2019 Gulf Coast Advanced Manufacturing Conference

2019 Gulf Coast Advanced Manufacturing Conference

Gulf Coast Advanced Manufacturing Conference7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18

HCC West Houston Institute
2811 Hayes Road, Houston, TX 77082

The present and future of technology will be front and center at the 2019 Gulf Coast Advanced Manufacturing Conference hosted by Houston Community College. Join us at the forum as industry executives, entrepreneurs and educators from across the Houston region and beyond explore innovation as a force driving advanced manufacturing today.

Houston is home to over 10,000 manufacturers who employ more than 225,000 skilled workers in manufacturing. Industry luminaries like you are leading the way in advancing technologies that have reshaped the world of manufacturing. Learn how technology is transforming the manufacturing industry, accelerating business profitability and diversification, and boosting our region’s competitiveness as a leader in advanced manufacturing. Be a part of the conversation about how technology can catapult manufacturing to new heights.

MCs and Speakers

Master of Ceremonies:

Jeff Wiley, President and CEO, Fort Bend Economic Development Council

GCAMC Speaker Jeff WileyJeff Wiley is president and CEO of Fort Bend Economic Development Council, a public-private partnership established in 1986 to promote vitality and quality development in Fort Bend County. Mr. Wiley works with local and state officials and business and community leaders in support of regional economic development initiatives. Through its partnerships, the council advances an agenda that supports growth and opportunities for businesses on the local, state, national and international levels.


Melanie Lawson, Anchor, KTRK-TV ABC13

Melanie LawsonAward-winning journalist Melanie Lawson is a proud Houstonian and a product of Houston schools. She started as a full-time general assignments reporter at Channel 13 before becoming co-anchor of Live at 5 and Channel 13's midday show, “Eyewitness News.” She also hosts “Crossroads,” a weekly Community Affairs program, focusing on issues and events around our city. Melanie has covered virtually every city, state and national election during her career and has traveled to places including Cuba, Panama and Africa. She's won numerous awards for her reporting, including an Emmy for her coverage of President Clinton's visit to South Africa, the only local reporter in the nation to make that trip. She received an undergraduate degree in politics from Princeton University and a joint degree in law and journalism from Columbia University.


Keynote Speaker:

Nicholas T. Pinchuk, CEO and Board Chairman, Snap-On Incorporated

GCAMC Speaker Nick PinchukPrior to his appointment as chairman of the board of directors and CEO at Snap-On Incorporated, Nick Pinchuk served numerous roles at the company including president and chief executive officer, president and chief operating officer, senior vice president and president of Worldwide Commercial & Industrial Group. He also has held executive operational and financial management positions at United Technologies Corporation, as well as financial and engineering positions at Ford Motor Company. Mr. Pinchuk serves as a director of Columbus McKinnon Corporation. He holds a master’s degree in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.



Bob Harvey, President and CEO, Greater Houston Partnership

Bob HarveyBob Harvey is President and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership. With a membership made up of the region’s major for-profit businesses, financial and professional services firms and nonprofit institutions, the partnership serves as greater Houston’s principal business organization. Before joining GHP, Mr. Harvey was active in the Houston business community, serving as a management consultant in the Houston office of McKinsey & Company, Inc. and as vice chair and executive vice president at Reliant Energy. A Houston native, he serves on the boards of numerous community and business organizations. Mr. Harvey holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Peter Beard, Senior VP, Regional Workforce Development, Greater Houston Partnership

GCAMC Speaker Peter BeardPeter Beard is senior vice president for Regional Workforce Development at the Greater Houston Partnership, where the mission is to make the Houston region the best place to live, work and build a business. In his role, Mr. Beard leads the Partnership’s UpSkill Houston initiative, a business-led effort that works with employers, educational institutions, community-based organizations and the public workforce system to help close the skills gap in Houston. UpSkill Houston seeks to ensure that the region’s businesses have access to workers who have the necessary skills and credentials for “middle skills” careers in key industry sectors that drive the regional economy and anchor its global economic competitiveness.


Ann Pham, Apprenticeship Specialist, Workforce Development Division, Office of Apprenticeship, TWC    

Ann PhamAnn Pham helps develop Registered Apprenticeship programs at the Texas Workforce Commission, provides technical assistance and works with apprenticeship sponsors, various support programs, local education agencies, and oversight bodies such as the Texas Workforce Investment Council and Apprentice Training Advisor Council. She develops plans, policies, rules, procedures, standards and guidelines for Registered Apprenticeship programs. Ms. Pham also directs and evaluates program areas and activities according to federal guidelines, and assists U.S. Department of Labor-registered Apprenticeship programs in Texas as well as employers, community colleges, technical schools, public high schools, middle schools and local workforce development boards.


