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ConX20, IpX 33rd Annual Transformation Event


Assess | Transform | Thrive 

ConX20 is the premier enterprise ecosystem transformation conference held by the Institute for Process Excellence. Through our leading worldwide workforce academy and services sectors, IpX has built a reputation as a beacon voice and leader in the process excellence community drawing cross-industry thought leaders and visionaries from all over the globe.

Join us for our 33rd annual event as we provide best practices for tangible organizational change and cultural change that deploy continual improvement throughout the organization. Presentations and breakout sessions provide lessons learned through combining process improvement methods, igniting leadership for change and incorporating digital solutions to achieve maximized business value.

The leaders in AI/AR, PLM, ERP, MES, QMS, and CLM solutions provide guidance on digital platforms through cutting-edge advancements in technology. IpX, along with our cross-industry visionaries, will lead topics that demonstrate the need for a modern approach to business strategy that integrates the future state roadmap of the enterprise while empowering your company's DNA.

Experience hours of networking opportunities among the IpX Community and leaders who understand that change starts with them. Get connected to people, processes, data and systems to give your organization the best methodologies to assess, transform, thrive and sustain.   

Achieving Enterprise Calibration through People, Process and Technology

People Processes Technology
Leadership for Change and
Workforce Development & OCM
Assessing, Advancing, Sustaining
with the True North Quality Model™
End-to-End Digital Transformation 
throughout the Supply Chain Ecosystem


Positions still available for day two's "The Future of Digital Solutions and Enterprise Platforms" panel.

Review ConX19 page for a photo gallery, speaker lineup, link to presentations and other great content!

ConX20 Registration Options  Price  
IpX ConX20 Speaker  $0.00 REGISTER
ConX20 Event *Early Bird Rate*  $399.00 REGISTER
ConX20 Event & CM2-09 Practical Application Workshops for Enterprise Excellence  $1,645.00 REGISTER
ConX20 Event & CM2-13 Optimizing the Software Lifecycle with CM2  $1,645.00 REGISTER
ConX20 Event & CM2-16 Foundational Principles for Optimizing the Digital Thread & Digital Twin
 $1,200.00 REGISTER
ConX20 Event & IPX-23 Cybersecurity and Compliance Course  $1,200.00 REGISTER
ConX20 Event & EIA-649 Application of the Standard for Configuration Management  $1,195.00 REGISTER

John Laslavic, CEO and Founder, Upchain 

John Laslavic, CEO and Founder, Upchain

John is the CEO and Founder of Upchain. He’s a PLM and software veteran and for the last 25 years has been intimately involved managing every single stage of PLM software architecture, development and implementation. He’s helped some of the largest companies in the world, including Pratt & Whitney, Boeing, GM, BMW, Fiat, Sandvik, Husky, P&G, ESA, DoD and, Magna. 

He’s worked at companies like EDS, Siemens in senior roles as well as LWBC where he grew the PLM practice to $8 million in revenue with 50% margins. 

Cassandra Worthy, Change Enthusiast,

Cassandra is a high caliber, powerfully energetic speaker, engineer, change ENTHUSIAST, and one of the best female motivational speakers in Atlanta. With her B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech, she has spent well over a decade working in Fortune 500 companies including Procter and Gamble and Berkshire Hathaway undergoing some of the biggest shifts ever recorded in the CPG industry. She’s played integral roles in multi-billion dollar acquisitions, leading cultural shifts within both acquiring and acquired organizations. As a champion of change and the world’s leading expert on Change Enthusiasm™, Cassandra has become a leading African American motivational speaker, delivering programs of inspiration not just to current business leaders but to students who are the future STEM game changers as a business motivational speaker.

Cassandra teaches Change Enthusiasm™ through sharing her experiences with business leaders and organizations alike going through significant shifts in the workplace, offering her unique perspective and inspiration.

  Erika Klein, Director HW Engineering at Microsoft

Erika Klein, Sr. Director of Cloud E2E PLM, Microsoft

Erika has 20+ years of technology industry experience and is currently the Director of Product Data Management for Azure Cloud Hardware Engineering enabling server deployments to production data centers worldwide. She drove the PLM business implementation for Azure and continues to innovate and drive system integrations, data governance and new PLM functionality. Her experience spans from eCommerce solutions at Sun Microsystems to product development and product data management/PLM at Microsoft. Erika has degrees in Computer Science, Cultural Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz and an MBA from Regis University. 

