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Laurie Harbour

Laurie Harbour

President and CEO, Harbour Results Inc.

Laurie Harbour, president and CEO of Harbour Results Inc., has more than 25 years of experience in strategic planning, benchmarking, operational assessments, lean manufacturing and performance enhancement. Harbour works closely with automotive and other manufacturing companies and their suppliers, analyzing their strengths and weaknesses, identifying gaps and risks and developing a tactical transformation to achieve sustainable improvements, ultimately mitigating risk and improving organizational health. She helps companies develop short- and long-term strategies, improve their operations and conduct training and proactive supplier-development programs that focus on reducing risks among the supply base. Harbour visits hundreds of manufacturing plants ech year, capturing best practices and driving project results.

In 2013, Harbour Results published the 2013 Automotive Vendor Tooling Study, and through her work in the automotive tooling industry Harbour has become an expert in this area of manufacturing. She works regularly with tool suppliers to improve their overall business, but also supports Tier 1 suppliers and OEMs with tooling strategies and cost-improvement opportunities.

Harbour is a regular speaker to companies and forums on numerous topics, including manufacturing flexibility, leadership, cultural transformation, sales and marketing, supplier collaboration, manufacturing and overall business-operations improvement. She regularly is quoted in local and national publications as an experienced automotive and operational analyst.

Prior to joining Harbour Results, Harbour founded Harbour-Felax Group, and served as vice president and company officer at Harbour Consulting. She was involved in numerous consulting projects with global-automotive manufacturers, Tier 1 suppliers and the defense industry, and provided analysis and counsel in operational improvement, product and process development, competitive research and benchmarking. She also was responsible for management of The Harbour Report, the landmark study of labor efficiency for automotive OEMs.

Ms. Harbour earned a BA from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

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Paul Hamilton

Director of Creo Go-To-Market for North America, PTC Inc.

Paul Hamilton is director of Creo Go-To-Market for North America at PTC, Needham, MA. He started his career with Hewlett Packard Co., serving in a variety of engineering and manufacturing positions. While at Hewlett Packard, Hamilton became involved in the early development of direct-modeling technologies and has been involved with CAD, CAE, PDM and CAM for more than 25 years.

At PTC, Hamilton works directly with customers to help them improve their product-development process. A primary focus is in the area of model-based--helping customers develop more complete and robust engineering masters. With high-fidelity engineering masters, Hamilton then helps these companies better leverage the master into manufacturing and operations, reducing gaps in the process and eliminating duplication of effort.

Hamilton has a special interest in the technologies of solid modeling and writes a blog with a specific focus on direct modeling; p-hamilton.blogspot.com.

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David Darling

David Darling

Principal, US Forming Technologies LLC

David Darling is a passionate metalforming and die guy who experienced both the pleasure and pain of serving as COO of the world’s largest tool and die manufacturing facility, where he was responsible for all aspects of operations. Mentored by one of industry’s great thought leaders, David has been extensively exposed to die engineering, die manufacturing, and stamping production methods of European, American, and Japanese automakers. In July of 2013, David left his post as COO to start his own firm and more narrowly focus on the development and implementation of die engineering technologies. His current venture, US Forming Technologies LLC serves automotive OEM’s in the areas of draw die development and virtual die tryout.

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