment are increasingly connected in an "Internet of things" which means the opportunity to create new products is practically unlimited. But if you don't innovate quickly, someone else will beat you to it.

In this presentation, you'll learn how to accelerate new product initiatives and time-to-profit using the latest digital technology and tools. You'll find out how to improve collaboration across departments and your entire value chain. And you'll learn how to maximize lean processes and operational efficiency with organization-wide access to consistent and up-to-date information at all times.


March 24 | 8:45am - 9:45am

Conscious Capitalism: Blueprint for a New System for Doing Business
John Mackey
Co-Founder & CEO, Whole Foods Market

Named Ernst & Young's "United States Entrepreneur of the Year," Institutional Investor's "Best CEO in America" and Barron's "World's Best CEO," John Mackey is the visionary for many successful programs at the core of the success of Whole Foods Market. During this insightful presentation you'll learn how businesses can serve all their shareholders: customers, employees, suppliers, investors, communities and the environment through conscious capitalism.

By using real-world examples from today's best-known companies, Mackey will illustrate how these organizations use four specific tenets: higher purpose, stakeholder integration, conscious leadership, and conscious culture and management to build strong businesses that realize their highest potential.


March 25 | 8:45am - 9:45am

Preview of MHI 2015 Annual Industry Report - Supply Chain Innovation: Making the Impossible Possible
George W. Prest
Scott Sopher
Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

This is your opportunity to be the first to have access to this new report on the five supply chain realities and eight technologies that are transforming supply chains. Scott Sopher, the principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP's Supply Chain practice will join George W. Prest, CEO of MHI in presenting the findings and moderating a panel of manufacturing and supply chain leaders on the report's findings.

Bill Abernathy
Head of PSNA Logistics Excellence
Bayer CropScience LP
John M. Hill
The St. Onge Company
Gregg Schweir
Vice President of Research and Development
La-Z-Boy Inc.
Art Roman
Director - Design and Construction
US Foods
Jonathan A. Rader
Manager - Design Engineering
FedEx SmartPost
Brian D. Hancock
SVP Supply Chain
Family Dollar Stores, Inc.
Randolph L. Bradley
Technical Fellow, Supply Chain Management
The Boeing Company

March 25 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

What's Next - The Future of Technology
Steve Wozniak
Cofounder of Apple & Founder, Chairman, & CEO of Wheels of Zeus

Steve Wozniak (The Woz) is indisputably one of the great legends of the IT industry. Together with Steve Jobs, he founded the company Apple and developed the legendary models Apple I and Apple II, the first true personal computer with keyboard.

In this fireside chat with DC Velocity Group Editorial Director Mitch Mac Donald, The Woz will share his views on the latest iPhones, smartwatches, and the state of technology and risk in America. He will also make compelling technology predictions and investment strategies for Big Data, robotics, automation and more. Learn how to foster innovation by listening to the customer, developing real talent and motivating the right way from Woz's ideas built from a lifetime as a Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist.

Choose from 100 expert-led sessions conveying a broad array of supply chain, material handling and logistics topics. Sessions are offered free to all registered show attendees.

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U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics
ProMat 2015 Workforce Summit - Find, Train, Retain
March 25 -26

Between now and 2018, there will be 1.4 million new jobs in logistics and supply chain. However, educational institutions can graduate only 30% of that workforce. Meanwhile, there is amazing turnover and change in the jobs and careers within the existing workforce. That requires people with many new skills and abilities just to keep pace with the increasing complexity of supply chains.

Workforce Summit 2015 focuses on how you can start now to develop your future workforce in material handling and logistics. Nine sessions over two days will bring you up to speed on how to find, train and retain the right workforce for you and your operations. This is your chance to hear what leaders are doing already, how you can adopt their best practices and the impact you can expect on your workforce right now and into the future.


March 25 | 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Keynote Panel: Find, Train, Retain Your Workforce for 2025
Moderator - Bob Trebilcock, Supply Chain Management Review
Betsey Nohe, Morton Salt
Jeff LeClair, Caterpillar
John Caltagirone, Loyola's Supply and Value Chain Center

This Summit keynote panel sets out the broad challenges and offers a range of approaches to creating a workforce capable of exceeding the expectations of your supply chain partners and customers.

March 25 | 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Movers and Shakers Panel: Chicago Supply Chain Workforce of the Future
Moderator - John Caltagirone, Loyola's Supply and Value Chain Center
Harry Haney, Kraft
Bill Seliger, R. R. Donnelly
William Frain, CBRE
Doug Whitley, Supply Chain Innovation Network of Chicago

Long a major U.S. supply chain hub, Chicago leaders from industry, government and academia are pulling out all the stops to develop people and stimulate economic and business growth in the region.


