Wednesday, December 1, 2021



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About This Virtual Event

There are substantial benefits for manufacturing companies to develop and invest in sustainability strategies. Operational efficiency, cost and waste reduction, workforce attraction, customer expansion, long term business viability, regulatory compliance and public trust are just some of them. And a commitment to sustainability not only directly impacts businesses but also the communities in which they operate and the world in which we live.

If sustainability is a long-range goal, but the costs seem unsustainable to your company, you’re not alone. You may think it’s unrealistic that your company can achieve sustainability, but you can, and our industry experts will show you how.

Wherever your company is on the sustainability path, join us to hear from local, national, and global manufacturing firm leaders who will help you move forward. Regardless of your company’s size, sector, or grasp of the subject matter, you’ll leave with practical strategies to begin or enhance your own journey to sustainability and positively impact the greater good.

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December 1st 2021

  8:15 – 8:35 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dr. Michael Galiazzo

President, Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland

Josh Plemmons

CFA, VP Relationship Manager, The CFG Bank

Dr. Mary Tung

Director, Maryland Energy Administration

Mike Kelleher

Executive Director, MD MEP

  8:35 – 8:40 AM


  8:40 – 9:40 AM

Sustainability in Manufacturing: Good for Business, Communities & the World

Companies with sustainability policies, processes and practices are more likely to deliver financial value and a long-term positive impact for their people, society and the environment. And while it may seem challenging, it is possible to operate profitably and mindfully at the same time. It’s important for manufacturers to consider the impact their decisions, products and procedures are having on their own bottom line, employees and their families, surrounding communities, the environment and the world for generations to come and to implement a strategy for sustainability success. While instinct may be to say, “I can’t afford to focus on sustainability,” perhaps the real question should be, “Can you afford not to?” Through this roundtable discussion, we’ll dive into the costs versus benefits of investing in a culture of sustainability for manufacturers of any size, in any sector.


Dr. Mike Galiazzo

President, Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland


Randy Altschuler

CEO & Co-Founder, Xometry

Douglas Hamilton

CEO, Hamilton Associates

Cornelius Grupp

CEO, C-Care

Carlos Nakamichi

Director, Project Management Office, Americas Supply Chain, McCormick & Company

  9:40 – 9:50 AM


  9:50 – 10:50 AM

Sustainability in Action, Where To Begin

The first step to being a sustainable company is to make the corporate-wide commitment to sustainability. From there, develop a sustainability strategy and put it into action. Through this session, we’ll take a look at successful sustainability practices from leading manufacturers with tips on how manufacturers of any size can take steps to being more sustainable businesses and responsible community stewards.

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Murat Tasel

Partner, Tax Services, RSM US LLP


Mike Kelleher

Executive Director, MD MEP


Susy Ganz

CEO, Lion Brothers

Deb Geyer

VP & Corporate Responsibility Officer, Stanley Black & Decker

Elena Kessi

President, Aquafin

Keith Miller

President & CEO, Strategic Factory

Eric Coffman

Director of Energy Programs, Maryland Energy Administration