With over 150 members and a variety of companies represented, the Manufacturing, Industrial and Logistics council provides the opportunity to share similar interests, insights, technical innovations and efficiency improvements, as well as unique processes and procedures,, to meet the future demands and challenges of external and internal customers. Click here to view a list of the companies represented within the MILC.

The council’s membership is open to those that have some degree of responsibility for a manufacturing facility and those offering specialized products or services to meet their needs.

Are you already an IFMA member and want to become a member of the Manufacturing, Industrial and Logistics Council? Click here or contact Joshua Amos at joshua.amos@ifma.org .

Letter from the President
Dear fellow colleagues,

Over the last year, we have seen a steady increase in capital improvements and investments into the facilities of manufacturers across the nation.  With this steady growth brings even more importance to the role of facility managers.  We should be honored to be responsible for such large investments.  But we must also recognize our efforts should strive to lead to additional savings that only makes our companies stronger and in turn creates more jobs and security for all involved.  This effort is substantially increased with knowledge that can only come from industry data and education.  We must endorse the great resources that IFMA offers to continue our knowledge.

Our interest and commitment to sustainability will also drive our technology and resources to a new heights.  We have already seen this effort reduce fuel costs and thus with the new drilling technology we have reduce gas costs.  All these savings will hopefully lead to more investment in our facilities but we must be vocal to request our funding needed to conduct our work efficiently or face dealing with reactive repairs.

We also must be advocates of our industry and our IFMA organization by promoting membership for the learning and networking of our colleagues.  If each of us could just entice one new member, our networking would double and the amount of knowledge as a resource would be indefinite. Collaboration will be the key to gaining our knowledge and shared innovation. In addition, we must stay close to our supplier and appreciate they are also continuously looking for new innovation to grow their business which we can benefit from.  Encourage meetings and conversations to create the opportunity to match a need and solution.  Identifying the solutions and understanding the costs associated will allow us to submit the proper budget request. 

Together through collaboration, innovation and data sharing we can with together!

Keith G. Vandendussche
MILC President

The MILC wants to thank their newest sponsor GZA



World Workplace Keynote Speaker Announced

Kyle Petty - NASCAR Icon and Philanthropist

Kyle PettyWednesday, October 3, 2018
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

What a Ride: Life, Family, Community and the Race Track"
Kyle Petty
is an auto racing icon, a champion of philanthropy and one of the most popular personalities in all of sports. His name and smile will always connect him with NASCAR's most famous family. To the world, his father Richard Petty was, and still is, "the King," the greatest champion in NASCAR history. Kyle's grandfather, Lee, was larger-than-life in the early days of stock car racing. To a young boy growing up in Level Cross, N.C., and places like Daytona, Charlotte and Talladega, Lee and Richard were simply Grandpa and Dad to him. Kyle is as much a product of racing as he is of his famous forebears. For more than three decades as a driver, owner and media commentator, Kyle has put his heart and soul into doing what a Petty does best --compete with class and touching the lives of everyone around him. Today, it is Kyle Petty who is larger than life. Inspired by the vision of his late son Adam, Kyle and the Petty family partnered with the NASCAR community and corporate sponsors nationwide to help those in need. Their crowning achievement is Victory Junction, a camp near Level Cross, where more than 25,300 children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses have found hope, laughter, friendship and adventure. Founded in 2004, Victory Junction has negated all who counseled Kyle against the undertaking, citing the immense cost and complexity of building and operating a camp for kids with special needs. The camp has become a shining example of what character and commitment can achieve.  
For more than 23 years, Kyle has hosted hundreds of NASCAR fans, drivers and motorcycle enthusiasts on his annual Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America. The Ride travels cross-country each spring to raise funds and awareness for Victory Junction. To date, the Ride has raised more than $18 million for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses, and is the most successful philanthropic event hosted by any person in the NASCAR family. Kyle has been named or nominated by NASCAR, plus various media outlets and corporations, as Person of the Year, Father of the Year, Sportsman of the Year and the USA's Most Caring Athlete. He is an inductee in both the Philanthropy Hall of Fame, the Humanitarian Hall of Fame and the Little League Hall of Excellence.

Theresa Payton

Closing Keynote Speaker: Theresa Payton former White House CIO & Cybersecurity Authority Starring on CBS's TV Show "Hunted"

Friday, October 5, 2018
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

"Hype or Reality? Your Workplace and Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, & the Internet of Things"
As the star of the CBS TV series, “Hunted,” Theresa Payton identifies emerging trends and techniques to help combat cyber threats, from the impact of the Internet of Things to securing Big Data. The first female to serve as White House chief information officer, and named #4 on IFSEC Global’s list of the world’s Top 50 cybersecurity influencers in security & fire 2017, Theresa is one of America’s most respected authorities on Internet security, data breaches and fraud mitigation. With real-world strategies and solutions, she helps public and private sector organizations protect their most valuable resources. Drawing from her experience as a veteran cybercrime fighter and entrepreneur of her successful and rapidly-growing cybersecurity firm, Fortalice, Theresa masterfully blends memorable anecdotes with cutting-edge insights to heighten awareness of the perils of our uber-connected world. As she delves into the cyber-underworld and the new kinds of threats that can lead to tomorrow’s breaches and insider risks, she offers a proven blueprint for audiences to stay a step ahead with practical steps for thinking like the adversary, while managing cybersecurity risk. Theresa’s distinct approachability, combined with her visionary perspective and easy-to-implement strategies, effectively prepare audiences for success in the ongoing battle against cybercrime..
In this session: The weakest link in your building might not be on your checklist - cybersecurity. We know how important it is to maintain and optimize your physical facilities and workspace, but what about your digital office space? In any business that uses technology, there exists the risk of a cyber attack hitting your servers. A lot of executives believe that they won't encounter a digital breach, but 2017 was a watershed year for cybercrime. The traditional view of facility management previously included tasks, which were more physical in nature in terms of the responsibility of the building, but the ever evolving landscape of facilities upfitted with the “internet of things” devices from smart locks to smart bulbs and more mixed with the dynamic pace of threats via cybercrime means facility management strategy now includes maintaining critical operations through the use of information technology (IT), cyber security and automated controls.This is a conundrum that speaker, Theresa Payton, had to face on the front lines of protecting the White House and faces today working with facility managers across the globe to protect what matters most. Theresa will address what the specific concerns might be for facility managers regarding potential threats and address the role of key stakeholders with regards to the mitigation of those concerns.She will share real world strategies to help you create a security plan for your facility.

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