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 Free to Conference Attendees - Send additional members of your team for only $50 per day*

Tech Sessions will take place Wednesday, February 14th and Thursday, February 15th from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. on the lower level of the Lynnwood Convention Center.

Register for Wednesday Sessions / Register for Thursday Sessions


 Time Wednesday Room 1B Wednesday Room 1C

Getting Inside Your Customers' Heads: Improving Relationship Stability Through Communication-Centric Account Management

Ann Amati, Deliberate Strategies Consulting

Paid Internships: How They Differ from Apprenticeships and How They Can Benefit Your Company

Mary Kaye Bredeson, CoE


Using Visual Tools to Clarify Financial and Operational Performance

Burr Stewart, Locus Analytics

Digital Marketing in 2018, essential marketing tools for your business

Steve Kidd and Antonio Salazar, Aerospace Vendors


Leading Through Change

Sonja Price, Dynamo Leaders

Building Robust Business and Shop Floor Processes: Your Entire Company Connected

Paul Van Metre, Adion Systems

 Time Thursday Room 1B Thursday Room 2C

Reduction of Cost of Non Quality and Lead Time by Implementing Industry 4.0 in Aerospace

Tamas Havar, P3

Apprenticeships: How to Diversify Your Training Portfolio and Grow Your Workforce

Lynn Strickland, AJAC  


Using Simulation Software to Achieve True “Lights-Out” Machining

Bryan Jacobs, CG Tech

AC7130 Accreditation for CMMs – A New Boeing Supplier Requirement

John Graham, Fulcrum Associates

Bret Thomas, Neumeier Engineering



The Advantages of Extending the Digital Thread Between OEMs and Suppliers

Anthony Nicoli, Mentor-Siemens

Wednesday Sessions

Getting Inside Your Customers' Heads: Improving Relationship Stability Through Communication-Centric Account Management

Program description:  After a supplier-customer relationship matures, executives, managers and employees on both sides communicate less and less effectively without realizing a gap in expectations has formed. It is common for the customer to become increasingly impatient and the supplier to become increasingly defensive. Both sides hear without listening. Communication-centric account management can permanently turn around dysfunctional relationships and improve customer satisfaction, employee morale, profitability and positioning for contract renewal. This program is relevant to suppliers with a small handful of key accounts as well as suppliers with dozens of customers. Benefits include improvements that strengthen sales competitiveness.

Ann Amati PNAA 2018 2Speaker: Ann Amati 
Principal, Deliberate Strategies Consulting

Ms. Amati is the founder and Principal of Deliberate Strategies Consulting, a customer insights research firm. She specializes in using deep-dive customer interviews to help individual manufacturers and service firms optimize good relationships, rescue troubled relationships and compete more effectively for new relationships. Her customer interviews have also identified team members in need of retraining or reassignment, and uncovered processes and policies customers warned were putting contract renewal at risk. She speaks on using key-account guidance as a revenue growth tool.

Prior to founding Deliberate Strategies Consulting in 1994, Ann Amati was a COO, strategic planner, consultant and project manager in health care, high tech, start-ups and banking. She holds a Master's in Hospital Administration from the University of Missouri.


Paid Internships: How They Differ from Apprenticeships and How They Can Benefit Your Company

Program description: The internship program at the Center of Excellent for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing allows students to earn college credit for work experience related to their major course of study. These paid experiences are structured to create a learning environment for the student as well as for the employer. In this workshop we will discuss the similarities and differences between internships and apprenticeships and explain how your company can benefit from participating in the internship program. We will also discuss the process of hiring an intern, financial considerations and programs to help cover the cost, and the logistics of hosting an internship. Using real-world experiences to apply concepts and skills learned in the classroom is a tremendous benefit for everyone and provides skilled employees to business, industry, government and non-profit organizations.

Key Points that will be addressed
• How will my company benefit from having an intern? 
• How do I hire an intern?
• How long do internships last?