Carolyn Lee, Executive Director, The Manufacturing Institute

GCAMC Speaker Carolyn LeeCarolyn Lee is executive director of The Manufacturing Institute, the education and workforce partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, the nation’s largest industrial trade association with more than 14,000 members. In her role, Ms. Lee leads the institute in its goal of supporting the manufacturing workforce of today and growing the manufacturing workforce of tomorrow. The Manufacturing Institute aims to educate and empower women, veterans, youth and lifelong learners. Ms. Lee was raised in a manufacturing family and saw at a young age the transformative impact of manufacturing on communities, families and the men and women who build the world around us. Today, she brings that energy and passion to her goal of expanding manufacturing to more Americans. 


Michael VanDerSnick, Senior VP of Americas Manufacturing for LyondellBasell

GCAMC Speaker Michael VanderSnickMike VanDerSnick is senior vice president of Americas Manufacturing for LyondellBasell, one of the world’s largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies. He was previously senior vice president of Health, Safety, Environment and Security at LyondellBasell. He also has served as senior vice president of manufacturing for the company’s Europe, Asia and International regions. Mr. VanDerSnick was previously site manager at LyondellBasells’ Channelview plant and the company’s Matagorda, Chocolate Bayou and Bayport plants. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois.


Jason Mann, Vice President, Texas Injection Molding

Jason MannJason Mann is vice president of Texas Injection Molding. He began his career in the plastics industry in 2008 as a project engineer, providing customers with design and manufacturing support. Mr. Mann has assisted in the development of products across a multitude of industries. He joined Texas Injection Molding in 2014 and has been instrumental in helping implement quality systems and directing the company through ISO 9001:2008 and 2015 Certification. He has served on the board of directors for the Society of Plastics Engineers. Mr. Mann is a graduate of the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s degree in industrial design.


Laura Juliano, Managing Director and Partner, Boston Consulting Group

Laura JulianoLaura Juliano is a core member of The Boston Consulting Group’s Industrial Goods practice, and leads BCG's Center for Operations in Houston. She works extensively across operations that include supply chain, procurement and complexity optimization. She has supported numerous defense contractors and component manufacturers in areas such as corporate strategy, life cycle management, portfolio strategy, and revenue growth. She has extensive experience working with automotive Tier 1 and other suppliers and has advised a wide range of clients on strategy and corporate development issues, including post-merger integrations and market-entry plans. She holds bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and philosophy from the University of Virginia.


Bob D’Amaral, Safety and Training Manager, TRIO Electric

Bob D’AmaralBob D’Amaral has over 20 years of experience in corporate safety, training and loss control in the commercial construction, oil and gas and private industries. In 2018, he assumed leadership for the Trio Electric Pre-Apprenticeship program. With his team, he developed a proprietary curriculum – cross-walking the Texas Education Agency’s Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and higher education learning objectives needed for community college certification - to offer work-based training to high school students and full-time Trio apprentices. The curriculum provides training in the actual skills sought by employers, thus making the student apprentices work-ready and employable.

Bob started his career with the railroad in Massachusetts, and moved to Houston in 2000 focusing on operations and safety before transitioning into commercial construction. He joined the Trio team as their corporate safety manager. The team has expanded into seven Texas school systems with 350 students enrolled in the high school pre-apprentice program. The four-year Trio apprentice program has about 140 full-time apprentices.


James Carnes, Workforce Development Apprenticeship Representative, U.S. Department of Labor

James CarnesJames Carnes’ tenure with the U.S. Department of Labor began in 2004 after serving as Local Veterans Employment Representative at the Texas Workforce Commission. He made an immediate impact to a number of national initiatives across industries. He continues to contribute by promoting Apprenticeship USA as the premiere national workforce development strategy. Mr. Carnes has received several DOL commendations and was recognized nationally as the Office of Apprenticeships Associate of the Year. He served in various leadership, training and staff positions in the U.S. Army for more than 22 years and has taught military science in the Spring Independent School District.


Paul Graeber

GCAMC Speaker Paul GraeberPaul Graeber is Senior Account Executive at UiPath, a global software company that develops a platform for robotic process automation (RPA). He advises state governments and institutions of higher education on how to use RPA, machine learning and artificial intelligence to drive their Automation-first Strategy, enabling their employees to focus on higher-level, value-driven activities. Prior to joining UiPath, Mr. Graeber led digital transformation efforts throughout Texas for more than 200 state agencies and local governments. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas and an MBA from Texas State University.



