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PMPA NATIONAL TECHNICAL CONFERENCE 2021

August 8-10, 2021

Huntington Convention Center

Cleveland, Ohio

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FROM OUR TECHNICAL PROGRAMS COMMITTEE CHAIR

Ron Herrera

This conference was designed to give you time to look at your business and see what new technology or old proven skills you can acquire to take you into the future.
     See both the opportunities and the risks associated with rapidly changing technology.  Learn about possible scenarios you may need to prepare for.  Observe and learn aspects of other members that can be developed yourself to create your own masterpiece.  But, most of all, spot that “golden nugget” that you can use, and which makes each conference something to look forward to whether you are a first timer or a veteran.  Enjoy your evenings in the wonderful city of Cleveland, where you can do some networking while maybe enjoying a local beverage. 
     So, join us in Cleveland where there will be true artists of their craft and technical specialists to network with and share their focus so that you and your employees can have clear vision in 2021 and beyond.

Ron Herrera, Chairman
2021 National Technical Conference

 

SCHEDULE

Sessions are scheduled – details are still being added.

SUNDAY AUGUST 8, 2021

12:00 – 1:30p

Atrium Ballroom

KEYNOTE LUNCH – RUDY RUETTIGER

Game Plans for Winning in Life

Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger is best known for his awe-inspiring story of carving his name into the history books of college football and becoming the most famous graduate of the University of Notre Dame. Rudy will inspire your shop’s team to work together and strive to achieve their potential.

The son of an oil refinery worker and third of 14 children, Rudy rose from valleys of discouragement and despair to the pinnacles of success. Today, he is one of the most popular motivational speakers in the United States. It took years of fierce determination to overcome obstacles and criticisms, yet Rudy achieved his first dream – to attend Notre Dame and play football for the Fighting Irish. As fans cheered RU-DY, RU-DY, he sacked the quarterback in the last 27 seconds of the only play in the only game of his college football career. He is the only player in the school’s history to be carried off the field on his teammates’ shoulders.
In 1993, TRISTAR Productions immortalized his life story with the blockbuster film, RUDY.

Rudy has co-authored several books, including Rudy’s Insights for Winning in Life, Rudy’s Lessons for Young Champions, and Rudy & Friends. He has also produced the Dream Power tape series. As a keynote speaker, Rudy has shared the stage with George and Barbara Bush, Peter Lowe, Joe Montana, General Colin Powell, Christopher Reeve and Zig Ziglar. He has been profiled in People Magazine, Sports Illustrated, US Magazine, and Reader’s Digest. He has appeared on Inside Sports, The 700 Club, CBS Good Morning, ABC Good Morning America, NBC Talk Live, Regis and Kathy Lee, Montel Williams Show, Entertainment Tonight, and NFL Films.

SUNDAY AUGUST 8, 2021    BLOCK 1

1:45 – 3:15p

Room 1

Fundamentals Track

 

 

SECONDARY WORK IS A CHALLENGE!

Joel Montague, PAWS Workholding

Scott LaFave, PAWS Workholding

How to maximize “spindle utilization” and minimize “operator attendance” when doing secondary work on a CNC mill.

1:45 – 3:15p

Room 3

Mastery Track

 

  

ESCAPE ROOM

Ron Herrera, Erie Specialty Products, Inc.

An “escape game style”, team-building experience. Randomly selected teams will need to work together to solve clues and “win the contract” before time runs out! (Limited to 80 participants.)

1:45 – 3:15p

Room 5

Mastery Track

 

2020 HINDSIGHT

Tony Gemignani, R.F. Mau

Clay Schalk, Clippard Instrument Laboratory

Tony and Clay look back on 2020 and share the lessons their company’s learned with the COVID-19 global pandemic. Bring your lessons to share!

1:45 – 3:15p

Room 7

Job Layout Print

 

CNC MULTI-SPINDLE PRINT

This roundtable session will discuss the challenges of a specific CNC multi-spindle part and the many ways to consider those challenges from both an engineering and operator standpoint.

SUNDAY AUGUST 8, 2021    BLOCK 2

1:45 – 3:15p

Room 1

Fundamentals Track

 

 

RAPID FIRE TECHNOLOGY

PMPA Information Technology – Future of Manufacturing Committee

The PMPA Information Technology-Future of Manufacturing Committee will be discussing a myriad of technology solutions such as machine monitoring, dashboard management, screen share recording, Microsoft Streams, engineering calculation apps, Office 365 planning, hardware tools, co-bots, 3-D printing, Arduino boards, snippet tool, keyboard shortcuts, OneDrive, and camera as scanner apps.