Practitioners track

March 26 | 10:15am - 11:15am

Find - Recognizing the Changing Workforce
Moderator - Gary Forger, MHI
Liz Richards, Executive Vice President, Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association
Col. Reed Hudgins, U.S. Army
Randy Lewis, Author, No Greatness Without Goodness
Matt Weinberg, Center Of Excellence Specialist, Guthy-Renker

Hear why women, veterans, people with disabilities and people under 40 are the future of the material handling and logistics workforce.

March 26 | 11:30am - 12:30pm

Train - Bridging Competency Gaps
Moderator - Jan Bray, Bray Strategies
Nick Little, Michigan State University and Supply Chain Talent Academic Initiative
Sharon Rice, APICS
Leo Reddy, Manufacturing Skill Standards Council
Daniel Stanton, MHI
Laurie Denham, American Society of Transportation & Logistics

What you need to know about certifications and other training courses that are rapidly gaining importance in building the skill sets for future leaders in the supply chain workforce.

March 26 | 12:45pm - 1:45 pm

Retain - Rethinking Material Handling and Logistics Career Paths
Moderator - Don Benson, University of Portland
Ann Drake, Chairman and CEO, DSC Logistics
Matt Weinberg, Center Of Excellence Specialist, Guthy-Renker
Michael Mikitka, CEO, Warehousing Education Research Council

With fierce competition for talent, the greatest hurdle is retaining people who you have invested in to lead your company to future supply chain greatness.

Educators track

March 26 | 10:15am - 11:15am

Partnering with Industry
Ed Bond, Bradley University
Kimberly Ellis, Virginia Tech
Rob Handfield, North Carolina State
Bart Jennings, Western Illinois University

As supply chain roles become more demanding and the talent wars more intense, how do you ensure that your program content stays relevant and your students have the best chances to succeed? Some leading supply chain programs will share the innovative approaches they have adopted to foster industry relationships through research, internships and student projects.

March 26 | 11:30am - 12:30pm

Flipping the Classroom
Jon Bergmann, Educator and Author of Flipped Classroom

With the rise of e-learning, many instructors are rethinking the role of classroom time. In a flipped classroom, lectures may be delivered online, while the face-time in the classroom is used for students to do their "homework" with real-time feedback from classmates and their instructor. Learn from a pioneer of this new approach about how it works, and why it has become a powerful movement.

March 26 | 12:45pm - 1:45pm

Learning through Games
Speakers: Chuck Nemer, The Fresh Connection

One of the most powerful movements in modern education is the adoption of games as learning tools. From old fashioned board games through sophisticated online simulations, games can motivate people and provide an opportunity for active learning and hands-on experience in a low-stakes environment.

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March 23 | 5:00pm - 6:30pm

MHI Young Professionals Network Meet & Greet
Meet and network with other young professionals in manufacturing, logistics and the supply chain. This is a great way for those who are new to the industry to interact with your peers in a friendly, casual environment.

YPN Awards
Enter now for the MHI Young Professional Network awards. There are two categories, "Outstanding Young Professional" and "Mentor Award". Deadline is February 13, 2015 5:00 pm EST. Click here to learn more.


March 25 | 4:30pm - 7:00pm

MHI 70th Anniversary

Join us for live music, food, drinks and entertainment by comedian and impressionist Frank Caliendo. Tickets are sold for $50. Ticket price will include beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. (MHEFI).

Frank Caliendo
From his many appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and his weekly picks segment on the FOX NFL pregame show, Frank Caliendo has been a fixture on television for the last decade.

Known for his "dead on" impressions of famous actors (Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson and Robert DeNiro), politicians (George W. Bush and Bill Clinton) and broadcasters (John Madden, David Letterman, Jay Leno and Jim Rome), his high energy act is a blend of observations, impressions, characters and anecdotal stories.

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The Hub

The Hub is an interactive resource center that offers multiple social media and informational opportunities for ProMat visitors. Located in the center of the ProMat 2015 show floor, The Hub will feature several major attractions that will guide you through your ProMat experience while being a destination in itself. Special attractions include:

Social networking lounge and wireless internet center
Stop by, plug in, catch up. See what they're saying about ProMat 2015 on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networks that the show is plugged into. It's also where you can check emails and network with your peers.

MHI Informational Center
Learn more about ProMat 2015 sponsor MHI and the resources and opportunities they offer to manufacturing and supply chain professionals.

MODEX 2016 Informational Center
Learn more about the MODEX 2016 expo, to be held in Atlanta in April 2016.

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