Former Commander, USS Benfold
Founder, Aegis Performance Group
Mike Abrashoff was the most-junior officer in the Pacific Fleet when he took command of the near-worst performing ship. Twelve months later, the USS Benfold was the best ship in the entire Navy – using the same crew. The story of that stunning transformation has lessons for every organization: leadership matters – and culture is everything. Mike’s written three books – his first, It’s Your Ship, has sold over 1 million copies. His Leadership Roadmap offers clear, battle-tested, and actionable steps. Mike shows people at every level of the organization how to engage and take incremental steps toward change that can make a dramatic difference at work. Mike is clear, “I didn’t turn the ship around – my crew did that. What I did was to create an environment where they felt safe, empowered and supported. When you do that, anything is possible.
Mike is the founder of Aegis Performance Group, a consulting firm which works with and supports leaders as they address leadership, talent and performance challenges within their organizations. Mike and his team prompt leaders at all levels to re-imagine their leadership thinking and create new ways to elevate individual, team and organizational performance.
Vice President of Research-Power Industry
Industrial Info Resources, Inc.
Britt Burt is Industrial Info Resources’ Vice President of Research for the Power Industry. In his role Britt manages a global team of researchers that identify and validate power industry assets and project activity for the power generation and transmission & distribution segments around the world. Industrial Info’s research teams gather information and report key details on all types of capital and maintenance programs within the power industry. Britt started his career with Industrial Info in 1988 as a member of Industrial Info’s research team and became the Vice President of Research for the Power Industry in 2000. Prior to joining Industrial Info Resources Mr. Burt worked in the construction field with some of the leading companies in the industrial world including Brown & Root, Zachry Construction and Bay Offshore Ltd.
Vice President of Chemicals Research
Industrial Info Resources, Inc.
Trey Hamblet is the Vice President of Research for the Chemicals, Petroleum Refining & Alternative Fuels industries of Industrial Info Resources. In this position, he manages research teams that identify and track project spending in all segments of these industries globally. Additionally, he manages multiple commodity research teams tracking offline maintenance events, planned capacity additions and similar activities in chemical, refining and energy industries. An Industrial Info employee since 1991, Mr. Hamblet also serves as Vice President of Research Operations and is a member of Industrial Info’s Board of Directors.
Director of Sales, Global
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Vector Controls and Automation Group
Jared Boudreaux is the President of Vector Controls and Automation Group in Houston, TX. Over the past twenty-five years, he has been recognized for outstanding leadership and held several Board positions in a variety of organizations. Most recently, Jared was included in Marquis Who’s Who and a named a finalist in Houston Business Journal’s Most Admired CEO for 2020. Mr. Boudreaux received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing degree from Lamar University.
Neal Systems Inc.
Shane Filer is the General Manager for Neal Systems (NSI), a representative / integration company near Philadelphia, where he has been for over 20 years. He has been involved with industrial instrumentation and automation for almost 30 years, including some early career time with both Leeds & Northrup and Honeywell, as well as past president of one of the Pennsylvania ISA sections. He loves teaching on various industrial subjects, telling horrible dad jokes, spending time with family, hiking national parks, lifting weights, watching football, and growing the NSI business along with the amazing companies that his organization represents. He believes that everything rises and falls on leadership, and spends a lot of time growing his own and others’ collective leadership capability – and thus is passionate about the MCAA organization and what it is doing to raise up the leadership knowledge within this industry.
Senior Vice President
John Wilson has over 30 years of experience in sensors and safety instrumented systems. He is the Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Draeger Inc., where he has business leadership for safety solutions in North America. John is responsible for double-digit sales and profit growth across multiple target industries, including Oil/Gas/Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Food/Beverage, Cleantech, and Government. Formerly, he held a number of leadership roles with MSA, including Vice President and Global Business Leader for Fire & Gas Systems, leading sales and engineering teams across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas. He has a BS (Hons) in Applied Physics and a postgraduate diploma in Marketing.
Vice President of Analytics and Consulting
Miller Resource Group
Alex Chausovsky is a highly experienced market researcher and analyst with more than twenty years of expertise across subjects including economics, industrial manufacturing, automation, talent and workforce issues, and advanced technology trends. For the last two decades, he has consulted and advised companies throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia, and his insights and analysis have been featured on NPR, the BBC, and in the Wall Street Journal.
Alex has delivered hundreds of keynote presentations and webinars to small businesses, trade associations, and Fortune 500 companies across a spectrum of industries. He is currently overseeing a suite of analytics products focused on talent for the Miller Resource Group. Alex is also consulting with companies to help them become better at attracting, hiring, and retaining the impact players in their industry.
