Learn about preserving and transferring years of employee ‘know how’ at the upcoming Manufacturers Growth Conference in St Marys (May 17) and Erie (May 18) hosted by Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC). The conference will offer themes of growing your people and growing your revenue, the Art and Science of Knowledge Transfer is just one of the topics on the agenda. Manufacturers in the region often talk about their concerns of how to capture the experience and knowledge of retiring employees to pass down to less-experienced or brand new trainees. Scott Curtis, President/CEO at TWI Institute, and Bob Kocik, Director of Central New York Technology Development Organization (TDO), will discuss methodologies for breaking down jobs, standardizing work, and effective training.

Scott Curtis, President/CEO at TWI Institute

Curtis brought 25 years of manufacturing experience and leadership and a deep working knowledge of training within industry (TWI) programs when he joined the TWI Institute in 2012. Since then, he has been working on growing the Institute into a Global leader in TWI with partner locations throughout Europe, Asia and the America’s. Scott began his career with Mobil Chemical and held several engineering and management positions including Plant Superintendent and Plant Manager in his 13 year career with Mobil/Pactiv. He spent 5 year at Huhtamaki Consumer Packaging as Op’s Manager and 7 years at Albany International as Plant Manager. Curtis has training in Six Sigma from the University Of Tennessee Knoxville, and earned a bachelor’s from the Rochester Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Bob Kocik, Director of TDO

As Center Director for TDO, Kocik leads the implementation of HR process, Lean, Lean Six Sigma, and workforce training initiatives for clients. He also coordinates TDO’s efforts for the CNY Advanced Manufacturing in Thermal and Environmental Controls (AMTECs) consortium and is the technical lead and lead instructor for the MCP (Manufacturing Careers Partnership) program. His 20 years of Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement experience includes leadership positions with PPC, New Process Gear, and Service Merchandise. In these roles, he managed process improvement efforts including project selection and planning, Kaizen events, development of standard work, cycle time reduction, cellular workflow, total productive maintenance (TPM), and team building. As a CI leader, Kocik managed several staff process improvement initiatives, including development of staff onboarding and training.

The Manufacturers Growth Conference is sponsored by PNC, Knox Law, and Ben Franklin Technology Partners. For more information about the conference or to register, click on the location nearest you:

May 17: St Marys at the Highlands

May 18: Erie at Ambassador Conference Center