Connections – Keeping up with change

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 :: Connections
Andrew Schaick
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer
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Photos courtesy Ryan Estis

When it comes to the world of manufacturing, change is a constant. It’s how you handle change that turns it into a positive or a negative for your company. 

Keynote speaker Ryan Estis will explore ways to keep your company positive during his presentation at the Manufacturing First Expo & Conference, Oct. 21 and 22. He wants you to eliminate the idea that change
is negative and will help you understand management can evolve to stay ahead of changing customer and employee needs.

“One thing that makes him unique is the way he challenges his audience to think differently,” says Mickey Noone, president­ of First Business Bank Northeast, one of the conference’s primary sponsors. “The labor force is always changing over time, and if leadership doesn’t change, the labor shortage gap will become even wider.”

Estis speaks at 8 a.m. on Oct. 22. He will focus on managing breakthrough performance in the New Economy and discussing approaches to effective leadership. He also challenges conventional leadership practices and explores techniques that keep up with the ever-changing needs of today’s workforce. The keynote will also deal with ways to capture employee commitment and evaluate overall productivity.

“I’ve heard a lot of people say really good things about his presentations,” Noone says. “The audience will get a new leadership perspective and what to do in regards of tracking the labor shortage.”

Estis, a former chief strategy officer for the McCann Worldgroup, will bring 20-plus years of experience to this year’s event.

His client base ranges from companies such as AT&T and Adobe. All presentations he gives include original research and customized insight that applies to different audience industries. Ann Franz, director of the NEW Manufacturing Alliance, says organizers are excited to welcome Ryan to the expo.

Ryan Estis 3_320“Ryan has worked with other manufacturing associations in the past and has clients that are also manufacturing companies,” Franz says. “Most importantly, he will provide some real takeaways audience members can then apply to their workforce.”

Manufacturing First organizers say they are excited to hear the message Estis will deliver to the audience, especially after the success of 2014 keynote speaker Seth Mattison. Franz says surveys and general feedback after Mattison’s keynote presentation showed that he was one of the best speakers the event has had.

Mattison recommended Estis for this year’s event.

Besides being recognized as one of the “best keynote speakers ever heard” by Meetings & Conventions magazine, Estis will be shedding light on how to survive in the manufacturing world.

Manufacturing First’s primary audience is manufacturers, but Franz says the attendee list is not limited to just manufacturers.

“Our attendee list has people from all different industry sectors, and his message will be a value to all,” Franz says.

What Franz and Noone are looking forward to the most is the impact Estis will have on the audience. Like Franz, Noone says the takeaway advice will be one of the most valuable aspects of his presentation.

But, there is already no doubt that the choice of Estis for this year’s event was the right one.

“I asked Seth outright who we could get that is better than him,” Franz says. “He told me that without a doubt, we needed to book a guy by the name of Ryan Estis.”