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Meet the Speakers

2019 Summit Keynote Speakers

Werhner Washington

Plant Manager, Procter & Gamble

Werhner holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and has held a variety of assignments with increasing responsibility at Procter & Gamble. He started his career at the P&G Albany Plant as a Process Engineer and advanced through a variety of manufacturing assignments including Operations, Initiative Delivery and Logistics. As his career progressed, he worked in several locations including Pennsylvania, Maryland and the P&G Global Headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio.

While in manufacturing, he was able to build extensive skills in Operations Management, Total Quality Assurance and Change Management. He also held a number of assignments in Corporate Human Resources where he developed expertise in Organization Design and Talent Management.

Werhner was the P&G Albany Plant Manager from May 2014 to October 2019 and led the plant to be one of the top performing in P&G. The P&G Albany Plant won the 2019 Georgia Manufacturer of the Year Award for their work in Economic Development, Community Service, and Workforce Development. Werhner will retire from P&G on October 1, 2019 and plans to do Manufacturing Capablity and Organizational Performance Consulting in the future.


Stuart Countess

Chief Operating Officer, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia

Stuart Countess is the Chief Operations Officer for Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG), responsible for leading the Human Resources and Administration Division including Team Relations, Public Relations, Safety and Security, Environmental, Corporate Services, Legal and Sales.

He previously served as the Vice President of Quality overseeing overall vehicle quality, process quality, customer satisfaction, warranty and ISO/TS certifications for Business Management Systems. Originally, Countess joined KMMG in 2008 as the Senior Manager for the General Assembly Shop.

Morning Sessions - 10:30 - Noon


Manufacturing A Better Bottom Line

Trends to Track in Your Supply Chain 

Developing Georgia's Winning Workforce  

Afternoon Sessions 2:30 - 4:00

Secrets To More Successful Selling

International Manufacturing

Operational Excellence


Manufacturing A Better Bottom Line                                                     (back to top of page)

How to Power Profitability at Every Level of Your Business – An interactive conversation

This panel will be comprised of Georgia business leaders who understand the challenges of leading a successful organization. They will offer tips and ideas and will take questions from the audience. Focused on CEOs, CFOs, Controllers, and HR executives, this panel will address how to power profitability at every level of your business.

Who should attend: CEOs, CFOs, Controllers, HR executives

Topics covered:

-Insights and Tools to Make Financing Work for Your Business
-Minimizing Your Taxes – With or Without Tax Reform
-Finding Opportunity in Your Healthcare Spend
-Wage and Hour Regulations

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Trends to Track in Your Supply Chain                                             (back to top of page)

This panel will be comprised of Georgia business leaders who understand the challenges of maintaining a successful supply chain.

“Trends to Track in Supply Chain” will offer helpful insight on critical business issues that manufacturers face. The panel will be tackling four key themes: “the Four T’s”: Technology, Transportation, Talent & Trade/Tariffs.

“We've approached this panel discussion by tackling topics that I hear top-of-mind from speaking with hundreds of manufacturing professionals and leaders,” said Scott Luton, Executive Vice President of APICS Atlanta and moderator for the session. “With a few exceptions, what has made manufacturers successful over the last 20 years won't necessarily make them successful over the next 20 years.”

Who should attend: Purchasing / Engineering/ Operations / Logistics

Topics covered:

Technology, Transportation, Talent & Trade/Tariffs.

This session is sponsored by :

Scott Luton will moderate this session.

Scott W. Luton
Founder, Supply Chain Now Radio.

He has worked extensively in the end-to-end Supply Chain industry for more than 15 years, appearing in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Dice and Quality Progress Magazine. Scott currently serves as a board member with APICS Atlanta and was recently named a 2019 Pro to Know in Supply Chain by Supply & Demand Executive. He founded the 2019 Atlanta Supply Chain Awards and also served on the 2018 Georgia Logistics Summit Executive Committee. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and holds the APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) credential. A Veteran of the United States Air Force, Scott volunteers on the Business Pillar for VETLANTA and serves on the advisory board for the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance. He also serves as an advisor with TalentStream, a leading recruiting & staffing firm based in the Southeast. Connect with Scott Luton on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottwindonluton/ and follow him on Twitter at @ScottWLuton.

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Developing Georgia's Winning Workforce                                           (back to top of page)

This panel will be comprised of Georgia business leaders who understand the challenges of maintaining a successful workforce.

Who should attend: CEO / Human Resources

Topics covered:

- What programs are available and what is working
- Generational Gaps
- Leadership Training Game Plans

This session is sponsored by :

This panel discussion will be moderated by Jamey Jackson

Jamey Jackson  - Workforce Development Tips
 Executive Vice President, Malone Workforce Solutions

 Mr. Jackson began his career with Kelly Automotive Services Group where he placed manufacturing candidates in professions including Engineering, Purchasing & Procurement, Operations, and Information Systems for Toyota Motor Engineering North America and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky. Since joining Malone Associates in 2010, Jamey provides his clients with staffing solutions around the globe as he collaborates with talent acquisition partners on six different continents. As a problem-solver and creative thinker, he enjoys crafting acquisition strategies that help companies see an improvement in their job performance, job satisfaction and bottom line. Using his strong experience with the automotive industry and its staffing needs, he helps his partners discover solutions for some of their greatest challenges in talent acquisition. By providing his clients with strong and competitive talented leaders, he helps them to stay ahead of the competition and maximize their return on investment.

