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Lean and technology exciting people

Using technology to develop and engage your greatest assets - your team members


Speed Chat with Experts
Thursday, Nov. 1 Location Code
9:15am-11:45am Harbor Ballroom H, 2nd level ThS/42



Join an interactive panel with industry leaders to learn how to apply lean management, technology and smart manufacturing best practices in support of a Manufacturing Renaissance to create good paying jobs, enhance the business and grow your company’s market share in a global economy.


Organizations increasingly find that they must rely on innovative and more effective tools to compete in the global market. Hear how companies using technology, along with lean management principles, are able to reduce costs, improve efficiencies and align work processes. Learn what businesses are looking for in partnerships and new technologies to assist them in leaning out and improving. Discover how they examine processes and identify areas that are using unnecessary resources to improve the company's competitiveness.

Smart Manufacturing and technology are not just buzzwords. Companies are doing amazing things with technology to develop and engage its greatest assets- its team members. More importantly, they are exciting the workforce, making them more adaptable and agile, and ultimately more successful in the future.

Panelists: Allen Couture / Rob Lisle / Jason Semovoski

Allen Couture is vice president of operations for Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS), responsible for all product manufacturing, facilities, and environmental, and health and safety functions.  Prior, he was general manager of Raytheon Company’s Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) Consolidated Manufacturing Center. Before working at SAS, he worked for Hawker Beechcraft (formerly Raytheon Aircraft). He held several executive positions including VP of program management and VP of product development. He was a key leader to support the successful integration of engineering and manufacturing in the early development of programs. Couture holds a BA degree in economics from McMaster University and a master's certificate in operations management from York University. He served 14 years in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves achieving the rank of sergeant and is a qualified battle school instructor. He was awarded the Raytheon Aircraft CEO coin for leadership performance and excellence. www.raytheon.com

Rob Lisle is engineering manager at Newport News Shipbuilding (div. of Huntington Ingalls Industries) managing the SmartYard Program, responsible for innovation of digital manufacturing capabilities. He has served as an engineer on several Navy programs including, Submarine Overhaul (Nuclear), Los Angeles Class submarine modular construction, Seawolf Class submarine design, Virginia Class submarine design, and the Ford Class aircraft carrier program. Lisle also served as the NNS program manager for the DARPA Simulation Based Design Program building a new modeling, simulation and analysis capability for NNS. He has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility, including ship design manager (CVN Innovation Center), engineering manager, modeling, simulation and analysis, and most recently, director of program integration/business sevelopment within the technical solutions division of HII. https://nns.huntingtoningalls.com

Jason Semovoski leads manufacturing operations for Rockwell Automations' power control business. With 20 years of experience in operations and supply chain management, his background includes progressive leadership assignments having served as plant manager, logistics and distribution center leadership, along with global leadership roles in procurement and strategic sourcing. Semovoski  is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors at AME and is proudly the youngest elected chairman in AME's history. He has served as chair of the regional president's council, president of the midwest region, and multiple board of director roles. Semovoski is also leading AME's Emerging Leaders program with a vision to grow and connect emerging leaders at all levels in an exclusive community with access to mentors and shared content. He is a graduate of the Smeal College of Business, Penn State University, with a master degrees in supply chain. He also holds an MBA and certifications in lean, project management and supply chain. www.rockwellautomation.com