3:30 – 5:00p

Room 3

Fundamentals Track

 

 

BAR STOCK

Andrea Narra, Eural USA, Inc.

Jack Horner, Wieland Chase

Outokumpu

The foundation of our machining processes is the properties and attributes of our  starting bar feedstock. Learn how the fundamentals of tolerance, straightness, geometry and other bar tangible factors can impact, positively and negatively, your machining success.

 

3:30 – 5:00p

Room 5

Fundamentals Track

 

   

CNC LEAN PANEL

Jerry Eighmy, American Turned Products

Mike Goldman, Camcraft

Mike Petrusch, Cox Manufacturing

With a focus on CNC, the panel will discuss shortening lead times, set-up reduction and more! Attendees are encouraged to bring questions.

3:30 – 5:00p

Room 7

Job Layout Print

 

ROTARY TRANSFER

This roundtable session will discuss the challenges of a specific Rotary Transfer part and the many ways to consider those challenges from both an engineering and operator standpoint.

5:00 – 7:00p

Atrium Ballroom

 

 

WELCOME RECEPTION

Network and have a drink (or two)!

MONDAY AUGUST 9, 2021    

7:30 – 8:30a

Atrium Ballroom

 

 

BUFFET BREAKFAST

 

MONDAY AUGUST 9, 2021    BLOCK 3

8:45 – 10:15a

Room 1

Mastery Track

 

   

ADVANCED CAM – CAM REDEFINED

Brett May, BME

Don’t Underestimate Your Cam-Driven Machine! Due to innovations in the custom attachment industry, cam-driven machines now have the potential to be more powerful than ever. Operations like polygon cutting, synchronous cross drilling, slot milling, and even CNC turning, boring, and threading no longer have to be done on a secondary operation. Losing job opportunities due to increased secondary machining costs can be extremely frustrating, but with more complex attachments it is now possible to regain the competitive edge in an evolving industry. Learn how anyone can learn how to revolutionize their cam-driven machine.

8:45 – 10:15a

Room 3

Administrative Track

 

   

WORKING REMOTELY

Dave Seabrook, Micron Manufacturing Company

Learn how to set up your employees and server environment to work remotely, why having a good back up system is so important and how to deal with ransomware.

8:45 – 10:15a

Room 5

Fundamentals Track

 

  

SWISS PART PROCESS

Greg Knight, Absolute Machine Tools

Scott Petrisko, Absolute Machine Tools

Learn the Fundamentals of the Swiss Part Process from start to finish. You will learn how to determine whether the part is best fit for Swiss or fixed headstock turning and why. Learn which Swiss lathe model is best for which parts, and a brief exploration of the varieties of Swiss-turn choices. Explore tooling choices, how to divide the work between spindles, and what options are available. Finally, the basics of making a part as well as tips and tricks to help make your part processes more repeatable.

8:45 – 10:15a

Room 7

Job Layout Print

 

CNC MULTI-FUNCTION

This roundtable session will discuss the challenges of a specific CNC multi-function part and the many ways to consider those challenges from both an engineering and operator standpoint.

MONDAY AUGUST 9, 2021    BLOCK 4

10:30a – 12:00p

Room 1

Administrative Track

 

 

    

DATA DRIVEN MANAGEMENT

Akshat Thirani, Amper Technologies Inc.

Miles Free III, PMPA

Data is a valuable tool in your shop. Learn how machine metrics and monitoring can increase your shop’s throughput and minimize downtime. Determine what data your shop needs to be efficient and how to derive insights from the data.

10:30a – 12:00p

Room 3

Fundamentals Track

 

   

GD&T FUNDAMENTALS

Gary Griffith, Griffith Training

This session will cover datums and datum simulators. It will then go on to cover examples of all the functional symbols (Flatness, Straightness, Circularity, Cylindricity, Parallelism, Perpendicularity, Angularity, Circular Runout, Total Runout, Profile of a Line, Profile of a Surface, and Position.

