March 19, 2014

Past Events

An Evening at the Ball Park

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Westside Patio – Oakland Coliseum

More than 50 attendees enjoyed an evening at the Oakland Coliseum featuring a BBQ dinner, drinks, networking, raffle prizes and swag bags. The social event enabled East Bay manufacturing executives to make valuable connections while cheering on the Oakland A’s whom defeated the Cleveland Indians 9-1.


Read the recap article: An Evening at the Ball Park


Farm to Fork: What Happens In Between?

Thursday, March 17, 2016
Semifreddi’s Bakery, Alameda

Four panelists participated in an in-depth discussion of food safety in manufacturing.

Panel featured:Wilson Lau, Vice President of nuherbs Co.; Michael Kalish, Co-Founder of Food Safety Guides; John Tredgold, Vice President of Operations for Semifreddi’s Bakery; Chris Welch, Quality Assurance Manager for Three Twins Ice Cream

Moderated by: Tom Frainier, CEO of Semifreddi’s Bakery

Read the recap article: Farm to Fork: What Happens In Between


East Bay Manufacturing Summit

Friday, September 18, 2015
Zero Net Energy Center, San Leandro

Manufacturers, educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders gathered for a discussion on the manufacturing industry and its importance to both regional and national economies. The event featured a Legislation Panel, Talent Panel and Innovation Panel.

Keynote Speaker: Rich Wells, Vice President of Dow Chemical Company

Read the recap article: First East Bay Manufacturing Summit

Training and Developing Your Workforce

Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Rolls-Royce, Oakland

Panelists with decades of manufacturing experience convened to discuss strategies, resources and tools to train a successful workforce.

Panel featured: Hale Foote, President of Scandic Springs, Inc. / Patrick Murphy, Director of Engineering and Quality for Rolls-Royce Engine Services / Mark Martin, Ph.D., Bay Area Regional Director for Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development for California Community Colleges

Moderated by: Karen Burns, Assurance Partner with Sensiba San Filippo LLP

Read the recap article: Training & Developing Your Workforce

Finding & Hiring the Best Talent

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ALOM, Fremont

A panel of experts convened to share best practices in searching, recruiting and hiring manufacturing employees. The panel discussed strategies, resources and tools to build your workforce in 2015.

Panel featured: Claire Mendonca, Senior Human Resources Manager for ALOM / Stephen Baiter, Executive Director of the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County / Sherri Shimomura, Vice President of Human Resources for Finelite

Moderated by: Karen Burns, Assurance Partner with Sensiba San Filippo LLP

Read the recap article: Finding & Hiring the Best Talent

Product Recalls: Handling a Crisis

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Annie’s Inc., Berkeley

A panel of experts convened to discuss various aspects of product recalls including crisis management, risk mitigation, brand rehabilitation, industry protocol and more.

Expert Panelists:

Tamra Maupin
LIU Global Crisis Management
office: 415-983-4559
mobile: 917-543-0493

Steve Gruler

Peter R. Picetti
Sr. Vice President
Heffernan Insurance Brokers
direct: (415) 808-1344

Moderated by: Attila Bardos, Division Director for Robert Half Management Resources

Read the recap article: Product Recalls: Handling a Crisis

Sustainability in Bay Area Manufacturing

Friday, May 30, 2014, 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Back to the Roots, Oakland

Three panelists who represent the future of sustainable business practices led the conversation with local business owners on sustainability in manufacturing, from creating innovative products to best practices for reducing environmental and social impacts.

Panel featured: Shauna Sadowski, Director of Sustainability of Annie’s, Inc. / Jason Kibbey, Executive Director of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition / Nikhil Arora, Co-Founder of Back to the Roots

Moderated by: William Acevedo, Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP.

Read the recap article: Sustainability in Manufacturing

Doing Business in California: Manufacturing CAN  Thrive in a Difficult Climate
Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 7:45 am
Finelite, Union CIty

During the last half of the 20th century, American manufacturing companies increasingly chose to outsource their production of goods to other states and other countries. The concept was to increase profits by lowering production cost with cheaper labor rates, real estate, and business costs.

Now there is a notable trend swinging the other direction. While the “Made in America” mantra has always been popular, the “reshoring” and “insourcing” of manufacturing is gaining momentum. Most companies underestimated the total cost of outsourcing and dramatically underestimated the overall risk to their supply chain and intellectual property.

This discussion was with panel of business owners who spoke on why they have decided to keep their manufacturing businesses in California and why they feel they can thrive here in this difficult climate.

