Speakers

Mohamed Abuali, Ph.D., CEO, IoTco, LLC
Louis Columbus, Principal, IQMS
Rose of Sharon DeVos, Founder and CEO, IIoT Automating Solutions
Bill Frahm
, President, 4M Partners LLC
Mike Hart, Director, Product Strategy, Manufacturing Industrial IoT, Plex Systems
Helge Hornis, Ph.D., Technology Director, Pepperl+Fuchs, Inc.
Tony Kaczmarek, President, Kors Engineering
David Moon, Solutions Consultant, Midwest District, Hitachi Vantara
Rubens Perdomo, President and Founder, Systems X Corp.
Ed Potoczak, President, Oakstone Group, LLC
Lisa Ryan, Owner, lisaryanspeaks.com
Bryan Sapot, CEO and Founder, SensrTrx

Mohamed Abuali

Mohamed Abuali, Ph.D.

CEO
IoTco, LLC

Mohamed (Mo) Abuali is the founder and CEO of IoTco, a provider of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) software and services. Mohamed has 20 years of manufacturing technology experience in digital transformation and predictive maintenance and analytics, and in-depth knowledge of delivering productivity improvements in the automotive, aerospace and defense, medical device, and oil and gas industries.

Prior to forming IoTco, Mohamed led and grew FORCAM operations in the Americas, a global provider of MES software for manufacturing. He started his career working for IBM followed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS) at the University of Cincinnati, a recognized international leader in predictive analytics and industrial big data.

Mohamed holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering specializing in Predictive Maintenance from the University of Cincinnati, and a Bachelor's Degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona.

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Louis Columbus

Louis Columbus

Principal
IQMS

Louis Columbus is currently serving as Principal, IQMS. He is also a contributing writer and analyst for Forbes. Previous positions include Director Product Management at Ingram Cloud, Vice President Marketing at iBASEt, Plex Systems, Senior Analyst at AMR Research (now Gartner), marketing and business development at SaaS start-ups. Mr. Columbus' academic background includes an MBA from Pepperdine University and the Strategic Marketing Management and Digital Marketing Programs at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Louis also teaches MBA courses in international business, global competitive strategies, international market research, strategic planning and market research. Mr. Columbus currently is a member of the faculty at Webster University and has taught California State University, Fullerton: University of California, Irvine & Marymount University. Mr. Columbus has authored 16 books on a variety of IT-related technologies.

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Rose of Sharon DeVos

Rose of Sharon DeVos

Founder and CEO
IIoT Automating Solutions

Rose of Sharon has been in the manufacturing industry since 2000 and has implemented sophisticated software solutions. Modern manufacturing no longer is only about have the right equipment, people and processes to make a product. It's about collecting the right data and using it to optimize and automate the processes for maximum speed and efficiency. Rose of Sharon helps manufacturers understand how the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Smart Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and Big Data technologies have the power to drastically improve efficiencies, customer experiences and employee engagement. She now provides technical consulting and proven resources for small to mid-sized companies to join the manufacturing digital transformation.

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Bill Frahm

Bill Frahm

President
4M Partners

Bill studied business and computer science at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and began his career at United Energy Resources in Houston. During his career at Wayne State University, General Motors and PTC, he managed IT development projects and research and development in software integration. Bill partnered with Danny Schaeffler to forn 4M Partners to promote knowledge sharing and professional development between experienced professionals and new practicitioners. Bill also studied Reliability Centered Maintenance at Naval Air Systems Command and participated in University of Tennessee's MARCON program.

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Mike Hart

Mike Hart

Product Strategy, Manufacturing & Industrial IoT
Plex Systems

Mike is director, product strategy, manufacturing and industrial IoT at Plex Systems. In this role, he designs and builds cloud solutions exclusively for the manufacturing industry. Mike also leads IoT product innovation, helping global manufacturers leverage the latest connected technologies to achieve more efficient, agile and automated operations. Mike has nearly 20 years of experience in the cloud software industry.

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David Moon

Helge Hornis, Ph.D.

Technology Director
Pepperl+Fuchs, Inc.

