Metal Stamping Technology Conference

Metal Stamping Technology Conference


Gerry Abbey
Product Marketing Manager, Plex, A Rockwell Automation Company Gerry Abbey

Gerry joined Plex in 2021 as a product marketing manager with more than 13 years of experience in software marketing. Leading the State of Smart Manufacturing Report creation and promotion, Gerry also is responsible for Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Quality Management System (QMS), and Food and Beverage product marketing. Gerry brings a wealth of content experience to the product marketing team, having founded corporate blogs and collaborated on thousands of blog posts, white papers and industry reports.

Robert Anderson
Technical Services Manager, Tower Metalworking Fluids Robert Anderson

Bob Anderson is a technical services manager with Tower Metalworking Fluids. He has worked in the metalworking industry for more than 30 years as a tool and die maker, tooling designer, and in engineering and management. His expertise has helped companies realize process improvements, cost reductions, improved profitability, reduced environmental impact and increased product quality.

Timothy Bangma
Product Manager, Unist, Inc. Timothy Bangma

Bio coming soon.

Mark Fabischek
Global Executive Vice President of Technical Development , KIRCHHOFF Automotive Manchester Mark Fabischek

Mark Fabischek is an automotive executive with more than 20 years of automotive engineering experience in product design and process development. He has a wide range of experience with North American, Asian and European OEMs and direct OEM experience with Chrysler and Mercedes Benz. Mark has a strong background in research and development. He is predominantly focused in the area of automotive sheet metal stampings, extrusions and castings using advanced high-strength steel and aluminum.

Josh Forquer
Executive Vice President Sales and Technical Development, KIRCHHOFF Automotive Manchester Josh Forquer

Josh Forquer is responsible for all sales, engineering and program management for KIRCHHOFF Automotive North America, a global leader in the development and supply of best-in-class structures for vehicle bodies and chassis. Innovative and economical lightweight products ensure that people are optimally protected in the event of an accident. Josh has 25 years of experience in the metalforming industry, specifically in the automotive segment with steel processing, stamping, welded assemblies and tubing. Josh began his automotive career in purchasing, gaining a solid foundation of what a customer looks for in a sustainable supply chain. After transitioning to a role in sales, Josh has held executive leadership positions with large Tier One automotive suppliers since 2005. He enjoys building strong teams that strive to meet the commercial and technical expectations of the customer.

Josh sits on the KIRCHHOFF Automotive North American board and has held previous board positions in for-profit and non-profit organizations. He holds an undergraduate degree from GMI (now Kettering University) and an MBA from Michigan State University’s Eli Broad Graduate School of Management.

Jeff Fredline
Sales Engineer Contract Mfg, Meco Corporation Jeff Fredline

An active member of the Precision Metalforming Association, Jeff Fredline has written and presented many times for PMA and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. For the past 35 years he has trained on a private basis for many industry leaders such as General Motors, Chrysler, Whirlpool, General Electric, BAE Systems and numerous smaller companies. Jeff has a Bachelor of Business degree and has earned journeyman status in the machine repair industry.

Daron Gifford
Partner, strategy and automotive industry consulting, Plante Moran, PLLC Daron Gifford

Daron Gifford is partner-in-charge of Plante Moran’s strategy and automotive industry consulting practices. With more than four decades of industry experience in automotive, manufacturing, energy and experience, Daron is known for his versatility and thoughtful, strategic insights as a trusted advisor to executives globally. His extensive experience includes technology, operations and strategic management consulting for a wide range of companies in manufacturing and services, encompassing strategy, market and operational assessments, due diligence, restructuring, and business planning for technologies in advanced vehicles, energy and environmental applications. He also has served as a senior adviser to the U.S. Department of Energy on the automotive industry and advanced technologies. Daron has a Master of Business Administration from the Darden School at the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor of Industrial Administration from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University). 

Laurie Harbour
President & CEO, Harbour Results Inc. Laurie Harbour

Laurie Harbour is president and CEO of Harbour Results Inc., a trusted advisor to the North American manufacturing industry. She utilizes her experience and data to monitor, research and analyze the manufacturing value stream, identifying strengths and weaknesses, gaps and risks, and business and operational opportunities to help the industry transform to be more successful in the global marketplace. Prior to joining Harbour Results, Laurie founded Harbour-Felax Group and was vice president and company officer at Harbour Consulting. She was responsible for development and management of The Harbour Report, the landmark study of labor efficiency for automotive OEMs. Laurie earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in Operations Management and Human Resources. Also, in 2020, Laurie was named to the inaugural class of the Women in Manufacturing Hall of Fame.

Will Healy III
Global Supply Chain Information Office, Balluff, Inc. Will Healy III

Will Healy III is enthusiastic about manufacturing, technology and workforce development. A Purdue University mechanical engineer who loves to share his passion for automation, Will is a leader at Balluff Worldwide and with the Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership (AMIP) in Cincinnati. He speaks from personal experience about the industrial revolution, managing culture change in organizations, bridging the manufacturing skills-gap, and creating value through automation. With more than 15 years of experience in a variety of industries including assembly, welding and stamping, Will is published and quoted in various trade magazines and has presented at a variety of industry conferences. Follow Will on YouTube, Twitter and Reddit with the handle WillAutomate. 

Aravind Jonnalagadda
CTO and Co-founder, Synergy Additive Manufacturing LLC Aravind Jonnalagadda

Aravind is the CTO and co-founder of Synergy Additive Manufacturing LLC. Aravind holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston and has more than 20 years of experience in the field of high-power laser material processing. His team focuses on laser heat treating and additive manufacturing technologies with an emphasis on providing reliable and cost-effective solutions to challenging production issues.

Dan Krug
GM & VP of Talent, Nucor Corp. Dan Krug

Dan Krug joined Nucor in August 2002 as director of human resources and became general manager of human resources in 2013. In September 2016, Dan was appointed to the newly created position of general manager, digital innovation, where he was responsible for business intelligence and B2B applications. In 2019, Dan assumed additional responsibility for the Information Technology function before leading both Information & Digital Technology and Nucor’s Talent Strategy in 2020. In March 2022, Dan relinquished his IT & Digital Technology responsibilities so that he could focus solely on Nucor’s Talent strategy. 

Prior to working for Nucor, Dan was vice president of human resources for Oldcastle, Inc., a multi-billion-dollar subsidiary of CHR, plc, a Global 500 Irish-based building materials conglomerate. Prior to Oldcastle, Dan worked for Burlington Industries in human resources and operations roles in four of Burlington’s operating facilities before serving as director of human resources for Burlington’s House Division.

Dan received an undergraduate degree in Industrial Relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned an MBA from Virginia Tech.

Will Rungaitis
Territory Manager, Unist, Inc. Will Rungaitis

Bio coming soon.

Peter Ulintz
Technical Director, Precision Metalforming Association Peter Ulintz

Peter Ulintz worked in the metal stamping and tool and die industries for 37 years prior to joining PMA in 2015 as technical director. His background includes tool and die making, die processing and design, engineering management, and product development. Peter speaks regularly at PMA technical seminars and conferences. He is past president of the North American Deep Drawing Research Group, and authors the Tooling by Design column in MetalForming magazine. 

Patrick Vicars
Industrial Sales Manager, CLS, Amsoil Industrial Patrick Vicars

Patrick Vicars, industrial sales manager, CLS, has 28 years of experience in the industry supporting improved reliability and tremendous cost reductions through sustainable-lubrication programs in the manufacturing, petrochemical/refining, power generation, plastics, metals, on-/off-highway and the oil-field industries. 



Marianne Sichi

Technical Program Manager

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