See who will be speaking at this year's PMMI Annual Meeting.
Principal Analyst, IHS Technology
Alex West is principal analyst at IHS Technology. He manages a team of analysts covering machinery markets, including analysis of packaging and food & beverage machinery, as well as emerging technology markets such as 3D printing and industrial robotics.
Alex is a regular speaker at industry events, tradeshows and conferences worldwide, and holds a BSc (Honours) in Physic from the University of Bath, England.
Assistant Vice President at AHT Insurance
Consultation and placements regarding insurance programs and additional risk transfer methods with concentration, and extensive experience, in the manufacturing and healthcare industries. AHT is a full-service insurance brokerage and consulting firm with nationally recognized practices in additional areas including technology government contracting and nonprofits.
Presentation: Cyber Threats and Their Impact
Presentation: Cyber Security & Production Operations
President, MSW Packaging
A talented professional working alongside Consumer Packaged Goods companies, and brand marketers, to get their valuable products into the consumer's hands efficiently, safely, and cost-effectively. Chris invests his expertise into a variety of packaging environments, to optimize efficiency and reduce costs across the supply chain. He is fortunate to work alongside an amazing team of professionals at MSW Packaging and C-Crest Packaging Systems, Inc. Professionally, his goal is to continue cultivating the tremendous growth of MSW Packaging as a superior Packaging Services operation in North America. Personally, his commitment is to achieve this goal profitably, ethically, and professionally............without fail.
Vice President, Digital, PMMI Media Group
David Newcorn, Vice President, Digital at PMMI Media Group is a customer-focused executive with over two decades of experience in digital media. Dave excels at new product development and crafting business processes, and is an adept leader of cross-functional implementation teams. A packaging journalist early in his career, Dave’s digital media knowledge is complemented by a thorough understanding of the packaging function and marketplace. He is an engaging speaker, with an ability to make complex topics approachable for a variety of audiences.
President of DDR Communications
President of DDR Communications, Donna Ritson founded the company 30 years ago. DDR’s business is based on a direct response methodology that delivers market research, business development, strategic alliance and actionable market intelligence for companies in virtually every B2B industry. DDR’s experience is backed by over 40 years in marketing communications.
Presentation: The Evolution of Automation
Eric is a successful client centric Executive Leader with a proven track record. Long-term loyalty built through relationship management across a diverse employee and customer base. Skilled at finding, building and managing sales and service delivery teams assisting a diverse client base from channel partners to large corporate and national accounts. Eric is excellent at developing long lasting, senior level relationships and providing strong leadership to diverse organizational teams. His focus is on developing new and innovative business approaches and opportunities while contributing to the corporate bottom line.
Presentation: Launch - ReVision - Revive - Protect
Managing Partner, CO2 Partners, LLC
Gary Cohen is famous for asking; he wrote the book on it. He probes his clients with the only kind of questions that can produce change: unexpected ones. From the client’s answers, this dedicated Minneapolis leadership coach offers not just insights but alternative courses of action.
Cohen serves as managing partner and co-founder of CO2 Partners, LLC, an executive coaching and leadership development firm. He is the author of Just Ask Leadership: Why Great Managers Always Ask the Right Questions. Cohen also sits on the board for several organizations, including All Kinds of Minds, Harvard Alumni Club of Minnesota and Minnesota Zoo Foundation.
Cohen earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Minnesota, attended Harvard Business School, the Covey Leadership Center, the Disney Leadership Institute and is an Aspen Institute Crown Fellow.
Director of Marketing Automation
James oversees Canpango’s Marketing Automation offering to their clients. A veteran in a relatively still new space, James spent time at Accenture and more recently on his own working with small and large companies alike to establish their Marketing Automation efforts. This includes platform setup, strategy and execution for Marketing Cloud and Pardot. His favorite part? Getting companies to tie together all the Digital components of Web, E-mail, Search, Social, etc. so Marketing Departments can both establish and help manage relationships for their organization.
Jason Rebholz is a Vice President in The Crypsis Group’s McLean, Virginia office. He oversees the firm’s professional services and manages an active case load of incident response and security services engagements. Mr. Rebholz has an extensive background in incident response and computer forensics.
Prior to working at The Crypsis Group, Mr. Rebholz spent six years at Mandiant, ending his tenure as a Manager and PFI program lead in the firm’s professional services group. During his time at Mandiant, he led incident response investigations that involved multiple threat actors including financially motivated attackers, organized crime, nation-state threat actors, and hacktivists. Mr. Rebholz has also served as an expert witness for PFI engagements and conducted shadow investigations for organizations. He has worked across numerous industries including the defense industrial base, financial industry, healthcare industry, Fortune 100 companies, and law enforcement.
Mr. Rebholz has led many high-profile cases and conducted a number of notable investigations. Working on behalf of a banking client, he and his team were charged with investigating whether a previously compromised web application was being used by attackers to harvest credentials of bank employees and transfer money to attacker-owned bank accounts. Through forensic analysis, Mr. Rebholz identified the vulnerability that gave the attackers access to the bank’s network; determined the length of the exposure; and identified the total loss - $2 million dollars – incurred by the bank.
