September 15, 2021

1st Annual
Associate Member Block Party

Buck’s Run, Mt. Pleasant

Industry 4.0 Technology Showcase

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Miniature Golf Tournament

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About the Event

Associate Members will be showcasing products and services. Nationally recognized speakers will be making presentations focused on Industry 4.0. Demonstration and Training Equipment will be featured. Four-Person teams competing for the championship on the beautiful island Par 3 course. Students from around the region will attend in the morning to hear presentations and get exposed to demonstration and training equipment.

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Event Goals

For Students

The Annual Block Party was created to heighten awareness about Industry 4.0 and career opportunities at both the high school and college level.

For Manufacturers

This event is designed to boost awareness and engagement among manufacturers about the need to embrace Industry 4.0 and familiarize them with both applications and the advantages it presents. 

For Associate Members

Associate members will have an opportunity to showcase products/services as well as interact with other CMMA members and non-members during the miniature golf event.

Speakers

Carl Heiden

Carl Heiden

President, Heiden Technology

Carl started his career after college working for Ford Motor Company in their Dealership Computer Services Division. His primary responsibility was upgrading/installing computer systems that maintained a network connection to Ford Motor Company’s Corporate location in Dearborn, Michigan. This allowed dealerships to interact and find information pertaining to all aspects of the dealership; sales, finance, insurance, parts, and service.

Carl decided to venture out and start his own firm with the focus of servicing small to medium-sized businesses throughout Michigan. in 1994, Computer Concepts was born and operated on the East side of Michigan north of Metro Detroit. He has designed many different systems and networks. Some include a large, 75-mile wireless backbone that ran from Delta College’s main campus all the way to the hospital in Bad Axe. Providing the hospital with high-speed ancillary healthcare facilities.

Throughout his career, Carl has developed solutions for many different industries with his primary focus in manufacturing and healthcare. Clients range from large enterprises to small businesses. He has developed solutions for production machinery integration, quality controls, efficiency controls, compliance, risk, performance dashboards, physical and cybersecurity controls.

Michael Zakrzewski

Michael Zakrzewski

Vice President, Festo North America

Michael Zakrzewski, Vice President Market Management and Chief Business Development
Officer for Festo North America began his career at Festo in 2011 as Vice President, US
Sales. He now has responsibility for Strategic Marketing, Market Communications, Product
Market Management, and Business Excellence for Festo’s Automation business in North
America. Michael also has P&L responsibility for Festo Didactic business in North America
and the pneumatic actuator manufacturer, Fabco-Air, a subsidiary of Festo Corp. acquired in 2018.

Prior to joining Festo, Michael served as President of Bystronic, Inc., and Chairman of the Bystronic companies in Mexico and Canada. Bystronic is a world leader in high-precision
laser cutting and metal bending machinery.

Mr. Zakrzewski has spent his entire career in advanced manufacturing and currently serves
on the Management Advisory Board of the Fabricator’s and Manufacturer’s Association. He holds a Bachelor of Science from John Hopkins University and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Roger Tadajewski

Roger Tadajewski

Executive Director, NC3 - National Coalition of Certification Centers

Roger Tadajewski has dedicated his professional life to the advancement of education and workforce development in the transportation, aerospace, energy and manufacturing industries.

Currently, Mr. Tadajewski is the Executive Director of NC3-National Coalition of Certification Centers. This organization target’s the advancement of standardized certifications developed in partnership with industry and educational leaders in the transportation, aviation, manufacturing, welding, building trades, energy, health & safety, and STEM sectors.

Mr. Tadajewski received his degree in Business at Pepperdine University, The George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management in 1995. His professional experience includes 14 years in metallurgical engineering research and development in both the energy and aerospace industries, he continued on to develop the most comprehensive automotive educational youth program in America – Automotive Youth Educations Systems (AYES). In 2007 he began work on forming the current NC3 model to bring business, industry and education across multiple sectors to collectively work together. To attract, train and retain current and the emerging workforce in the aviation/aerospace, energy, manufacturing, and transportation industries. These efforts lead to the founding of NC3 in 2009.

Mr. Tadajewski currently resides in Edmond, OK and is currently serving as a board member for the American Technical Education Association (ATEA), US FAB LAB Network, Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA), Coalition for Career Development (CCD), NC3 – National Coalition of Certification Centers and serves as Chairmen of the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD).

George Singos

George Singos

Industry 4.0 Business Leader Advisor

George Singos is the Industry 4.0 Business Leader Advisor for the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center. He has more than 30 years of manufacturing experience in various capacities, including Business Development, Sales & Marketing Management, Project Management, Quality Management, Costing, Scheduling, Plant Supervision, and Metallurgical Lab Management. Currently, George manages Industry 4.0 projects on both the federal and state level. He also assists the team with manufacturing opportunity assessments, technology webinars, and regional events promoting technology to Small & Medium-sized Manufacturers’.

Before joining The Center, George spent the previous ten years working in International Business Development. His primary focus was growing International Sales in Europe and East Asia while supporting North American, South American, and ASEAN operations.  He held various positions at GKN Sinter Metals, DE-STA-CO/Dover Corporation, Barnes Group, Johnson Controls (seating), ArcelorMittal, and several small and medium companies – mainly in material processing and assemblies.

Bachelor of Science: Industrial Technology, Eastern Michigan University

Master of Science: International Administration, Central Michigan University

Graduate Certificate: Strategic Management, Harvard University Extension School

Post-Graduate Studies: Marketing Management, Oakland University

Post-graduate Studies: Business Turnaround Management, University of Detroit Mercy.