Noe Gonzales, PLM Operations and Strategy, Facebook 

Noe Gonzales, PLM Operations and Strategy, Facebook

Noe has led the PLM Operations and Strategy team at Facebook since 2015. Before Facebook Noe was at Hewlett-Packard in a similar role supporting PCs, Laptops and all retail products. Noe also worked at Agile Software prior to the Oracle acquisition. PLM operations at Facebook has deployed an enterprise level PLM solution driving up user adoption and data quality while decreasing cycle times. Our team’s culture is driven by our strong corporate values. We all play to our strengths and have a good time helping to support the Facebook mission. 

Facebook at ConX20

 Jeanne Rues, Managing Director, Engineering Services, Allison Transmission 

Jeanne Rues, Managing Director, Engineering Services, Allison Transmission

Jeanne Rues is the Managing Director of Engineering Services for Allison Transmission, Inc (alsn). During her 15-year career at Allison, Jeanne’s roles have spanned the breadth of new product development activities from component development to full transmission system development and product launch as the lead engineer for the TC10 transmission. In her current role, Jeanne leads a diverse organization that provides support services for product development activities. These services include computer-aided design and model-based definition, prototype hardware procurement, prototype hardware warehousing, prototype assembly, component-, sub-system-, transmission-, and vehicle-level testing, test data management, and test technology development and implementation.  

In addition to these core functions, Jeanne is a key contributor to Allison’s digital transformation efforts and is leading a major project to expand Allison’s test capabilities at the vehicle level. The Vehicle Environmental Test facility, currently under construction and slated to open in 2020, will be the only one of its kind in the midwest. It will offer an unprecedented level of capability to simulate temperature, altitude, and on-road conditions for commercial vehicles.  

Jeanne holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wyoming, and an MBA from the University of Indianapolis.

Christine Reilly, Business Development Director, Healthcare, ASME 

Christine Reilley, Business Development Director, Healthcare, ASME

Christine Reilley is Business Development Director of Healthcare for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), based in New York City. As director, she leads the ASME Alliance of Advanced Biomedical Engineering (AABME), which focuses on creating and growing the Society’s portfolio of programs, products, and services in this area. 

Christine had previously served as program manager in the ASME Emerging Technologies unit, developing content and conferences in areas focusing on bioengineering, nanotechnology, thermofluids, and materials. Previously, she spent more than 10 years in ASME Codes and Standards Publishing as an editor, overseeing the production of codes. 

She earned an MS in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). She received a BA in Journalism and Mass Media with a minor in Biological Sciences from Rutgers University, Douglass College. 

ASME at ConX20

Leigh Ringgold, Senior Product Configuration Manager, PLM, Operations Engineering, Facebook 

Leigh Ringgold, Senior Product Configuration Manager, PLM, Operations Engineering, Facebook

Having entered the PLM industry back when things like ASK Manman and blueprints were all the rage, Leigh has been instrumental largely in start-up through sustaining environments. From Medical with breakthrough MRI technology to the past 4.5 years having been spent in a very dynamic team supporting Facebook Infrastructure which comprises four different industries from Data Center construction and complex Compute/Storage Racks; Network and global connectivity products which are the foundation of our business Apps and mission.  

Leigh is a cross functional leader who recognizes business requirements through production having supported Core Internet Routers with Cisco Systems then developing the first PLM team at start-up Juniper Networks.  

The most rewarding aspect for Leigh is working alongside talented, innovative people solving challenges in unique and effective manners.

Leigh Ringgold, Facebook at ConX20

  Claudia Gonzalez, Director PDM/PLM Google Cloud

Claudia Gonzalez, Director PDM/PLM, Google Cloud

Claudia leads the global PDM/PLM team at Google cloud responsible for product data speed, accuracy and quality for all products used by Google’s data centers around the world. Prior to Google, Claudia was a Director at Deloitte Consulting for over 15 years, advising Hi Tech and Med Tech companies on their PLM transformational initiatives. Claudia also spent 4 years in Business Consulting at Agile Software prior to being acquired by Oracle. She has a MSc in Advanced Manufacturing Systems from Brunel University in London and BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Monterrey in Mexico. Claudia lives in the Bay Area with her husband and 2 daughters, enjoying traveling to warm beaches and cooking.

