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2018 Aerospace, Aviation, Defense + Manufacturing Conference

For members of the Aerospace, Aviation, Defense, + Manufacturing community, the Arizona Technology Council (AZTC) is offering a major opportunity for you to connect with potential new partners in June. The Arizona Technology Council, Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) and RevAZ are hosting the seventh annual Conference for Arizona’s Aerospace, Aviation, Defense + Manufacturing Community on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at ASU SkySong. 

For defense contractors, the event will be your chance to take the spotlight as you explain your needs with subcontractors. For smaller manufacturers and service providers, you will be able to talk directly with A&D decision-makers to learn how to best meet their requirements. To register for the event click here.

Conference Agenda:
12:30pm – 1:00pm | Registration opens/Expo Open
1:00pm -1:10pm | Conference opening remarks 
1:10pm – 1:30pm | Opening Speaker #1 – Omeed Jafari, Founder and managing partner of Barrington Oaks – The State of Aerospace & Defense: Strategic Challenges & Opportunities
1:30pm – 2:15pm| Expert Panel #1 – Modernizing Mesa: Turning up the HEAT in Advancing Manufacturing – Aric H. Bopp (Moderator) CEcD, Deputy Director – Strategic Initiatives, City of Mesa; Rex Ginder, UND Aerospace; Scott Burns, Orbital ATK; Arnaldo Soto, AQST Space Systems; Michael Schachte, Attack Helicopter Programs Chief Engineer; Boeing
2:15pm – 3:00pm | Manufacturers, Service Providers Presentations – FARO, InterLink Engineering; 4D Technology Corporation;  High Peak AdvisorsFlodraulic Group, Inc.; Prime Solutions Group; PADT (Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies)
3:00pm – 3:15pm | Break 
3:15pm – 4:00pm | Expert Panel #2 – Space in Arizona: Converting Arizona’s Economy Into a Space Fairing Enterprise – Alex Rodriguez, Vice President, Vector Launch, Inc. (Moderator), Grant Anderson, CEO, Paragon Space Development Corporation;  Stephen Fleming, Vice President, University of Arizona; Tanya Harrison, Director of Research, ASU NewSpace Initiative
4:00pm – 4:45pm | Keynote Speaker – Brian Barron, Vector Vice President for Manufacturing
4:45pm | Closing remarks
4:30pm – 6:00pm | Cocktails and Networking

For sponsorship information please contact the AZTC at

Event Sponsors/Exhibitors:
Arizona Commerce Authority – Partner Sponsor
AccountabilIT, LLC – Silver Sponsor
InterLink Engineering | Presenter/Exhibitor Sponsor
FARO | Presenter/Exhibitor Sponsor
HighPeak Advisors | Presenter/Exhibitor Sponsor
Flodraulic Group, Inc. | Presenter/Exhibitor Sponsor
PADT | Presenter/Exhibitor Sponsor
Prime Solutions Group | Presenter/Exhibitor Sponsor
4D Technology Corp | Presenter/Exhibitor Sponsor
Law Offices of Brelje and Associates P.C. | Exhibitor Sponsor
Connect-IO – Cocktail Sponsor
Lee & Associates l Arizona – Property Solutions Team – Cocktail Sponsor
Trans-West Network Solutions – Silver Sponsor

RevAZ is Arizona’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center created through a partnership between the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) whose goal is to become the central resource for technical assistance and all things manufacturing for Arizona’s existing community of small and medium-sized manufacturers.

RevAZ offers products and services that match the needs of manufacturing companies in Arizona and provides focused, concrete advice, training and hands-on assistance in growing businesses and improving profitability.

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) The Arizona Commerce Authority is the state’s aggressive, premier economic development agency tasked with improving Arizona’s overall economy through the creation of quality jobs.  The ACA focuses on the attraction of valuable business to Arizona, the expansion of existing business and the creation of new business.   Armed with a host of some of the most competitive incentives in the county, the ACA assists companies within Arizona, around the country and around the world.  Target industries include aerospace and defense, semiconductors, bioscience, optics and renewable energy.


ASU SkySong
1365 N. Scottsdale Rd
Building #3, rooms 130/135
Scottsdale, AZ 85257


Thursday June 21, 2018


12:30 PM - 6:00 PM


  • AZTC Member - $40
  • Non AZTC Member $60


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