Achieve and sustain organizational excellence at the AME 2011

Annual Excellence Inside International Conference expects 2,500 manufacturing practitioners to gain insights from keynote speakers, share best practices, network, Oct. 24-28, 2011, in Dallas, TX.


With the economic recovery phase underway and the unemployment rate slowly decreasing, companies—especially those in the manufacturing sector—must continually strive to find new ways to achieve and sustain organizational excellence during this critical time. Attendees of the 2011 Annual Excellence Inside International Conference, hosted by the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), will find new opportunities to master the enterprise excellence journey.

From October 24-28, 2011, an expected 2,500 manufacturing practitioners from around the world will gather in Dallas, TX to gain insights from keynote speakers, share best practices with other professionals, explore world-class facilities and network.

The conference will boast eight inspiring keynote speakers:

  • Temple Grandin, Ph.D.; Professor of Animal Sciences, Colorado State University; New York Times Bestselling Author; and one of Time magazine’s 2010 “The 100 Most Influential People in the World”
  • Mike Rother; Bestselling author; and engineer, researcher and teacher affiliated with the University of Michigan, the Industrial Technology Institute, the Fraunhofer Institute and the Technical University Dortmund
  • Charles “Gus” Whalen, Jr. ; Chairman of The Warren Featherbone Company
  • Gregory Hall; Senior Vice President of Technical Operations at FedEx Express
  • Gary Convis; Consultant to Dana Holding Corporation
  • Sarah Patterson; Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Virginia Mason Medical Center
  • James Womack, Ph.D.; Founder of and Senior Advisor to the Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc.
  • Robyn Benincasa; Professional adventure racer, firefighter and teamwork-building extraordinaire who inspires people to become high-performance leaders

During 40 workshops, 60 presentations and 10 special interest sessions, conference attendees will have countless networking and best practice sharing opportunities. . From “Mastering Lean Product Development” and “Sustainability Unplugged,” to “Lean Accounting” and “Value Stream Mapping,” the AME conference features dozens of learning opportunities for professionals of all levels, in any industry.

According to AME members, facility tours are a prime way to learn first-hand how companies achieve and sustain operational excellence. This year, conference attendees will have the option to take part in any of 40 scheduled tours, including major medical device, food, transportation and health care manufacturers.

The conference will also include an exhibition hall, with more than 60 exhibitors, showcasing practical Lean knowledge-based product and service solutions. These exhibitors will enrich the conference experience with the tools and resources to help organizations eliminate waste and improve effectiveness.

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence

- Edited by Gust Gianos, Plant Engineering,

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