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5TH ANNUAL

PEAK PERFORMANCE SYMPOSIUM

2019 Keynote Speaker

Peter Chia

Operations Director

Nokian Tyres

Peter Chia is the Operations Director at Nokian Tyres’ new production factory in Dayton, Tennessee. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tire production process while upholding the company’s strict environmental and safety standards. Chia has more than three decades of experience as a manager and director in the global automotive industry. Under his leadership, seven former employees have become plant managers.

Featured Expert Speakers from Leading Manufacturers

Featured Panelists

2019

Symposium Agenda

8:00 - 9:00am

REGISTRATION / BREAKFAST & NETWORKING

9:00 - 9:15am

WELCOME

Denise Rice | CEO, Peak Performance, Inc., Tennessee Manufacturers Association

9:15 - 9:45am

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Peter Chia | Plant Director, Nokian Tyres

10:00 - 10:45am

OP EX TRACK: GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR SIX SIGMA PROGRAMS

Blake Overton, Continuous Improvement Leader, Consolidated Nuclear Security

Are your Six Sigma programs effective and sustainable? For many years, manufacturers have implemented Six Sigma methodologies allowing them to deliver high quality products and service while eliminating internal inefficiencies and defects. While most understand the concepts behind Six Sigma, implementation requires a comprehensive strategy that outlines the necessary elements for a successful quality program. Hear how Master Black Belt Blake Overton has deployed Six Sigma methodologies across numerous projects across all areas of the national nuclear security complex to help drive continuous improvement.

INDUSTRIAL SKILLS TRACK: APPRENTICESHIPS THAT DELIVER RESULTS

Steffi Wegener | Apprenticeship Coordinator, Volkswagen Group of America

Apprenticeship programs are a key asset for state and local workforce systems’ career pathway strategies. The foundation of apprenticeships is the continual building of skills and the ability for workers to obtain higher levels of employment in an occupation or industry. As a result, apprenticeship programs offer a significant workforce solution in filling current middle and high skilled job vacancies and closing the skills gap that exists in the manufacturing industry. In this session, hear Steffi Wegener discuss the structure of the Volkswagen Chattanooga apprenticeship program and how it originated, how they measure success and the challenges that apprenticeships face.

11:00 - 11:45am

OP EX TRACK: WORKPLACE SAFETY PERFORMANCE: INFLUENCING OUTCOMES

John Corum | VP Administration Services, Cleveland Utilities

 Influencing safety within an organization is a top priority for operations managers and supervisory employees. Hear John Corum discuss and evaluate the components of a current workplace safety initiative underway at Cleveland Utilities and the efforts to effectively implement the program. During this breakout session he will also examine the importance of authenticity in leadership and consider some practical ways to improve basic communication skills and leave you with useful ideas which can be directly applied to your work environment. 

INDUSTRIAL SKILLS TRACK: IMPORTANCE OF ONBOARDING

Ben Ubamadu | Former Product Engineering Manager, Stanley Black & Decker Infrastructure

Many companies underestimate the importance of onboarding new employees. Unsuccessful onboarding programs leave new employees feeling less connected, less productive, more stressed and could likely start looking for work elsewhere. Without successful onboarding programs, employers spend an absurd amount of money on employee turnover and loss of productivity. In this breakout session, Ben will discuss why onboarding is critical for new employees, show you what an effective onboarding program entails and will cover several onboarding tools that can be helpful in implementing an onboarding program.

11:45 - 12:45pm

LUNCH & NETWORKING

1:00 - 1:45pm

PANEL DISCUSSION:

RAISING EMPLOYEES' ADVANCED MANUFACTURING SKILLS IN TODAY'S EVER CHANGING TECHNOLOGICAL  ENVIRONMENT

Graham Hines | Plant Manager, Mueller

Jason Hobbs | HR Business Partner, McKee Foods

Joseph Noble | Site Lead Operational Excellence & Workforce Development, Beiersdorf Manufacturing

Crystal Renner | HR Supervisor, DENSO Manufacturing

It's no secret there is a critical skills gap in the manufacturing industry today and with the rise of advanced manufacturing and technological evolution with Industry 4.0, there is an immediate need for highly skilled and highly educated workers that can develop creative ideas, solve complex problems and deliver innovative products. Listen to a panel of experts on how they are working to raise their employees' advanced manufacturing skillset in today's every changing technological environment.

2:00 - 3:00pm

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