Manufacturing/ Industrial Webinar: The Convergence of Operations and the IT Function

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Topic: The Convergence of Operations and the IT Function - How Technology-Based Solutions Can Drive EBITDA Growth

Summary:
We’ve reached a point when manufacturers can no longer separate the IT function from operations. If middle-market manufacturers want data-driven, fact-based decision making, then they need to utilize technology-based solutions. So, robots right? Kind of. Industry 4.0 is here, and that means technology-based processes that answer practical questions in real-time. What are your true outputs, actual scrap rates, real costs to make the product, and how much do we charge the customer? We’ll dive into this topic with a dynamic panel of industry and M&A professionals who will share their insights and perspectives on how technology-based solutions are solving real manufacturing issues and how it can drive EBITDA growth. 



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Moderator
Ted Morgan
Partner at Plante Moran

Ted Morgan is an industry practice builder for Plante Moran’s private equity, automotive, and plastics industries. As a part of Plante Moran’s industry leadership teams, Ted focuses on go-to-market strategy and activities that enhance the Plante Moran brand and value proposition. He helps with practice development by leveraging our “one-firm” firm approach to growing revenue across all firm services, regardless of geography. Within strategy and operations consulting, Ted leads projects primarily for manufacturing and distribution clients focused on strategic planning, commercial due diligence, market analysis, and business advisory.

Ted has been invited to speak at events for several industry associations, including the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors (MAPP), Plastics News, and Precision Metal Formers Association (PMA). He received his B.S. in accounting from Michigan State University.

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Panelist
Lauren Dunford
CEO at Guidewheel

Lauren Dunford is CEO of Guidewheel, a global software company on a mission to empower all the world’s factories to reach sustainable peak performance. With Guidewheel, a plant team can clip sensors on every machine and within hours get realtime visibility to see exactly where the business is at, identify opportunities to reduce costs, and empower the team to rapidly drive EBITDA by reducing downtime, increasing production capacity, and enabling data driven continuous improvement across all assets (new and legacy). Guidewheel is backed by top-tier investors including Greycroft, and in 2022 was recognized by the World Economic Forum as one of 100 most promising companies globally poised to make a significant impact on business and society. Lauren brings a dozen years of experience in supply chain and operations and a BA and MBA from Stanford University.

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Panelist
Rudy Minar
Partner at Mirus Capital Advisors

As a Partner with Mirus Capital Advisors, Rudy Minar brings over 20 years of experience in investment banking and corporate finance. Prior to Mirus he was a partner at M&A tech boutique AGC Partners and worked in the technology investment banking groups of various Wall Street firms including CIBC World Markets and Oppenheimer on a broad range of financial transactions spanning large-cap public M&A, IPOs and private equity and debt financings. He has completed over 75 financial and advisory transactions aggregating over $8 billion.

Trained as an electrical engineer, Rudy brings deep domain knowledge and extensive relationships within the software and communications and networking sectors. He enjoys working with entrepreneurs, CEOs and senior management of technology companies to identify strategic growth initiatives, evaluate exit alternatives and execute transactions.

He earned his Master in International Affairs from Columbia University and received his BSEE from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Rudy lives with his family in Harvard, Massachusetts, where he enjoys tinkering with English sports cars, running his field dogs and splitting wood on the weekends.

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Panelist
Thomas N. Tullo
Founder and Managing Director at Range Light Capital

Mr. Tullo is a specialist in Mergers and Acquisitions, Restructurings, and Public and Private Capital transactions for Manufacturing and Diversified Services companies. Prior to founding Range Light Capital, Mr. Tullo was a Partner in Rossoff & Co where he headed the firm’s Industrials practice. Previously Mr. Tullo headed the Industrial and Diversified Services Group at RBC Capital Markets. Prior to RBC his career included working at Goldman Sachs, Warburg and McKinsey & Company where he advised clients on mergers, acquisitions, financings and recapitalizations both in the U.S. and overseas. Mr. Tullo is a member of the Board of Directors of LATICRETE International and formerly a member of the Board of Taco Comfort Solutions.

Mr. Tullo holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School ’82, and an Economics degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Dartmouth College ’79.

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