Wednesday | October 4 | 8 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Goodwill Opportunity Campus | 5301 Wilkinson Blvd.
$50 for members $75 for non-members

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Join the SouthWest Chapter for a half-day event exploring the economic landscape of manufacturing within the region, followed by break out groups centered around workforce development, robotics and automation. Kevin Rodriguez, special agent from the FBI will wrap up this jam packed morning with everything you want to know around Cybersecurity as it relates to manufacturing.


8 – 8:30 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.

8:45 – 9:30 a.m.
Manufacturing as an Economic Driver
Sara Casey, Lead Analyst, Economic Leadership LLC
David Linford, Vice President & General Manager at GOM Americas Inc.
Travis Hogue, Vice President, Industrial/Manufacturing, Myers & Chapman

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Break / Vendor Experience

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
Breakout 1 - Workforce Development

Large Corporation Breakout Session:
Richard Zollinger, PhD., Vice President for Learning & Workforce Development CPCC
Valerie P. Truesdale, PhD., Chief Officer, Technology, Personalized Learning, Engagement – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. STEMersion Organizer
Anna London, Director of Career and Talent Development, Charlotte Works

Small Corporation Breakout Session:
Dana McDonald, Ph.D., Director of Goodwill University
Michael Grunwald, Operation Manager, Groninger

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Breakout 2 - Robotics and Automation

Large Corporation Breakout Session:
Elton Jones, General Manager, TJ Maxx , Assistant GM, Area Operations Manager
Guest Speaker from Snyder’s-Lance
Guest Speaker from SSI Schaefer

Small Corporation Breakout Session:
Clifton Vann IV, CEO Hyde Park Partners
Matthew Roux, Sr. Applications Engineer, Okuma

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Break / Vendor Experience

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Responding to the Cybercrime Threat: Manufacturing
Kevin Rodriguez, Special Agent, FBI Charlotte
Erin Illman, CIPP/US Attorney, Bradley


For sponsorship opportunities, contact Cherise Walker at or 704.378.4106.