MaryKaye BredesonSpeaker: MaryKaye Bredeson
Executive Director, Center of Excellence for Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing

Ms. Bredeson is the Executive Director for the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing housed at Everett Community College.

For the past 15 years, she has brought her leadership skills to higher education in promoting Washington’s economic and workforce development initiatives in aerospace and advanced manufacturing. As the Executive Director, Ms. Bredeson facilitates partnerships between industry and the state’s 34 community and technical colleges as well as other education and training providers. In her role, she encourages educational programs, sharing of industry best practices and resources, as well as providing a clear point of contact for industry employers to share their workforce needs.

A member of the Board of Directors for the Institute of Flight since 2013, Bredeson is currently serving as Vice President for the foundation. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the nationally recognized American Technology Education Council, ATEA, as Vice President.

Bredeson and her staff have been awarded several State and Federal grants in the past few years, including a $20 million DOL Round 1 TAACCCT consortium grant, a $10 million DOL Round 4 TAACCCT consortium grant, $4 million Federal Tech-Hire Grant and a $75,000 NIST grant awarded to a community college for the first time ever to develop curriculum for Metrology as well as several other state funded workforce development grants.
In 2013 She received the Exemplary Leadership Award from the Chair Leadership Academy, Mesa Community

Using Visual Tools to Clarify Financial and Operational Performance

Program description:  Burr Stewart will give a presentation on a variety of visual approaches to communicating and managing financial and operational performance. He will demonstrate two free online tools in a live format where participants will be able to engage in the workshop using their smartphones. The first tool is the “Life Cycle Calculator” located on the website , which shows a simple visual depiction of the financial performance of a decision about either operational or capital investments. The second tool is a visual systems economics website, which allows users to analyze the proximity of companies with various economic functions, both in the aerospace sector and across all industries and services. Burr will also share some of his other favorite approaches to conveying strategic information in visual diagrams of objectives, resources, activities and economic system hierarchies.

Burr Stewart 72Speaker: Burr Stewart
Project Developer, Locus Analytics

Burr Stewart. Strategic Advisor and Project Developer. Burr has been an advisor to hi-tech startups, consulting firms and public agencies since 2010, in the areas of community economic development, project management, sustainability and strategic planning. He previously worked in strategy and planning for the Port of Seattle for 30 years, the Puget Sound Regional Council for one, and a global transportation consultancy in Washington DC for two. He has developed and managed airport master plans, state rail plans, new runways, IT integration strategies, climate change programs, sustainability strategies, organizational development programs, operational and financial modeling, and stakeholder outreach.

Burr holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from Harvard University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a frequent speaker on sustainability related strategic planning and visual communication of complex systems. He serves on several committees of the Transportation Research Board in Washington DC, the Washington Public Ports Association in Olympia, and is the current chair of the Grants Committee at the Rotary Club of Seattle.

Digital Marketing in 2018, essential marketing tools for your business

Discussing the 5 W’s of digital marketing, how to use them for your business and why they are important. WHO - is using social media, WHAT - is most effective, WHEN - are they going to reach you, WHERE - are they going to connect, WHY - its important for your business. With over 3 billion connected internet users, we will be looking at building a holistic digital marketing platform. Learn about the automation, tools, and analytics that help you stay connected in a growing competitive market.

Steve KidSpeakers: Antonio Salazar & Steve Kidd
Aerospace Vendors

Aerospace Vendors was formed in 2012 for the state of Washington Commerce Department to showcase aerospace companies in the world market. Our efforts have created a searchable database for the global aerospace marketing with over 6000+ companies, connecting business development organizations and the global supply chain.


Leading Through Change

Program description: Did you know that change projects with excellent change management methods meet or exceed objectives 96% of the time? While projects with poor change management only meet the intended objectives 15% of the time? Organizational Change Management is a proactive and structured approach that focuses on building commitment with the impacted people to achieve desired business outcomes. During this workshop, you will learn the major phases and deliverables of a proven Change Management framework. We will also engage in real time application of the tools learned through a fun breakout scenario. Sponsored by Slalom Consulting

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Speaker: Sonja Price
Change Leader Consultant / DynamoLeaders

As a Change Leader Consultant, Sonja has worked with a wide range of clients including AT&T, Microsoft, Nordstrom, and a number of growing start-up organizations. She holds a Masters in Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness and is a Certified Executive Coach.