10:30a – 12:00p

Room 5

Mastery Track

 

   

CNC PROGRAMMING

Mike Lynch, CNC Concepts

The CNC program is at the heart of any CNC operation. Indeed, the success of any CNC job is directly related to the quality of the CNC program. Properly developed programs are easy to run, safe, and efficient. Poorly developed programs confuse operators, can be dangerous, and often result in wasted time, effort and money. Mike will present programming insight into what goes into safe, and efficient programs so that your operators aren’t full time crisis intervention. 

10:30a – 12:00p

Room 7

Job Layout Print

 

CAM

This roundtable session will discuss the challenges of a specific Cam part and the many ways to consider those challenges from both an engineering and operator standpoint.

12:15 – 1:30p

Atrium Ballroom

 

 

AWARDS LUNCH

 

MONDAY AUGUST 9, 2021    BLOCK 5

1:45 – 3:15p

Room 1

Fundamentals Track

 

   

MATERIALS FOR THE MACHINIST

Bob Drab, Corey Steel Company

How many times have you been machining a part and then run into a problem bundle or heat of material? Sometimes there are obvious reasons while there are more subtle reasons other times. We will be discussing the manufacture of steel machining bar (carbon, alloy, stainless, and will touch on nickel base alloys as well) and how the steel manufacturing process can affect the machinability of materials.

1:45 – 3:15p

Room 1

Mastery Track

 

Gary Griffith Bio

   

GD&T ADVANCED

Gary Griffith, Griffith Training

This session is focused on advanced principles which include Maximum Material Boundary (MMB), Actual Mating Envelope (AME), Best Fit, and Datum Shift.

1:45 – 3:15p

Room 1

Fundamentals Track

 

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PANEL

Mike Longo, Lorain County Workforce Development Agency

Jennifer Meek Eells, Ohio Workforce Agency

Mike Reader, Precision Plus, Inc.

Kristian Smith, Lorain County JVS Adult Career Center

Learn to harness the national and local resources available to you to help you find the skilled workers your shop needs.

1:45 – 3:15p

Room 7

Job Layout Print

 

SWISS

This roundtable session will discuss the challenges of a specific Swiss part and the many ways to consider those challenges from both an engineering and operator standpoint.

MONDAY AUGUST 9, 2021    BLOCK 6

3:30 – 5:00p

Room 1

Fundamentals Track

 

  

GOING PAPERLESS

Brady Stevens, Global Solutions

This session will show manufacturers 4 key software and technology opportunities to move faster, be more accurate, and get closer to a paperless and touch free environment.

3:30 – 5:00p

Room 3

Fundamentals Track

 

 

  

HIGH SPEED MACHINING

Adam Estelle, Copper Development Association

George Adinamis, TechSolve

High speed machining offers wide-ranging benefits to manufacturers, including the chance to tap into the productivity upside of highly machinable materials like brass that take full advantage of modern machine tools.  Greater throughput achieved with higher metal removal rates can boost profitability, increase machine utilization and expand production capacity.  Attendees will learn about exciting results from an extensive machinability research collaboration on brass alloys including the practical application of these findings in production settings. Two case studies will be highlighted to demonstrate how being more aggressive with brass can push part production to new heights and help manufacturers respond to changing market conditions.

3:30 – 5:00p

Room 3

Administrative Track

 

  

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT PANEL

Aneesa Muthana, Pioneer Service Inc.

Dan Ignasiak, SEPCO-Erie

Michael Tamasi, AccuRounds

 

Follow up to NTC 2019 session. Panelists discuss progress in last year and plans for the future.

3:30 – 5:00p

Room 3

Administrative Track

 

PEER-TO-PEER CONNECTION

NEXTGEN Committee, PMPA

Who can understand what you do better than the person who does what you do? NextGen provides this unique opportunity to connect with somebody new who thinks like you. If you have a challenge bring it with you, this is a great place to find a solution.

5:00 – 6:30p

Atrium Ballroom

 

 

RECEPTION

 

TUESDAY AUGUST 10, 2021

7:00 – 8:00a

Atrium Ballroom

 

 

BUFFET BREAKFAST

TUESDAY AUGUST 10, 2021    BLOCK 7

8:15 – 9:15a

Room 1

Mastery Track

 

 

   

LEADED v UNLEADED

Miles Free III, PMPA

Despite RoHS, WEEED, ELV, REACH, and California Prop 65 regulations, Leaded steels are the raw material of choice for applications with high order quantities, high quality, extensive machining, and critical surface finish requirements. Join PMPA’s Miles Free as he reviews the regulations, the materials, and the science and economics of machining leaded steels- and what you need to adjust when moving to non-leaded alternatives.

