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Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge will share his views of today's risk-centric environment and how to minimize those risks in favor of greater resiliency and security across your global supply chain in the keynote presentation.
Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge will share his views of today's risk-centric environment and how to minimize those risks in favor of greater resiliency and security across your global supply chain in the keynote presentation.

When ProMat 2011 opens on March 21 it will include over 700 exhibits on the 300,000 net square foot ProMat 2011 Show floor and an educational conference that features keynotes on supply chain security, as well as the next generation of robotic innovation. The ProMat conference will also include two half-day educational tracks on supply chain career development and sustainability. In addition, 80 educational sessions will outline leading trends, best practices and state-of-the-art equipment and technology solutions that can make manufacturing and the entire supply chain work more productively and profitably.

ProMat 2011 will be the largest internat-ional material handling and logistics show and conference held in the U.S. in 2011. ProMat exhibits will represent all segments of the material handling and logistics industry, from traditional, manual equipment to comput-erized, automated systems. To make it easier for attendees to find the solutions they need, the ProMat show floor will be divided into solution-specific sections: manufacturing and assembly solutions, fulfillment and delivery solutions, and information technology (IT) solutions.

The link between security and prosperity in an interdependent world has generated enormous challenges for global supply chains. Terrorism, natural disasters, vendor issues, and geopolitical influences can put issues such as supply chain security, cross-border collaborations and security investment at the forefront of every proactive business agenda. During the Keynote titled Fortune Favors the Brave: The Net Gain of Supply Chain Security in a Risk-Based World, former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge will share his views of today's risk-centric environment and how to minimize those risks in favor of greater resiliency and security across your global supply chain.

ProMat’s second Keynote titled The Development of Robonaut 2: A story of Government-Industry Collaboration and Technology Transfer will detail how NASA and General Motors are working together to accelerate development of the next generation of robots and related technologies for use in the automotive, aerospace and other industries. This partnership lead to development of Robonaut 2 (R2), a state-of-the-art dexterous humanoid robot that can complete simple, repetitive, or especially dangerous tasks and is capable of handling a wide range of tools and interfaces.

Attendees of Promat 2011 will also take part in an educational track: “The people side of the supply chain.” The full afternoon track will take a close look at how to be successful at leading the people who keep the supply chain moving. As attendees will learn, there are many different resources available that will keep people interested, engaged and committed to a supply chain career and company.

Among the speakers as part of the educational track are Dan Boos, Principal-BCS LLC and Director, Org. Development and Human Capital-CEC; and Emmy Award winner Steve Thomas, host of “Renovation Nation” on Planet Green.

Boos has more than 25 years of consulting experience and is an industry recognized expert in the fields of leadership development and organizational change management. He has managed change transformation efforts and coached corporate executives on five continents and in more than a dozen countries. Boos holds degrees in education, social sciences and organizational development. He has won numerous industry awards and serves on many Boards of Directors. He formerly served in senior management with Ernst & Young LLP within its Management Consulting Group.

Steve Thomas celebrated his final year as host of television's most popular home improvement series, “This Old House,” during the 2002-2003 television series. Over the course of his 14 years as host, Steve became known as the "ultimate home enthusiast" and helped catapult “This Old House” to the top of PBS's list of most-watched ongoing series of all time. He also contributed to the successful debut of “Ask This Old House,” the all-new series in which viewer questions are addressed on-air, and hosted during its first year. A much in demand speaker as well as a serial renovator, Steve also consults on residential building and renovation for clients all over the United States. Thomas was honored with a 1997-1998 Daytime Emmy Award and a total of nine nominations for “Outstanding Service Show Host.” Not surprisingly, his enthusiasm for fixing up old houses was influenced by his father, whom he described as a “true weekend warrior - fearless and always ready to take on any project.” The first project Thomas completed on his own was the renovation a run down 1920s residence in Olympia, Wash. He then continued working in the field in the Pacific Northwest until moving to Massachusetts in 1980.

You can take an in-depth look at what to expect at ProMat 2011 by reviewing the ProMat 2011 supplement inside this issue of Material Handling Wholesaler.

ProMat is sponsored by Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA). To register to attend ProMat 2011, visit www.promatshow.com or call MHIA at 800–345–1815.
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