The Summit at Manufacturing in America

A morning of in-depth presentations, discussions, and best practices from leaders in manufacturing, the economy, technology, and innovation.

Manufacturing thought leaders, industry experts, business organizations and government officials begin MiA with the Summit, which brings the manufacturing community together to facilitate collaboration and spur innovation.

The Summit is held in America's automotive hub, Detroit, MI. The city boasts the second largest concentration of engineers in the country, only behind Silicon Valley. Its community of educators, businesses, and government reflects a unique combination of circumstances that are driving Detroit’s success.

“This is an event that is helping to shape manufacturing in America and across the globe,” said Jamie Fryer, sales manager at Windsor, Ontario-based Brave Control Solutions. “You have all the key players in one place, and the discussions are focused on the issues that are driving the industry. If you want to be on the leading edge of manufacturing development, why wouldn’t you be there?”

Featured Speakers from MiA 2018

Dr. Alan Beaulieu, ITR Economics, President

With a reputation as an accurate, straightforward economist, Dr. Beaulieu has been delivering award-winning workshops and economic analysis seminars in countries across the world to thousands of business owners and executives for the last 25 years.

He is co-author of "Prosperity in the Age of Decline", a powerful look at how to make the most of US and global economic trends over the next 20 years. Dr. Beaulieu also co-authored "Make Your Move", a practical and insightful guide on increasing profits through business cycle changes.

Greg LaMay, Director of Global PLM Implementation, KUKA Systems

Greg LaMay has over 20 years of experience in robotics and automated assembly systems. He has a varied background in mechanical design, project engineering, project management, and as a global project owner. Greg has worked on projects for all the major automotive companies.

Entering the professional world in 1993 as a Mechanical Designer, Greg was able to see the operations of multiple companies, which is where he saw firsthand what does and does not work in a production environment. After 10 years in the mechanical design role he took his knowledge and applied it in his new role as a Project Engineer, followed up by managing projects for multiple customers in a variety of regional and global locations.

In 2014 Greg became KUKA’s Orange Globe Project Owner. Orange Globe is the project name for the implementation of Teamcenter PLM within the KUKA companies, which includes KUKA Robotics, KUKA Systems, KUKA Industries, KUKA Assembly & Test, and Swisslog Healthcare & Warehouse companies. Execution of this project includes Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

John Greaves, IoT, RF and Blockchain Solutions Architect, Lowry Solutions
John Greaves has been actively involved in AIDC (Automatic Identification and Data Capture), including RFID, for many years. His pioneering work in the area of Global Logistics, Inventory Management, and the Returnable Transport Items sector with both active and passive RFID has led to the significant adoptions occurring in Supply Chains, Health Care, and Security globally today. He was the founding chair of the US RFID standards group, led the European Spectrum Initiative, was the leader of the GTAG program for EAN.UCC and developed, amongst many significant RFID implementations worldwide, the one tag per pallet UHF solution with CHEP. Greaves has served with distinction in the standards and equipment regulation bodies, ETSI, CEPT, CEN, ISO as well as addressing, and being a member of, many of the leading industry bodies, Institute of Logistics, LPRA (Low Power Radio Association) CIES in the area of Food Safety, DASH 7 in Cargo and freight security, and several NGO Organizations and governmental agencies engaged in Public Safety. Greaves is also a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He is a frequent contributor to leading industry publications and public media including Packaging World, RFID Journal Live, CIO magazine, Air Transport International where his thought provoking commentary and practical resolution of issues on Technology Implementation form the basis of many of today’s successful rollouts.

Raj Batra, President of the Digital Factory Division (DF) for Siemens USA

Raj Batrais President of the Digital Factory (DF) Division for Siemens USA.  In this role, Batra is responsible for overseeing all development, marketing, sales, R&D, vertical industry and manufacturing aspects for DF in the United States. Joining Siemens in 1993, Batra has held a variety of high-level management, strategy and sales positions including VP, General Manager, Global Corporate Account Executive, and Director and founding member of the Automotive and Aerospace Vertical Market organizations.

In addition to his responsibilities at Siemens, Batra serves on the Executive Advisory Boards of The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI). He is also a Member of the Board of Directors of PI-North America.

Prior to Siemens, Batra worked as a sales engineer developing automation solutions for discrete manufacturing and process industries.  Batra earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University in Michigan and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Michigan.

Eddie Murray, Hope Network, formerly Detroit Lions

Eddie Murray was the master of ceremony at the Summit @MiA. Eddie was drafted in the 7th Round by the Detroit Lions in 1970. He proceeded to lead the NFC in scoring as a rookie with 116 points. In 1981, Eddie was selected to the Pro Bowl as a Rookie, and then became the first Rookie to be voted MVP. He played for Detroit Lions for 12 years, finishing as the All-Time Leading scored with 1113 points. Murray proceeded to play for Tampa, Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, and Minnesota. He was a member of the Super Bowl Champions XXVIII Dallas Cowboys Team in 1993, and kicked a perfect 3 for 3 in field goals and 3 for 3 in extra points in the Super Bowl. Eddie Murray retired after the 2000 football season after playing for the Washington Redskins. He finished his sports career as the 15th leading scorer in NFL history and was voted to the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. In the past 9 years Murray has been the Director of Donor Relations for Hope Network, a Michigan-based non-profit working in the area of mental health.

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