Speakers

Keith Helfrich, Senior Lead Consultant—Growth Services, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
Doug Hockenbrocht, Partner, IT Consulting Practiice, ERP Team, Plante Moran
Cindy Jutras, President, Mint Jutras
Richard Sides, Partner, Ultra Consultants
Kirk Witt, Director, Client Services, Panorama Consulting Solutions

 
Keith Helfrich

Keith Helfrich


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

Keith Helfrich is a change agent. As founder of Growth GPS, he leads a consulting team laser-focused on driving manufacturing clients' transformations which inspire their teams to achieve growth that blows business plans out of the water. Prior to that, Keith headed the Growth Services team at MMTC, Michigan's MEP affiliate, assisting over 300 companies throughout Michigan to weather the recession storm through strategic diversification initiatives. Prior to MMTC, Keith led the transformation of the Dodge Truck brand from "also-ran" to "Radical Ram." Keith is a successful entrepreneur, intrapreneur, speaker, hands-on doer, team-builder and coach. His degrees include a B.S. from Texas Christian University, an M.B.A. from the University of Texas, and continuing studies in The School of Hard Knocks. Keith also authors the Innovation Intersection column for Fabricating Product News.

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Doug Hockenbrocht

Doug Hockenbrocht


Partner, IT Consulting Practice, ERP Team
Plante Moran

Doug is a partner at Plante Moran, and oversees the firm's global IT services, for the manufacturing and distribution industry. He has extensive experience in both leading and participating in the business case driven implementation of ERP systems for multi-site, multi-national, multi-billion, as well as small to middle market industrial, automotive, life science and food suppliers/processors. He helps organizations improve operations through enabling information technologies, industry best practices, data analytics, and innovative, but proven approaches. Doug understands how companies can leverage big data into real business value that drives continuous improvement.

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cindy jutras

Cindy Jutras


President
Mint Jutras

Cindy Jutras is a widely recognized expert in analyzing the impact of enterprise applications on business performance. Utilizing over 35 years of corporate experience and specific expertise in manufacturing, supply chain, customer service and business performance management, Cindy has spent the past 8+ years benchmarking the performance of software solutions in the context of the business benefits of technology.

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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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Kirk Witt


Director, Client Services
Panorama Consulting Solutions

 

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