8:15 – 9:15a

Room 3

Administrative Track

 

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WHAT TO DO WHEN OSHA SHOWS UP

Fisher Phillips

Discussion on the six elements of the OSHA inspection process: OSHA’s focus and predispositions, being prepared, OSHA showing up, post inspection, receipt of citations, and litigation.

8:15 – 9:15a

Room 5

Fundamentals Track

 

  

THE HOLE PANEL

Peter Stechow, FISCHER Special Tooling Corporation

Hole making is a fundamental of our craft. Longitudinal transvers, axial holes can be critical to the function and performance of the parts we make. Bring your most challenging questions for our hole making experts as we discuss Drilling, boring, reaming and other methods to make holes with the technologies found in our shops.

TUESDAY AUGUST 10, 2021    BLOCK 8

9:30 – 10:30a

Room 1

Fundamentals Track

 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR AUDITS

Quality Committee, PMPA

Audits can be nerve-racking and time consuming. PMPA’s Quality Committee walks attendees through the process of preparing an audit including who to talk to and what to ask. Learn some helpful tools which can be used to successfully prepare for an audit efficiently.

9:30 – 10:30a

Room 3

Administrative Track

 

   

HOW TO CREATE A PRODUCTIVE ENVIORNMENT

Michael Tamasi, AccuRounds

Get the work done more efficiently by creating a productive environment. Attendees will find out how continuous improvement, HR policies, benefits, organizational structure, planning processes and communication flow are used to create a productive environment.

9:30 – 10:30a

Room 5

Fundamentals Track

 

  

LIGHTLY ATTENDED

Robin Rutschilling, Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc.

Lightly Attended Machining is the means to gain more hours of quality production with fewer man hours.  Learn how to make your processes more capable and to reduce cycle times to increase process up time and yield more in your shop.

Official Hotels for

National Technical Conference & Precision Machined Technology Show (PMTS)


Hilton Cleveland Downtown

Hilton Cleveland Downtown
100 Lakeside Avenue East
Cleveland, OH 44114 
$205 per night

Hilton is attached to the Convention Center

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Marriott Cleveland

Cleveland Key Tower Marriott
1360 W Mall Dr
Cleveland, OH 44114 
$194 per night

Marriott is across the street from the Convention Center

 

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Westin Downtown Cleveland

The Westin Cleveland Downtown
777 Saint Clair Ave, NE
Cleveland, OH 44114 
$189 per night

Westin is one block from the Convention Center

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National Technical Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

 

Supporting Sponsor

  • Logo & link on PMPA event website
  • Recognition in PMPA Newsletter and pre-conference communications 
  • Visibility in PMPA mobile meeting app
  • Recognition of company sponsorship by PMPA at opening session
  • Name badge sponsorship ribbon for each attending sponsor at conference
  • Company logo on signage during conference

$1,000

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Benefactor Sponsor

  • All Supporting Sponsor Benefits
  • Printed promotional piece in attendee notebook
  • Attendee mailing list provided after the event
  • Recognition in PMPA Newsletter

$2,000

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Premier Sponsor

  • All Supporting Sponsor & Benefactor Sponsor benefits
  • Sponsor “spotlight” on PMPA’s social media pages
  • Enhanced Sponsor profile in mobile meeting app
  • 2 digital marketing pieces in meeting app
  • Sponsored post on Activity feed in mobile meeting app
  • Sponsored post displayed on social wall throughout the conference
  • Banner Ad within mobile meeting app
  • Post-show report with analytics from content on meeting app

$2,500

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NATIONAL TECHNICAL CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

George Adinamis

George is an experienced Manufacturing engineer and project manager who has developed expertise in a number of precision-driven industries. His depth of manufacturing expertise includes conventional and non-conventional Machining (ECM), sheet metal forming and fabrication, TIG Welding, MIG Welding, resistance welding, and vacuum brazing. George develops machining process plans from simple to complex machined parts for the aerospace, automotive industrial, medical, and off-road industries. Through machinability studies, George validates specific recommendations that help manufacturers reduce production costs, increase part quality and optimize their processes without interrupting customer operations. George is experienced in, CAD and CAM for machining and production tooling, fixtures, and gaging on platforms that include multiple versions of Siemens NX, SolidWorks, Mastercam and Autodesk.

