1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

ET Integration and Emerging Manufacturing Technologies

This presentation will provide valuable perspectives and case studies on what integration steps are common in respect to your company’s digital maturity as well as how the advent of Artificial Intelligence is going to change the landscape going forward.

Jon Reneberg

Jon Reneberg

Lead Digital Manufacturing Specialist at Purdue MEP

Jon is a seasoned manufacturing, engineering, and automation expert with over two decades of experience in the field. His extensive portfolio includes supply chain, behavioral safety, process safety, EHS management, and data automation, spanning various locations of 3M operations. His background as a software developer and UX/UI advocate further complements his skillset, enabling him to bridge the gap between technology and operational excellence. His passion for innovation led him to develop a life-saving fall protection automatic notification system prototyped on the Arduino platform, for which he holds a patent. Jon completed a BA in Business from William Penn University and an MS in Safety Sciences from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Latest Trends in National and State of Indiana Tech Adoption and Benchmarking

This presentation will provide an in-depth analysis of the latest trends in national tech adoption and benchmarking. Sonya will explore ways states and companies are embracing technology, focusing on the key factors driving adoption rates and the impact of technological innovation on economic growth and development.

Sonya Snellenberger

Sonya Snellenberger

Director - Industry Engagement at Conexus Indiana

At Conexus Indiana, Sonya Snellenberger leads the organization’s Advanced Industries Council, oversees project development for working groups, and supports public sector professional services agreements – including the Manufacturing Readiness Grant program. Sonya is passionate about community development and facilitating productive relationships between community leaders and industry. Prior to Conexus, Sonya worked for the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership for eight years, most recently serving as Director of Talent Initiatives. Additionally, Sonya is a member of the Don Wood Foundation Grants Committee and Women in Manufacturing’s national and state chapters. Sonya holds two bachelor’s degrees, in media and public communication and interpersonal communication, from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. She also holds a master’s degree in professional communication from the same institution.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

A Digital Transformation Journey

This presentation will present insights into how best in class Midwest based manufacturers are rapidly transforming while undergoing significant digital implementation across all phases of their business operations.

Nick Adler

Nick Adler

VP, Transportation Solutions and Parts & Services at Wabash National

Nick Adler is a seasoned leader in the automotive and commercial transportation sectors. With a proven track record of success in driving innovation and efficiency, Nick is dedicated to fostering diverse, high-performing teams and implementing data-driven solutions to overcome industry challenges. Nick’s career trajectory includes pivotal roles at major industry players such as General Motors and Allison Transmission, culminating in executive positions at Wabash where he spearheaded transformative initiatives across supply chain management, business strategy, and IT. Nick holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Indiana University. He also serves on the advisory board at Purdue’s Dauch Center for the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises.


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Using Data Driven Decision Making to Improve Manufacturing Process Performance

The EV industry is in its infancy compared to their internal combustion counterparts. This presentation will provide insights on the latest trends and how the lean process, data benchmarking and ROI rationalization are critical to ensure quality, product reliability and bottom-line performance.

Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson

Senior Manager - General Assembly at Rivian

Sam Thompson is a lean operations leader with extensive professional and military experience. Sam is committed to driving data-driven process solutions and enabling enterprise development through cross-functional leadership and workflow optimization. Sam’s extensive experience in capital-intensive organizations such as Tesla and Rivian formed him into a leader who can manage tight project timelines with limited resources. Sam holds a B.S. degree in Accounting and Supply Chain Management from Marquette University and is currently finishing the Executive MBA program at Notre Dame.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

How the Big 3 are Focusing on Digital Transformation Standards and How This Can Benefit the RV Manufacturing Industry

The automotive industry and more specifically the Big 3 are establishing new standards relating to universal connectivity as one of the foundational technologies enabling data sharing among participating components of an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) system. Learn more about these standards in relationship to automobile manufacturing and how ultimately, they could benefit the local automotive supply chain as well as the RV Industry.

Michael King

Michael King

Co-Founder LHP Analytics and IOT

Michael King is Founder & CEO for DAXEOS, an emerging leader in connected engineering data. They partner with product development teams to connect, secure, and transform automotive testing data into actionable intelligence. Prior to this role, Michael co-founded LHP’s Data Analytics & IoT Solutions, where he delivered triple digit year on year growth in that business in short order, implementing large-scale Digital Transformation initiatives, Advanced Analytics, and a full range of Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities for major OEMs in the Transportation, Industrial, and Manufacturing industries.

Prior to starting LHP, Michael was the Director of Enterprise Business Intelligence for Cummins, the global leader in diesel engines. Michael joined Cummins in 2008 to lead the Finance Systems Improvement program. Before Cummins, Michael spent nearly 18 years at Boeing, where he held leadership roles in Finance, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain. Michael has over fifteen years of experience leading high visibility complex projects, including being the Finance Systems Leader for Boeing’s 787 Airplane Program.

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