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2018 South Dakota Manufacturers' Day Summit

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Southeast Tech - HUB  2201 N Career Ave, Sioux Falls, SD

Schedule & Keynote Speakers

 7:30 - 8:00 Registration
 8:00 - 9:15 Welcome & Keynote
 9:20 - 10:20 Breakout Session 1
 10:20 - 11:00 Networking Break
 11:00 - 12:00 Breakout Session 2
 12:00 - 12:45 Lunch
 12:45 - 1:45 Breakout Session 3
 1:50 - 2:50 Breakout Session 4
 2:50 - 3:15 Networking Break
 3:15 - 4:30 Keynote & Prizes

 Sam Silverstein is a former executive and owner of several manufacturing and distribution companies. Today, he is dedicated to inspiring and empowering people and businesses to be accountable in everything they do. He strives to make an impact on organizational cultures, productivity, and success.

 David Veech, a current lecturer of the Department of Management Sciences at Ohio State University, has dedicated his career to teaching organizations about his knowledge of Lean practices, business leadership, and innovation. He has a wealth of experience in the manufacturing field and aims to make a difference in manufacturing businesses.

Detailed Schedule & Breakout Descriptions

7:30 – 8:00 Registration

8:00 – 9:15 Welcome & Keynote Speaker

The Highest Form of Leadership - Theater

Presented by Sam Silverstein

Today’s organizations want leaders who can innovate. Explore diversity. Cultivate creativity. Foster a culture of positive change. Nurture cohesiveness. Define accountability. And bring their highest and best selves to the table each day. When they do? Employee engagement soars. Exponential growth is possible. Collaboration gets exciting. And productivity and profitability skyrocket.

Sam shares game-changing strategies with audiences that help clearly define core values, connect them to every member of an organization, and make them the driving force behind every decision. Sam’s ability to help companies build rock-solid foundations and cut through the clutter and noise of distractions to provide crystal-clear vision for their future is part of why he gets invited back again and again.

It’s no longer enough to have a mission statement hung on a wall. Sam teaches business professionals from every level to take ownership of their company’s mission and vision and weave them throughout every facet of their company culture, business processes, customer connectivity, and communication. It is only when all of these components are working in tandem that a company can achieve their highest form of leadership™. Ready to take YOUR team to its highest level?


9:20 – 10:20 Breakout Session 1

Industrial Revolution 4.0

Industrial Revolution 4.0 Discussion - Room 200

Presented by Keith Deibert 

The Industrial Revolution 4.0 is driving Manufacturers to look at “smarter” and more efficient ways to provide products to their customers.  Introducing new, innovative technologies into the manufacturing plant will address recent demands customers, suppliers and regulators have today. Implementing the Industrial Revolution 4.0 in your manufacturing plant, however, does not come without challenges. In this session, Keith will discuss the impact of becoming a “smart manufacturer” and address the challenges that come with it, including the Manufacturing Internet of Vulnerabilities.


Manufacturing Money - Room 259

Presented by Micki Vandeloo, Lakeview Consulting

This presentation covers the “why, what and how” of manufacturing funding, delivered by a recognized expert and author in the manufacturing grant space. You will learn why manufacturers should pursue grant funding, what sources of funding are available to them, and how to best find and access the money to support their investments.



Gage Brothers 2.0 – A Journey Toward Culture Transformation - Theater 

Presented by Human Capital Consultants LLC and Gage Brothers

Effective culture accounts for 20-30% of the differential in corporate performance. (James Heskett, The Culture Cycle). Yet while most leaders can sketch out an organizational chart with little hesitation, they still struggle to identify the key cultural attributes needed to succeed. Once you realize it’s time to break from the status quo, how do you accomplish this when people bounce back to their old habits like rubber bands? This session will showcase a regional company that transformed its business using a top-down and bottom-up inclusive culture change process. Gage Brothers discovered that when you align your human potential with your processes and technology transitions, you’ve found your game-changer. In this session, you may recognize your “aha” moment signaling a culture change, you will learn how to align your purpose with company culture, analyze company processes and better sync them with your organization, and discover how combing human capital with your technology strategies multiplies return on investment.


Human Capital

Running a Rigorous Learning System for Employee Engagement and Development (2 Hour Session) - Room 303

Presented by David Veech

In this workshop David will go through a comparative overview of problem solving processes and the role these play in culture change. Then he’ll begin digging into the mechanics of the C4 process (as outlined in Chapter 9 of the Leadersights book.)  He will discuss key challenges facing organizations for the future and what behaviors we think we'll need to cultivate to overcome those challenges. After that, David will narrow the scope by discussing how to break down a problem until it is focused and totally within our control to countermeasure. Practical tools will be provided to you so you apply them to your business immediately and effectively. Free downloads of the eBook “The C4 Process: Four Virtual Steps to Better Work” will also be available. Be prepared to discuss some small-scope problems that you deal with in your business to discuss with your table group. The goal of this session is to help you engage your employees in problem solving, build critical thinkers within the workforce, improve leadership, and build trusting relationships in the workplace.