He has additionally investigated a major financial institution breach that resulted in global ATM fraud netting over eleven million dollars; multiple breaches that resulted in the theft of millions of credit cards; a major health insurer breach that exposed records for over ten million individuals; nation-state breaches where attackers stole sensitive research and development from Fortune 100 companies; and breaches perpetrated by hacktivists and organized global hacking rings that targeted individuals, corporations, and governments.
In addition to responding to incidents, Mr. Rebholz has used his consulting experience to lead training sessions for audiences in law enforcement, the federal government, and corporate security groups. He has also helped organizations develop and improve incident response procedures and policies to assist in the future detection and remediation of incidents. Mr. Rebholz is active in the industry and routinely presents at conferences and delivers webinars on topics ranging from security in the healthcare industry to financial crime case studies.
Mr. Rebholz holds a bachelor of science in network security and systems administration from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He previously was a PCI Qualified Security Assessor (QSA).
Principal, Barach Enterprises, LLC
Jeffrey T. Barach, PhD, Principal, Barach Enterprises, LLC, is a food scientist that has been active in research and development, regulatory liaison activities, teaching, problem solving and trouble shooting. He routinely participates in planning, development and management of special projects and programs for the food industry on health and safety issues, production of foods, regulatory compliance issues and training. He is a subject matter expert (SME) on issues related to food safety modernization, biotechnology, food irradiation, nanotechnology and other new processing and testing technologies. Dr. Barach was formerly with Grocery Manufacturers Association as head of their Science Policy Group and previously directed the GMA Laboratory in Washington D.C. His education includes receiving his MS and PhD in food science from North Carolina State University and his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina. Dr. Barach is also a lecturer, training professional and educator in food safety, food sanitation and HACCP.
Presentation: FSMA Update
Partner, Mullen, Coughlin, LLC
Jennifer Coughlin is a founding partner of Mullen Coughlin. She focuses her practice solely on providing organizations of all sizes and from every industry sector in first-party breach response and third-party privacy defense legal services. Ms. Coughlin has counseled hundreds of clients in investigating and responding to an event compromising information and systems security, working closely with client resources, third-party forensic consulting experts, and law enforcement to identify the nature and scope of a compromise.
Ms. Coughlin relies on her knowledge of state, federal, and international laws, as well as industry-specific guidances and standards to assist organizations in identifying and complying with legal obligations to disclose the incident to certain audiences and provide certain services to impacted populations. Ms. Coughlin has represented numerous organizations, including healthcare centers, healthcare treatment providers, financial institutions, hospitality providers, online and brick-and-mortar retailers, hotels, and other professional services providers in inquiries by regulators, including state attorneys general, state insurance departments, state health departments, the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Office for Civil Rights.
Ms. Coughlin also provides regulatory compliance services and incident response planning services to organizations and assists clients in policy/procedure preparation, incident response planning, tabletop exercises, and staff training, custom-tailored by the organization’s data privacy risks and applicable industry specific laws.
Vice President, Brand Development
In his position as Vice President, Brand Development, Jim Chrzan stays on top of industry developments and trends in packaging, processing and automation for PMMI Media Group publications. Jim has a wealth of experience in media sales and management, having held a variety of roles including Publisher of Healthcare Packaging, Automation World and currently Packaging + Processing OEM. Jim is a sought-after presenter, with a keen understanding of the industries that PMMI serves, and a natural curiosity that drives creative solutions.
Co-Founder and Chairman
Lance’s career is exemplified by the successful startup of new enterprises, leading organizational growth, taking companies public, and creating thousands of jobs for employees and significant wealth for shareholders. Lance has been responsible for the successful startup of numerous new business ventures, many of which grew to be important players in their industry, with two going public on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
Presentation: Making The Most of Your CRM System (using Salesforce as example)
Mark Spearman, President, Factory Physics, Inc.,
Mark L. Spearman is president of Factory Physics, Inc., a firm that provides management consulting, training and software to improve manufacturing and supply chain management. In his former life as an academic, Spearman was associate professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at Northwestern University and professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech, and Department Head at Texas A&M University. He is coauthor, with Wallace J. Hopp, of the book, Factory Physics that was named the IIE Book of the Year. He also collaborated with Edward S. Pound and Jeffrey H. Bell to publish Factory Physics for Managers, a book devoted to translating the factory physics principles into simple and practical strategies that can be used to make any manufacturing supply chain more efficient. Over the last thirty years, Spearman has worked with more than 100 companies applying the principles of factory physics to improve operations and increase profits.
Executive President, Emerson Automation Solutions
Michael H. Train leads the Automation Solutions business of Emerson, which posted sales of $9.0 billion in fiscal 2016. The Automation Solutions business team serves customers in the process, hybrid, and discrete industries with sales, engineering, manufacturing, and service capabilities distributed throughout the world.
Train began his career with Emerson in 1991 as an international planner, then took on additional responsibilities in a number of executive posts that included serving as President of Emerson Japan and Korea, VP of Corporate Planning, President of Emerson Process Management Asia Pacific, and President of Emerson’s Rosemount business. He was most recently President of Global Sales for Emerson Process Management.