She is the author of the upcoming book The Infinite Leader: How to Make a Bigger Impact, which explores how to Be an influential person, what to Do to begin implementing the changes you desire, and how to Lead and Grow your personal and organizational impact.


Building Robust Business and Shop Floor Processes: Your Entire Company Connected

Program description: Most aerospace firms are using many separate systems to organize their companies -- from an ERP system to different systems to organize their schedules, work instructions, time tracking, QMS documents, facilities maintenance & calibration, inspection records, email, file storage, cutting tool management, and more. There is incredible waste in having multiple systems which don’t talk to each other and don’t have the core functionality that aerospace manufacturers need.

Come learn about how many Northwest aerospace manufacturers are connecting every corner of their business into a completely paperless and integrated business system. We’ll discuss how they are building innovation and continuous improvement in to their company culture. Learn the specific benefits of how integrating your AS9100 business processes deeply into your ERP functions can provide immense benefits such as higher profits, reduced reliance on tribal knowledge, and streamlined operations that can scale much more easily.

Multiple AS9100, Boeing and Tier 1 auditors have called ProShop the most robust, yet easy-to-use system they have ever seen. Come see what all the buzz is about.

Paul VanMetreSpeaker: Paul Van Metre
Founder and VP Sales, Adion Systems

Paul is a Founder at Adion Systems which develops ProShop ERP, a revolutionary web based and paperless ERP/MES/QMS system specifically designed for the aerospace industry. They partner with shops who seek to push the edge of technology by going completely paperless, strengthen their AS9100 systems, combine all their shop software into one integrated system and build robust business processes to achieve high rates of growth, profitability and performance.

Paul holds a BS from Western Washington University and founded Pro CNC in Bellingham directly out of college in 1997. The company quickly realized that current ERP systems on the market were inadequate for aerospace manufacturers and started developing ProShop. After growing the company to 75 employees, Paul and his partners sold Pro CNC in 2014 to focus on their new company, Adion Systems.

Thursday Sessions

Reduction of Cost of Non Quality and Lead Time by Implementing Industry 4.0 in Aerospace

Program Description: Aircrafts are becoming more advanced with increasingly complex supplier parts, which leads often to high CNQ (cost of none quality) and delays in the production phase. During the development phase, connecting different design tools allows a parametric part optimization not only looking at the weight, but also on cost side with integrated input of different manufacturing methods. In the production phase, apart from currently known firefighting techniques, new developments of Industry 4.0 enable a drastic cost reduction by using predictive Concession Management or predictive Change Impact Analysis based on Machine Learning and Big Data. Hence, automatic reading and processing of concession with machine learning is used to save relevant key outputs in data lakes, which are used to predict future concessions and improve their management to drive down cost and lead time. Further, interlinking aircraft parts and their dependency on each other in Big Data tools enables a prediction of the part exchange impact on the aircraft level in a very short time. This allows for quick cost assessments for business case studies leading to fast decision making if new parts should be integrated in current aircrafts.

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Speaker: Tamas Havar, PhD SCPM
North America Aviation Manager, P3

Tamas Havar leads the Aerospace Business Unit at P3 North America. He is responsible for managing the aerospace business in North America from consulting to management services and supporting engineering services.




Apprenticeships: How to Diversify Your Training Portfolio and Grow Your Workforce.

Program Description: Apprenticeships have a long history of providing experiential learning which is a natural means for developing expertise at a faster rate.  Apprenticeships are not an either or system and can be used as piece to an employer’s workforce development puzzle in conjunction with other State workforce programs.  As apprenticeships make a resurgence within the workforce development system, there are a growing number of opportunities for employers to remain competitive by “growing their own.”  Employers are an integral part of the apprenticeship structure and are needed to both expand learning opportunities and to ensure competitiveness is sustained through the creation and maintenance of a skilled workforce.