Data Visualization - Room 108

Presented by Jerry Visser, Daktronics

Today’s business thrives on information based on large data sets. This session introduces exploratory data analysis and tools to visualize data with open source software. You will gain insight on classic quality tools and ways to enhance communication via color and graphic customization with ggplot2 libraries.


10:20 – 11:00 Networking Break


11:00 – 12:00 Breakout Session 2

Industrial Revolution 4.0

The Security Gap - Room 108

Presented by Shawn Mendel, High Point Networks

Each year businesses of all kinds spend time and money on security solutions to protect the IT infrastructure they rely on to run their businesses. These security solutions are deployed in layers to lower the IT risk that all businesses face. With all this effort, there is still a very important layer that is commonly overlooked: The User Layer. Users must understand their roles and responsibilities in safeguarding data and protecting the IT infrastructure. This presentation will provide you with an understanding of the threat landscape and each user’s role in protecting company data and the IT infrastructure.



Beyond Okay Google: How AI is Changing Sales - Room 200

Presented by Mike Vetter, Flywheel

This session uncovers how new Artificial Intelligence tech will change how salespeople are able to interact with customers. We will review practical AI tools already available today that kill data entry drudgery for salespeople and others. To finish our time together we'll watch a mind-blowing AI demo from Google.



Strategic Business Planning: From Vision to Reality - Theater 

Presented by Ed Ketcham, Riekes Equipment

Businesses need to transform to survive. Strategic planning is a disciplined and documented thought process that shapes and guides what an organization is, why it does it, and what it needs to do to achieve its goals. You will learn a step-by-step process for strategic planning that keeps employee energy focused on achieving common goals and objectives.


1. Discover a proven business-planning model that works

2. Learn the process - Identify impact factors through 360╦Üfeedback, establish strategic initiatives, and measure results

3. Drive team alignment towards success

4. Understand how core values impact culture

5. Hear tactics to drive a service-focused culture 


Human Capital

Running a Rigorous Learning System for Employee Engagement and Development (2 Hour Session) - Room 303

Presented by David Veech



Workforce Strategies – Plan, Protect, and Maximize - Room 259

Presented by Greg Tate and Mark Dykema, Bank Midwest

Skilled labor shortages, advances in technology, and global competition are just a few of the challenges facing today’s manufacturers. Whether these impact your speed-to-market, product quality, or profit margins, one thing is certain, they impede your ability to compete. Chances are they’re also causing someone in your company to lose sleep. In this session, you will review hands-on process improvement strategies that range from safety training and return-to-work programs, to self-funding activities designed to reduce waste and increase enterprise profitability.


12:00 – 12:40 Lunch


12:45 – 1:45 Breakout Session 3

Industrial Revolution 4.0

The Latest in Additive Manufacturing - And How to Get Small Manufacturers to Actually Use It! - Room 200

Presented by Dave Pierson, MAGNET

Hear about the latest advances in additive manufacturing technologies, as well as new MEP programs to help small manufacturers leverage additive across their plant. Dave Pierson, Sr. Engineer and 3D printing expert, will discuss his experiences, successes, and lessons learned through embedding himself at America Makes (the NNMI devoted to additive), as well as the ATAP (Additive Tooling Advancement Program) program. Dave has worked with dozens of small manufacturers and he will be showing you the impact and potential that the implementation of additive manufacturing could have in your company.



Building Accountability into Your Organization (2 Hour Session) - Theater

Presented by Sam Silverstein

In this deep-dive session, Sam will take you further on the journey of establishing your culture so that accountability is inspired, engagement is increased, employee turnover is reduced, and profitability is maximized. Get ready to roll up your sleeves, join in the conversation and learn first-hand how to transform your organization in order to reach your specific goals. Sam will draw from his experience as an owner of a manufacturing company and from over 25 years of helping other organizations be better. Ask your questions, get the information you need, and leave ready to put everything into action.


Human Capital

Who Are These People and What Are They Doing Here? Theater 

Presented by Matt Heemstra, Cain Ellsworth & Company

We live in a world of constant change and overwhelming complexity. In a world like this, our people are more important than ever. Too often, we give our people the bare minimum because we are ‘too busy’ to do more. That has to change. In this session, we will talk about the fundamentals of planning for your people situation as well as how to make sure that you are getting the most from the people you have.