 

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International Issues for Manufacturing:                                                                (back to top of page)
Building Domestic Growth and a Competitive Edge

This panel will be comprised of Georgia business leaders who understand the challenges of international trade.

Who should attend: Purchasing / Export/ Logistics

Topics covered:

- Increase sales by leveraging the demand for U.S. products overseas.
- Understand the key dynamics that will guide a successful export program.
- Learn from success stories you can build from.

Join our panel discussion regarding the opportunities available for all size manufacturing companies ready to take their organization to the next level.

This session is sponsored by :

This panel discussion will be moderated by Albert Sorto

Albert Sorto 
Vice President, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Albert joined the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as the Vice President and COO in February 2018. He has been involved with the chamber for the last two and a half years by serving on the Business Development Board and as a GHCC ambassador since 2016.

Before joining the Chamber, he held the position of Vice President of Business Development with The National Minority Trucking Association (NMTA) and has been in the transportation and logistics Industry for over five years. Prior to that, Albert worked as a National Director of Sales in the specialty retail industry where he created and managed a successful Cart and Kiosks program for a Suwanee, Georgia based manufacturer. He also brings experience from the retail perspective from his position as a Divisional Director of a well-known cosmetics company that operates over 400 retail locations in the U.S. and Canada.

Albert was born in El Salvador and grew up in Houston, Texas. He moved to Atlanta in early 2000. His entrepreneur ethic is attributed to his parents, who both were successful business owners. Albert resides in Lawrenceville with his wife and son.

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Sales and Marketing Secrets for Manufacturers                                                (back to top of page)

This panel will be comprised of Georgia business leaders who understand the challenges of maintaining a successful sales and marketing program. The all-star panel includes Judson Voss from Chart Industries, Inc., Malika Givens from Landis+Gyr and Craig Henry from Siemens. This gropu of leaders will be sharing their best practices on how they are tackling key challenges from the shift in how people buy, lead generation and the digital transformation in sales and marketing. This session will be recorded for IndustrialSage.

Who should attend: Sales Representatives / Sales Managers / Marketing

Topics covered:

- Sales Strategies
- Team Accountability (that works for everyone)
- Marketing Game Plans
- Social Media Marketing For Manufacturing

Sponsored by:

Danny Gonzales
Podcast Host, IndustrialSage

An Atlanta native, Danny discovered his passion for video production while volunteering as a missionary in Mexico after high school. Later, his extensive career experience in the world of digital video creation and marketing with companies throughout Georgia led him to found Optimum Productions, a full-service video marketing company in March of 2007.

Danny’s personal mission in life is to not only spur creativity and drive results, but also to be actively involved and to consistently present positive and meaningful messages for the betterment of our local community, and the world at large.

Danny has over fifteen years of experience in marketing strategy and video production working nationally and internationally. Maintaining a detailed marketing strategy, meaningful business insights, and creative vision gives Danny the unique ability to routinely exercise his left and right brain equally on a daily basis for his clients. His unique talents, approach, and accomplishments are unmatched as he continually garners award-winning results including nine Telly Awards for client productions.

He is driven by results, ROI, and ultimately solving clients’ challenges with innovative video solutions.

Danny resides in Cumming, GA with his wife Julie, and they have been blessed with four beautiful children! Danny also enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, cooking on the Big Green Egg, flying his drone, watching movies, and racking up hours in the air with his private pilot’s license.

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Operational Excellence                                                 (back to top of page)

This panel will be comprised of Georgia business leaders who understand the challenges of maintaining a successful operation.

Operational Excellence is the execution of the business strategy more consistently and reliably than the competition. Operational Excellence is evidenced by results. Given two companies with the same strategy, the Operationally Excellent company will have lower operational risk, lower operating costs, and increased revenues relative to its competitors, creating value for customers and shareholders. It may more simply be interpreted as "Execution Excellence."

Operational Excellence is neither a specific management philosophy nor a particular methodology; it integrates all those enabling to reach Excellence. However, most of its drivers are based on earlier continuous improvement methodologies, such as Lean Thinking, Six Sigma and Scientific Management. However, the focus of Operational Excellence goes beyond and integrates Organizational structure and Leadership development.

Who should attend: LEAN professionals/Operational Excellence Leaders/

Topics covered:

- Lean Strategies
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Sponsored by:

Beau Groover
Founder/President, The Effective Syndicate

Proven results oriented leader in Continuous Improvement, team and leadership development and Operations Management.

20 years of experience in Operations Management, Manufacturing, Supply chain and Continuous Improvement, I have compiled a very broad and effective skill set. For over 13 years, I worked with experts in the Toyota Production System learning how to apply Lean Methodologies in both Manufacturing and Transactional (office) environments. I enjoy working through the rigors of creating clear alignment between the big-picture goals with the tactical objectives, and then executing the tactical plans to ensure results.

In addition to an MBA, I also have SS Master Black Belt, and Lean certified from the Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME). I enjoy public speaking and have presented at several trade organization meetings on the topic of Lean, Six Sigma and Continuous Improvement. Published author in the areas of Leadership and Continuous Improvement.