We will discuss the structure of apprenticeships; employer and community return on investment, current apprenticeship opportunities to include youth apprenticeships, how to participate and the vision of apprenticeships moving forward.

Lynn Strickland AJAC Photo 72Speaker: Demetria “Lynn” Strickland
Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC)

Demetria “Lynn” Stricklandhas over 25+ years of management experience in the for-profit, military, non-profit, and state sectors. Lynn is a proud veteran of the U.S. Army where she served nine years domestically and abroad. After receiving an honorable discharge from the service, Lynn started her career in apprenticeship and education in 2004 at Skookum Education Services where she worked as a Human Relations Generalist, Apprenticeship Coordinator and Operations Manager.

In 2007, Strickland was hired by Bates Technical College to serve as Associate Dean where she supervised 14 apprenticeship programs, Continuing Education, and Boiler Certification. Strickland was promoted in 2011 to Dean of Instruction for Construction and Manufacturing supervising 11 career training programs while keeping her previous responsibilities she had as Associate Dean.

In February of 2012, Lynn joined AJAC’s team as a Program Manager to supervise elements of the Air Washington grant, AJAC’s Advanced Inspection and Manufacturing Mobile Training Unit (AIM-MTU), and the Manufacturing Academy pre-apprenticeship program. Lynn was promoted to Deputy Director in July 2012 and Executive Director in August 2014.

Lynn’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management, a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and a Graduate Human Resources Certificate.

Using Simulation Software to Achieve True “Lights-Out” Machining

Program Description: When most people talk about “Lights-Out” machining, they are often referring to automation. By adding a multi-pallet system to the machining environment, manufacturers can run proven programs on an unattended machine long after the human operators have gone for the day. Benefits of running lights-out are obvious: manufacturers can increase efficiency, productivity, and competitiveness with minimal impact on labor costs. Additionally, machine tools use a lot of electricity. Some power companies offer lower rates for off-peak power usage, offering another financial benefit of automation.

But what about NC programs that have not been run on the machine before? Only after the part has been proven can the machine actually run lights-out, which typically involves an operator tending to the CNC machine during the prove-out process. Even if a problem is not discovered, machine time has been wasted. There is a better way. By proving-out all NC programs off-line, the operator does not even need to be aware of which NC programs have been run previously on the machine. Running a first-time part lights-out requires 100% confidence in the software that verifies the NC program offline, and some manufactures are skeptical in believing this is truly possible.

This session will demonstrate how lights-out machining--of even the first part--can be a reality. Using case-study examples, the audience will learn how other manufacturers have overcome some of the challenges to achieving completely unattended CNC machining. Specific features of the NC verification, simulation and optimization software that are required to establish total confidence in the offline prove-out process will be discussed.

Key Points
• Many manufacturers are looking to automation to increase efficiency without adding to labor costs.
• Some of the efficiency gains that automation offers are lost in the manual prove-out process.
• By taking the prove-out process offline, using g-code driven NC verification, simulation and optimization software, manufactures can gain the confidence that the first part will be good every time.

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Speaker: Bryan Jacobs
Marketing Manager, CGTech

Mr. Jacobs was CGTech’s Marketing Manager for VERICUT software from 2004 through 2016. In this position he was responsible for new business development and CGTech’s worldwide corporate identity. In 2017 he transferred to a sales role covering the Pacific Northwest and globally as the Boeing Account Manager. Prior to joining CGTech, Mr. Jacobs worked as a marketing consultant to manufacturing companies in a variety of industries. He holds a Bachelors degree in Journalism with a minor in Computer Information Systems from Humboldt State University, where he graduated as the Top Scholar. Mr. Jacobs has created technical content for numerous seminars, tradeshows, and user meetings. He has also written extensively about NC verification, CNC simulation, and NC program optimization.

