Tim Morrison is the Global Business Process Manager for Production supporting Dow Corning manufacturing sites globally. He has more than 30 years of experience delivering manufacturing, business process, and information technology solutions that drive productivity and cost optimization. His career has spanned the automotive, transportation and chemical industries.
Dr. Dean L. Bartles is the Chief Manufacturing Officer (CMO) of UI LABS and the Executive Director of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII). DMDII addresses the life cycle of digital data interchanged among myriad design, engineering, manufacturing and maintenance systems, and flowing across a networked supply chain. In Dean’s role as CMO, he works to identify additional manufacturing related opportunities for UI LABS to convene local government-industry-academia consortiums to improve U.S. manufacturing. He was also recently installed as the 2016 President of SME, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
Bartles has had a distinguished 35-year career in manufacturing, implementing multi-million dollar programs domestically and internationally with responsibilities in research and development, technology transfer, program management, and manufacturing operations. Prior to joining DMDII, he held several positions at General Dynamics and its predecessor companies, most recently serving as Vice President and General Manager of a key Strategic Business Unit in the Ordnance and Tactical Systems division within General Dynamics. In this role, Dean oversaw three manufacturing plants with over 700 employees, more than quadrupled the Strategic Business Unit’s sales over his 13 years of leadership, and led the acquisition of multiple companies.
Having graduated from Shepherd College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bartles also holds a master’s degree in International Business from Tampa College, an MBA from Shippensburg University, an MIB from Tampa College, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University.
Dr. Byron K. Wallace is a Cybersecurity Process Control Network (PCN) Vulnerability Assessor for Chevron, based in Houston, Texas. He is responsible for the delivery of programs that Chevron’s internal business organizations use to perform vulnerability assessments to ensure the company’s existing safeguards work, identify gaps, and provide recommendations on mitigations. Wallace has worked at Chevron for more than 25 years in oil & gas operations, process control automation, PCN cybersecurity, and IT networking. He holds a BS in Electronic Engineering Technology, and MS in Information System Management and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership with a specialization in Information System Technology. Wallace also teaches at Indiana Wesleyan University, Everest College and ITT-Technical Institute.
Throughout his career, Mark Hanley has demonstrated a passion to improve current state in everything from the performance of an asset to the effectiveness of a corporation. His current position, as the Senior Asset Reliability Manager for Land O’Lakes, has allowed him to influence the effectiveness in plants ranging from dairy to feed, seed, and crop control. His leadership is evident in the improvement of maintenance processes, line efficiencies, and true asset reliability across the company. Building a base by developing well-trained personnel, solid processes, and metrics to track improvements and provide course corrections, has enabled this improvement.
Mark developed his talents through positions over the last 35 years in Kraft Foods as a Global Program Manager, Eagle Ottawa Leather as the Senior Manufacturing Process Engineer, Rapistan Demag as the Sr. Maintenance Manager, and Sun Chemical Pigments & Inks as the Project & Plant Engineer at their HVFP.
Steve serves as Managing Director for the OpX Leadership Network (formerly known as the Alliance for Innovation & Operational Excellence). The OpX Leadership Network is a dynamic community of manufacturing, engineering and operations professionals dedicated to operational excellence and leveraging the strength of PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. Through open dialogue between CPG manufacturers and OEMs, OpX Leadership Network provides a forum where the best minds come together to identify and solve common operational challenges, and apply best practices and innovative solutions to the real-world context of manufacturing.
Previously Steve was CEO of the Food Processing Suppliers Association where he delivered exponential growth and brand distinction through product innovation, strategic vision, and commitment to customer value. He created a high-performance culture, instilled business metrics, and developed the people and processes to deliver sustainable results. Steve also served as Chairman of the Board of the trade association that was the precursor to FPSA, the International Association of Food Industry Suppliers.
Prior to his association experiences, Steve led the corporate development efforts of Hixson Architects & Engineers. He was the driving force behind distinctive branded service offerings that elevated the firm from a regional to a national player with an exceptional reputation for innovation and customer value.