Kevin Coffman

Kevin is the President of Champion Screw Machine Engineering and has been working at Champion for 25 years.  He attended Michigan State University and has a degree in Business Administration.  He is the Chairman of the IT-FOM Committee and has been a member of the committee since 2005.

Bob Drab

Bob has worked in the steel industry for over 42 years working for three top-notch steel mills.  He graduated in June 1977 from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, with a Bachelor degree in Metallurgy and in Mechanical Engineering. Bob started at Carpenter Technology in Reading, PA where he took on various jobs in the mill starting with powder manufacture. He also assisted in a project making nickel strip from powder and worked on a hot eddy current inspection system in their rolling mill.  His other jobs included manufacturing cost analysis, billet preparation, ESR melting, rotary and open die forging, customer support for power generation and high temperature machining bar.  He was eventually their machinability specialist. Bob resigned from Carpenter in 2003 to join Ugitech – a French stainless mill which became part of Schmoltz & Bickenbach,  He worked as a machining specialist to promote their high machinability stainless steels.  In 2012, he joined Corey Steel Company as their Quality Manager/Metallurgist.  His role at Corey includes managing the ISO quality system, mill support as well as support for the producer mills and Corey’s customer base.

Jerry Eighmy

Jerry Eighmy is a graduate from Miami University with a Bachelors Degree in economics. Jerry is currently the Purchasing Supervisor and Business Team Leader for American Turned Products..

Adam Estelle

Adam Estelle joined the Copper Development Association (CDA) in 2008 and currently manages several market development initiatives designed to defend and grow the use of copper and copper alloys.  Adam is the Director of CDA’s Rod & Bar Council which is comprised of companies that produce brass rod for precision machined and forged products.  In addition, Adam manages a market development initiative for copper alloys based on their inherent antimicrobial properties, and he also leads an industry working group formed to protect the viability of the copper and brass recycling stream.  Adam holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Arizona.

Miles Free III

Miles Free is the Director of Industry Affairs for the Precision Machined Products Association. Prior to joining PMPA in 2003, Mr. Free was Director, Quality and Development, at Republic Engineered Products. Mr. Free started his career at United States Steel, where he served in Environmental Engineering and Laboratory Supervisor positions. He joined Bliss and Laughlin Steel in 1985, where he lead the implementation of the Cold Finished Bar Industry’s first Quality Operating System awarded Q-1 status. He has had numerous articles published and over a million views on his blog precision Speaking of Precision, and is a widely sought presenter on Problem solving, Quality, and Technical subjects. Mr. Free holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Youngstown State University, a MBA from Walsh University, chairs the Engineering and Technology Division of the Ohio Academy of Science and the National Institute for Metalworking skills.

Tony Gemignani

Tony Gemignani is the Vice President and General Manager of R.F. Mau Company. He has 24 years of industry experience, and is a former chairman of the PMPA Technical Programs Committeee and served on the committee since 2015.

Mike Goldman

Mike Goldman has been in manufacturing for 35 years. Mike started his career in Aerospace manufacturing in California. He worked in the Aerospace industry for the first 10 years of his career then moved back to the Chicagoland area where he worked in the commercial industry for about 10 years. Mike Goldman currently works at Camcraft which is an automotive and aerospace manufacturer. He has worked at Camcraft for 15 years as a new product engineer and Prototype department manager.

Gary Griffith

Gary has worked in worked 51 years in a variety of Engineering, Manufacturing and Quality positions. Gary currently is President of his consulting firm “Griffith Training.”  He has conducted many quality seminars and he is the author of numerous books. Gary recently was recognized as a winner of the 2018 Hromi Medal for his work in inspection training over his career. The honor was be presented to him at the ASQ Quality Conference in Seattle in late April. He was also recognized in Quality Magazine as the 2019 Professional of the Year which was presented to him at the annual Quality Show in October. Gary is a graduate of CSU-Long Beach and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology. On top of this, Gary holds many certifications, including Certified Quality Engineer and a lifetime credential as a Certified Instructor from the state of California.