Train earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from General Motors Institute and an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He currently serves on the management school’s advisory council and was a 2008 Eisenhower Fellowship recipient.
Editor-at-Large and Global Futurist, Forbes, Economic Leader, Entrepreneur & Author
One of the most influential figures in the technology, economic and business worlds, Rich Karlgaard helps you see the global marketplace with new eyes.
At the vanguard of developments in the global economy, politics, business and technology, Karlgaard is the thought leader that Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and national associations turn to for a reliable roadmap of what’s to come. Drawing from his roles as a Silicon Valley-based journalist, investor and board director, Karlgaard’s business consultant-like approach helps audiences gain a practical understanding of the events that are changing their world and the imminent disruption ahead—from tech to Trump—and the impacts on business and industry. He is also a regular panelist on “Forbes on Fox,” the author of two celebrated business books on healthy organizations, and a past recipient of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Presentation: Trump, Tech, and Lots of Turbulence
World Champion Adventure Racer, 2014 CNN Hero, Full Time Firefighter, New York Times Bestselling Author, 3x Guinness World Record Endurance Kayaker
Robyn Benincasa is the founder of World Class Teams, a world champion adventure racer, a CNN Hero, former corporate sales expert and a full-time firefighter who advises organizations on building World Class Teams of their own.
For the last 20 years, she and her teammates have been competing at the front of the pack in the most unique and compelling classrooms on earth – the jungles of Borneo, the Himalayan peaks of Tibet and the rivers of Fiji – studying the good, the bad and the not-so-pretty in extreme teamwork and mastering the skills required to inspire a group of semi-exhausted people working against crazy deadlines, in constantly changing conditions and all in pursuit of an audacious goal. Sounds a lot like your life as a business leader, right?
It is through these harrowing, life affirming and often hilarious experiences in the world’s most grueling challenges that she has emerged with her refreshing and truly unique perspective on what it takes to build the kind of World Class Teams that succeed against all odds, that triumph in the face of adversity and that win as one in times of great challenge and change. Whether you’re trying to beat the competition to market, scale a looming mountain of a project or simply get your team all marching in the same direction, Robyn’s 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy will coach you to the finish line of success.
NBC, ABC, CNN, ESPN, USA Network, The Today Show, Live With Regis, Dateline NBC, The Discovery Channel, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Runners World and Outside Magazine have all featured Robyn and her teams’ amazing accomplishments. And Robyn accepts full blame for inspiring people to do insane things like climb Mount Kilimanjaro, run their first triathlon, start their own adventure racing teams, hike across the Grand Canyon with a group of Survivors, or start their own businesses.
This is, after all, who she is and what she does: Robyn Benincasa inspires people to grab life with one hand, grab their teammates with the other, and to create that special magic that makes all of us better together than we ever would have been alone!
CEO of ei3 Corporation
In 1999 Spencer Cramer had the vision that one day there would be an Industrial Internet of Things where machine owners and builders would benefit from secure solutions that capture and analyze machine data. Following his passion for applying technology to create business value, he founded ei3 Corporation in 2000 to provide the industry with a premium source of Internet security solutions and online applications. Today ei3 is an award-winning IIoT leader that delivers secure data analytics to thousands of machines, process lines and buildings in more than 100 countries. Spencer developed ei3's portfolio to provide a complete IIoT solution that is brand labeled by leading machine builders and manufacturers to improve asset utilization, deliver secure remote service, manage product quality and save energy. Spencer serves on the Board of OMAC, the Organization for Machine Automation and Control, and Sustainable Real Estate Solutions, a leader in innovation and deployment of energy efficiency financing services. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia, lives in New York, is married, and has four children.
Presentation: The Path to Predictive
Presentation: Top 4 Values of Machine IoT
Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Hearthside Food Solutions
Vicky’s career began 24 years ago in the area of quality assurance at Hearthside Food Solutions, the industry’s largest food contract manufacturer and the largest private bakery in the U.S. She made lateral moves within the company to gain valuable experience. Her passion for customer and industry growth inevitably pushed her into a business development role, where she has done business both nationally and internationally. For the last fifteen years, Vicky has been co-leading the company’s sales team and serves on the company leadership team where she helps connect clients to solutions - whether it be a product, package or exclusive manufacturing partnership.
Vicky has been involved with the Contract Packaging Association since 2001 and currently serves as its past president. In her role, she represents the association on a variety of industry panels and frequently contributes to various trade publications. Additionally, Vicky is passionate about raising awareness amongst college students of career opportunities within the packaging industry specifically within contract manufacturing and packaging space.
As a fervent supporter of causes driving toward a cure for cancer, Vicky is listed on the national register of Be the Match, an organization that provides stem cell and bone marrow transplants in the United States from unrelated volunteer donors to patients.
Vicky, describes herself as a hater of naps an addict of lip-gloss, and one who could easily live on a baguette and a nip of wine. In her spare time, she and her husband Robert enjoy country living near Champaign, Illinois, and together enjoy traveling, boating and – on a rare occasion – doing absolutely nothing and enjoying every minute of it.
Presentation: Hearthside Food Solutions - Contract Manufacturer to the World's Premier Food Companies