Claudia Gonzalez, Director PDM/PLM Google Cloud

  Ronald L. Harvey, MBA, Certified Leadership Coach, Global Core Strategies and Consulting

Ronald L. Harvey, MBA, Certified Leadership Coach, Global Core Strategies and Consulting

Ron Harvey is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Global Core Strategies and Consulting (GCSC), LLC. and a certified Leadership Coach, Speaker, Trainer, and Facilitator. Ron is best known for assisting individuals, teams and organizations with achieving and maintaining high levels of sustainable performance by enhancing the leader experience, enabling and elevating employee engagement and coaching business professionals in dynamic leadership development. His career has not only spanned years across the military, but also a variety of business sectors.

He is retired from the United States Army after 21 years of military service. He has more than 35 years of leadership experience working with leaders at all levels. He has served as a leadership educator, executive coach, facilitator, program manager, trainer, and mentor. He has a specific passion and focus, to add value and make a difference. “People Always Matter”!

Ron earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Trident University. He also earned a Certification in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University and Certification in Adaptive Leadership from Harvard University. Ron is a Certified Coach with the John Maxwell Team and the International Coaching Federation.

Global Core Strategies


Alakshendra Khare, Senior Product Configuration Manager, PLM, Operations Engineer, Facebook 

Alakshendra Khare, Senior Product Configuration Manager, PLM, Operations Engineer, Facebook

Alakshendra (Alaks) manages Product Lifecycle Solutions for Facebook. He has been working in Operations Engineering from last three years. Alaks has more than 15 years of experience in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and implementation of Agile PLM modules. Before Facebook Alaks was working at JDS Uniphase and implemented PLM solutions for Optical Communication and Test and Measurement group. Alaks also worked in Agile Software and Oracle. Alaks implemented Agile PLM for Sun - Oracle Hardware business. In his current role, Alaks leads the PLM Solutions and architecture for Facebook data center Infrastructure, and connectivity labs. Designed and delivered custom solutions for Facebook Rack Configurator, Supplier Quality Audits and implemented Product Quality Management solutions. Alaks collaborates with cross-functional teams to deploy new capabilities to scale PLM solutions with Facebook growth.
Alaks holds BS in Electrical Engineering and MS in Software Systems from BITS Pilani India.

Facebook at ConX20

  Gordon Earle, Founder & CEO, Arrayworks

Gordon (Gordie) Earle, Founder and CEO of Arrayworks

Gordie has been the innovative force at Arrayworks, driving the organization and its technology since inception. Gordie has over 30 years of experience in technology, management and business consulting all culminating in the development of a patented architecture that is the foundation for Arrayworks’ Transformation Acceleration Platform (TAP). 

Gordie began his career at computer technology pioneer Data General Corporation where he gained valuable training and insight while designing, programming and implementing complex business application systems for Fortune 500 clients. Prior to founding Arrayworks, Gordie founded Technology Advisors, Inc, a subsidiary of Vitale, Caturano & Co, a leading Boston CPA firm which was acquired by McGladrey, and subsequently changed its name to RSM. While there, Gordie focused on developing innovative IT solutions for their customers. It was during this time that Gordie envisioned a technology that would accommodate constant change without the costs and delays associated with traditional solutions, which led to the genesis of Arrayworks. 

Gordie is a self-described process enthusiast and enjoys nothing more than helping customers envision how to simplify their most complex process challenges. Gordie earned a BS in Computer Science and Accounting from Bentley University.

Arrayworks at ConX20

Joe Hage, Medical Devices Group, Medical Marcom 

Joe Hage, Medical Devices Group, Medical Marcom

Joe Hage leads the world’s largest Medical Devices Group, the industry’s only spam-free, curated forum for intelligent conversations with medical device thought leaders. Mr. Hage’s medical device marketing services help companies engage qualified prospects. 