AC7130 Accreditation for CMMs – A New Boeing Supplier Requirement

Program Description: Boeing is requiring all of its suppliers to be AC7130 Accredited if they use any form of a Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) for conducting final inspection. What this means is that a company must plan and prepare for an Accreditation Audit conducted by Nadcap. This amounts to developing a documented system for carrying out the CMM process to meet the applicable AC7130 checklist. Although there are some processes unique to the CMM, realistically these processes should be effectively integrated with the company’s QMS. This presentation will identify an effective approach to integrate the CMM processes into a typical QMS.
Bret Thomas with Neumeier Engineering will join John to share his experience with his recent AC7130 Accreditation Audit. He will provide some insights into what the auditors focus on and how to prepare for avoiding some common nonconformities.


2016 John Graham MugSpeaker: John Graham
President, Fulcrum Associates

John Graham is the president and founder of Fulcrum Associates, LLC. He has a BS Administration degree from City University of Seattle and forty years’ experience in manufacturing and quality management. He has directed several teams through implementation of Quality Management Systems in aerospace, medical, automotive and professional service industries. He has an extensive background in various engineering disciplines including research & development, design, test, manufacturing, and quality engineering. John has hands-on experience with most of the ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 based standards and their derivatives. This includes training, documentation, auditing and implementation of the AS9100, TS13485, TS16949, TS29001, API Spec Q1, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 50001 standards.

John has taught AS9100 Lead Auditor, aerospace and ISO related courses at Bellevue College since 1992. Besides the training he has conducted at several community colleges, John has also conducted numerous seminars on ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001 and AS9100 covering all aspects of the standards. He has also served as lead internal auditor and trainer on these standards. He served on the ASQSC writing committee for the AS9100 Rev D update to provide a voice for the SME organizations.
He is the author/developer of a comprehensive Business Management System (BMS 2000) currently in use at numerous companies. The BMS 2000 is fully compliant with ISO 9001/AS9100 and API Spec Q1 requirements and serves to assist companies with implementation of a computer based interactive means of operating their business. He also has developed complementary additions to the BMS 2000, including OHSAS 18001, ISO 14001, and ITAR/EAR modules. The BMS 2000 and associated modules were designed to be tailored to an organization’s operational processes. John uses his experience with manufacturing and service organizations to teach practical approaches for mapping an organization’s operating processes.


Bret Thomas2Speaker: Bret Thomas
Quality Manager/Safety Manager, Neumeier Engineering

Bret Thomas with Neumeier Engineering will join John to share his experience with his recent AC7130 Accreditation Audit. He will provide some insights into what the auditors focus on and how to prepare for avoiding some common nonconformities.


The Advantages of Extending the Digital Thread Between OEMs and Suppliers

Program Description: The Advantages of Extending the Digital Thread Between OEMs and Suppliers
OEMs and their suppliers alike face increasing pressure on profitability. Improving OEM-supplier collaboration provides a rich source of opportunities to improve margins on both sides. Working across corporate boundaries has traditionally erected significant barriers to both organizations’ productivity. These barriers become evident when we seek to share requirements, attempt to review our progress as a platform’s design advances and, most importantly, as we perform platform design and physical integration. In this session, you will learn how extending the digital thread from OEM to supplier, and back again, can help both groups reduce their risk and increase their ability to hit program milestones on time and on cost.

Anthony NicoliSpeaker: Anthony Nicoli
Aerospace Director, Mentor-Siemens

Anthony leads the aerospace business for Mentor’s Integrated Electrical Systems Division (IESD). He is charged with expanding IESD’s contribution to this market. Prior to this role, he led the Mentor Graphics technical sales team serving The Boeing Company. He joined Mentor in 1999, growing to lead the marketing organization for Mentor Graphics’ integrated circuit physical verification product line, Calibre, before joining Mentor’s sales team.

He spent nearly twenty years in the defense industry, developing electro-optic and electro-acoustic systems and businesses, working primarily in the tactical missile countermeasure and underwater imaging domains. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters in Business Administration from Northeastern University.

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