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The 7th Annual Chief Executive Smart Manufacturing Summit is Coming to Texas May 13-15, 2019

Texas Consilium has partnered with Chief Executive to bring their 7th Annual Smart Manufacturing Summit to Texas for the first time in May 2019.  This national event will be a great opportunity to connect, collaborate and build relationships with top manufacturing and other business leaders.  You are invited to participate with us to make this the most successful event possible. 

About the Smart Manufacturing Summit – May 14 & 15, 2019

Chief Executive Group is the publisher of Chief Executive magazine, a national bi-monthly publication that reaches 91% of the CEOs who run companies with more than $50 million per year and represent 70.2% of the private economy in the U.S.

Chief Executive hosts several industry-focused events each year, including their annual Smart Manufacturing Summit.  Before coming to Texas for 2019, prior successful SMS events have been held at other highly-symbolic, important American manufacturing icons like Ford Motor Company (Dearborn, MI), Caterpillar (Peoria, IL), Cummins Engine (Columbus, IN), Harley Davidson (Milwaukee, WI), The Boeing Company (Seattle, WA) and Honda Motor Company (Columbus, OH).

Exclusively designed for leaders of mid-market manufacturing companies, the 2019 Smart Manufacturing Summit, co-hosted by Peterbilt (Denton, TX) with supporting partner Texas Consilium, will help CEOs navigate their organization’s progress, and course correct where necessary through:

  • Peer-to-peer networking providing rich opportunities to share best practices, principles and processes for managing continuous change.
  • Forward-looking insights from manufacturing pioneers and global powerhouses including the CEOs of Siemens US, Emerson Electric, UniCarriers and other top leaders who will hone a CEO’s ability to see around corners and anticipate smart manufacturing’s next iteration.
  • Exclusive facility tours of Peterbilt, UNT Additive Manufacturing Lab, AllianceTexas and more offering a behind-the-scenes look at cutting-edge advancements and an insider’s view of how leading organizations do what they do best.

Leave the Texas Consilium website and visit the Chief Executive website to see more about this full 2-Day Summit event HERE.

About Texas Consilium’s Opening Night Dinner – Monday, May 13, 2019

Join us as we kick off this national gathering of CEOs and other top business leaders.  We are combining the national Smart Manufacturing Summit attendees with our local Texas manufacturing CEOs and other top Texas business and governmental leaders to inspire, inform, and network together while we provide a big welcome to our out-of-state guests.  One feature of the dinner will include our inaugural Texas Consilium Award of Excellence with a compelling story of lessons learned.

Evening Agenda – Beginning at 5:30 pm:

  • VIP & General Receptions
  • Welcome
  • Keynote Speaker – “Connection, Collaboration & Community”
    • Change is accelerating from all directions, and the answers you need are often outside your organization.  Community is a powerful concept!
  • Panel Discussion – “What do successful manufacturers have in common?” 
    • Three top Texas manufacturing CEOs discuss the experiences that have made their companies great, while we explore the common threads and lessons learned.
  • Special Award – Texas Consilium Award of Excellence

Confirmed program speakers, panelists and VIPs include the following, with more to come:

Ted Cruz U.S. Senator for Texas Throughout his life, Ted Cruz has proven to be a passionate and effective fighter for limited government, economic growth, and the Constitution. He serves on several committees and Chairs the subcommittee on Aviation and Space. Senator Cruz will be providing an Opening Night Dinner welcome from Washington DC.Avi Kahn President & CEO of Hilti North America Avi has developed through the ranks of the Hilti organization since starting his career in 2004 as a territory sales representative for construction in San Francisco. Hilti is a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of quality, innovative and specialized tools, services and software for the professional user. Hilti North America is based in Plano, Texas. Avi is a Texas Consilium Panelist.
Ruth Hughs Chair of the Texas Workforce Commission Prior to her appointment at TWC by the Governor in 2015, Commissioner Hughs served in the private practice of law, was a small business owner, and served in the Texas Attorney General’s Office. The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communities prosper economically. Ruth will join our VIP reception and dinner welcome.Jose Sanchez President of Epiroc Drilling Solutions LLC Jose started his career in the company in 1988 in Spain as a sales representative. He has had a wide range of assignments around the world before being named President of this Garland, Texas based division in 2014. Epiroc is a leading manufacturer and productivity partner for the mining, infrastructure and natural resources industries worldwide. Jose is a Texas Consilium Panelist.

Our Opening Night Dinner will be held at the Frisco Conference Center, which is a brief 1-mile shuttle ride from the Omni Hotel at The Star in Frisco, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys and host hotel for the Smart Manufacturing Summit.

Here are Ways You Can Participate

The May 13 Opening Night Dinner is a perfect opportunity for you to be part of this very special 2019 Summit.  Build relationships with some of the top business leaders, and expand or establish your position with our expansive Texas Consilium network for years to come.

If you would like to explore how you or your business might benefit from building relationships with these businesses and their top leaders, and our entire Texas Consilium network, select an option and let’s connect.

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