2019 National MBE Manufacturers Summit


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2019 Summit booklet

Creating the NEXT: Intelligent Manufacturing Reality

The National MBE Manufacturers Summit 2019 provides leading Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) manufacturers the opportunity to assemble, build connections and create new business opportunities. Over 600 attendees from 28 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and Washington, D.C. have experienced the significant impact of participating in this national gathering of the manufacturing community.

Location: Georgia Tech Global Learning Center | 84 5th Street NW | Atlanta, GA 30308


The MBDA Atlanta Advanced Manufacturing Center is proud to WELCOME you to the 4th Annual National MBE Manufacturers Summit 2019.


Day 1: Intentional Networking and Reception
August 11, 2019

Be a part of the industry’s most powerful gathering of MBE manufacturers, innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs shaping and transforming manufacturing through technology today. Share stories, recognize and celebrate your peers – form valuable connections that will last a lifetime. Come join your colleagues for cocktails, networking and thought leadership.

Reception Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Day 2: National MBE Manufacturers Summit 2019
August 12, 2019

Georgia Tech Global Learning Center

8:00 am Registration, Networking Breakfast 
Poster Walk Featuring MBE Manufacturers
9:00 am Opening Remarks
Donna Ennis, Project Director
Atlanta MBDA Advance Manufacturing Center

Dr. Chaouki T. Abdallah, Executive Vice President for Research
Georgia Institute of Technology
The Future is Now
Henry Childs II, National Director
U.S. Department of Commerce
Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
Transforming Your Leadership for the Next Manufacturing Reality
Amir A. Ghannad, The Ghannad Group
10:15 am Meet the Defense Logistics Agency
Christopher Hall, Deputy Director Office of Small Business Programs
Defense Logistics Agency
10:45 am

Cale Harbour
Discover IIOT in Automation
Poster Walk  Featuring MBE Manufacturers

11:00 am Experiencing Intelligent Manufacturing Reality
Innovation Pod Showcase featuring the Latest Trends in Innovation and Technology
Noon Networking Lunch
Luncheon Keynote
Dr. Josh Ghaim, Chief Technology Officer
Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies
Awards Ceremony & Poster Walk Awards
Networking with a Purpose
2:30 pm Fast Pitch One-on-One Meetings
5:00 pm Adjourn

Day 3: KIA Manufacturing Technology Tour
August 13, 2019

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia Plant Tour


Center Level

Bridge Builder Level

Summit Level