Wood industry rethinks manufacturing at 2017 Executive Briefing Conference
Josh Linkner addresses the Road to Reinvention at the Executive Briefing Conference, being held April 23-25 at Detroit's luxuriously restored Westin Book Cadillac Hotel.

DETROIT - Manufacturers are moving forward with new technology, new methodology and new optimism. Advanced data and metrics enable manufacturers to optimize like never before. Technology has made seemingly impractical production goals into reality. Valuable knowledge and game-changing advancement opportunities are available.



These and other subjects will be the focus of the Executive Briefing Conference April 23 to April 25, 2017 in Detroit.

This year’s event in downtown Detroit will include educational briefings, behind-the-scenes tours of advanced facilities and exclusive networking opportunities with industry leaders.

The event begins Sunday April 23 with a welcome reception at the Ford River Rouge Plant. The next day will feature presentations and briefings, and tours of JB Cutting and robotic manufacturer Fanuc. The final day, Thursday, April 25, will also offer presentations and briefings.

The Road to Reinvention

Josh Linkner, who started his career as a jazz guitarist, personifies creativity, entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation. He has been the founder and CEO of four tech companies, which sold for a combined value of over $200 million, and will speak at the Executive Briefing Conference.

Josh is the author of two New York Times Bestsellers: Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, and The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation. He is also the Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, investing in and mentoring over 100 startups.

Executive Director of the Manufacturing Institute

Jennifer McNelly serves as the Executive Director of The Manufacturing Institute the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and will also speak at the event. As Executive Director of the Institute, Jennifer is driving an agenda to close the manufacturing skills gap and make manufacturers in America globally competitive.

The Institute strives to: change the perception of careers in manufacturing to reflect its true status as the most advanced, high-tech industry in the country and re-establish the U.S. as the global leader of manufacturing education.  Through initiatives targeted at youth, early-career employees, women and veterans, the Institute aims to help manufacturers promote manufacturing career pathways and close the skills gap.

Jennifer has extensive experience in workforce development, employer engagement, and business. Prior to joining the Institute, Jennifer was a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) for the U.S. Department of Labor. Her strong private-sector experience includes serving as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, LLC. 

ITR Economics

One of the country’s most informed economists, Dr. Alan Beaulieu is a principal of the ITR Economics where he serves as president, and will return to speak at the executive briefing conference. Since 1990, he has been consulting with companies throughout the US, Europe, and Asia on how to forecast, plan, and increase their profits based on business cycle trend analysis. Alan is also the Senior Economic Advisor to NAW, Contributing Editor for Industry Week, and the Chief Economist for HARDI.

Alan is co-author, along with Brian Beaulieu, of books Make Your Move, Prosperity in the Age of Decline, and But I Want It. He has also penned numerous articles on economic analysis. He makes up to 150 appearances each year, and his keynotes and seminars have helped thousands of business owners and executives capitalize on emerging trends. See https://www.stilesmachinery.com/executive-briefing-conference.


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Karl Forth

Karl D. Forth is online editor for CCI Media. He also writes news and feature stories in FDMC Magazine, in addition to newsletters and custom publishing projects. He is also involved in event organization, and compiles the annual FDM 300 list of industry leaders. He can be reached at [email protected].