NoCO Manufacturing Partnership Announces NOCOM 2019 Speaker Schedule

Loveland, Colorado—  Northern Colorado Manufacturing Partnership (NoCO) has announced the full slate of speakers for NOCOM 2019, its fifth annual conference at The Ranch on April 11, 2019. Sessions will address topics ranging from strategic partnerships to the talent pipeline. The NOCOM 2019 Speaker Hall is sponsored by AuerCPA Co. and FirstBank. All speakers will present in the South Hall.

“After in-depth research with Partnership members, we planned, solicited and selected this speaker slate carefully,” said Christina Haxton, Chief Potential Officer at The Center for Sustainable Strategies, who managed the process. “We worked to balance presentations about technology, the supply chain, and ongoing concerns manufacturers have around personnel, including hiring and workforce development. We have some great speakers presenting important, useful information that members and NOCOM attendees will find valuable.”

10:00-10:45 a.m. Manufacturing Workforce Solutions: Plan for today and the future!

Trevor Pruitt, Associate, Skillful - Colorado

Andrew Palmer, Advanced Manufacturing Program Manager at CareerWise Colorado

Practical, affordable strategies you need to fill your talent pipeline.

11:00-11:45 a.m. How to STOP the COP-OUT Syndrome & Build a Culture of Ownership in Your Organization: A 4-Part Framework for Manufacturers & Supply Chain Companies

Christina Haxton, Chief Potential Officer at The Center for Sustainable Strategies

Insights, strategies and best practices from interviews with executives and CEOs of successful Colorado companies who are building a Culture of Ownership.

1:30-2:00 p.m. Best Practices for Strategic Partnering to Increase Performance & Profit

Bob Forshay, APICS Northern Colorado

Dan Van Arsdall, Global Supply Chain Manager, Rubadue Wire

How to partner strategically and intentionally to deliver on time, on budget, and on promise.

2:00-2:45 p.m. Taking the Manufacturing Journey to Operational Excellence: Reports from the Field

Josh Owens, Sales Engineer at TMMI powered by GrayMatter

Mark Morse, Enterprise Sales Specialist at GrayMatter Systems

Advancing your operation through digital processes and predictive analytics to outperform – close the loop between manufacturing and business systems to get the most out of your operations.

Note: for full details on each session and bios and photos of each speaker, visit this link for a Google doc:


“NOCOM is a unique opportunity to expand your business where it matters,” said Bob Forshay, Supply Chain Pro 2 Know. “Local leaders investing in their and your growth through collaboration and learning.  We all profit when we gain competitive advantage. My 30+ years in manufacturing and supply chain management has shown me the value of strategically leveraging your supply chain partners, add capabilities, flexible capacity and reducing the risk overall”.


“We hope folks come to us with questions, are open minded, and ready to learn,” said Dan Van Arsdall, Global Supply Chain Manager, Rubadue Wire. “Whether that’s from us, other speakers, exhibitors, fellow attendees. There are so many folks doing it differently from the status quo, and your best approach is to learn, network, collaborate and think strategically. You’ll find lots of ideas you can borrow and paraphrase and modify, and we’re all here to learn from one another.”


The NOCOM Student Experience

NOCOM 2019 is proud to host high school students for a NOCOM Student Experience where students will enjoy lunch with a speaker. From 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. they will walk the trade show floor and have an opportunity to talk with exhibitors about what their organizations offer the future workforce, including tuition reimbursement, internships, job shadows, and more.


“The NOCOM show is such great exposure for students,” said Josh Weissman, technology education teacher at Poudre High School in Fort Collins. “We can show them real opportunities in the community today. What engineers do in the real world. What assemblers do. What machinists make. They get lunch, and get a look at what 130 different companies are doing, in one stop, under one roof.”


About the 5th Annual NOCOM Trade Show

NOCOM 2019 takes place Thursday, April 11th, 2019, The Ranch Events Complex, in Loveland, Colorado. For more information or to register, visit

Date:   Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

B2B Networking Reception 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. (separate ticket required)

Featuring Colorado OEDIT Executive Director Betsy Markey

Embassy Suites Loveland

For more information and to register for this event, visit For more information on sponsorships and to become a corporate sponsor, contact Adam Papilion, NOCOM 2019 Chair, at 970-692-3344 or

About Northern Colorado Manufacturing Partnership

The NoCo Manufacturing Partnership was formed in 2013 as a result of Governor Hickenlooper’s state Economic Development plan called the Colorado Blue Print. The Blue Print identified 11 key sectors of the economy in Colorado by region. Northern Colorado’s two main sectors identified were Health and Wellness and Advanced Manufacturing. Regions within the state were encouraged to form sector partnerships to provide more localized grass roots support to augment state efforts in each sector. These would be industry specific, led by business, in partnership with economic development, education and workforce development. A collaboration arose as part of the Blue Print process involving people from each of these affiliations and the NoCo Manufacturing Partnership was born. It continues to be an all-volunteer, business led, FREE membership organization designed to support Northern Colorado manufacturers. It is served by a Board of Directors, representing each affiliation from private business to local government, as well as two active committees: Networking and Manufacturing Talent/Rocks! Find us on the web, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


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