April 30 - May 3, 2017 • HYATT REGENCY DENVER AT THE CONVENTION CENTER • Denver, CO




Opening Session - Welcome to Colorado
John Hickenlooper is a former geologist and entrepreneur, who recently added "author" to his resume with the publication of his forthcoming memoir, The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics. He champions innovation, collaboration and efficiency. When he was inaugurated Governor of Colorado in 2011, having run on his history of collaboration for community good, he became the first Denver mayor to be elected governor in 150 years. He also became the first geologist to become a governor in the history of the nation, and the first brewer since Sam Adams in 1792. Again he has recruited talent from all quarters, and is redefining the relationship between a state government and its business and civic communities. Since taking office in 2011, the Governor and his team have endeavored to make Colorado the most pro-business state, with the highest environmental and ethical standards. He is a great believer that governors, far more than Congress, can revive American democracy.

John Hickenlooper
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Welcome to the MEP National Summit
05/01/17 : 8:00AM - 10:30AM

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Keynote Speakers
Thom Singer has an eclectic background working in sales, marketing and business development roles for Fortune 500 Companies, Law Firms, and entrepreneurial ventures. He believes that all opportunities come from people, and when we work together to find "cooperative significance" with others we all discover more success.

Singer is a professional master of ceremonies, speaker, trainer, consultant and the author of twelve books on the power of business relationships, business development, entrepreneurship, sales, legal marketing and presentation skills. He speaks regularly at business and association conferences around the United States and beyond.

He is also the host of the widely popular "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast. On this show he interviews entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and business leaders from a variety of industries. He encourages his guests to share tips and ideas that can help those with an "entrepreneurial spirit" find their own path toward success.

Thom and his wife, Sara, make their home in Austin, Texas and are the parents of two highly spirited daughters.


Thom Singer
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Keynote Lunch
05/01/17 : 12:15PM - 1:45PM

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Robert R. Horton has been the Chief Executive Officer of GPS Source, Inc. since 2005. Mr. Horton came to GPS Source with over thirteen years' experience in the Wireless Communications and GPS Industries. He received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arkansas and a M.S. in Digital Communications Theory from North Carolina State University. Mr. Horton enjoyed over ten years of service in the USAF and ANG. He currently holds eleven US Patents.

Robert Horton
will be in the following session:


Welcome to the MEP National Summit
05/01/17 : 8:00AM - 10:30AM

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Assuming the role of President/CEO of Vickers Engineering, Inc. in 2002, Matt has been instrumental in building a world class team, diversified customer base, and an employee culture that has defined Vickers Engineering. A 1994 DePauw University graduate, Matt, along with his role at Vickers Engineering, is a current or past Board Director for Littleford Day Corporation of Florence KY, the Southwest Michigan Economic Growth Alliance, the Berrien County Manufacturers Council, the Tri-County Manufacturers Council, and the Lake Michigan College Capital Campaign. Since 2011, Matt has become a regular contributor for CNBC's Street Signs, and has represented Vickers in various publications, including the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Automotive News.

A contract Machining supplier to mature industries such as Automotive and Oil & Gas, Vickers Engineering has leveraged its adoption of automation to become a critical supplier to the likes of Toyota, Honda and FMC Technologies. In order to sustain compounding growth, Vickers must overcome a declining talent pool of industrial tradesmen, while navigating ever changing economic conditions. Automation, along with other linked strategies, will continue to play a major role in Vickers overcoming these obstacles.


Matt Tyler
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Keynote
05/02/17 : 8:30AM - 9:30AM

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David currently serves as the first General Manager of Local Motors in Detroit and Washington DC. He is responsible for operations of the sales, demonstration, and service facility in National Harbor, MD. His primary focus is working with local stakeholders to demonstrate and pilot self-driving Ollis in the Washington DC region and to produce locally relevant vehicles.

David earned his MBA and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology while serving multiple terms on the National Society of Black Engineers' National Board of Directors. He received his BA in Physics and German from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana where he currently serves on the Board of the National Association of Wabash Men.

David enjoys playing soccer and basketball while also coaching youth sports, he fully embraces his German & Moroccan culture and the live, work and play model that National Harbor, MD and Detroit have to offer.


David C. Woessner
will be in the following session:


Welcome to the MEP National Summit
05/01/17 : 8:00AM - 10:30AM

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Cindi Marsiglio is Vice President of US Manufacturing. She is responsible for delivering Walmart's $250b commitment towards additional US manufacturing over ten years. In that role she leads across the Walmart business to facilitate opportunities with current and new suppliers and accelerate making US made goods available to Walmart customers.

She is also responsible for leading Walmart's Supplier Diversity program, encouraging diverse companies to explore new opportunities with Walmart.

Prior to her current position she served as Senior Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations for where she was responsible for advocating on behalf of Walmart and favorably shaping public policy at the state and local level. In addition to engaging legislative and executive officials across the company's eastern region she was also responsible for supporting the new store expansion efforts and community engagement.

Cindi joined Walmart in 2007 after working for the Florida Chamber of Commerce and serving in Florida Governor Jeb Bush's administration as a Deputy Secretary at the Department of Management Services. As a member of the agency executive team, she was responsible for several divisions including legislative affairs, communications, budget management, state purchasing, facilities and real estate.

She has more than 20 years of government and retail experience and is a graduate of Florida State University.


Cindi Marsiglio
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Keynote: Cindi Marsiglio, Walmart - "Walmart Working with Innovative Partners Like MEP to Bring Jobs Home"
05/02/17 : 4:40PM - 5:30PM

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