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The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) is pleased to reveal the keynote speakers that will present at the 2014 AME "Excellence Inside" Conference. The conference, taking place November 10-14, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida offers attendees the prospect of discovering new inspiration and direction within their industry, as well as the opportunity to learn directly from world-renown lean leaders and thinkers.

Each keynote presentation offers a unique take on the conference theme, "Strategic Success through People-Powered Excellence." Speakers include:

  • James Bonini, vice president of Toyota Production System Support Center at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, will deliver a keynote address that examines Toyota's ongoing development of its famous Toyota Production System while discussing the challenging roles that senior leadership must contend with while implementing it.

  • Carey Lohrenz, among her many accolades, is known for being the first woman to become an F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy. During her keynote, Lohrenz will relate her own hard-won lessons for succeeding under incredible pressure, discussing the importance of dedication and inspiration in leadership roles, and the challenge of making command decisions with integrity.

  • Jerry Bussell, president of Lean Associates LLC, will delve into how to inspire organization-wide change that resonates with every employee and stakeholder. Beyond superficial pep talks, Bussell will present strategies for inspiring long-lasting, positive change and discuss the importance of motivating leadership at all levels.

  • Erik Wahl is, among other things, an internationally recognized graffiti artist, author and speaker, who will focus on how stepping outside of our comfort zones can lead to disruptive innovation. His lively and innovative presentation emphasizes the importance and power of creativity outside traditional settings.

  • Cheryl Cran will examine the importance of the modern "race for talent,” discussing the challenge of finding and keeping great employees in today's highly competitive market. She will look at the values that are relevant to different generations of workers and examine the importance of creating competitive strength and expanding our capacity for innovation.

  • Janet Lapp has worked in a variety of roles in healthcare for more than 30 years, created her own highly rated television show and worked extensively with the Center for Leadership Development. In her keynote presentation, Lapp will focus on empowerment in leadership roles, discussing the importance of recognizing opportunity when it arrives and thriving in the face of fast-paced change.

  • Simon Sinek is an ethnographer and adjunct staff member of the well-respected think tank, the RAND Corporation. He will discuss the importance of creating a work culture that's conducive to community and teamwork, empowering each team member to accomplish work that inspires and invests them in the continuing success of their organization.

  • Billy Taylor, director of commercial manufacturing in North America at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, will focus on the importance of not only fully realizing your corporate brand, but effectively communicating it. Taylor will discuss how clearly conveying the importance of the company's vision to employees and stakeholders can have an incredible effect on any organization's improvement strategies.

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the journey of continuous improvement and enterprise excellence. AME’s membership is composed of a trusted network of volunteers who are committed to leveraging the practitioner-to-practitioner and company-to-company shared-learning experience. Through engaging workshops, plant tours, webinars, summits and industry-leading conferences, AME members are continually discovering and implementing new continuous improvement strategies and best practices. AME offers its members a multitude of valuable resources to help them stay abreast of current industry developments and improve the skills, competitiveness and overall success of their organizations. Join AME in leading the “Renaissance of Manufacturing in North America."

For more information or to register, visit: www.amejacksonville.org

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) is pleased to reveal the details for its upcoming annual conference. Taking place Nov. 10-14, the 30th AME International "Excellence Inside" Conference will provide attendees the opportunity to participate in a value-packed learning experience covering the latest developments in lean thinking through a variety of workshops, tours and presentations.

Jacksonville 2014 will take place at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville in Florida and celebrate the theme "Strategic Success Through People-Powered Excellence." Attendees will receive valuable insights from peers and industry leaders from all corners of the manufacturing world, covering the latest trends, best practices and challenges most relevant to successful lean practitioners.

AME prides itself on offering in-depth and thought-provoking educational offerings. This year's conference boasts:

  • 9 keynote speakers offering inspirational direction and hard-earned insights.
  • 12 special interest sessions led by veteran continuous improvement specialists.
  • 54 practitioner presentations covering a diverse array of topics.
  • 40 pre- and post-conference workshops examining a variety of strategies designed to address the challenges faced by today's manufacturers.
  • An exhibit hall featuring more than 60 learning resource exhibitors.

“Not only is there a lot to learn within the walls of the conference venue, but the AME conference also includes 40 best practice tours so our attendees can step outside and get right into facilities to see enterprise excellence in action,” said AME President Paul Kuchuris.

“Networking is also a huge draw for our attendees,” added Kuchuris. “Our attendees leave the conference with ideas they can apply right away and global contacts that last well beyond the conference.”

For more information or to register, visit: www.amejacksonville.org

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) is proud to announce the debut of the AME Manufacturing Job Board, a valuable resource for both job seekers and manufacturing companies across the country. As the demand for more workers in manufacturing continues to climb, AME is working hard to connect professionals with the organizations that need their unique skills.

"We're seeing an increase in demand for skilled workers as the manufacturing industry experiences incredible growth and more manufacturing jobs returning to America. We’re proud to support manufacturers with tools such as this job board,” said AME President Paul Kuchuris. “We're getting the skilled and talented workers who make these industries great into jobs that are going to challenge and excite them.”

Employers: With our commitment to reshape the future of manufacturing workforce through the development of a highly skilled workforce, we are committed to providing a job posting venue targeting positions/candidates in the manufacturing/technology industry. This Manufacturing Job Board is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Begin your search for the ideal candidate by creating a company profile, posting your available jobs, start searching for ideal candidates in the resume pool.

