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Manufacturing C-Suite Roundtable - IoT: Are You Ready?

May 19, 2016
7:30 AM to 9:30 AM EST

Regional Learning Alliance (RLA)
850 Cranberry Woods Dr.
Cranberry Twp., PA 16066
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Lydia Humenycky
(412) 315-2342
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This event has been cancelled. Please contact Lydia Humenycky at lhumenycky@bdo.com with any questions. 

According to the results of a forthcoming study sponsored by BDO, 63 percent of manufacturers agree that the Internet of Things (IoT) presents a critical opportunity for their businesses. But many are not yet ready to embrace IoT fully – nearly half of surveyed manufacturers are not confident in their ability to prevent a cybersecurity breach  and some do not plan to take advantage of tax credits and incentives for IoT investments.
  • Does your business plan to develop an IoT strategy for your processes and/or products?
  • Where do you see the biggest opportunity for IoT growth in your sub-sector?
  • Is a data breach a concern for your business? How have you dealt with it if so?
Join us to discuss these questions and others, compare notes with your colleagues, and gain insight into creative approaches to address new challenges posed by IoT.  BDO’s Larry Barger will moderate the roundtable with guest  subject matter panelists David Palmer of OpenArc and Ruth Wepfer of Wepfer and Associates.  
7:30 AM to 8:00 AM - Registration & Breakfast

8:00 AM to 9:30 AM - Opening Remarks & Roundtable Discussion
David Palmer – Subject Matter Panelist
Chief Marketing Officer, OpenArc

David Palmer, OpenArc’s chief marketing officer, is an award-winning technology executive with over twenty years experience in creating, marketing, and managing technology products and services. Prior to joining OpenArc, David led multiple national and international high-profile ventures.
David is the co-founder and former CEO of Bossa Nova Robotics, a company spun off from Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute that specializes in creating innovative consumer robots that deliver engaging experiences. While with Bossa Nova, David was instrumental in developing and selling hundreds of thousands of robots in retail markets around the world - constructing a global value chain that involved R&D and prototype development in Pittsburgh, manufacturing in China, and sales in the US, Europe, and Asia. David is also co-founder of Rewyndr, a firm that has created mobile applications that identify objects within a digital photograph and collect related visual, digital, and audio information and embed it within the photo.
David and the Bossa Nova story were featured in TIME Magazine in November 2009. David was also awarded the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Rising Star Award the same year. In 2011, he received the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award for the western Pennsylvania region, and was a finalist for the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Innovator of the Year Award.
Ruth Wepfer – Subject Matter Panelist
President, Wepfer and Associates

Ruth Wepfer has a strong background in Manufacturing and Construction focusing on New Product Development and Information Technology (IT).  Ruth has led new product development at several companies, overseeing the ideation, innovation and implementation of these products.  She has experience implementing a "stage gate" type process for the development and commercialization of products.  In addition, she has experience with Program Management Offices (PMOs) that prioritize initiatives focusing on those with the highest value for the organization.
Ruth has also led IT departments and strategies at multiple companies and has a good business acumen in structuring IT for efficient support of the business objectives.  In the IT area, she has experience overseeing strategy development, process improvements, organizational development, technical infrastructure, and development of technologies and systems.
As a convergence of product development and technology, understanding the “Internet of Things” has become a strength of Ruth’s.  Ruth believes the real value of innovation and technology is realized when it is combined with best business practices and improving processes. She has always been on the forefront of improvement methods including reengineering, quality circles, best practices, six sigma and lean techniques.

Larry Barger – Roundtable Moderator
Senior Director, BDO
Manufacturing & Distribution Practice – Pittsburgh Office Leader

Larry has nearly 30 years of public accounting experience. As practice leader of BDO Pittsburgh’s Manufacturing and Distribution Services Group, he focuses his services on private-equity, family-owned and international manufacturing and distribution companies. He provides his clients with both assurance and manufacturing consulting services to assist them in meeting their strategic objectives. Larry is also a member of BDO’s National Manufacturing & Distribution Industry Group leadership team.
Larry has authored various manufacturing and distribution industry related articles and participates in related speaking engagements and presentations.  Larry recently earned the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Certified Training Program certificate based on G4 Reporting Guidelines at Robert Morris University.   
Larry provides the following services to his clients: accounting, audit and assurance; inventory consulting and internal control reviews; buyer and seller due diligence services; general business and financial consulting; and employee benefit plan audits and consulting.