“Connecting With Our Future” 2017 Summit of the Mid-Atlantic Region MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Center

May 10, 2017 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore - Conference Center
1525 Russell St
Baltimore, MD 21230
Mike Galiazzo
(410) 771-8111

“Connecting With Our Future”

2017 Summit of the Mid-Atlantic Region
MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Center

Conference Center – Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
1525 Russell Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

REGISTRATION: www.rmiofmaryland.com

Highlights Include:

Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford will give welcoming remarks. He is an accomplished attorney with a lifetime of experience in both the public and private sectors. In addition to his public service, Lt. Governor Rutherford has extensive legal and business experience, including service in business and government law, information technology sales, and small and minority business development.

Andra Rush CEO and President, Detroit Manufacturing Systems, Chair and CEO, Rush Trucking Corporation, CEO and President, Dakkota Integrated Systems, is our keynote speaker. Andra, a native American, will share her amazing success story of how she became a nationally recognized business leader who started with a $5,000 investment using her credit card.




10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Opening & Welcome

  • Honorable Boyd Rutherford, Maryland Lt. Governor
  • Efrain Gonzalez, Associate Director, U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency
  • Scott Philips, Director, Baltimore WMBDA

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon   Connecting to the Future – New Digital Technologies and How They Are Changing Our World of Work – Panelists will discuss Industry 4.0, the 4th Industrial Revolution and the advanced technologies  shaping our future. You will get a new understanding how technology is shaping our business models and how to connect with key resources to be competitive.

Moderator: Dr. Michael Galiazzo, President, Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland


  • Suzy Ganz, CEO, Lion Brothers
  • Jimmy Rhee, Special Secretary, Maryland Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs
  • Dharmesh Ved, Director of Digital Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, Stanley Black & Decker
  • Mike Binko, Director, kloudtrack® and Founder StartUp Maryland
  • Josh Ghaim, Ph.D., Johnson & Johnson Chief Technology Officer- invited

12:15 p.m. – 12:40 p.m. Lunch

12:40 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.   Keynote Speaker

Andra Rush, CEO and President, Detroit Manufacturing Systems; Chair and CEO, Rush Trucking Corporation; CEO and President, Dakkota Integrated Systems

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Thought Leaders Discussion: Connecting to Industry & Policy Leaders to Grow Minority Manufacturing- OEM and resource organization “thought leaders” will discuss how to grow and sustain minority-owned manufacturing companies. Audience will be included in the discussion on “How to grow minority manufacturing in the Mid-Atlantic Region.”

OEM Thought Leaders:

  • Andra Rush, Detroit Manufacturing Systems LLC & Rush Trucking Corporation –
  • Monica M. Graham, Sector Manager, Global Supplier Diversity Programs, Northrop Grumman
  • Sheila Dews-Johnson, Director of Supplier Diversity & Supplier Sustainability, McCormick & Company
  • Stephanie Simmons, Director, Supply Chain Compliance, Commercial Procurement and Operations, Huntington Ingalls – Newport News Shipbuilding
  • Pacific Trade International-Chesapeake Bay Candle – Mei Xu, Owner and CEO – invited

Resource Organization Thought Leaders:

  • Terrance Taylor, Deputy District Director, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer
  • Mike Kelleher, Director, Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership
  • Roger Campos, Assistant Secretary, Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development
  • Bob Carullo, Executive Director, SMART States
  • Brett Vassey, President and CEO, Virginia Manufacturers Association
  • David Burton, Founder & CEO, Diverse Manufacturing Supply Chain Alliance

ADJOURNMENT   2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

RECEPTION   2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.