Jennifer S. Vey, Keynote speaker
She is the author of “Building from Strength: Creating Opportunity in Greater Baltimore’s Next Economy,” “Restoring Prosperity: The State Role in Revitalizing America’s Older Industrial Cities,” “Organizing for Success: A Call to Action for the Kansas City Region,” and “Higher Education in Pennsylvania: A Competitive Asset for Communities.” She has co-authored several other Brookings publications, including “Recapturing Land for Economic and Fiscal Growth,” “The Next Economy: Economic Recovery and Transformation in the Great Lakes Region,” “Back to Prosperity: A Competitive Agenda for Renewing Pennsylvania,” “Seizing City Assets: Ten Steps to Urban Land Reform,” and others.
Jennifer also co-edited Retooling for Growth: Building a 21st Century Economy in America’s Older Industrial Areas
, published by the American Assembly and Brookings Institution Press.
Prior to joining Brookings in June, 2001, Jennifer was a Community Planning and Development Specialist at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she assisted urban Empowerment Zones in implementing their strategic plans. She earned a Master of Planning degree from the University of Virginia in 1997, and holds a B.A. in Geography from Bucknell University. She lives with her family in Baltimore.
Eric Morgenstern, best practices panel moderator
For more than 30 years, Eric M. Morgenstern, APR, Fellow PRSA, has helped companies achieve and exceed their growth, sales, marketing and communications goals. He provides strategic counsel to CEOs and executives of companies nationally, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, Tension, Kansas City Area Development Council, Hallmark Business Connections and True Value Company.
Eric and the Morningstar Communications team are committed to providing B2B expertise, helping professionals and organizations in the manufacturing and distribution industries. On The KC Chamber Board of Directors, and as a frequent speaker on a national level, we’re proud to have Eric serve as our moderator for this year’s Manufacturing+ Symposium.
Roger Scarbrough, best practices panelist - distribution expertise
Roger Scarbrough is the co-founder and CEO of the Scarbrough Group of Companies, which comprises Scarbrough International, Ltd., Scarbrough Logistics, Ltd., and Six Lines, Ltd. He is also founder and President of CFS Trade Consultants, Ltd. To add to his prior achievements, Roger recently co-founded with Jeannie the Casa Hogar Vida Coffee Company in 2012. Roger served as President and CEO of United Shipping from 1995-2002.Prior to his industry success, Roger served two years in the US Army Intelligence Command and holds a degree in Business from Northwest Missouri State University. As a Licensed Customs Broker and Certified Customs Specialist, Roger is involved with a myriad of organizations, serving on committees and participating in panels for CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals), KC SmartPort, and NCBFAA (The National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, Inc.).
Jennifer Pozzuolo, best practices panelist - workforce development
Jennifer Pozzuolo, Human Resources Team Leader for Garmin International has over 20 years of recruiting experience and over 15 years specifically focused on operations specializing in areas such as manufacturing, warehouse, supply chain, procurement, quality, transportation and trade compliance to name a few areas. Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s degree from Kansas University in Business Administration and her Master’s Degree from Baker University in Management. She also carries a PHR certification. At Garmin, the manufacturing positions are very technical to support aviation GPS related manufacturing adhering to FAA standards. Jennifer is very passionate about manufacturing and loves working for Garmin.
Lavon Winkler, best practices panelist - lean manufacturing
Lavon has more than 25 years of executive-level management experience within the manufacturing sector. His passion is to educate, develop and motivate management teams to consistently exceed financial and operational targets. Since joining Milbank in 2005, Lavon has leveraged his extensive experience in lean manufacturing by leading its implementation into all facets of operations.
Prior to Milbank, Lavon was with Butler Manufacturing Company as a design engineer. During his 23-year tenure, he held key positions in engineering, sales, construction management and manufacturing operations, ultimately moving into senior management.
Lavon earned his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri. He earned his MPPM in Private Management from Birmingham-Southern College.