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2016 Aerospace, Aviation & Defense and Manufacturing Conference

Presented by AZTC and ACA


AD_210x210For members of the aerospace, defense, aviation and manufacturing community, the Arizona Technology Council (AZTC) is offering a major opportunity for you to connect with potential new partners in March. The Arizona Technology Council and Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) are hosting the fifth annual Conference for Arizona’s Aerospace, Aviation & Defense and Manufacturing Community on Thursday, March 3 at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas.

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.

The Council is collaborating with the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA)The Arizona Chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), RevAZ and The Arizona Tooling & Machining Association (ATMA) for this great event. The Conference will consist of presentations, a keynote speaker and cocktail reception/expo.

Conference Agenda:
12:30pm – 1:00pm | Registration opens
1:00pm -1:15pm | Conference opening remarks by Steve Zylstra, president & CEO, AZTC
1:15pm – 2:00pm|  Keynote Speaker #1 – “Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace and Defense” – Dhruv Bhate, PhD: Senior Technologist for Additive Manufacturing, Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies (PADT)
2:00pm – 2:45pm | Manufacturers & Service Provide Presentations – RevAZ, Arizona Tooling & Machining Association (ATMA), Superior Group, Sustaining Edge Solutions, Inc., EWI, and TJM Electronics West
2:45pm – 3:00pm | Break
3:00pm – 3:45pm | Aerospace, Aviation and Defense Expert Panel – Insights & Perspectives: Arizona Aerospace, Aviation & Defense at Major Crossroads? – Alex Rodriguez, VP, AZTC, Moderator,  Grant Anderson, CEO, Paragon Space Development Corporation, Robert D Erickson, Vice President, Advanced Manufacturing, Raytheon Missile Systems, Joel Benkie, President & COO, Ducommun Incorporated
3:45pm – 4:30pm | Keynote Speaker #2 – Bob Witwer, Vice President, Aerospace Advanced Technology, Honeywell
4:30pm | Closing remarks
4:30pm – 6:00pm | Cocktail Reception/Exhibits

Arizona Commerce Authority
Arizona Technology Council
Arizona Tooling & Machining Association (ATMA)
Crating Technology Design and Packaging
InterLink Engineering
KEO Marketing
OnTop Technology Corp.
Paragon Space Development Corporation
Superior Group (Presenting)
Sustaining Edge Solutions, Inc. (Presenting)
Tempo Creative
The Arizona Chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
Trans-West Network Solutions
Uniforce Sales and Engineering
Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies (PADT)
First American Stock Transfer, Inc.
TJM Electronics West (Presenting)
Advanced Foam & Packaging Inc.

For sponsorship information please contact the AZTC at

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.

The Arizona Chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) The Society of Manufacturing Engineers  is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking. Through its many programs, events, magazines, publications and online training division, Tooling U, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technologies and to the most up-to-date manufacturing processes. SME has members around the world and is supported by a network of chapters and technical communities. A 501(c)3 organization, SME is a leader in manufacturing workforce development issues, working with industry, academic and government partners to support the current and future skilled workforce.

Arizona Tooling & Machining Association (ATMA) The Arizona Chapter of the National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA), is a trade association comprised of member companies located throughout the State of Arizona. Our chapter was formed in 1972 and is one of 49 state chapters. Our industry supplies the necessary precision tooling and machining for such vital industries as defense, automotive, aerospace, appliance, business machines, electronics, agricultural implements, ordnance, transportation, environmental, construction equipment, nuclear, and many more. In point of fact, nearly every manufacturer does business at one time or another with the contract tooling and machining industry


Scottsdale Hilton Resort
Main Ballroom
6333 North Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale , AZ 85250


Thursday March 3, 2016


12:30 PM - 6:00 PM


  • AZTC/SME/ATMA Member $50
  • Non AZTC Member $75
  • Exhibitor Sponsor $750
  • Presenter/Exhibitor Sponsor $1,500


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