Keynote Speaker: Mark Spitz: The Olympic Dream & Spirit

Mark Spitz is one of the greatest living sports legends and most remembered by his astonishing win of seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Until the 2008 Games, Mark held the record for the most Olympic Gold medals during one Olympics by a single Olympiad.

Between 1965 and 1972, Spitz won a total of 11 Olympic medals: nine gold, one silver and one bronze. During those years, he set 33 World records. He was voted “Athlete of the century” in water sports and one of six “Greatest Olympians” by Sports Illustrated in 2000.

In 2008, Mark released a self-published book “The Extraordinary Life of an Olympic Champion.”  The book gives insight from Spitz himself, his coaches and competitors and shares his journey from his early years, to his success as a college athlete at Indiana University and his lucrative Olympic career.

Mark shares the Olympic Dream & Spirit by telling stories from his experiences in the 1968 & 1972 Summer Olympics and the hard work and dedication it took to win nine gold medals in becoming one of the most celebrated Olympians ever.


Richard Aboulafia, The Teal Group: Still Doing Better Than Any Other Industry: Aviation/Defense Overview And Forecast

Richard is Vice President of Analysis at Teal Group. He manages consulting projects in the commercial and military aircraft field and analyzes broader defense and aerospace trends. He has advised numerous aerospace companies, including most prime and many second- and third-tier contractors in the US, Europe and Asia. He also advises numerous financial institutions on aerospace market conditions.

Richard writes and edits Teal Group's World Military and Civil Aircraft Briefing, a forecasting tool covering over 135 aircraft programs and markets. He also writes publicly about aviation and defense, with numerous articles in Aviation Week and Space Technology, the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Professional Pilot, and other publications. He has a regular column in AIAA's Aerospace America.

Frequently cited as an aviation industry authority by trade and news publications, Richard has also appeared on numerous television news and radio programs including ABC, BBC, Bloomberg, Reuters, CBS, CNN, NBC, NPR and PBS. He has spoken at numerous conferences, including ATRIF, NAFA, NARA, Network for Aerospace Management in Europe (NAME), and Speednews. He presents a yearly lecture to the National Defense University /Industrial College of the Armed Forces and has served as an expert witness in aerospace markets.


Andrea Boltho, Magdalen College, University of Oxford: The Global Economy - Clouds on the Horizon?

Andrea Boltho was educated in Italy and at the Universities of London (LSE), Paris and Oxford. From 1966 to 1977, he worked in at the OECD’s Department of Economics and Statistics. In 1973 until 1974 Mr. Boltho was a Japan Foundation Fellow at the Research Institute of the Economic Planning Agency, Tokyo. From 1977 to 2007, he was a Fellow and Tutor in Economics at Magdalen College, University of Oxford. Since 2008 Emeritus Fellow.

Mr. Boltho has also been a consultant to the World Bank, the OECD and member of the Academic Council of the IFO Institute, Munich, as well as Visiting Professor in various European universities. He has been a Member of the Board of Finmeccanica, is a Director of Oxford Economics and has lectured on world and European economic developments to various private sector corporations, including ABB, Anglo American, Arthur Andersen, FIAT, Ericsson, Generali, IBM, KPMG, Pirelli, Siemens, Stora Enso, Volvo, etc.


Filip Geerts, CECIMO: The European Machine Tool industry in the World: Statistics and Policy Issues

Filip Geerts is a professional in international, EU and national public and regulatory affairs.
He is specialized in the management of corporate and governmental affairs departments of companies, national and EU trade associations and non-profit organizations. He was deputy-director for the largest Belgian association for the technological industry, public and regulatory affairs manager for IBM EMEA and secretary general for numerous European trade associations in the ICT, the electro-medical, lighting and environmental sector. He has degrees from Insead Fontainebleau and Singapore, London School of Economics, Vlerick, College of Europe, The Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve and the Catholic University of Leuven.

CECIMO is the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries, bringing together 15 national associations of machine tool builders - about 1500 enterprises. It is the worldwide representative of its industry’s common interests. CECIMO helps determine the strategic direction of the European MT industry and promotes its development in the fields of economy, technology and science.


Harry Moser, The Reshoring Initiative:  Using TCO to Benefit From and Enable Reshoring  

Harry Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative, grew up experiencing the glory of U.S. manufacturing. With more than 45 years of manufacturing experience (most recently 25 years as president, chairman and then chairman emeritus of GF AgieCharmilles), Moser is a leading industry spokesman for reshoring and for developing the skilled manufacturing workforce required by reshoring.

Largely due to the success of the Reshoring Initiative, Moser was inducted into the 2010 IndustryWeek Manufacturing Hall of Fame and named Quality Magazine’s 2012 Quality Professional of the Year. He participated actively in President Obama’s Jan 11, 2012, Insourcing Forum at the White House, testified at a Congressional hearing on reshoring and manufacturing, and has been featured in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Bloomberg Businessweek. He won the January 2013 The Economist debate on outsourcing and offshoring.


Michael Robinet, IHS Automotive: Auto’s Next Stage: Global, Faster and Multi-Material

The Automotive Industry is embarking on a period of critical change.  Change driven by globalization, rising legislation, increased competition and consumers seeking improved safety, functionality and connectivity.  The industry will respond with faster cadence, more integrated process and product development and integrate new materials into mainstream manufacturing.  Mr. Robinet will outline these trends and various forecasts in his presentation.

Michael Robinet was promoted to Managing Director in the IHS Automotive Advisory Services in November 2011. From March 2010 until late 2011, Mr. Robinet served as the Director of Global Vehicle Production Forecasts for IHS Automotive. Before the purchase of CSM Worldwide by IHS in 2010, Mr. Robinet was CSM’s Vice President, Global Vehicle Forecasts since 1996. In his role as a Managing Director in the global advisory practice, Mr. Robinet builds upon his experience as a leader and innovator in global production forecasting, tracking future product programs (FPPs), analyzing sourcing and production strategies to serve OEM, supplier and government entities throughout the global industry.

Mr. Robinet has over twenty five years of experience in automotive forecasting, strategic analysis and manufacturing finance. Prior to joining CSM Worldwide/IHS, he worked at various research companies and was schooled in finance at a major Tier 1 supplier. He has been widely quoted by worldwide print, radio and TV media on a variety of industry topics. Mr. Robinet regularly presents at global OEM and supplier conferences/symposiums.

Mr. Robinet holds an undergraduate degree in international and developmental economics and an MBA – both from the University of Windsor, Canada. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Automotive Press Association (APA), Detroit Economic Club (DEC) and the Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA). Mr. Robinet is a founding director of the Canada-US Business Association (CUSBA) and a board member of the Original Equipment Supplier Association (OESA). He is also a monthly columnist in Automotive Manufacturing & Production Magazine.