Vice President, Sustainability
DuPont de Nemours
In his current role, Scott leads the DuPont Sustainability Team, which includes Community Impact and Corporate Product Stewardship & Regulatory. Scott chairs DuPont’s cross-functional Sustainability Leadership Council and works closely with internal and external stakeholders to deliver on DuPont’s 2030 Sustainability Goals and to advance DuPont’s strategy as a premier multi-industrial company and an investment partner and employer of choice.
Prior to this role, between 2018 and 2022 Scott was Vice President of Technology for DuPont’s Mobility & Materials (M&M) business. He led research, development, technical service, and product stewardship for the DuPont M&M business unit. Scott brought a strong track record of delivering breakthrough process and product innovation and sustainability initiatives into the market. Scott led a team of 800+ technology employees in multiple locations around the world focused on developing innovative technology in engineering plastics and other highly engineered materials for demanding applications in the automotive, electrical/electronic, industrial, consumer and healthcare markets.
Scott joined Dow in 1989, remaining with DuPont following its 2019 separation from Dow after the 2017 Dow-DuPont merger. He’s held several key positions in research and development, including as one of the key drivers of the Pack Studios initiative while North American TS&D Director and Associate Director for Dow’s Packaging & Specialty Plastics (P&SP) business and Core R&D program director for Dow’s ethylene envelope. He was also R&D leader of the polyethylene product development group, TS&D leader of the North America Engineering Plastics Electronics TS&D team, and the Product and Marketing Manager for colored engineering plastics.
Scott is currently the co-chair of the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicines (NASEM) Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology (BCST) and is a certified six sigma black belt and licensed professional engineer.
Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Central Michigan University.
Top Dog Social Media
Melonie Dodaro is the CEO of Top Dog Social Media and regarded worldwide as a leading authority on LinkedIn marketing and social selling. She’s the bestselling author of multiple books, including LinkedIn Unlocked and has trained over 30,000 companies and individuals on how to effectively use LinkedIn for sales and marketing.
Author, Selling Through Tough Times
Reilly Sales Training
Paul Reilly is a speaker, sales trainer, and author. Reilly literally wrote the book on Selling Through Tough Times. Paul also coauthored Value-Added Selling, fourth edition (McGraw-Hill, 2018), and hosts The Q and A Sales Podcast. Reilly travels the globe sharing his content-rich message of hope. In his extensive sales career, Reilly has sold through tough times and against tough competition. He is a salesperson at heart and has experienced and overcome the challenges many of you are facing.
Reilly cut his teeth in the commoditized propane industry—a notoriously price-sensitive and competitive market. Reilly competed with dozens of providers selling the same exact product. He sold tools and fasteners in the construction industry during the Great Recession. Toward the tail end of the recession, he earned Master’s Club status from his employer. The Master’s Club is reserved for the top ten percent of sellers company-wide. Reilly also sold medical equipment during one of the most uncertain times in the healthcare industry. In early 2010, the healthcare industry faced unprecedented change, and many ancillary providers and suppliers struggled. Amid this uncertainty, Reilly grew his distribution network and successfully relaunched their brand in a new country.
Paul achieved his CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation in 2020. Fewer than 18 percent of professional speakers have earned this designation. Paul attended the University of Missouri – Columbia, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Business Marketing. He went on to earn his MBA from Webster University. Paul is a frequent contributor to a variety of online and trade magazines. He is also a faculty member of the University of Innovative Distribution—UID.
President and Principal
With a reputation as an accurate, straightforward economist, Alan has been delivering award-winning workshops and economic analysis seminars in countries across the world to thousands of business owners and executives for the last 30 years. He is co-author of Prosperity in the Age of Decline, a powerful look at how to make the most of the US and global trends over the next 20 years. Alan also coauthored Make Your Move, a practical and insightful guide on increasing profits through business cycle changes, and noted by one reviewer as “simple, yet awesome.”
As the chief economist for numerous US and international trade associations, it has been remarked that Alan’s “insight into our business, a track record of accurate forecasting, and unparalleled knowledge of global markets has earned him the respect and appreciation of key business leaders in our industry.”
Pronouncements from ITR Economics™ and/or Alan have appeared in/on: the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Knight Ridder News Services, Business Week, Associated Press, The Washington Times, CBS Radio, CNN Radio, Sirius talk radio, and numerous other outlets.