Join the Greater Houston Partnership and Houston Community College at the Gulf Coast Advanced Manufacturing Conference on October 9, 2018. Learn how technology is transforming the manufacturing industry, accelerating business profitability and diversification, and boosting our region's competitiveness as a leader in advanced manufacturing. Be part of the conversation on how technology can catapult manufacturing to new heights.


Importance of Manufacturing for Texas
Mike Meroney, Workforce and Education Consultant, Texas Association of Manufacturers

Panel Discussion: What does Industry 4.0 Mean for Houston Manufacturing?
Moderator: Laura Juliano, Partner and Managing Director, BCG

  • John Nixon, Senior Director for Energy and Utilities, Siemens PLM Software
  • Sadie Bell, Senior Operations Leader, Digital Operations Center, Dow
  • Stan Gordon, Vice President, Systems Engineering and Operations Technology, Goodman Daikin

Panel Discussion: Positioning Houston to lead in Manufacturing

Moderator: Dr. Robert O. Ambrose, Chief Software, Robotics and Simulation Division, NASA-JSC

  • Chris Church, Founder, MacroFab
  • Paul Fenley, President, ATEC, Inc.
  • Mushahid Khan, Founder and CEO, MKHAN Group and CEO APS Plastics & Manufacturing

Luncheon Speaker

Jeff Applegate, Principal & CEO Texas Injection Molding and
Founding Member, Greater Houston Manufacturers Association (GHMA)

Title: Skills Development Funding for Employee Training
Presenter: Kristina DeWitty, Texas Workforce Commission, Office of Employer Initiatives,Business Outreach Specialist

Title: Advanced Manufacturing Training Center
Presenter: Dr. Ritu Raju, HCC Dean Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing

The IDEAStudio (MakerSpace Tour per request following the event)
The MakerSpace is a technology-equipped, collaborative space designed specifically to facilitate creativity, providing the necessary tools for actualizing breakthrough ideas. Utilizing the guidance and best practices from leaders such as Rice University's Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK), MIT's FabLab and Houston-based TXRX, this center was crafted to inspire exploration, skill development, and entrepreneurial thinking.

QUESTIONS? Contact Sherine Farid at or (713) 844-3682.
Interested in sponsoring the Gulf Coast Advanced Manufacturing Conference?
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Conference Registration | 8:15 a.m.

Panel Discussion | 9:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Luncheon Registration and Networking | 11:15 a.m. to Noon 
Luncheon Program | Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions | 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Business Expo & Networking Cafe | 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
MakerSpace Tour (per request) 1:00 p.m.

Houston Community College - West Houston Institute
2811 Hayes Rd., Houston, TX 77082

Admission (Full Conference)
Member/Partner $75 | Non-member $150

Reserved Tables with Branding
Member/Partner $500 | Non-member $1000
Expo Booth 
Members/Partners Only $250
Includes two (2) tickets to the conference & luncheon

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