  Timothy Baynes, CEO,

Timothy Baynes, CEO, Compatio

Tim is the founder of He’s an expert on enterprise software, specifically product configuration systems, also known as CPQ or configure-price-quote systems. Over a 22+ year career, Tim has worked for and with the world’s leading software companies and manufacturers. He has designed, built, implemented and helped companies select CPQ systems that scale to millions of users. He has a passion for customized products, or any solution that can be tailored to the end user’s exact needs and believes that this capability should be woven into all commerce channels so that everyone can get exactly what they want. Tim has a background in cognitive science and organizational behavior. He’s also a gearhead who loves to build and tweak his own stuff: motorcycles, bicycles, audio equipment, and airplanes. He lives in Springfield Missouri with his wife Leslie. He’s an instrument-rated private pilot and avid cyclist, with a love for anything with wheels, wings, or sails. at ConX20


  Nathan W. Hartman, Ed. D., Department Head, Computer Graphics Technology, Purdue University

Nathan W. Hartman, Ed. D., Department Head, Computer Graphics Technology, Purdue University

Nathan Hartman is the Dauch Family Professor of Advanced Manufacturing and Department Head of the Department of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University, and Director of the Purdue University Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Center. Dr. Hartman is also Co-Executive Director of the Indiana Next-generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC). In 2011, Professor Hartman was designated a University Faculty Scholar, and in early 2013, he was on the team providing content for the research and technology framework of what eventually became the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (part of the Manufacturing USA program). 

Professor Hartman’s research areas focus on the process and methodology for creating model-based definitions; examining the use of the model-based definition in the product lifecycle; developing the model-based enterprise; geometry automation; and data interoperability and re-use. He has been awarded over $9,000,000 in research funding to support his work, primarily from industrial and manufacturing corporations. Professor Hartman’s industry research partners include Rolls Royce, Cummins, Boeing, GM, Rockwell Collins, Textron, Gulfstream, Procter & Gamble, GM, Honda, and others. He has also done funded research work through NSF, DMDII, and NIST programs. 

Professor Hartman currently teaches courses in 3D modeling, virtual collaboration, 3D data interoperability, and graphics standards and data exchange. Professor Hartman also leads a team in the development and delivery of online PLM and MBD professional education certificate programs for Purdue’s various industry partners. He also works closely with the Ivy Tech Community College system around design technologies and digital manufacturing curricula to support Indiana’s education and workforce development needs. Professor Hartman holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Purdue University and a Doctorate from North Carolina State University. Dr. Hartman spent over seven years working in industry for Fairfield Manufacturing Company, Caterpillar, and Rand Worldwide. During his time at Fairfield Manufacturing, he worked in various machining groups and in tool design. Upon joining Caterpillar, Professor Hartman worked in the 3600 Engine Series engineering group, where he designed components for the engine and served in the transition group that implemented 3D solid modeling technology and trained other users. At Rand Worldwide, he was responsible for the development and delivery of training curriculum for the use of 3D CAD and product data management tools, as well as an assessment and training program for Caterpillar, John Deere, and Motorola that included over 3000 people. 

Purdue at ConX20

  Allison Grealis, Women in Manufacturing, President and Founder

Allison Grealis, President/Founder, Women in Manufacturing 

Allison Grealis is the founder and president of Women in Manufacturing (WiM), a national trade association focused on supporting, promoting and inspiring women in the manufacturing sector. She is also the vice president of membership and association services of the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), a full-service trade association representing the metalforming industry. 

Since joining PMA in 2001, Grealis has held a variety of positions that included district, committee and division management; affinity partner relations; sponsorship sales; new product and service development; and member services. Grealis earned her Bachelor of Arts in English with a certificate in Women’s Studies from Ohio University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Akron. 

Presently, Grealis serves on the boards of the Greater Cleveland Society of Association Executives, Our Lady of the Elms High School, the St. Raphael Home and School Association and the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, Case Western Reserve University.

Women In Manufacturing at ConX20

John Heller, Product Marketing Manager, Vertex 

John Heller, Product Marketing Manager, Vertex

John has extensive experience in mechanical engineering, supplier collaboration, cross-functional relationship-building, and procurement activities. Through this experience, he learned optimal ways to bridge the gap between engineering, procurement, and the supply chain. He has championed new product roadmaps, spearheaded procurement strategies, and worked with customers to understand truly valuable opportunities for product improvement. As Product Marketing Manager for Vertex Software, John leverages his extensive background in engineering and product lifecycle to best understand and communicate pain points and opportunities in manufacturing organizations.  