Job Seekers: Tired of sending your resume to mega job posting sites where it gets loss in the thousand of resumes? Tired of endless searches that result in nothing more than frustration? This Manufacturing Job Board is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Begin your search for the ideal position by searching for manufacturing related postings, creating an email job alerts, or posting your resume in our anonymous database.

For more information, visit: jobs.ame.org

The fall 2014 application window for the Dr. Sherrie Ford Manufacturing as a Career Path Scholarship will come to a close on June 13, 2014. The scholarship, a key component of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence's (AME) educational outreach efforts, offers assistance for individuals hoping to pursue a career in manufacturing.

The scholarship, sponsored by the AME Institute and Kronos, is designed for individuals who are currently graduating from high school or who have prior work experience and have decided to pursue a college education. Fifteen $1,500 scholarships will be awarded this academic year, and a $500 signing bonus will be awarded to recipients who successfully complete their academic program and proceed to land a position in a manufacturing industry.

Dr. Sherrie Ford was both a consultant in the field of change and lean manufacturing and the head of one of the largest women-owned businesses in the United States, Power Partners—a transformer manufacturing plant that was scheduled for closure in 2003 before Ford and business partner Steve Hollis stepped in. Her impact on the manufacturing world set an example for the next generation of manufacturing professionals that this scholarship strives to honor.

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) is the premier not-for-profit organization dedicated to the journey of continuous improvement and enterprise excellence. AME’s membership is composed of a trusted network of volunteers who are committed to leveraging the practitioner-to-practitioner and company-to-company shared learning experience. Through engaging workshops, plant tours, webinars, summits and industry-leading conferences, AME members are continually discovering and implementing new continuous improvement strategies and best practices. AME offers its members a multitude of valuable resources to help them stay abreast of current industry developments and improve the skills, competitiveness and overall success of their organizations. Join AME in leading the “Renaissance of Manufacturing in North America."

For more information, visit: www.ame.org/manufacturing-scholarship-program

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME)’s scholarship funding arm, AME Institute, and Kronos Incorporated announced a new scholarship for students interested in manufacturing careers through the Dr. Sherrie Ford Manufacturing as a Career Path 2014-2015 Scholarship Program.

News Facts

  • Scholarships will be awarded to 15 U.S.-based student applicants entering an accredited college or trade school in the next academic year, beginning in the fall semester.

  • Each recipient will receive a financial scholarship and an additional signing bonus will be offered to those recipients who complete their programs and enter the manufacturing workforce. Eligible applicants include individuals who are currently graduating from high school or those with prior work experience who are seeking a college education.

  • The first 300 applications will be considered for the upcoming fall term. Applications are now being accepted and are due June 13, 2014.

  • The most pressing workforce challenge facing U.S. manufacturers today is a mounting skills gap - with a moderate to severe shortage of available, qualified workers – a trend anticipated to worsen in the next three to five years. Nearly six hundred thousand manufacturing jobs remain unfilled because of this skills gap.

  • The AME Institute and Kronos recognize the critical role that the workforce plays in a manufacturer’s ability to be productive, innovative, and globally competitive. By offering this scholarship, the AME Institute and Kronos are contributing to the development of the U.S. manufacturing workforce of the future.

Supporting Quotes

  • Paul G. Kuchuris, Jr., president, The Association for Manufacturing Excellence “Nearly 80 percent of manufacturers in the U.S. are facing a shortage of skilled labor. In conjunction with the AME Institute and Kronos, we are excited to offer this scholarship that supports and promotes manufacturing as a career path.”

  • Charlie DeWitt, vice president, business development, Kronos “Kronos helps thousands of manufacturers around the world to optimize their workforce. We look forward to working with the AME Institute to inspire the manufacturing workforce of the future.”

For complete scholarship requirements and application guidelines, visit: www.ame.org/manufacturing-scholarship-program

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence is challenging its members and the manufacturing industry at large to come together at its 28th Annual Excellence Inside International Conference. An expected 2,500 manufacturing practitioners from around the world will network in Chicago October 15 to 19, 2012, to gain insights from keynote speakers, share best practices with other professionals and explore world-class facilities.

The conference will include plant tours, presentations, collaborative workshops, special interest sessions, companions programs and an inspiring list of keynote speakers:

  • Captain Mark Kelly – American astronaut, retired U.S. Navy captain, best-selling author and an experienced naval aviator who flew combat missions during the Gulf War. He’s also the winner of many awards, including the Legion of Merit, two Defense Superior Service Medals and two Distinguished Flying Crosses.

  • Dan Ariens – president and CEO of Ariens Co. since 1998. Dan’s leadership has been defined by a set of five core values and 15 management principles. A strong proponent of lean manufacturing principles, Dan has created a culture of continuous improvement.

  • Daniel Pink is the author of several bestselling books including, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, which is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Publishers Weekly bestseller.

  • Jason Jennings – is one of the most successful and prolific business and leadership authors in the world, writing among others Less is More and Think BIG – Act Small and founder of Jennings-McGlothlin & Company.

  • Dr. Patricia Gabow – joined Denver Health in 1973 as chief of the Renal Division and is nationally recognized for her work in increasing access to basic health care for all Coloradans.

  • Mike Abrashoff – took command of the worst-performing ship in the fleet and made it No. 1 by changing his leadership style and the culture - not the crew. Abrashoff will address the challenges most on the minds of leaders in these challenging times: collaboration, commitment, cohesion, accountability, engagement, rapid and continual innovation and engaging employees.

For more information or to register, visit: www.ameconference.org

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