2015 Presenters
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Dr. Richard Mark Soley,
Executive Director,
Industrial Internet Consortium

Dr. Richard Mark Soley is Chairman is Executive Director of the Industrial Internet Consortium. In 2014, Dr. Soley helped found the Industrial Internet Consortium and (IIC) serves as Executive Director on the organization.s Steering Committee. The IIC was formed to accelerate the development, adoption and wide-spread use of interconnected machines and devices, intelligent analytics, and people at work. The members of the IIC catalyze and coordinate the priorities and enabling technologies of the Industrial Internet.

Dr. Soley was a cofounder and former Chairman/CEO of A. I. Architects, Inc., maker of the 386 HummingBoard and other PC and workstation hardware and software. Prior to that, he consulted for various technology companies and venture firms on matters pertaining to software investment opportunities. Dr. Soley has also consulted for IBM, Motorola, PictureTel, Texas Instruments, Gold Hill Computer and others. He began his professional life at Honeywell Computer Systems working on the Multics operating system.

A native of BaltimoreMarylandU.S.A., Dr. Soley holds bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

David Greenfield,
Director of Content,
Automation World
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Jim Wetzel,
Technical Director, System Engineering and Platform Reliability,
General Mills

Jim is currently the Technical Director –System Engineering, Reliability Engineering, Platform Center of Excellence and Maintenance at General Mills Inc.  He has 34 years of industry experience, starting with 6 years in the Plastics Industry and 28 years in the Food Industry with GMI.  While at General Mills, Jim has had roles in proprietary machine design, Manufacturing System Improvement and Optimization, Cheerios and Wheaties Product Improvement, System Engineering, Control System Application Development, MES Application Development and Platform Center of Excellence. 

In Jim’s current role he is responsible for improving the existing asset base in GMI Manufacturing Plants across the Globe (specifically centered on strategic operating platforms).  Our mission is to improve, extend and sustain our assets.  This function is responsible for technology, standardization, reliability and maintenance.  It was newly formed in June, 2012.  In addition, Jim is responsible for developing the technical mastery for all of engineering

In Jim’s most recent role he was responsible for Manufacturing Execution Systems, Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence, Maintenance Applications, Engineering Tools (Enterprise project and portfolio management, Process Simulation and SharePoint /Collaboration for the Technical Community),   Control and Information Technical Innovation and Next Generation Application Architecture.

In 1993 Jim led the development of General Mills’ MES system.  Today it is installed in all of their North American locations and 70% of International.  It has driven significant productivity and quality improvements.  This system captures more than 100 Million data points a day across the enterprise and delivers many of the KPI’s and improvement insight for GMI Supply Chain as well as core MES functionality.

Jim is the Chair of SMLC, Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition. 

Manufacturing/Packaging Track Presenters
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Arthur Smith,
Senior Automation Controls Engineer,
Corning Inc.

Arthur Smith is Senior Automation Controls Engineer at Corning Inc. Beginning with his first job at General Motors, he has developed a passion for automation and robotics.  He has more than 15 years of experience developing, programming and integrating controls systems for automated machines, robot cells, and production lines.  With a desire for change Arthur introduced PackML at Corning Inc. and was the first to implement it on non-packaging related automation at the company.

Alex Chausovsky
Alex Chausovsky,
Research Manager and Principal Analyst,

Alex Chausovsky is the research manager and principal analyst of IHS’ Motor Driven Equipment group. His areas of expertise include industrial motors, motor controls, generators, geared products, end-equipment such as pumps, fans and compressors, and industrial energy efficiency. Alex holds a BBA in International Business from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Texas State University.

Processing Track Presenters
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Gábor Bereznai,
Director of Control and Electrical Engineering,
MOL Danube Refinery

Gábor Bereznai is head of control and electrical engineering at the MOL Danube Refinery in Százhalombatta, Hungary. He is also a TÜV functional safety engineer. He began his career at MOL in 1998 as a process analytical engineer in the Instrumentation and Control Department. He later joined the Engineering Supervision Department as a process control specialist. He has worked on several major MOL projects including ultra-low sulphur motor fuel production, SIL, ATEX and maintenance system development. He also worked as a technical advisor to MOL Group Maintenance Management assisting in the development of PdM and PM systems and RCM. He holds an Automation Engineer (BSc) degree from KKVMF Budapest and an Environmental Engineer (BSc) degree from Széchenyi University in Győr. 

Workshop Presenter
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Panel Presenters
Panel participants are IIoT experts from our event sponsors,
Panel participants are IIoT experts from our event sponsors,
Technology Workshop Presenters
Mark Wylie,
Global Vertical Market Manager,

Mark Wylie manages Belden’s industrial Ethernet infrastructure program, applying knowledge gained in his 24 years in factory automation and 10 years in enterprise networking. His primary focus centers on helping manufacturers move from ad hoc networks to managed infrastructure. He is also responsible for Belden’s Certified Industrial Network programs.

John Wilhite,
PC-based Automation Product Manager,

John Wilhite is the PC-based Automation Product Manager of the Siemens Digital Factory Division of Siemens USA. Prior to this he held several Engineering and Marketing positions with companies like Rittal and Advantech. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University and MBA from the University of Phoenix.


Presented by Bosch Rexroth Corporation,
Presented by Pilz Automation Safety,
Presented by Bedrock Automation,
Presented by Omron Automation & Safety,
Presented by Opto 22,
Presented by Rittal Corporation,
Presented by Kepware Technologies,