'Building Bridges' the theme of AME conference
Lean culture the subject of educational sessions in Charleston, SC
The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) will host Building Bridges 2009 May 20 through May 22 in Charleston, South Carolina. It is the year's first regional conference designed to help Lean practitioners discover innovative ways to bridge the needs of supply and demand. The three-day conference will bring together 150 business leaders for a high-intensity learning and networking experience. Building Bridges 2009 is a unique way for corporate leaders to really delve into the strategies that create a sustained culture of continuous improvement and drive long-term business success.
In today's unprecedented economic climate, it is more important than ever to maintain a competitive edge. To help do just that, Building Bridges 2009 will feature four exceptional keynote sessions that cater not only to practitioners already involved in their Lean journeys, but also to professionals in the early stages. The sessions will be led by some of the industry's most established individuals. From plant management to strategic planning, these Lean thinkers have a variety of backgrounds which provides participants of Building Bridges 2009 with access to well-rounded knowledge and expertise. In addition, they will inspire participants through stories about personal Lean experiences, including successes and struggles.
Building Bridges 2009 will be held at the historic Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King St., in Charleston, SC. Those who wish to attend can register online, by calling Delphia Crawford at (224) 232-5980 ext. 223 or by faxing the registration form to (224) 232-5981. Online registration and the form can be found at www.ameregionalconferences.org .
The cost for AME members is $845 and for non-members $995. Teams of five or more can register for $645 each (AME members) or $795 each (non-members). Additional special registration discounts are still available. For non-members, the cost includes a one-year AME membership.
For more information about Building Bridges 2009, including keynote presentations, workshops, speakers, registration information, cancellation policy, accommodations and more, please visit www.ameregionalconferences.org .
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