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Full Agenda


Conference Agenda


Full Agenda



Pre-Conference Kick-off – Monday, Feb. 19th

4:30pm - 6:00pm

Manufacturing Happy Hour

with Chris Luecke

   For over a decade, Chris Luecke has been helping manufacturers reduce their costs and drive profitability & growth through automation technologies. 

Now he helps those same people tell their story and attract the right clients & talent to their business through his podcast – Manufacturing Happy Hour.

   Every week, Chris sits down with the leaders & doers that are driving change and innovation within the manufacturing industry. They go beyond the buzzwords to equip you with actionable strategies to take your people, processes, and enabling technologies to the next level, preparing you for a more productive and profitable future in manufacturing.

  Connect with Chris and other manufacturing professionals at the FIRST EVER Missouri Manufacturing Happy Hour to kick off our Midwest Manufacturers Trade Show & Conference!

Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty
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Day 1 – Tuesday, Feb. 20th

7:30am - 5:00pm

8:15am - 9:00am

Session Tracks

Sponsored by

10:30am - 11:30am

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1:30pm - 2:30pm

3:30pm - 4:30pm


Opening Keynote:
Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe

   Mike Kehoe was sworn in as Missouri's 48th Lieutenant Governor on June 18, 2018, after being appointed to the position by Governor Mike Parson. He was elected by Missourians to a full term on November 3, 2020.


   In his time before public office, Lt. Gov. Kehoe spent a number of years in the industry at a van conversion and ambulance manufacturing company. Lt. Gov. Kehoe will join us for our Opening Session to welcome our attendees and give updates from Jeffersion City.

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Lunch Keynote Day 1:
Dan Meers, K.C. Wolf Mascot - Kansas City Chiefs

   On November 23, 2013, Dan Meers came within inches of losing his life while practicing a bungee jump and zip line stunt at Arrowhead Stadium… home of the Kansas City Chiefs. What Dan anticipated being the thrill of a lifetime ended up being the spill of a lifetime. The stunt went terribly wrong and Dan plummeted 75 feet before crashing into the stadium seats. Miraculously Dan survived. He spent 9 days in the hospital and got some really big scars. Dan smiles when he says, “Scars are just Tattoos that come with a Cool Story”.

   Join us for this special presentation where will Dan share his incredible story and the important lessons that he learned during his long road to recovery about leadership and about life.

Session Sponsor

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5:30pm - 6:30pm


6:30pm - 7:45pm

Dinner and Keynote Address

Dinner Keynote: Lt. Col. Waldo Waldman

   Lt. Col. Waldo Waldman, The Wingman, is a Hall of Fame leadership speaker, executive coach, and the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Never Fly Solo. He teaches organizations how to build trusting, revenue producing relationships with their employees, partners, and customers while sharing his experiences as a combat decorated F-16 fighter pilot, sales manager and entrepreneur.

   His compelling stories and strategies on overcoming obstacles, performing under pressure, and servant-based leadership are extremely relevant to organizations who seek to create a resilient, courageous, "One Team, One Mission" performance-focused culture of collaboration and trust.

All dinner attendees will receive access to the Resilience Challenge Course (5-video series) and a free audiobook copy of Never Fly Solo.

Dinner Sponsor

7:45pm - 8:30pm

Inaugural Induction


Join us in celebrating the history and impact of Missouri manufacturers as we induct the Inaugural 2024 Class into the Missouri Manufacturers Hall of Fame!

Missouri Manufacturers Hall of Fame 

Congratulate an Inaugural Inductee with one of our Advertising Opportunities!

Day 2, Wednesday, Feb. 21st

7:30am - 12:00pm


Session Tracks

9:00am - 10:00am

10:30am - 11:30am

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch Keynote Day 2:
Women-Owned Manufacturing Industry Leaders

Session Sponsor

To wrap up the Midwest Manufacturers Trade Show & Conference, we'll hear from three female industry leaders and the sponsor of the Women in Manufacturing Association - Missouri Chapter. They will share challenges, lessons and celebrations from a perspective that is not always heard from in a male-dominated industry.



Rachel Hacker, SVP & Relationship Manager Commercial Banking | PNC Bank

   As Senior Vice President and Relationship Manager for Commercial Banking, Rachel delivers PNC Bank’s full scope of lending solutions, cash management services, risk management strategies and innovative ideas to help local companies address their business and financial needs. Additionally, she collaborates with internal partners to help clients access PNC’s specialized services and solutions for Equipment Finance, Treasury Management and Capital Markets.

   With nearly 20 years of experience advising manufacturing companies, she is keenly attuned to the opportunities and challenges inherent in this dynamic space, and she is passionate about contributing to the growth and continued success of this regionally significant sector. Rachel is based in St. Louis and was among the founders of Women in Manufacturing’s Missouri chapter, for which she currently serves as Chair/President.


Lisa Kilwin, President & Co-founder | Midwest Machining Solutions

   Lisa is the President and co-founder of Midwest Machining Solutions, a machining and fabrication company that started from a garage to the multi-million-dollar operation it is today. Fostering personal relationships and business versatility has been her focus. With over 23 years-experience in the manufacturing industry she works side-by-side each day with her husband and son servicing a diverse range of industries and Fortune 500 companies.


Kate Sanders, Vice President | Missouri Equipment Company

   Kate represents the 4th generation of the family owned business, Missouri Equipment Company. She has 15 years experience in overseas manufacturing and global sourcing. She's thrilled to return home to the Midwest to produce quality products, backed by strong warranties, on U.S.A. soil.

   She's proudly serving in all facets of the business, while keeping close to the vest the values and traditions started by her grandfather seven decades ago.


Cristy Gies, Co-Owner/Operator | KMEDPRO; Founder | DIYG

   Cristy is Co-Owner and Operator of KMEDPRO, a manufacturer of telemetry pouches, and Founder of Do It Yourself Girlfriend (DIYG), a design and manufacturing company of tool belts and tool bags for women, selected for Springfield Business Journal's 2023 Coolest Things Made in the Ozarks.

   She has over 20 years of experience in business operations, process improvement and leadership development and over 25 years of experience in project management.

   Cristy and her husband support many non-profits that help women and children transform their lives. She is proud to be a serial entrepreneur and textile manufacturer of anything square or rectangle!



***Agenda sessions, topics, times and speakers are subject to change leading up to this event.***

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