Speakers

Keith Helfrich, Senior Lead Consultant—Growth Services, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
Bryan Sapot, CEO, Datix
Richard Sides, Partner, Ultra Consultants

 
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Keith Helfrich


Senior Lead Consultant—Growth Services
Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
Founder, Vice President–Operations, Growth GPS

Keith Helfrich is a globally minded business- and product-development leader with expertise in delivering strategic and tactical solutions to complex business issues. He is a growth catalyst passionate about motivating organizations and employees to identify opportunities, innovate products and develop customer advocates to build sustainable top/bottom-line growth results.

Keith offers a unique blend of leader and team-builder skills, and is a market analyst who identifies growth opportunities and garners stakeholder support. He holds a master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas, and Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Christian University. Keith also authors the Innovation Intersection column for Fabricating Product News.

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Bryan Sapot

Bryan Sapot


CEO
Datix

Datix is an industry leader in business process improvement, software customization, enterprise system integration and ERP implementation. With more than 17 years of industry experience with ERP implementations, integration, customization, and software selection, Sapot is an expert at using technology to support business objectives.

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Richard Sides

Richard Sides


Partner
Ultra Consultants

Richard Sides has more than 20 years technology-related operational experience assisting manufacturing and distribution organizations by improving their business processes and supporting information systems. Richard’s experience includes operational responsibilities, management consulting, ERP system implementation, and serving in a variety of senior executive management roles. Richard’s background includes significant experience in process and discrete manufacturing as well as logistics, distribution and supply chain management. Richard started his career in 1990 with Kraft Foods and was part of the pioneering efforts to introduce integrated supervisory and process control systems to Kraft’s production lines. He finished his 6-year career with Kraft by serving as the systems lead on the pilot implementation of Kraft’s Marcam Prism ERP rollout.

In the late 1990’s Richard became APICS certified and moved into management consulting, working exclusively with manufacturing and distribution companies. He has also served the role of Senior Vice President of Information Services for a multi-site manufacturing and logistics company where he implemented a more current system infrastructure and corresponding best business practices. Richard has also served as Senior Vice President Manufacturing and Supply Chain for a leading software provider. Richard has a BS in Computer Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from DePaul University.

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