The Impact of COVID and Successfully Navigating Through the New Normal
The manufacturing industry has faced many challenges in the last year with the pandemic. COVID has transformed manufacturing specifically in terms of resource planning, labor and overall company management. Despite the challenges we faced, there are companies who have been able to perform and put the right leaders and functions into place to come out triumphant. Join us for the upcoming ManufacturingNEXT event where you will hear a panel of leaders discussing what they were able to do different in 2020, what their plans are for 2021 to maintain success, and best practices for new management techniques. We want to hear from you before the event! Click here to take a quick survey to tell us how you think COVID will affect Michigan's manufacturing sector in 2021 and beyond.
Vice President, Transformation Office, Amway
Graciela has been with Amway for 6 years, before that spending 14 years with Procter & Gamble. Graciela is responsible for managing a global supply chain that oversees manufacturing and distributing nutrition, beauty, personal care and home products which are sold in 100 countries. Her team optimizes supply chain design and performance through collaboration with material suppliers and manufacturing operations. In addition to Supply Chain Planning, Graciela has also held key positions in Manufacturing Operations Leadership and Project Management.
CEO and President, Kendrick Plastics
Jennifer’s passion and energy leads Kendrick as a premier full-service supplier. She has over 20 years of industry experience starting in design engineering and product launch through finance, strategy and general management. Prior to joining Kendrick, Jennifer spent her career with companies like Johnson Controls, Intertec Systems and Yanfeng Automotive Interiors. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.
Chief Human Resources Officer, PADNOS
Kristy Loomis is an HR Executive with over 12 years’ experience mostly working in Healthcare Manufacturing and Healthcare Services. She holds a Masters in HR and Labor Relations from Michigan State University. Her areas of expertise include Organizational Effectiveness, HR Technology, and Mergers and Acquisitions. She has led companies through successful integrations with focus on thoughtful people communications and integration strategies in over 75 acquisitions.
Business Development Manager, Feyen Zylstra
Jake Hall to some might be better known as the Manufacturing Millennial to others. Since graduating Grand Valley State University with an engineering degree his career has been focused on automation and manufacturing. With 10 years of experience in automation distribution, machine builders and systems integrators, Jake has gained a vast knowledge of different manufacturing processes and the type of solutions that bring companies into the Industry 4.0 revolution. Currently Jake is the Business Development Manager for Feyen Zylstra, a national forward-thinking electrical services and industrial tech firm serving a wide range of customers with diverse needs.
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