Professional Development Meeting-North
Date : 11/17/10
Registration: 5:30 PM
Dinner: 6:30 PM
Presentation: 7:45 PM
Cost includes dinner:
- $30 member
- $35 non member
- $20 student
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Building Competitive Advantage for
Over the last two decades, the economic landscape has changed
dramatically, featuring the most significant downturn since the Great
Depression, the rapid decline of manufacturing employment, the emergence
of the internet and advanced information technology and the beginning of
the sustainability revolution. As a result of these trends, the
challenges faced by manufacturers have also changed. Innovation has
become an imperative for survival and growth. The demand for
environmental stewardship and energy efficiency has dramatically
increased, and even the smallest firms must navigate global markets and
The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has been in existence for
over 20 years, and has accumulated a solid base of experience with
thousands of manufacturing clients. There are 60 regional centers across
the US, employing over 1500 non federal staff in 370 chapters. In FY
2008, MEP provided in-depth assistance to over 7000 manufacturers that
resulted in $3.6 billion increase in sales, $5.5 billion in retained
sales, $1.4 billion in cost and investment savings and the creation and
retention of 53,000 jobs – all during a recession. Most of these results
come from assisting small firms with manufacturing process and quality
ITAC serves the nearly 8000 small firms in the five boroughs of New York
City and provides in depth assistance to over 200 firms each year.
Assistance is provided through consulting and training work provided
through third party consultants and directly by ITAC Staff. There is a
wide range of project activity from Strategic Planning to Customer
Service Training. Two case studies dealing with company transformation
and change and the resulting impact will be presented.
Raj Sharma is the Director of Client Services for ITAC, the NYC chapter
of the US Dept of Commerce’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership
program. He works with ownership and top management of small and
midsized industrial firms, to identify and work on activities that
improve their firm’s performance. All of their work needs to have
measurable impact for ITAC to retain its Federal and State funding.
Raj brings almost 30years of experience working in a number of
manufacturing fields. He is a Manufacturing, Distribution and Operations
industry professional, who has managed and led enterprise wide business
process improvement projects in Building Materials Supply, Woodworking,
Picture Frame, Wall Décor and Printing Industries.
He received his BS in Chemical Engineering from The Cooper Union, a
diploma in Financial Management from NYU, and has an MS in Management of
Technology from the Stevens Institute of Technology. In addition, he
recently passed the CSCP exam, is a certified instructor of Inventory
Management, Lean Enterprise applications viz, Value Stream Mapping,
Workplace Organization (5S), Business Process Analysis and Re-
engineering for all parts of the "Quote to Cash" Cycle.