Concurrent Sessions — 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (April 19, 2018)


Lost Knowledge: Confronting the Threat of an Aging Workforce - Kostas Voutsas
Maximize effectiveness and efficiency in your workplace by learning to understand how effective leadership and strategic planning can make good relationships better and increase retention.                                                                                                                       

• Explore solutions to retaining knowledge, skills and experience.
• Discuss how to meet multi-generational needs related to performance, flexibility and training.
• Learn how to strategically get support from the top and throughout the organization.

The $25/hour Employee - Paul Palmes
Being the best is a long-term commitment to doing the right things exclusively; akin to building everything that’s required to make or service the customer with no wasted time or material. Having the best processes, software and/or machinery is essential, but so are the people that must operate these tools flawlessly. The $25/hr. employee has complete control from start to finish and owns the results of their work. They need a schedule, not guidance; materials, not excessive scrap warnings; critical requirements, not supervision. You are invited to join this session for a lively discussion of how to maximize employee productivity and career-based learning from an expert in building self-directed work teams.

Preparing for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) - Mark Volesky
Most manufacturing leaders think that the IIoT is ne next big thing, alongside analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Actually, it’s already here — It’s ready when you are. Nearly a third (31%) of production processes and equipment and non-production processes and equipment (30%) already incorporate smart device/embedded intelligence. Similar percentages of manufacturers have a company strategy implemented in place to apply IIoT technologies to their processes (34%). Do you have a strategy for this inevitable transformation? Automating bad processes just makes bad things happen that much faster. You need to determine where could your company leverage the IIoT today, and what aspects of the production process need improving before pulling the trigger on the IIoT. This session will address planning by thinking strategically and operationally to prioritize opportunities.

Growing Your Business Beyond Word of Mouth - Ryan Steinman
Learn more of the various options you can do to help grow your business without breaking the bank. Out with the phonebook and in with digital marketing. Marketing on a budget — ways to stretch your dollar and see a return on investment.


Impact Dakota is the official representative
of the MEP National Network in North Dakota.


Impact Dakota - Bismarck

1929 North Washington St, Suite M
Bismarck, ND 58501

Phone: 701-204-7000
Toll-free: 866-297-8250
Fax: 701-354-0991

Impact Dakota - Fargo

4141 38th Street SW, Ste 1D
Fargo, ND 58104

Phone: 701-204-7000
Toll-free: 866-297-8250
Fax: 701-271-9403