Panel featured: Mark Benguerel, COO, Finelite / John Buckley, CEO, Architectural Glass and Aluminum (AGA) / Peter Vermeulen, Director of Finance, Sugar Bowl Bakery / Richard Stump, CEO, Calibowl & Principal, FATHOM

Moderated by: Attila Bardos, Division Director for Robert Half Management Resources

Read the recap article: Doing Business in California: Manufacturing CAN Thrive in a Difficult Climate

Hot Topics for California Manufacturers
Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 8:00 am
Wendel, Rosen, Black, & Dean, LLP, Oakland

A panel discussion and Q&A session addressing the hottest issues facing California Manufacturers today. Our industry and technical experts addressed new and expiring tax provisions, including the expanded sales tax exemption for equipment purchases; increasing automation to lower costs, compete globally and avoid related workforce issues; healthcare reform under the Affordable Care Act – what employers need to do NOW; and legal trends including recent updates on environmental regulations.

Panel featured: Richard Lyons,Attorney, Wendel, Rosen, Black, & Dean, LLP / Bill Norwalk, Tax Partner-in-Charge, Sensiba San Filippo LLP / Gene Russell, President and CEO, Manex Consulting / Lorelei Suarez,Vice President of Employee Benefits, Heffernan Insurance

Read the recap article: Hot Topics of California Manufacturers

Location, Location, Location!
Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 8:00 am
Quick Mount PV, Walnut Creek

A panel discussion with rich conversation on the things a manufacturer should consider when they are contemplating a move. Manufacturers shared their experiences, there was advice from the city government perspective, as well as tips from a commercial real estate broker. We also discussed building purchase opportunities through the Small Business Administration 504 program.

Panel featured: Claudia Wentworth, President & Co-Founder, Quick Mount PV / Alex Greenwood, Economic Development Manager, City Of Brentwood / Barbara Morrison, CEO & President, TMC Financing / Ed Del Beccaro, Managing Partner, Transwestern

Read the recap article: Location, Location, Location

Utilizing Your Most Valuable Assets: The case for workforce development
Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 8:00 am
Laney College, Oakland

A panel discussion addressing the concerns of workforce development in the East Bay Area. Panel featured Dr. Mark Martin, Director of Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development at Laney College; Mark Petri, Vice President of Sales at Plastikon Industries; Robert Meyer, Senior Economic Development Specialist at Employment Training Panel; and Nick Schultz, Executive Director at Alameda County Workforce Investment Board.

Read the recap article: Utilizing Your Most Valuable Assets: The Case for Workforce Development

Access to Capital: A Panel Discussion
Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 8:00 am
Cellotape, Fremont

Hosted and moderated by Pete Offermann, Cellotape and Landmark Label CEO
Panel featured: Senior lender – Tom Park, California Bank of Commerce; Asset based lender – David Braff, First Capital; Mezzanine lender – Cristie Sheffield, Hadley Partners; and Private Equity – Chris Andersen, Atlas Capital Strategies

Read the recap article: Industry Experts Discuss Access to Capital

Technology Manufacturing Summit: An EBMG sponsored event
Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 9:00 am
Brentwood Community Center, Brentwood

Featuring Congressman Jerry McNerney; Ro Khanna, Author, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of Commerce; Karen Burns, Sensiba San Filippo & East Bay Manufacturing Group; Patrick Dempsey, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; and Karen Engle, East Bay Economic Development Alliance

Social Vines: A Candy Manufacturer’s Social Media Success
Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 8:00 am
American Licorice, Union City

Featuring keynote speaker Michael Kelly, Media/Consumer Communications Manager of American Licorice

Read the recap article: Social Media: Leveling the Playing Field

Capitalism with a Heart
Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 8:00 am
Semifreddi’s Bakery, Alameda

Featuring keynote speaker Tom Frainier, CEO Semifreddi’s Bakery

Read the recap article: Semifreddi’s Secret Ingredient to Success
View event photos: A Visit to Semifreddi’s Bakery (Coming soon…)

Forum for Manufacturing Executives
Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 4:00 pm
FINELITE, Union City

Featuring keynote speaker Rosie Rios, Treasurer of the United States

Read the recap article: Putting Manufacturing at the Forefront to Create Jobs, by Treasure Rios
View event photos: A Visit with Treasure Rosis Rios (Coming soon…)

Panelist Breakfast Discussion: “The Rising Cost of Raw Materials”
Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 7:30 am
Wendel Rosen, Oakland

Read the recap article: Innovation and Transparency are Top Ways Manufacturers Guard Against Rising Costs

Read post event tips: Top 10 Tips for Mitigating Manufacturing Costs

“Thank you for putting together such a great event. It was easily the most engaging and informative panel I’ve had the pleasure of participating in. I appreciate the opportunity.”
Karen Trilevsky, FullBloom Baking Company