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Manufacturing CEOs from all across Minnesota gather for exclusive one-day event
December 2015

Top: Panel on Minnesota manufacturing issues, moderated by President and CEO Bob Kill. Middle left: Enterprise Minnesota consultant Greg Langfield. Middle right: Keynoter Joe Mulford, president of Pine Technical and Community College. Bottom: Enterprise Minnesota consultant Pat Voyles.More than 75 manufacturing CEOs this year attended Enterprise Minnesota’s Statewide CEO Council, a one-day event October 26 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest.

The conference was open exclusively to more than 90 manufacturing executives belonging to one of the 12 councils throughout Minnesota. Each council convenes one full day each month for a combination of topical presentations and open-ended conversation. 

“In this way, members function as an informal, off-the-record advisory board for each other,” said Bob Kill, Enterprise Minnesota’s president and CEO. 

“These groups prove time and again the value that manufacturing executives receive from sharing with each other what matters to them about emerging trends, competitive burdens, market opportunities and the challenges of leaning up increasingly sophisticated production operations.”

“We like to be in the center of that,” he added. “Enterprise Minnesota operates from an unofficial mission to be the convener of manufacturing decision-makers in Minnesota for groups large and small, about all sorts of issues.”

Attendees heard from four of Enterprise Minnesota’s top consultants on issues ranging from leadership, strategy, the new ISO standards, and continuous improvement.

Joe Mulford, the recently-appointed president of Pine Technical & Community College, provided the luncheon keynote. 

The event concluded with a wide-ranging panel, moderated by Kill, that included Dane Anderson, president & CEO of FAST Global Solutions; Verne McPherson, CEO of Tolerance Masters; David Rhode, plant operations manager with Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing, LLC; and Mulford.

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