Rich Henning

Rich holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and business management from Kent State University with additional graduate level training from Case Western Reserve University.  Rich is President of Henning Software, a ERP Software Development company located in Hudson Ohio that provides ERP and Accounting software solutions to thousands of manufacturing users throughout the USA and abroad. Henning Software, founded in 1990, is currently celebrating 30 years in business.  Rich spent his formative years developing software and providing long-range information systems planning for Ernst & Whinney and the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Ron Herrera

Ron is a Mechanical Engineering graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the GE Manufacturing Management Program.  He has spent time with GE, Cummins Engine, Power Drives and has been with Erie Specialty Products, for most of the past 20 years, doing both quality and engineering . He has been married to his wonderful wife Theresa for over 27 years, (who is also an engineer) and his passions are Scouting and Ice hockey.

Jack Horner

Jack has been in the metals industry since July 1986, starting in the Spectrographic laboratory as a Chemical Analyst with Brush Wellman (Materion).  He progressed through additional roles while at Materion including ASTM participation, ISO management, Lab Accreditation and laying the groundwork for a LIMS system.  After 11 years, he accepted a position with Chase Brass & Copper Company as Quality Supervisor for the metals QA/QC laboratory, and was promoted to Quality Manager in 2002. During his time with Wieland – Chase,  he has been involved with many continuous improvement projects in the mill as well as providing customer technical assistance for machining brass rod products.  Other responsibilities include day-to-day quality support, management of the ISO quality system and is a contributing member of ASTM.  Jack holds a BA in Chemistry from Cedarville University (1985) and has lived in Ohio his entire life.

Dan Ignasiak

Dan Ignasiak is the President/Owner of SEPCO-Erie. Dan’s father, Leo, founded the company in 1965. It was Dan’s desire to have fun at work and his vision of a “world class” company that led to the culture change at SEPCO-Erie.

Greg Knight

Greg Knight has 35 years of experience in the screw machine industry. Greg Knight has been an operator, lead setup person, tool engineer, CAM layout/job design expert, quality engineer, plant manager as well as the Vice President at AMT Machine Systems. Greg also owned his own shop for over 15 years, and ran Brown & Sharpes, Multi Spindles, and CNC lathes and mills. He is currently President at Advanced Machinery Solutions.

Scott LaFave

Scott LaFave is currently the Director of Business for PAWS Workholding and responsible for sales, marketing, and support of the PAWS Engineering Team. Scott also works as Vise President of Business for Montague Manufacturing. With 25 years of Business Management and Marketing experience, Scott has developed most of the business systems used at PAWS Workholding and Montague to grow the companies to their current capabilities Scott has a passion for people, systems, innovation, and technology.  He shares a similar passion as Joel, that being to see American Manufacturers thrive and compete on the world stage.

Mike Longo

Mike is the Director of Lorain County’s Workforce Development Agency, located in Northeast Ohio.  The Workforce Development Agency serves as the One-Stop Operator for the OhioMeansJobs – American Job Center located in Lorain County, and is responsible for helping to coordinate the career and business services provided to jobseekers and businesses being offered to the employers in his community. Mike has over 33 years of experience within the areas of Workforce Development and Human Services.  During his career, he has continued to focus on developing better partnerships with the agencies and programs that are connected through the workforce structure with the pursuit of building a more integrated system for the job seekers and employers in his community. 

 

Mike Lynch

Mike Lynch is President of CNC Concepts, Inc., a supplier of training materials to academia and industry. Over the past 40 years, he has held positions as tool designer, CNC programmer, NC analyst, and CNC operations manager for firms such as GTE Automatic Electric, Rockwell International, Cincinnati Milacron, and KGK International Corporation. Considered an expert in CNC manufacturing, Mr. Lynch has written extensively about CNC. He has authored five CNC textbooks published by McGraw Hill and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. His monthly column “CNC Tech Talk” has appeared in Modern Machine Shop Magazine for over thirty years. Mr. Lynch has also spoken extensively about CNC at events hosted by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Modern Machine Shop Magazine, the Machine Distributors National Association, The National Center for Tooling, and several manufacturing-technology centers. He has also presented numerous in-plant courses for progressive CNC-using companies. Currently, his company is providing curriculum to FANUC America as part of FANUC Certified CNC Training in the form of online classes, textbooks and workbooks, and computer-based training.

