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5th Ceramic Leadership Summit (CLS 2016)

Where Business and Manufacturing Meet Strategy


Meeting Description

The Ceramic Leadership Summit (CLS), held in conjunction with the second Ceramics Expo, in Cleveland, Ohio is a unique, first-class business meeting designed for ceramics and glass industry executives. CLS explores “where business and manufacturing meets strategy” along with opportunities, emerging technologies, and critical issues that challenge the ceramics and glass materials community. CLS attendees enjoy the intimate setting, discussing business challenges, and networking without distraction. On the last day of CLS, attendees switch venues, joining the enthusiastic second annual Ceramics Expo at the IX Center.


CLS 2016 takes place April 24-26, 2016; the second annual Ceramics Expo will take place April 26-28, 2016. 


CLS 2014 attendees


5th Ceramic Leadership Summit Schedule Highlights

Sunday, April 24, 2016 | Cleveland Airport Marriott

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception




Monday, April 25, 2016 | Cleveland Airport Marriott  

CLS 2016 Welcome

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. 

David JohnsonSetting the Stage for the 5th Ceramic Leadership Summit, David W. Johnson, Jr., editor, Journal of the American Ceramic Society









Business Innovation

8:45 – 10:15 a.m.

John-NottinghamVertical Innovation Process for Product and Business Development John Nottingham, Nottingham Spirk

8:45 – 9:30 a.m.








Creating an Innovative Manufacturing Company – Mike Murray, CTO, Morgan Advanced Materials

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.








Manufacturing Challenges and Opportunities

10:30 a.m. – Noon

Matt OConnellScaling up for the Production of CMCs for Gas Turbine Engines – Matthew O’Connell, industrialization leader, Ceramic Matrix Composites, GE Aviation – Supply Chain Division, Composites Value Stream

10:30 – 11: 15 a.m.







T. Major photoSupply Chain for Innovation Timothy Major, supply management director of science & technology, Emerging Innovations Group, Corning Inc.

11:15 a.m. – Noon







Noon – 1:00 p.m. – Networking Lunch


Business Climate Overview

1:00 – 2:45 p.m.

Helper_SusanOverview of Global Economy and Supply Chain EconomicsSusan Helper, special advisor to the undersecretary for economic affairs of the U.S. Department of Commerce; former chief economist, U.S. Department of Commerce; Carlton Professor of Economics at the Weatherhead School of Management

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.





ECallum1How Will Changing Demographics Impact Our Business?Everton H. Callum, SPHRHR manager, Corporate Research and European Labs Science & Technology Division, Corning Inc.

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.







ECallum1Goski_D_photo-for-webDavid JohnsonPanel Discussion – Demographics, Everton H. Callum; Dana Goski, director, research & development, Allied Mineral Products, Inc. Moderator: David W. Johnson, Jr. 

2:15 – 2:45 p.m.




Commercialization of Technology/Business Development

3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Blakely, Keith_2001Building a Team Capable of Executing a Commercialization Business Plan Keith Blakely, chairman, Inventures Group 

3:00 – 3:25 p.m.







VladamirCustomers: The Importance of Market Validation and Sales Channels – Vladimir Ban, CEO, PD-LD, Inc.

3:25 – 3:50 p.m.





Bill PayneFinancing the Venture – Bill Payneangel investor

3:50 – 4:15 p.m.







Dave Gunderson 2Business Acquisition Strategy David Gunderson, global business development director, Advance Ceramics Platform, 3M

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.









Blakely, Keith_2001VladamirBill PayneDave Gunderson 2David JohnsonPanel Discussion – Business Development, Keith Blakely, Vladimir Ban, Bill Payne, David Gunderson Moderator: David W. Johnson, Jr.

5:00 – 5:30 p.m.







7:00 – 9:30 p.m. – CLS Dinner Event  –  Offsite location to be determined.


Bolt, Marvin P_cmykA New Device for a New Era: An Early Telescopic View of Innovation Marvin Bolt, curator of science and technology, Corning Museum of Glass

8:15 – 9:00 p.m.


 Tuesday, April 26 | IX Center

CLS Executive Forum

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.


David JohnsonTopic Review, David W. Johnson, Jr., editor, Journal of the American Ceramic Society

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.

Johnson will recap highlights from Monday’s talks and panel discussions.His remarks will set the stage for the final morning of Ceramic Leadership Summit. After the Summit, all CLS attendees are invited to attend the Ceramics Expo opening event, a moderated “leaders debate” with industry executives on key business challenges. 






Helper_SusanOverview of White House Supply Chain Innovation Initiative, Susan Helper, special advisor to the undersecretary for economic affairs of the U.S. Department of Commerce

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.






Interactive Discussion Forum, All CLS participants

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

CLS attendees will form into groups to address a series of questions regarding Ceramic Leadership Summit topics, including questions about the following issues:

  • Global economic factors
  • Demographic and workforce issues
  • Supply chain innovation and White House Supply Chain Innovation Initiative
  • Products, business, and manufacturing innovation
  • Commercialization of technology and business, including management, market, and financing issues
  • Business acquisitions 

The objective will be to capture the thinking of the high-powered group in attendance at the Summit and to prepare and publish a report to disseminate to the ceramics and glass industry. 


Plenary Session – The Future of the Ceramics Industry

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Main Stage in Ceramics Expo – IX Center

The use of ceramic materials across a variety of applications has grown exponentially in recent years. The widespread adoption of ceramic materials across a multitude of industries and applications, including transportation, communication, energy, and manufacturing requires the supply chain to meet a plethora of end-user requirements. To meet the growing production capacity required across disparate applications, the industry must drive innovation in manufacturing and nurture a skilled and knowledgeable workforce. Bringing together key stakeholder perspectives; manufacturer, end-user and educator, this session will examine challenges and opportunities facing the ceramics industry and how these impact manufacturing and job in North America. 



Moderator:  Barry Watkins, deputy director for business development, Alfred University









Rickey J. Shyne, director of research and engineering, Glenn Research Center, NASA










Doreen Edwards

Doreen Edwards, dean, Inamori School of Engineering, Alfred University










Don Bray, vice president, technology, North America, Morgan Advanced Materials









5th Ceramic Leadership Summit Advisory Group

Mike Alexander, Riverside Refractories

Don Bray, Morgan Advance Materials

Dana Goski, Allied Mineral Products

Lora Cooper Rothen, Du-Co Ceramics Company

Krista Grayson, Mo-Sci Corporation

Christine Heckle, Corning Incorporated

Joseph Homeny, The Edward Orton Jr. Ceramic Foundation

William James, SCHOTT North America, Inc.

David W. Johnson, Jr., Journal of the American Ceramic Society

Edgar Lara-Curzio, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Charles Lewisohn, Ceramatec, Inc.

William Payne, Angel Investor

Richard Weber, Materials Development Inc.


The American Ceramic Society values diverse and inclusive participation within the field of ceramic science and engineering. ACerS strives to promote involvement and access to leadership opportunity regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, appearance, geographic location, career path or academic level.

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