2017 MFG Forum Presented by NCMS and MMA

The 2017 MFG Forum will be like nothing you have seen before as MMA and NCMS are partnering to deliver an exceptional learning experience.

This full-day program focuses on emerging issues impacting Michigan’s manufacturing sector by providing real-world best practices presented by leading manufacturers and issue experts.

In addition to best practices, attendees will learn about important resources to protect and grow their business.

Open networking and interactive activities will let you take the conversation to a deeper level and gain insightful new knowledge.

Attendee Takeaways

  • Information to grow your Michigan-based business
  • A mix of experts, industry leaders, panel, presentations, interactive components and networking time
  • Past Attendees report information at the Forum helped them to understand new concepts and begin trying to use new skills
  • Over 80% of attendees to past Forums said:
    • They were likely to use the information they gained or share it with a colleague
    • They would turn this information into action within 30 days of the event
    • Their Forum experience was highly valuable

NCMS Member Discount

Special pricing is available for NCMS members. Please contact Sarah Martin at martin@mimfg.org or by phone at 517-487-8521.

Event Sponsors



From Global to Supply Chain, the Importance of Security

As a leading global manufacturer committed to innovation, General Motors understands the importance of information security. Attendees will learn how this emerging issue could impact small, medium and large manufacturers alike. Lisa Gage will share insights to how GM is driving security to the plant floor through industrial control systems and the importance of supply chain security.

Lisa Gage, General Motors Director of Information Security; Transformation, Planning and Metrics

Real World Experience to Reduce Risk

Innovation, technology and security are hallmarks of a successful manufacturing business. This panel of experts from ASK, Orbitform, Fibre Converters and Melling Tool will share their real-world insight and experience in a moderated discussion to enlighten, inform and challenge fellow manufacturers. Attendees will gain an awareness of the evolving landscape of manufacturing, hear personal stories and learn best practices they can apply to any size of manufacturing operation.

Mike Maddox, ASK President (moderator)
Phil Sponsler, Orbitform President
Jamey Southland, Fibre Converters Computer Systems Admin
Bill Klemm, Melling Tool Director of IT Services

Why Hackers Love Manufacturing and How to Drive Them Away

Critical manufacturers including manufacturers of vehicles, transportation equipment, metals, machinery and electrical equipment have been identified by U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the leading target of infrastructure cyber-attacks, with more than a third of total attacks impacting manufacturers. While most industrial environments were not developed with cyber security as a primary goal, manufacturers need to take action to protect their business, communities and consumers. Agents of FBI, DHS and MMTC will highlight national, state and local resources to assist Michigan manufacturers with identifying existing cybersecurity tools and resources.

Rebecca Taylor, NCMS Senior Vice President (moderator)
Greg Carnevale, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
David Martin, FBI Special Supervisory Agent
Elliot Forsyth, MMTC Vice President of Business Operations

How Hackable Are You?

The spread of network-connected devices has greatly impacted the way we live, the services we use and how products are manufactured. While manufacturers see the benefits of connecting these devices to collect metrics and data, organizations may not understand the risks involved. During this interactive session, Merit Network’s Jason Brown, will demonstrate how a hacker can eavesdrop on your corporate network and provide ways to protect your staff and your equipment in this highly connected world.

Jason Brown, Merit Network Chief Information Security Officer
Tonia Cronin, Merit Network Program Manager, Michigan Cyber Range Hubs

Sustaining a Culture of Innovation

Innovation is in the DNA of manufacturing and is the mother of necessity for competitiveness. Yet, not every manufacturer has learned how to develop or embrace a culture of innovation. Learn how your Chief Information Officer may be blocking innovation, how to embrace disruption and proven strategies to sustain innovation. In addition to an inside look at how Microsoft is innovating, Mike Walton will share his experience to help manufacturers learn the linkage of culture and innovation to develop game-changing strategies and technologies.

Mike Walton, Microsoft Manufacturing Vertical Senior Executive



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Registration Information



Date(s) - 04/25/2017
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Suburban Collection Showplace