Brett May

Brett May started running his first screw machine in Aug 1978 at  just 17years old. Shortly after, he moved into a setup apprenticeship program which shaped the carrier path that lead him into starting an attachment and rebuild business in 2007 called BME Inc.  Brett has consistently been learning and improving his proficiency with cam machines over the past 43 years and is committed to keeping machines relevant for the foreseeable future.

Jennifer Meek Eells

Jennifer Meek Eells since November 2013 has served as Executive Director to the Stark Tuscarawas Workforce Development Board and oversees the operation of OhioMeansJobs one stop employment and training centers in Stark and Tuscarawas Counties in Ohio. She also has 7 years as Deputy Director with the Workforce Initiative Association (Workforce Development Board), 18 years with Stark County Job and Family Services as Program Administrator managing Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) work activities and subsidized child care programs, as well as 3 years served  as a County Job and Family Services Representative on the State of Ohio Governor’s Child Care Advisory Board. Jennifer is passionate about workforce issues and eager to help individuals become employed and businesses to find the employees they need.

Joel Montague

Joel Montague is currently President of PAWS Workholding, a maker of automated hydraulic clamping products and fixtures for CNC production milling applications.   Joel also works in sales and process development for Montague Manufacturing, a contract manufacturer specializing in high volume milling. Joel has 20 years of experience in Process Engineering and Fixture Building as it relates to the manufacturing of parts on a CNC Milling Center. With knowledge about various workholding techniques and processes, Joel has worked with the PAWS Engineering team to create many custom fixtures for companies needing to add more productivity and process control into their milling department.  He truly enjoys consulting companies on the many benefits of automated, Multiple-Part Workholding. Joel has a passion for helping US Manufacturers solve their workholding challenges, be more productive, and keep manufacturing work and jobs at home here in the USA.  On a personal note, Joel is an avid hunter, a competitive mountain bike racer, and a soccer fanatic.

Aneesa Muthana

Aneesa Muthana is a hands-on leader with extensive experience in almost every aspect of a production machining environment. In 1993, Aneesa took the opportunity to run a small, struggling company.  Her passion and experience drove her to implement the changes necessary to substantially grow the business into a successful Swiss CNC operation. Aneesa attributes this success to building a high-performance team that embraces leading-edge technology, software, and equipment.

Andrea Narra

Andrea Narra has a Master Degree in Business Administration in Italy (March 2005) after spending the last year of University in Valencia (Spain). After different experiences in marketing and sales, started working for Eural Gnutti in June 2012 initially as Latin America Sales Manager and in 2013 as Americas Sales Manager. At the end of 2013 moved to Chicago to manage Eural Usa, Eural Gnutti’s American branch  opened to better serve and support metal service centers, machine shops and OEMs inEural Gnutti S.p.A. is the largest European manufacturer of rods and bars both extruded and cold drawn, in Aluminum alloys, series 2000, 6000 and 7000 and became a world leader in the development and production of free-cutting lead free aluminum alloys. Eural has the automotive certification IATF 16949 and the aerospace certification AS 9100.

Scott Petrisko

Scott Petrisko is an applications engineer for Absolute Machine Tools. Scott has been in the CNC industry for 25 years and has focused on primarily in the production turning products field.

Michael J. Reader

A native of Delavan Wisconsin, Mike continued his education at U.W. Madison where he graduated in 1986 with a B.S. in Economics with an emphasis in Finance.  Upon graduation, he moved to Chicago to pursue a career in Commodity Futures.  In early 1995, Mike relocated the family to London England after being named the Director of Global Operations for the Futures division of Bank of America, responsible for offices in Singapore, London, Paris and Chicago.  As fate would have it, a family emergency in late 1995 brought Mike and family back to SE Wisconsin to provide support for the family business, Precision Plus, a precision machining shop. The next 25-years working within the precision machining industry have been extremely rewarding.  Precision Plus serves a multitude of industries and clients from Aerospace, Medical, Industrial and Defense.  As a business dependent on a highly skilled workforce, Mike understood from early on, the success of the business was dependent upon developing and retaining the very best craftsmen and women.  This starts with creating career awareness, and Mike has been an industry champion for years, working closely with the surrounding K-12 school districts, the local Gateway Technical College (GTC) and the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE).  Mike serves on many of the school advisory boards, has served on the Gateway Foundation, helped found the Reader Precision Machining RPM Center within the GTC Elkhorn Campus and currently serves on the MSOE Board of Regents.  In addition to his service with the local schools, Mike has been a strong supporter of the national trade association, the Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) since the late 1990’s.  He has served on a multitude of committees, ultimately working up to President of the association for the 2019/2020 term.  This engagement has fostered many industry relationships that has allowed Mike to tour some of the very best machine shops in North America and Europe.   Mike continues to work on behalf of the industry and trade association through the PMPA Education Foundation, alongside Gateway Technical College President, Dr. Bryan Albrecht.

