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Wednesday, Oct. 5 


9.00 am

Board buses at Valley Ho Hotel for tour of ASU Labs


9.30 am

Tour of ASU Labs with Host (Carolyn Starr)


11.30 am

Box lunch at ASU


12.30 pm

Board buses for Honeywell


1:00 pm

Sign-in and Safety Briefing at Honeywell Tour of two facilities Discussion of Honeywell Operating System (HOS) - time permitting


5:00 pm

Board buses to go back to the Valley Ho



7:30 - 8:15 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:15 - 8:30 am



8:30 - 9:30 am

Recap of Honeywell Tour and Extended Q&A Session with Blake Headley, Lean Master and Honeywell Operating System Process Leader


9:30 - 9:45

Coffee Break


9:45 am -11:45 am

Workshop: Modern Manufacturing: Living the Lean Culture Dr. Dan Shunk, Arizona State University

Module 1 - Identifying Strategic Core Processes


11:45 - 1:00 pm



1:00 - 3:00 pm

Module 2 - Advancing Operational Excellence


3:00 - 3:15 pm

Coffee Break


3:15 - 5:00 pm

Module 3 - Establishing a Competitive Advantage


5:00 - 6:00 pm

Welcome Reception




7:30 - 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast


8:00 - 10:00 am

Module 4 – Achieving Change Management


10:00 - 10:15 am

Coffee Break


10:15 - 12:15 pm

Module 5 - Creating an Innovation Culture


12:15 pm

Workshop Concludes


October 5-7, 2016

VMA manufacturers workshop & TOUR

Modern Manufacturing: Living the lean culture


Valley Ho Hotel, scottsdale, AZ


About the Program

This year’s 2016 VMA Manufacturers Workshop will help attendees understand their corporate “operating system” and help them to identify and streamline their strategic core processes. Attendees will gain an in-depth understanding of the five principles of lean, the modern tools of lean and the intellectual inconsistencies of lean allowing them to make change happen by “asking the question” in a way that it is viewed as a goal, and not as a challenge. This workshop will be delivered in five modules each two hours in length. Using an “active learning” methodology so that all attendees are engaged, each module will also contain exercises for all participants to practice what has been discussed.


This year’s workshop will be led by Dr. Dan L. Shunk. Dr. Shunk is a professor in the Industrial Engineering Department at Arizona State University and has been recognized in the semiconductor, electronics, aerospace and automotive communities for his innovative approaches to product development and productivity improvements.


Who Should Attend?

The 2016 VMA Manufacturers Workshop theme is Modern Manufacturing - Living the Lean Culture is designed to assist mid and senior level managers, supervisors, and team members with a functional understanding of the key leadership skills needed to facilitate and sustain a lean culture in their company. This workshop is a VMA/VRC member’s only event.

Workshop TOURs - Tour registration closed

This year, VMA is excited to offer attendees of the 2016 Manufacturers Workshop two half-day tours to compliment the Modern Manufacturing - Living the Lean Culture theme of the workshop. Our keynote speaker Dr. Dan Shunk, has teamed up with his colleagues at Arizona State University to organize a tour of two engineering buildings in the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering. After lunch, attendees will be transported to Honeywell Aerospace. Honeywell is the largest manufacturer of aircraft engines and aviation products in the world.


If you wish to attend the tour, you must register by September 8th. An additional tour fee of $70 includes both tours, transportation and boxed lunch.

Registration INFORMATION

Attendee registration is open to VMA and VRC members only. Registration fee is $590 for the first registrant from a dues-paying member company and $540 for subsequent registrants. There is no limit to the number of subsequent registrants. Your registration includes continental breakfasts, lunch, breaks and Welcome Reception as well as a copy of all speaker presentations and handouts included in the Manufacturers Workshop Manual that each attendees receives.


Hotel Reservations - Discounted rates extended to September 16  

Accommodations have been arranged for the VMA Manufacturers Workshop at the Valley Ho Hotel in Scottsdale at a discounted rate of $187 per night. Discount is valid from October 4 thru October 6th, with limited rooms on October 7th. Please call the Valley Ho at 480-248-2000 or 866-882-4484 to make reservations or CLICK HERE to make reservations online. Any reservations made outside of that range of dates or made for an upgraded room are not guaranteed at the discounted rate. Last day to make reservations at the discounted rate is September 16th.


Cancellation PolicY

Cancellations received up to 30 days before the event are refundable, minus a 5% registration service charge Cancellations received between 15 and 29 days before the event are 75% refundable.


Due to hotel and other event guarantees, cancellations received between 0 and 14 days prior to the event are non-refundable.


Substitutions for cancellations can be accepted until September 30, 2016. Any changes or registrations after that date will need to be made onsite. Substitutions for tour cannot be accepted.


All Cancellations for tours or registration must be in writing to Malena Malone-Blevins at or call 202-331-8105.




For more information please download the workshop program or call Malena Malone-Blevins 202-331-1805 ext. 310 or email

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