isn't going to happen until May 4-8 in Milwaukee, but the Society of Plastics Engineers already has two key speakers on its agenda. Ed Barlow, president of Creating the Future Inc., will speak on May 5 about “A Journey Through the 21st Century,” exploring the rapid and dramatic economic, technological, social and political changes that lie ahead, and defining the impact to each attendee and their organization.
“Change is a constant in the plastics industry, and it's something that we all need to embrace,” says Susan Oderwald, executive director of SPE. “Mr. Barlow will provide valuable insight as to how attendees can define and seize opportunities and prepare for the underlying challenges.”
On May 6, William F. Banholzer, corporate vice president and chief technology officer of Dow Chemical Co., will speak about “The Challenges and Opportunities in Future Feedstocks for the Plastics Industry.”
some more background about the speakers, courtesy of SPE:
Ed Barlow is president of Creating the Future Inc., and is dedicated to enhancing an understanding of the future and the influences which will affect personal, professional, organizational, and community settings. In addition to his extensive speaking and consulting schedule, he is interviewed regularly by the media. He has also testified before the U.S. Congress on several occasions, and his advice and counsel is sought regularly by leaders in business, government and the non-profit sector. Barlow's professional experience includes executive positions in health care, business, higher education, and a Washington-based management-consulting firm. He holds a master's degree in management from the University of Notre Dame. Barlow's client list represents the "Who's Who" within industry, government, and the not-for-profit sector, including: Abbott Laboratories, Hewlett-Packard, Kimberly-Clark, U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin, and Pepsi.
William F. Banholzer is Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Dow Chemical Co., located in Midland, Mich. He is a member of the Dow's management committee, chairs the company's innovation committee, and leads Dow's research and development activities across the globe. Prior to Dow, Dr. Banholzer had a 22-year career with General Electric Co., where he was vice president of Global Technology at GE Advanced Materials, responsible for worldwide technology and engineering. During his GE career, Dr. Banholzer was honored with GE's Bronze, Silver, and Gold Patent Awards; GE Superabrasives' Leadership Award; GE Plastics' CEO Six Sigma Award; and election to the Whitney Gallery of Technical Achievers. In 2002, Dr. Banholzer was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest distinctions that can be accorded an engineer. He also sits on the advisory boards for chemistry and chemical engineering at the University of Illinois and UC Berkeley, is a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and serves on the AIChE Awards Committee. Dr. Banholzer is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, holds 14 U.S. patents, and has over 80 publications, which have received more than 1000 citations, for his work in the field of engineering and chemistry.
I'm looking forward to Antec next year, especially since it will be in one of my favorite cities. Since SPE is thinking this far advance about plenary speakers, I guess it's not too early for me to start to plan which restaurants I'd like to visit. For some suggestions, check out this list of the Milwaukee area's top 30 restaurants
, from my former colleague at The Milwaukee Journal
, the late, great Dennis Getto.