  Martin Haket, Configuration Management Business Architect, ASML

Martin Haket, Configuration Management Business Architect, ASML 

Graduated in 1999 in Information Technology, Martin immediately was confronted with configuration management on his first job in the defense industry. In succeeding positions, CM became more dominant, eventually leading to his current position as Configuration Management Business Architect at ASML. In this position, he is driving the introduction of a CM2 based change process and teaching the ASML in-house CM2-12 courses. Martin’s CM2 training started in 2006 leading to CM2-P certification in 2015. In 2017, Martin became IpX's first and only current recipient of the CM2-Doctorate.

Pekka Ruotsalainen, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft 

Pekka Ruotsalainen, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft

Pekka has 20 years of experience in PLM tool implementations, process deployments and organizational change management. He’s currently leading the team responsible for PLM implementation programs at Microsoft Supply Chain Engineering supporting all of Microsoft’s Hardware products within Cloud and Devices. Prior to working at Microsoft he did an extensive career at Nokia. Pekka has a Masters Degree in Machine Design from Helsinki University of Technology where he also worked as a researcher in CAD/PDM/PLM field. 

Martijn Dullaart, Configuration Management Expert/Architect, ASML

Martijn Dullaart, Configuration Management Expert/Architect, ASML

Martijn is a CM Architect at ASML. He has a passion for CM and he creates awareness with businesses about the need for CM and has designed and deployed business processes based on CM2 best practices and implemented PLM to support these processes. Next to his work at ASML, Martijn is chair of the IPE/CM2 Global Congress and chair of the Industry 4.0 committee of the IPE/CM2 Global Congress. Martijn is always looking for improvements and discovers trends and takes initiative in introducing new capabilities and innovations like Industry 4.0 in order to help organizations increase quality, reduce time to market and reduce cost. He has over 13 years of experience in both the CM and PLM domain. Martijn has a Master's in Industrial Engineering and Management Science and holds a CM2-P & CM2-S certification.

  Christina Sigrist, Manager, Product Configuration Management, Bose

Christina Sigrist, Manager, Product Configuration Management, Bose

Christina has over 40 years in CM in the consumer, automotive and defense industries. She currently manages the Product Configuration Management team at Bose Corporation. She previously worked for Motorola and Northrop Grumman ensuring the CM principles were followed. Christina has a BS in Business and obtained CM2-P certification in 2014.

  James D. White, VP Partner Engagement, Enterprise, Upchain

James D. White, VP Partner Engagement, Enterprise, Upchain

James White is an Industry Executive and Subject Matter Expert (SME) in Additive Manufacturing (AM)/3D Printing, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), and Business Transformation. He has extensive industrial manufacturing experience in global Hi-Tech, Medical Device, Automotive, Aerospace, and Discrete industries, delivering disruptive products, systems, and solutions. During a career spanning 20+ years in 6 countries, he has helped clients achieve new business goals by leveraging his extensive enterprise experience with passion, to help clients confront, embrace, and benefit through disruptive change. 

  Semiha Yaşar, Founder of SEMPRO Consultancy and Engineering

Semiha Yaşar, Founder of SEMPRO Consultancy and Engineering

Starting her professional life in 1984 at Aselsan as Mechanical Design Engineer, she served as a consultant at the Republic of Turkey, Ministry of State (1987-1990). Joining FNSS (FNSS Defense Systems) in 1990 as a Senior Engineer, Ms. Yaşar served as Engineering and R&D Supervisor (1994-2007), Project Manager (2007-2009), Development Programs Director (2009-2014) and Product Engineering and R&D Director (2014-2015). She held Vice President position at BMC Otomotiv between 2016-2018.

Ms. Yaşar founded SEMPRO Consultancy and Engineering in 2015 and continues to hold her position.

