After the success of our first event, we’re bringing back PivotPoint for another year of presentations from the region’s top manufacturers and professionals. Don’t miss this opportunity to ask questions, gain insights, and hear stories about implementing changes that optimize performance. You’ll hear from companies like Kawasaki, Foremost Graphics, DWH and Progressive AE on a range of topics from workplace culture to planning for production growth.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (breakfast and lunch included)
Grand Rapids Downtown Market
$35/ticket
Tickets now on sale! To purchase, visit our EventBrite page.

This year’s speakers include:

A NEW WAY OF WORKING
Chris Brown, Manager, Technical Service, Quality Assurance & Warranty, Kawasaki Motors Corp.
To improve efficiency and understanding, Kawasaki’s motors division relocated R&D staff to their Grand Rapids headquarters, which already held front-of-house services. Hear how breaking down barriers between these two teams has affected Kawasaki and changed the way they think about work.

FROM LEMONS TO LEMONADE
Paul Kelly, President and Managing Partner, Foremost Graphics Group
A year ago, Foremost Graphics made a big move: they relocated an existing production line from one space to another. The new production floor is starkly different from the first. Looking back on the experience, we’ll discuss learnings, insights, and the impact it’s had on business.

PERFORMANCE BASED DESIGN
David Shull, Industrial Practice Leader, Progressive AE

POSITION YOUR BUSINESS FOR GROWTH: BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND
Monica King, Partner, DWH
Growth is a fundamental objective for most companies and how you approach it can make or break your business.  Learn how to achieve success while minimizing chaos and managing risk.

MANUFACTURING FACILITY CONSTRUCTION AND THE NEW TAX ACT
Mark Zettell, Tax Managing Director, BDO
This presentation will provide an update of business tax incentives and energy tax incentives available to manufacturers regarding investments in new facility construction and renovations to existing facilities.

WE CAN DO IT!
Kevin Pinner, Business Lead-Manufacturing Tech Services, DISHER
Manufacturing activity is growing in the US and even more so in West MI. If you gather a group of manufacturers and ask them what their biggest challenge is today, you are more than likely to hear them respond in unison: “difficulty filling skilled-labor jobs.” In this talk, we will explore how to harness the potential of experienced workers for the benefit of new workers using TWI and Kata Coaching.

BUILDING CULTURE
Tony Panozzo, workplace consultant and Thom Danckaert, Senior Design Architect, Progressive AE
Why is culture so important? How do you build it into everything that you do? Should your environment support it? For top talent, work is more than just a paycheck. Learn how to create an engaged, high performance workforce through culture and spatial strategies that fuel it.

NEW THIS YEAR!

Engineering Fast Facts
David Bell, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Progressive AE

David has spent his career focused on sustainability and renewable energy solutions. Throughout the day, David will share quick and easy tips for manufacturers that often lead to significant money and energy savings.

In addition to presentations, the day will include a panel discussion with all speakers and ample networking opportunities!

 

 

Additional speaker information coming soon.

PivotPoint is presented in partnership with The Right Place and Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center – West.

What did attendees say about last year’s event?

“I liked the variety of aspects of business covered – from Lean to finance and energy. I also really enjoyed the panel discussion.”

“Good mix of speakers, good practical application.”

“I enjoyed the real life applications. I’ve been to enough conferences where speakers were either scholars or trainers.”

“The short presentations covered a lot of material in just a half day.”