Upcoming Events


Military to Manufacturing: A Forum for Manufacturers

Wednesday, 11/29/2017

8:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Manufacturers face ongoing challenges filling their talent pipeline, and a growing shortage of talent as current workers retire, skill needs increase, and prospective employees have misperceptions about manufacturing careers. This forum will help companies of all sizes in the Austin region to find information, partnerships, potential support, and actionable steps they can take to solve current and future workforce challenges, with a particular focus on veterans as a source of manufacturing talent.

Participants will walk away with connections to military bases, educational institutions, and organizations that are helping to assess, train, and place veterans. In addition, the forum will help companies understand the common skill needs and priorities across manufacturers in the capital region and programs that manufacturing associations and organizations are developing to fill the regional needs.


8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Ed Latson, President, Austin Regional Manufacturing Association

8:40 a.m.

The Manufacturing Economy, Preparing for Manufacturing Skills, and the Veteran Pipeline
Carolyn Lee, Executive Director, The Manufacturing Institute
Amy Thomas, Senior Director, Programs and Development, The Manufacturing Institute

9:00 a.m.

Manufacturers and their Best Practices – Employer Panel
Moderator: Carolyn Lee, Executive Director, The Manufacturing Institute
Sonya Wilson, Sr. Global Human Resources Manager, Arconic Titanium & Engineered Products, Arconic
James Mulhall, Senior Manager, Installation and Planning Group, Tokyo Electron
Jonathan Rosenberg, Manager, Talent Planning and Acquisition, Phillips 66
Albert Escamilla, HR Manpower Planning Specialist, Toyota Motor

9:45 a.m. 


10:00 a.m. 

Martin Traylor, Transition Service Manager, Fort Hood

10:05 a.m.

Opportunities to Hire Veterans in Manufacturing
Moderator: Amy Thomas, Senior Director, Programs and Development, The Manufacturing Institute
 Col. Henry C. Perry Jr., Commander, Fort Hood Garrison
 Martin Traylor, Transition Service Manager, Fort Hood 
 Casey Wade, Veterans Resource Coordinator, Texas Workforce Commission
 Kristen Rheinlander, USO Pathfinder Program Site Manager, Fort Hood
 Gretchen Riehl, AVP Workforce Education, Austin Community College

10:45 a.m.   

Amatrol - Skills Boss Simulator Demonstration

11:00 a.m. 

Next Steps and Networking

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Sponsored by Arconic Foundation, ARMA, and Austin Chamber of Commerce

Event Location
Norris Conference Centers – Austin
2525 W. Anderson Lane, Suite 365
Austin, Texas 78757

Contact Info:
Amy Thomas

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