As the technology director at Pepperl+Fuchs, Inc., Dr. Helge Hornis focuses on expanding the use of IIoT methods in factory automation to simplify automation tasks and enhance system uptime. In this capacity, he is responsible for the startup Neoception USA, a Pepperl+Fuchs company that designs and implements software interfaces between proven automation hardware and secure cloud infrastructures. Another one of his key focus areas is the use of novel LIDAR solutions in robotics, material handling, and mobile applications. Over the past two decades, Dr. Hornis has held a number of technology-oriented positions at Pepperl+Fuchs, including product manager for industrial bus communication and RFID.

Dr. Hornis has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed scientific publications and industrial trade publications in North America and Europe, on a range of topics including safety networking, RFID solutions, and Industry 4.0. He provides regular inter-company training seminars and is a lead instructor for AS-Interface Organization North America, where he also serves on the board of directors. He recently joined the University of Akron's Electrical and Computer Engineering advisory board.

Before joining Pepperl+Fuchs, Dr. Hornis worked at the University of Missouri Research Reactor and the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Labs. He graduated in 1994 from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Ph.D. in physics and a minor in material science.

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David Moon

Tony Kaczmarek

President
Kors Engineering

Tony Kaczmarek is the president of Kors Engineering. He has more than 25 years of experience in the controls and business automation industry, during which time he has provided key solutions to establish metrics, improve performance, and reduce waste while deploying open architecture and non-proprietary options. These solutions assure the best total cost of ownership, while establishing a business structure that is flexible, agile, and prepared for future technologies that will continue to enhance customer operations and products. Tony's focus is to utilize off-the-shelf, best in class technologies that provide multi-source solutions to end users with world-class customer support.

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David Moon

David Moon

Solutions Consultant, Midwest District
Hitachi Vantara

 

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Rubens Perdomo

Rubens Perdomo

President and Founder
Systems X Corp.

Rubens Perdomo has 25 years of industry experience, having been directly involved with the evolving impact that technology has had on the manufacturing industry, as well as the transformative effect technology has on how business decisions are being made on a daily basis. He has served as CIO and Executive Director of IT for large automotive suppliers throughout the United States and across the globe. Mr. Perdomo has established himself as a business-focused, technical and results-driven professional. He has demonstrated success in developing and integrating technologies to support a broad range of operating, financial and organizational needs within global organizations. He is adept at crisis management, troubleshooting, problem solving and negotiating. Throughout his professional career in the manufacturing industry, he has displayed extensive experience in aligning IT processes and architecture with business models. Mr. Perdomo's service and performance have allowed him to become a valued member of senior executive teams, contributing a broad-based perspective to create pragmatic IT strategies and implementation plans designed for maximum returns at the lowest possible costs.

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Ed Potoczak

Ed Potoczak

President
Oakstone Group, LLC

Ed is president of Oakstone Group, LLC, Rochester Hills, MI, a provider of training, consulting and software systems to manufacturers for managing APQP, projects, launch and real-time automated quality management to improve customer satisfaction and grow sales. Potoczak is an engineer with more than 20 years in engineering, technical sales, program management and operations in industry and the same in enterprise software implementation.

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Lisa Ryan

Lisa Ryan

Owner
lisaryanspeaks.com

Lisa is owner and chief appreciation strategist at Grategy, Cleveland, OH. She works primarily with manufacturers to help them keep their top talent from becoming someone else's. After spending 13 years in industry, including seven years in the welding industry (and yes, she does weld), Ryan developed a process to attract, recognize and retain employees that works.

Ryan received her MBA from Cleveland State University and is past-president of the National Speakers Association, Ohio chapter. She has served on many other boards including those of The American Welding Society, Association for Equipment Manufacturing Professionals and Toastmasters International.

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Brian Sapot

Bryan Sapot

CEO and Founder
SensrTrx

Bryan Sapot is a lifelong entrepreneur, speaker, CEO and founder of SensrTrx Manufacturing Analytics and Datix. With more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing technology, Bryan is known for his deep industry insights and plain language explanations of the complex ideas and issues manufacturer's face today.

Bryan is a former St. Louis Business Journal 30 under 30 recipient, who has been featured by many different publications such as INC magazine, St. Louis Post Dispatch and the St. Louis Business Journal. Prior to founding SensrTrx in 2015, Bryan was the CEO of Datix, an ERP consultancy focused on manufacturers he founded in 1997.

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