7:30 a.m. Registration, Business Expo & Networking Café

  • 8:45 a.m. Opening
    Melanie Lawson, KTRK-TV ABC13
    Jeff Wiley, President and CEO, Fort Bend Economic Development Council

  • 9 a.m. Welcome Remarks
    Cesar Maldonado, Ph.D., P.E., Chancellor, Houston Community College

  • 9:10 a.m. Panel Discussion 1
    State of Manufacturing
    Moderator: Peter Beard, Senior Vice President, Regional Workforce Development, Greater Houston Partnership
    Panelists: Carolyn Lee, Executive Director, The Manufacturing Institute
    Jason Mann, Vice President, Texas Injection Molding

10 a.m. Break

  • 10:15 a.m. Panel Discussion 2
    Digitization: Creating the Connected Worker
    Moderator: Laura Juliano, Managing Director and Partner, Boston Consulting Group
    Panelists: Michael VanDerSnick, Senior VP of Americas Manufacturing, LyondellBasell
    UI Path (speaker to be announced)

11 a.m. Business Expo & Networking Café

  • 11:30 a.m. Panel Discussion 3
    Registered Apprenticeships: Meeting Your Talent Needs
    Moderator: Ann Pham, Apprenticeship Specialist, Workforce Development Division, Office of Apprenticeship, TWC
    Panelists: Bob D’Amaral, Safety and Training Manager, TRIO Electric
    James Carnes, Workforce Development Apprenticeship Representative, U.S. Department of Labor

12:15 p.m. Lunch

  • 12:45 p.m. Greeting
    Bob Harvey, President and CEO, Greater Houston Partnership
    12:55 p.m. Keynote Speaker
    Nicholas T. Pinchuk, CEO and Board Chairman, Snap-On Incorporated
    1:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
    Madeline Burillo-Hopkins, Ed.D., President, HCC Southwest

1:40 p.m. Survey and Post-Conference Activities

  • 2 p.m. Facility Tours
    Customized Training and/or Apprenticeship One-on-One Conversations
    (Activities in Designated Rooms)
    IDEAStudio - the Makerspace
    (Tour per request)

    The IDEAStudio is a technology-equipped collaborative makerspace designed to
    facilitate creativity, providing the necessary tools for actualizing breakthrough
    ideas. It is a place to explore, experiment, and experience using a creative design
    process alongside emerging and traditional technologies to take ideas from
    concept to launch. "IDEAS" stands for Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship
    integrated into the arts and sciences. The IDEAStudio was created following the
    guidance and best practices of leading institutions such as Rice University's
    Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK), MIT's FabLab and Houston-based
    TXRX. The IDEAStudio is designed to spur exploration, develop skills and inspire
    entrepreneurial thinking.


Become a Sponsor

Sign up by Oct. 1 and become a sponsor or secure a booth to allow your company to be promoted throughout the conference venue, the HCC website and various print and digital platforms. Or choose to become an exhibitor to bring visibility to your organization. Be an early bird to secure your discounted tickets by Sept. 27. Proceeds from the event will provide scholarships to deserving manufacturing students. Or choose to become an exhibitor to bring visibility to your organization. Be an early bird to secure your discounted ticket by Aug. 31. Proceeds from the event will provide scholarships to deserving students.

  • Host Sponsor: Exclusively host a GCAMC luncheon: $10,000
  • Gold Sponsor - (2 available): $5,000
  • Silver Sponsor - (4 available): $2,500
  • Bronze Sponsor - Sponsorship of coffee breaks: $1,000
  • Table Purchase - 10 available (table for 10): $500
  • Corporate Exhibitor - 1 table with 2 chairs: $500
  • Nonprofit Exhibitor - (1 table with 2 chairs): $250
  • Regular Ticket - (after Aug. 31): $79
  • Early Bird Ticket - (before Aug. 31): $59
  • Student Ticket - $25


Sign up now to become a sponsor, or secure a booth. Please respond by Aug. 1, 2019, so that we can include you in the official program. Event proceeds provide scholarships for worthy students.

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To Register

Late Registration accepted at the door.

Gain Exposure Through Event Promotion

The conference will be promoted on the HCC website and social media and via news media outreach. Additionally, our participating partners will promote the conference across their communications channels. Meanwhile, more than 1,000 companies and organizations will receive our invitation to the conference along with an information package.

Exhibitor Arrival and Set-up

Exhibitors are to arrive before the conference begins and have tables manned throughout the event. Each exhibitor will have a 4-foot table and two chairs provided. Electrical outlets are available upon request.

More Information

Contact Linda Flores Olson at linda.olson@hccs.edu or 713.718.8253 or Melanie Costechareyre at 713.718.7690 or m.costechareyre@hccs.edu.

Silver Sponsors:

Alliant Group 

Bronze Sponsors:

ImageNet Consulting Logo




Impac Systems Engineering




The Gulf Coast Advanced Manufacturing Conference is brought to you in partnership with:

HCC Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence


Greater Houston Partnership Logo


GCAMC Sponsor - SME 

GCAMC Sponsor Texas Assoc. of Manufacturers


GCAMC Sponsor ISA Houston Section

GCAMC Sponsor National Assoc. of Manufacturers

GCAMC Sponsor UPSKILL Houston