Next Generation Manufacturing Hosts Speakers from Top U.S. Manufacturers at Fifth Annual Event

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Event being held Oct. 7, 2015 at College Football Hall of Fame

Next Generation Manufacturing (NGM), a non-profit dedicated to the support and growth of manufacturing in Georgia, announced today the speaker line-up for its upcoming fifth annual signature event to be held on Oct. 7, 2015. The annual NGM event has become well-known for delivering high caliber speakers and this year is no exception.

Speakers at the Fifth Annual Next Generation Manufacturing event include executives from some of the most well-known brands in the country, including Starbucks, Wal-Mart and Bridgestone Golf. In addition, attendees will hear from a special guest speaker from the College Football Hall of Fame.

This year’s speakers include:

  • Steven Lovejoy, senior vice president of global supply chain, global manufacturing and store development for Starbucks Coffee Company
  • Joe Quinn, senior vice president of public affairs and government relations for Wal-Mart
  • Corey Consuegra, vice president of sales and marketing at Bridgestone Golf
  • John Stephenson, president of the College Football Hall of Fame

And, for the first time, the event will feature two panels:

  • “Innovation Advantages of Small Manufacturers”
  • “Building the Modern Workforce to Support Manufacturing Growth”

“The annual NGM event allows manufacturers from around the Southeast to join together to learn from and network with some of the most innovative manufacturers in the country,” said Richard Kopelman, founder and chairman of NGM and managing partner at HA&W, the largest Georgia-headquartered tax, accounting and business consulting firm. “This unique manufacturing event enables manufacturers of all sizes to learn how to equip themselves to compete in the marketplace on a local, regional, national and global level.”

Gary Bruce, president of PartnerTech and Next Generation Manufacturing Advisory Board member, will moderate the “Innovation Advantages of Small Manufacturers” panel. “This event offers an extraordinary opportunity for companies with ground-breaking projects to learn from the experiences of others,” said Bruce. “Small manufacturers have a particular advantage in that their hands aren’t tied which allows them to push the bounds of innovation to that next step. We feel this makes for an exciting topic of discussion.”

The event will be held from 7 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the College Football Hall of Fame located at 250 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313.

Early bird registration is available through Sept. 25. To register visit For more information about Next Generation Manufacturing visit or contact Regina Maddox, executive director, at or at 404-431-6612.

NGM's Platinum sponsors include HA&W, Cresa Atlanta, Definition 6, Epic Insurance Brokers & Consultants, Hire Dynamics, Infor, Nelson Mullins, PartnerTech and PNC Bank. Gold sponsors include Georgia Tech Manufacturing Extension Partnership, HL Strategy. Silver sponsors include Bank of North Georgia, Definity Partners, Centers of Innovation for Manufacturing, Nidec Elesys, Chase Bank and VRA Partners.

About Next Generation Manufacturing:
Founded in 2011, Next Generation Manufacturing is a non-profit supporting the growth and development of manufacturing in the state of Georgia. The mission of Next Generation Manufacturing is to make Georgia manufacturing companies aware of the breadth of local services available to them, such as the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Technical College System of Georgia, the Georgia Association of Manufacturers and Georgia Quick Start. By utilizing the resources available to them in Georgia, manufacturing companies will be able to realize the key to growth: innovation.

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