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Conference Agenda



Day 1 - Tuesday, Feb. 20th

Quality Assurance

Session Track Sponsor

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

PANEL: Energy Efficient Solutions

Session description coming soon.



Michael S. Stanley, Quality Manager  |  CNH Industrial REMAN

   Michael Stanley has been the Quality Manager with CNH Industrial Reman located in Springfield since 2012, where he has also served as Process Engineering Manager and Supplier Quality Manager.

   His official quality career began in 2001 when he was responsible for designing and testing asphalt. From there, he transitioned to the role of Quality Manager for a local Precast concrete company, where he was accountable for their overall quality and attaining certification with the National Precast Concrete Association. During his time at CNH Reman, Michael served as chair of CNH Reman’s Community Relations Committee. During this time, he helped to facilitate employee participation in local events such as United Way Day of Caring, Habitat for Humanity, and, most important, the yearly Christmas Kid adoption, where the employees sponsored 45 kids' Christmas lists.

   Michael graduated from Evangel University in 2010 with a business and administration degree, then obtained his MBA from Webster University in 2015. Michael also holds an ASQ-CQT certification and Green Belt from Missouri Development Institute.

   He has served 24 years as a volunteer firefighter and first responder for his local department. Michael and his wife, Ronda, have been married for 30 years and have four children and six grandchildren.



1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

What Worker Shortage?

Session description coming soon.


Patrick Dippel - President - West Division | Veryable

Speaker bio coming soon.

Process Solutions

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

WORKSHOP: Preventative Maintenance & Predictive AI

Session description coming soon.


Jarad Johnson, Founder/CEO - Mostly Serious, Co-Founder - Habitat Communication & Culture

   Jarad is the Founder and CEO of Mostly Serious, a creative agency, and Co-Founder of Habitat Communication & Culture, a business strategy consulting firm. Leveraging a unique approach to problem-solving, he has worked with hundreds of clients in manufacturing, healthcare, and nonprofits to solve challenging problems spanning branding, marketing, sales, and strategy.

Process Waste

Day 2 - Wednesday, Feb. 21st

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

More than Excel: Utilizing Microsoft 365

Session description coming soon.

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Chad Smith, Owner | Continuous Improvement Solutions

   Chad Smith applies continuous improvement methodologies to help organizations leverage their scarce human and material resources through breakthrough improvements.

   Chad has 26 years of Continuous Improvement experience in healthcare, retail, manufacturing, refining, high-tech and food having served many clients including Tyson, Ernst & Young, Anheuser Busch In-Bev, ASQ, St. Jude and SpaceX.  

   As a seasoned Continuous Improvement practitioner, Chad has helped many companies drive breakthroughs by helping organizations find their TruNorth through strategy deployment, uncover the major constraints through Value Stream Mapping and focus on the vital few improvements needed.  

   Chad continues to leverage his passion for helping people through adult facilitation and executive coaching through his business. Chad utilizes the adult learning and works to maintain fun and energetic sessions that keeps participants in the training moment, eliminating their potential to be distracted.  In the same way, Chad makes project work with teams engaging and interesting.  Above all, Chad sees he and the team’s work each day as an opportunity to give doses of hope.  Through the premise of (GI)^2 (that is Give it and You will get it), servant leadership is the cornerstone of leading culture change.

   Chad is an ASQ Certified Master Black Belt (#8) and an ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (# 4615) as well as being named an ASQ Fellow in 2015.  Chad is the past-chair of the ASQ Master Black Belt Exam Review Committee and is also the past-chair of ASQ’s Six Sigma Forum advisory council.

Reasonable Suspicion

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

CMMC Compliance for DoD Contractors

Session description coming soon


John Throckmorton, Director of Engagement | Tomo Drug Testing

   John Throckmorton is a Senior Trainer and Account Executive with Tomo Drug Testing. He has been with Tomo since December 2000, serving as a collection technician, field manager, breath alcohol and drug collection trainer, and operations manager.  Often referred to as “JT”, John has assisted businesses with the development and implementation of substance misuse testing programs, performed program reviews for compliance with State and Federal regulations, and annually conducts over 100 educational and training seminars. John is a 1979 graduate of Baptist Bible College where he met Carol, his wife of 44 years. They have two grown children and three grandchildren. John has been involved in public speaking for over 45 years. 

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