  Eric Pettes, Bose, ConX20 Speaker

Eric Pettes, Director of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs, Bose

Eric is currently the Director of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs for Bose Health. Prior to joining Bose Health, Eric has extensive experience leading Quality and Regulatory for a wide array of global design and manufacturing companies across multiple industries with a heavy emphasis on medical. Eric has also developed and deployed numerous Enterprise Level Electronic Global Quality Management Systems for controlling Design and Development, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Networks. 

Eric holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of New Haven, An MS in Organizational Leadership and Quality from Marian College and an MS in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. 


Paul Powers, Physna, CEO & Co-Founder 

Paul Powers, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Physna

Paul Powers co-founded Physna in 2015, creating patent-pending software designed to increase efficiency with CAD design, engineering design, and quality control. Physna technology can compare and analyze thousands of 3-D models in seconds. 

Powers is an award-winning serial entrepreneur experienced in creating tech companies designed to increase efficiency and sparking innovation. He now manages corporate direction and strategy at Physna, facilitating company activity in innovation, sales, consulting and marketing alliances. 

In 2019, Powers was recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the brightest young entrepreneurs in the United States. Powers will participate in the Forbes Under 30 Summit in October with other young entrepreneurs, visionaries and disrupters across the country. 

Powers has presented on the TED Talk stage, at various tech summits and at several tech startup conferences like StartUp Grind and Startup of the Year at SXSW. 

Paul Powers graduated from Ruprecht-Karls- Universität Heidelberg, Germany, earning his law degree and passed the bar with more than twice the required points.  

Paul has been featured in numerous news articles in Germany and the US highlighting his unique approach and the technologies he helped develop.                   

Paul Powers in the News: Forbes | WCPO Cincinnati 


Peter Bilello, CIMdata, CEO & President 

Peter Bilello, President & CEO, CIMdata

Peter Bilello has more than 26 years of experience in the development of business-enabling IT solutions for research, engineering, and manufacturing organizations worldwide. He has participated in PLM analysis, selection, implementation, and training; CAD/CAM/CAE/CIM implementation and management; synchronous and lean manufacturing consulting; software engineering; and general data management strategy development and support. He has authored numerous papers and research reports on PLM and related topics, and his articles, commentaries, and perspectives have appeared in publications throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. 

Mr. Bilello has been directly involved with consultation on the selection, integration, and implementation of large-scale PLM solutions. He has spoken on a number of different PLM-related topics in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. 

Mr. Bilello holds a BS in Computer Science with a minor in Physics from California State University, Fullerton, and an MSE in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from The University of Michigan.

CIMdata at ConX20

Rachel Holyoak, Engineering Manager, Northrop Grumman 

Rachel Holyoak, Engineering Manager, CM2-P, Northrop Grumman

Rachel started as a quality engineer for an electronics circuit board manufacture and discovered the need for CM as the company wrestled with how to control engineering revisions being released to the floor. She then moved to a quality engineering position at ATK and served as a local CM focal. Next she moved into a formal CM role, where she spent 12 years designing, implementing, and sustaining CM systems for various programs at ATK, Orbital ATK, and Northrop Grumman, including writing contract requirements for CM and new digital twin/Industry 4.0 implementation. Rachel is currently an engineering manager at Northrop Grumman. 

Northrop Grumman
  Ray Wozny, CEO, IpX

Ray Wozny, CEO, IpX - Institute for Process Excellence

Ray has over 25 years of experience in high technology firms with 19 years in various management positions and was directly involved in the implementation of three PDM/PLM Solutions. He received CM2 certification in 1989 and joined IpX in 2003. He was on the Association of Configuration and Data Management's founding Board of Governors.

Ray assumed the role of CEO of IpX on January 1, 2017. Ray has trained over 2,000 individuals on CM2 and is passionate about the new offerings that IpX is bringing to our customers.

IpX - Institute for Process Excellence

Joseph Anderson, IpX President

Joseph Anderson, President, IpX - Institute for Process Excellence 

Joseph is a global leader in successful strategies for developing the sustainable, competitive edge for organizations. With extensive executive experience, his career has specialized in the process of optimization, management and monitoring of companies and multinational, multifaceted and multidisciplinary teams. He has proven expertise in unifying unique business models after the acquisition or merger of major organizations. With over 20 years of cross industry, government and defense experience, he is recognized as a leader and advocate for global business model transformation, digitization, and tangible organizational change management initiatives. From the United States to Europe, South America to Korea, Russia to the Middle East, Joseph has spoken about innovation and how technology is forcing the change of antiquated business models. As President of IpX, he leads a global team that is at the forefront of the evolutionary shift of products to subscriptions and customer service to customer experience.                   