Daktronics Reliability Journey - Room 108

Presented by Eric Kangas, Daktronics

Reliability professionals strive to enable world class (predictable and consistent) reliability in their companies’ products through disciplined application of multiple Design for Reliability (DFR) tools and practices within their overall product development cycle. To accomplish this is a journey. This presentation will share the journey that Daktronics has taken and examine how key lessons learned from a field failure case study have accelerated this journey.



Business Killers - Room 259

Presented by John Etrheim, Great Western Bank

Business Killers was developed by business owners, for business owners. There is no discussion of insurance products or financial services. Instead, you are taken through a series of six topics and will perform a quick self-assessment of your risk.  Many business owners or key employees think their problems are unique to them, but the opposite is true. Small businesses, including family-owned operations, need to be proactive in their planning.


1:50 – 2:50 Breakout Session 4

 Human Capital 

Finance and Key Performances Reporting for Leaders Not in the Finance Department - Theater 

Presented by Kurt Whitesel, B2B CFO

Accounting is the language of business - consistent rules for communicating historical performance to tax advisors, bankers, and other stakeholders. In this session, we will share business performance metrics, historical and prospective, operational leaders need to know to influence and drive optimal performance for your business. You will understand how to evaluate the financial health of your organization by looking at KPIs and other basic metrics. Generally, this presentation format is not as useful to those business leaders who are in the finance department.


AmesburyTruth’s Journey to Innovation - Room 259

Presented by AmesburyTruth and SDMTS

This session will begin with a brief history of AmesburyTruth and who they are. It will continue with AmesburyTruth’s journey to improve innovation through the adoption of the Innovation Engineering Management System, the development of their own internal management of data, and the prioritization of ideas. To close, AmesburyTruth will share examples of projects from the innovation process and open it up for questions.



Purpose-Based Lean Six Sigma - Room 200

Presented by Heather Goulet, Doosan Bobcat

Lean Six Sigma is most often associated with words like “philosophy”, “tools”, or “improvement”, to name a few. Most practitioners of Lean Six Sigma are well-trained on the tools and methodology, and many become trainers themselves. Training, however, often focuses on the what (tools, statistics) and the how, leveraging case studies and real-world examples to connect the two. Most trainees leave class excited and full of knowledge but without a full understanding of the purpose of the tools that they have just been given. When they get to the next problem to be solved, they all too easily go back to their tried and true “just do it” approach, justifying it with the fact that it “takes too long” to use Lean Six Sigma. This then becomes a vicious cycle of training, retraining, solving the same problems over and over, bringing in “task force teams”, and so on. If training is conducted from a foundation of purpose, however, engagement and use of the Lean Six Sigma methodology becomes more easily navigable. When that occurs, Lean Six Sigma becomes the tried and true way to solve problems. This is the foundation upon which a culture change can begin to take place.


 Industrial Revolution 4.0

Automation for Everyone - Room 108

Presented by Travis Thiex

Did you know one of the most important pillars of lean manufacturing often goes forgotten? Jidoka, sometimes referred to as autonomation, is a robust system that enables processes to help operators prevent, detect, contain, and counteract errors. It is a powerful tool every manufacturer should implement and value because of its ability to eliminate defects and establish quality at the source.  In this presentation, Travis Thiex will briefly discuss the history of jidoka, highlight the benefits of following its principles, and walk through new technologies tech-savvy operators or entry-level technicians can use to easily start improving their processes and automation results.


Build Accountability into Your Organization (Continued) - Room 303

2:50 – 3:15 Networking Break


3:15 – 4:30 Afternoon Keynote Speaker & Prizes

The Continuous Improvement Engine That Builds a Culture of Engagement - Theater 

 Presented by David Veech

David Veech, a current lecturer of the Department of Management Sciences at Ohio State University, has dedicated his career to teaching and coaching organizations on his knowledge of Lean practices, business leadership, innovations, and overall employee well-being. He has a wealth of experience in the manufacturing field and aims to make a difference in manufacturing businesses around the country.

In his presentation, David will review the factors that contribute to an organization’s culture and how to change the culture by applying principles of operational excellence. He will discuss expected employee and leader behaviors associated with a variety of different culture types. You will learn about the specific behaviors that you should be cultivating in your business and be given the tools to support and reinforce those behaviors. He will talk about the overall impact that these moving parts, working together, are likely to have on your organization. And finally, David will talk to you about a specific system that promotes and develops problem solving skills in your employees and leaders. This is a system that is easy to launch and yields excellent results. You won’t want to miss this!

2018 Platinum Sponsors

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors Cain Ellsworth, Flywheel, Bank Midwest, Riekes Equipment, Great Western Bank and High Point Networks. platinumsponsorlogos