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You saw him on CBS' 60 MINUTES last December!

 

With the amazing work he has led in this unlikely region, we can expect topics on industry trends; their success story and what we can do to help sustain our industry.

 
 

Joe Max Higgins, Jr., is CEO of the Golden Triangle Development Link, having served in this capacity since 2003.

 

Higgins has completed 130 major community and economic development projects resulting in the creation of nearly 15,000 manufacturing jobs and over six billion dollars in industrial investments. He has also worked on numerous commercial/retail developments as well as hundreds of millions in community development improvements.

 

He is nationally certified as a planner, community and economic developer and environmental consultant.

 

His recent accolades include the LINK receiving the excellence in Economic Development Award from The Site Selectors Guild, Higgins being named Mega Developer of the year by the Tennessee Valley Authority and joining two other Mississippi developers in being named to Consultant Connect 50 Top North American Economic Developers.

 

In December of 2016, Higgins was featured on CBS News 60 Minutes focusing on the revitalization of the Golden Triangle and his aggressive and forward-thinking method of economic development.  He was also named the 2016 Business Person of the Year by The Mississippi Business Journal.

  

 

Topic: Use DE (Defect Elimination) to make your job easier


 

Fewer defects means fewer work orders and particularly, fewer reactive work orders. Engaging the team in the battle against defects is bringing the big boys to get at the source of the problems that plague our plants and facilities.

 

Then you can use your computer system directly to reduce defects in addition to managing the overall DE effort. Procedures can be built to not only facilitate the process of DE but also track this important good work.

 

It is well accepted that most systems are powerful tools for work execution management. Now we can see how to use powerfully to manage, track and report the progress of the DE program.

 

Topics include

  • Defect Elimination 101 (basics)
  • Sources of Defects
  • CMMS and Precision Maintenance
  • Organizing, executing, reporting DE projects

 

Major outcome:

Attendees will be able to identify suitable projects, use their CMMS to reduce Defects and report wins

 
 

Joel Levitt CRL, CPMM is the Director of Reliability Projects for Reliabilityweb.com. He previously worked for Life Cycle Engineering. 

Mr. Levitt is a leading trainer of maintenance professionals. He has trained more than 17,000 maintenance leaders from 3000 organizations in 26 countries in over 500 sessions.

He has 30 years of experience in many facets of maintenance including process control design, source equipment inspector, electrician, field service technician, maritime operations and property management. Prior to that, Levitt worked for a CMMS vendor and as an owner/manager in manufacturing.

He is a frequent speaker at maintenance and engineering conferences and has written 10 popular maintenance management texts. He has also published over 200 articles on the topic. In the past Levitt served on the safety board of ANSI, Small Business United, National Family Business Council and on the executive committee of the Miquon School. He is currently a member of AFE and Vice President of the Philadelphia chapter.

  

 

Topic: Breaking the Reactive Maintenance Cycle


 

Most organizations struggle with attaining a sustainable proactive maintenance culture. I will outline 7 steps for resisting the reactive maintenance loop and transforming the organization to proactive maintenance. These are essential steps for achieving and sustaining a proactive maintenance mindset.

 

Kate Kerrigan is an experienced Operations Director and Reliability Engineer. Kate has been a leader on the Association of Facilities Engineers (AFE) governing board, AFE Foundation, and is a Certified Professional Maintenance Manager (CPMM). She also holds Theory of Constraints (ToC) , Project Management Professional (PMP), and Lean certifications.

Kate specializes in maintenance and reliability management and has in-depth experience implementing Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) and Lean Manufacturing. Mitigating risks and maximizing company assets is her mission.

Through her teaching, coaching, and mentoring, Kate has led several industry-leading organizations in improving their bottom line and increasing their systems’ reliability. She has a diverse background with industry vertical experience in aseptic packaging, food and beverage, consumer products, pulp and paper, and automotive industries. Throughout her career, she has held positions as a Plant Manager, Maintenance Manager, Reliability Leader, and Operations Analyst.