Clay Schalk

Clay Schalk has been a Swiss CNC Machinist and programmer for Clippard Instrument Laboratory for 8 years. Clay attended The Whitewater Technical Career Center for machine trades. He has also been a member of PMPA’s Technical Program Committee for the last 3 years. Currently Clay is enrolled at Cincinnati State college for mechanical engineering technology.

Dave Seabrook

Dave Seabrook has been at Micron Manufacturing for 24 years and has served many functions from receiving raw material to shipping product to customers. Dave was the Quality Manager for 4 years but for the last 10 years has spent his days as IT Manager and a Continuous Improvement leader. He has overseen Micron’s network including the communication of its production equipment, gaging, and tool cribs. Over the last several years he has worked to secure this equipment and insure backups are in place in the event of an attack or system failure.

Kristian Smith

Kristian Smith, M.Ed., CEC, is the Director of Adult Education at the Lorain County JVS in Oberlin, Ohio. He has worked in career & technical education for nearly 25 years, in the classroom and as an administrator. He has worked at schools in Ohio and Oklahoma, inspiring students to find their professional passions. He is a member of the Iota Lambda Sigma Career & Technical Honors Society, and has been named a Claus Nobel Educator of Distinction for his dedication and commitment to excellence in the classroom. Although Kristian has never been directly involved with manufacturing, he has always been a gearhead and loves anything with a motor that goes fast and had done several frame-off restorations of cars and motorcycles. 

Peter W. Stechow

Peter Stechow is a Journeyman Tool and Die maker /engineer, 40+ years of experience in manufacturing with a focus on cutting tools of all types. Peter is also a Navy Vet, father of two and just celebrated 30 years of marriage.

Brady Stevens

Brady Stevens is a team lead for Global Shop Solutions ERP Software Consulting Department. He has been with the company for over 12 years, visited hundreds of facilities, and specializes in making manufacturers more effective through the use of mobile devices, barcoding, labeling, RFID, and more to move towards a paperless and touch free environment.

Michael Tamasi

Michael Tamasi is President and CEO of AccuRounds, a contract manufacturer dedicated to being the leading value solution for custom mechanical components and sub-assemblies used in numerous industries including medical, aerospace, semi-conductor, robotics and emerging technologies. Michael, a second-generation owner, has been working in the family business for over 35 years. Michael is very active in industry and educational organizations including government appointments to the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative, currently serving as Co-Chair, and previously sitting on the MA STEM Advisory Council.  In February of 2014, he was named to the New England Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and served for five years, Chair in 2018.  Michael has been active in the National Tooling and Machining Association for over thirty years, serving on their Boston Chapter’s board for fifteen years. He is also Chairman of the Board for GBMP, Chairs the Executive Committee for Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships, serves as a NIMS Audit Team Leader and is an Ambassador for MassEcon. Michael currently sits on the advisory board for the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of New Hampshire, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.  He also received a Master’s degree in business administration from Babson College.

Akshat Thirani

Akshat Thirani is CEO and Co-founder of Amper. He has grown up immersed in the factory floor as a 4th generation manufacture and his company helps manufacturers track and improve their operations. He started Amper to help manufacturers of all sizes have access to modern technology using simple, practical and affordable approaches. Akshat has been featured in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Manufacturing & Industry and in the Manufacturing Engineering’s 2018 Class of 30 Under 30. He attended Northwestern University and is based in Chicago.

David Wynn

David Wynn has have an MBA from the University of Tennessee. David is also the Chief Financial Officer of ABF Engineering in South Fulton, Tennessee that specializes in Brown and Sharpe and Swiss CNC. David believes that anything and everything should be automated and is also a strong believer that to sustain continuous improvement you need to be a lifelong learner. David also serves on the PMPA Board of Directors and has experience in computer programming, CNC programming and accounting.