Saturday May 2, 2015

8:00 AM to 11:30 AM PDT

Come early to network and enjoy our breakfest buffet.



Eagle Glen Golf Club
1800 Eagle Glen Pkwy.
Corona, CA 92883

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Lisa Anderson 


"Innovation efforts really require a very different,

more entrepreneurial risk-taking mindset."

                                   --George Deeb, Red Rocket Ventures

It’s very difficult for companies to stay competitive in a global marketplace. Resources, technological advancements, foreign competition, materials and transportation costs can make business and production planning a day-to-day challenge. Which is why every company, manager and employee needs a dose of innovation. Get your innovation inspiration at the APICS-IE Symposium and Networking Event; Innovation: A MUST for Manufacturing & Distribution. Here's how you will benefit by attending:

  • Learn and have access to a panel of experts to find out how they had to 'innovate or die' to stay viable (see bios below)
  • Change your mindset to be more creative and build a culture of innovation
  • Get answers to your questions on how to motivate employees to be innovative and take well-calculated risks
  • Network with peers, APICS-IE members and students to build your base of local contacts and learn how they are infusing their organizations with innovative thinking
  • And much more!

    Hear about the latest trends impacting manfacturing and distribution and learn how local businesses are innovating to adapt to the changing landscape!

    Members: $15; Non Members: $25; Students: Always free!

     Gene Sherman : Founder and CEO of VOCADEMYwill join our esteemed list of panelists.  VOCADEMY is located in Riverside and is the DREAM Workshop for all innovators ! 

    An innovater himself, Gene will share his experiences, challenges and above all his passion for innovation !

     Bob Bennett: President of Lean Consulting Associates, LLC and former Group VP and Lean expert for Toyota Motor Sales will join our panelists for an engaging discussion on how companies can use use LEAN principles and integrate innovation into their cultures to gain competitive advantage. 

     We are excited to have Ms. Fran Inman, Member California Transportation Commssion and Senior VP of Majestic Realty as one of our panelists.  

    Recognized as a national leader in the transportation sector for her work on the global supply chain, she serves as a member of the California Transportation Commission. In addition to her numerous awards and honors for her work in these areas, Fran was awarded Visionary Business Leader of the Year at the region’s Mobility 21 summit.


    We are very proud to feature Professor Kash Gokli, Professor of Manufacturing Practice at Harvey Mudd College, Department of Engineering as one of our esteemed Panelists.

    In the arena of Product Development, Prof. Gokli has extensive experience in developing innovative, breakthrough products and practices.To achieve breakthrough performance, Prof. Gokli believes the implementation of an efficient, well defined product development process and the utilization of proven best practices such as Voice of the Customer, Innovation, Stage-Gate Process, Design for Manufacturing and Lean Product Development to achieve breakthrough performance and sustained success.


    WET -  located in Sun Valley, CA, specializes in the development and design of water features for architecture, landscape, and urban design.  They are the innovators behind the famous "Fountains of Bellagio" in Las Vegas. They are the epitome of innovation in their field of expertise. 

    Richard Malone, Chief Procurement Office at WET will join our esteemed panelists for an engaging discussion!