A Day of Powerful Ideas for Growth & Change for Manufacturing and Distribution Executives
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Spooky Nook Sports
2913 Spooky Nook Road
Manheim, PA 17545
Robotics. Workforce Automation. Emerging Technologies. Blockchain. The manufacturing and distribution industry is changing, and companies must embrace the technology evolution and adapt current business strategies to stay ahead. Join us for a half day seminar to hear what you need to be doing today to stay competitive and positioned for future success.
Hear from keynote speaker, FANUC America Executive Director of Global Sales Brent Barcey, on how robotic automation is shaping manufacturing processes while maximizing productivity and reducing costs. Tap into RKL’s expertise in breakout sessions focused on helping attendees understand the impact of increased automation on calculating Return on Investment (ROI), developing workforce strategy and maintaining the security of decentralized data.
Earn CPE credits for your time, and enjoy networking opportunities with your peers and RKL’s professional team during the hot breakfast and buffet lunch. This free event is by invite only and space is limited, so register today.
Keynote: The Changing Face of Manufacturing
Brent Barcey, Executive Director of Global Sales, FANUC America
Change is a reality. Taking advantage of change and automation requires a scalable strategy for manufacturing operations today and in the future. Interest in robotic automation continues to grow, in fact, the general industrial market has the potential to be the most heavily automated industry – overtaking automotive – in the world. Ultimately, all manufacturers want to solve current challenges including labor, waste, expansion, increased production – while optimizing resources and reducing costs and increased automation may be the answer.
This session will provide an understanding of several new and emerging areas of automation, review best practices of system integration, provide tips for resource development before installation, and offer guidelines to determine if automation is right for your process. (Qualifies for 1 Specialized Knowledge CPE credit.)
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This forum is exclusively for Manufacturing and Distribution owners and financial executives.
7 a.m. – 8 a.m. – Registration and Hot Breakfast
8 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. – RKL Welcome and Keynote Presentation
8:50 a.m. – 9 a.m. – Break
9 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. – Option 1: What Tax Reform Means for Manufacturers & Distributors
Jonathan Clark, Partner, RKL Tax Services Group
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act contains countless changes and provisions that impact businesses and their owners, but how will it specifically impact manufacturers and distributors? What should business owners be doing now to reduce their tax burdens? The M&D industry experts at RKL took a deep dive into tax reform to identify real opportunities for savings under the new law, which they’ll share with attendees of this session. Attendees will leave this session equipped with proactive strategies and action items to help them maximize the benefits of this new legislation. (Qualifies for 1 Taxation CPE credit.)
Option 2: Evaluating and Realizing ROI for Technology Investments
Robert Pozesky, Practice Leader, RKL Operations Consulting
As manufacturing and distribution companies continue to explore automation and technology solutions to grow and remain competitive, they often must decide among competing priorities. Attendees of this session will learn how to evaluate potential automation and technology investments to ensure they align with business strategies. Attendees will be prepared to calculate return on investment in context of automation and technology strategies and the current M&D business climate, focusing on practical technologies currently available. (Qualifies for 1 Specialized Knowledge CPE credit.)
9:50 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Break
10 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. – Option 1: Is Blockchain the Answer to Increasing Transparency and Verification Within Supply Chain Management?
Wade Becker, Partner, RKL Audit Services Group
Nick Boyer, Chief Investment Strategist, RKL Wealth Management
Blockchain has the ability to revolutionize the Manufacturing and Distribution industry by improving accountability, security and efficiency within the supply chain, but how will it impact your company? Adoption of Blockchain requires a significant investment but the current and anticipated benefits of the technology may far outweigh the potential cost within certain supply chain cycles. Attendees of this session will be able to define Blockchain, identify its common applications in current supply chain management and understand future uses of the technology. Attendees will also be able to recognize the important role Blockchain plays within the cryptocurrency space. (Qualifies for 1 Specialized Knowledge CPE credit.)
Option 2: Research and Development (R&D) Initiatives – When Does it All Begin?
Salvatore Anastasi, Partner, Barley Snyder
RKL’s R&D Tax Credit Practice Leader
Do you know when product and process development initiatives give rise to patentable content as well as tax reimbursements? Understanding where R&D begins and how best to document the process concurrently can not only lead to savings, but also help protect the competitive advantage and intellectual property of U.S. businesses. Attendees will be able to define the starting point of R&D initiatives through project qualification. Attendees can then identify best practices for documenting processes to maximize client savings and safeguard competitive advantage. (Qualifies for 1 Taxation CPE credit.)
10:50 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Break
11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. – Option 1: The Human Impact: Automation and Your Workforce Strategy
Danielle Hoffer, Practice Leader, RKL Human Resources Consulting
The transformative nature of automation has widespread implications that will disrupt workforce strategies. As operations evolve from manual to automated processes, manufacturing and distribution employers will need to consider adapting current Human Resources practices to meet the evolving needs of the workforce. Considerations in the areas of workforce planning, compensation structure design, skill gap identification and specialized training will impact workforce and budget. In this session, executives will be able to identify the people strategies that will support an effective and successful transition in their workforce. (Qualifies for 1 Specialized Knowledge CPE credit.)
Option 2: Emerging Technologies – The Impact to Your Business Processes and Strategy
Panel discussion with Walt Goodfield, EVP Sales & Marketing, RKL eSolutions
Bob Miller, Vice President Technical Services, RKL eSolutions
Randy Coneby, Principal, RKL eSolutions
Technologies like Artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things are being applied across corporate, personal and vendor environments, imparting improved efficiency, responsiveness and security. Whether or not your company has a formal plan or strategy in place, you are likely already interfacing with these tools on a more frequent basis. So how can manufacturers adapt and thrive in this new landscape? Attendees of this session will benefit from a panel discussion between technology advisors and industry experts who will discuss the dynamic challenges AI, the Internet of Things and other emerging technologies represent for today’s companies and be equipped with strategies to combat these challenges. Attendees will be armed with information to assess the impact these technologies may have on the security, efficiency and competitive nature of their companies. (Qualifies for 1 Information Technology CPE credit.)
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Lunch
CPE: Earn up to four hours in the fields of specialized knowledge, tax and information technology. See course descriptions.
Cancellations: Cancellations outside of unforeseen circumstances are requested by September 11.
Prerequisites: None | Advanced Preparation: None | Program Level: Basic | Delivery Method: Group-Live
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