IpX - Institute for Process Excellence


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We're Upchain, a cloud PLM solution that simplifies product development by connecting engineers, designers, project managers, and other crucial product stakeholders throughout the lifecycle. With us, product innovation is easier than ever before. Manage changes, view CAD files in 3D, and capture feedback and approvals from any stakeholder using a single, simple platform. Get your products out the door in record time and innovate faster than you thought possible with a PLM designed for you. Visit or follow them on LinkedIn and Twitter @UpchainInc.




Purdue University, a top public research institution, offers higher education at its highest proven value. Committed to affordability, the university has frozen tuition and most fees at 2012-13 levels. Committed to student success, Purdue is changing the student experience with a greater focus on faculty-student interaction and creative use of technology. Committed to pursuing scientific discoveries and engineered solutions, Purdue has streamlined pathways for faculty and student innovators who have a vision for moving the world forward. Visit


TAP into Your Digital Twin. Arrayworks helps organizations achieve their digital ambitions, whether optimizing existing operating models and processes, or building completely new digitally transformed business solutions. The Arrayworks Transformation Acceleration Platform (TAP) is an advanced low-code application platform that enables organizations to digitally represent every critical aspect of their business, define their relationships and orchestrate the workflows between them to ensure operational excellence across the entire digital business ecosystem.

Whether automating complex processes, alerting staff with robust tasking capabilities, escalating responses, or simply notifying partners and vendors, Arrayworks makes it simple to create a digital twin of your entire organization that provides the real-time situational awareness needed to make informed decisions and drive actions across the entire organizational value chain.  

Built for constant change, TAP empowers businesses to continually iterate and evolve, faster, smarter, and without the delays, costs and limitations associated with traditional solutions. Visit

Digital Enterprise Society 

Connect Without Boundaries. Create Without Limits.

We are the only non-profit membership association organized to enable the transformation of product development, design, delivery and maintenance throughout the digital enterprise. 

Digital Enterprise Society promotes the evolution of the design and manufacturing community towards the formation of the digital enterprise, through the use of digital information to support and drive product decisions. 

Members have access to: 

• A member-only digital forum for the exchange of ideas surrounding the tools, processes, and practices used across the product lifecycle
• A Career Resource Center. With access to career coaches, free resume reviews, industry position openings and a mentor/mentee network you will find everything you need to help you succeed at your current position to finding a new one
• Volunteer positions and workgroups that provide you a voice in the development of the next-generation manufacturing workforce
• Podcasts, webinars and in-person events to help you improve your skills and help your company compete and succeed in Industry 4.0

Your participation in ConX19 offers you a free Digital Enterprise Society Membership. Visit the Digital Enterprise Society booth for more information.

Minerva at ConX20

With many customers worldwide, Minerva Group is one of the most flexible and fastest-growing vendors of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solutions globally. Our core competence of providing manufacturing organizations with tools for managing products’ development throughout their complete value chain, supports them in their pursuit of process efficiency and flow of collaboration. Learn more about us at or follow us on Twitter @GroupMinerva and LinkedIn at ConX20 has developed new AI technology that understands product compatibility and empowers buyers to discover products that work together. helps manufacturers and sellers by making commerce systems smarter, enabling their customers to find and buy just the right products for their needs.

Aras at ConX20

Aras enables the world’s leading manufacturers of complex, connected products to transform their product lifecycle processes and gain a competitive edge. Aras’ open, flexible, scalable, and upgradable PLM platform and applications connect users in all disciplines and functions to critical product information and processes across the extended enterprise. Aras customers include Airbus, BAE Systems, GE, GM, Hitachi, Honda, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, and Microsoft. Visit and follow them on Twitter @aras_plm and LinkedIn

CIMdata at ConX20

CIMdata, a leading independent worldwide firm, provides strategic management consulting to maximize an enterprise’s ability to design and deliver innovative products and services through the application of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. Since its founding in 1983, CIMdata has delivered world-class knowledge, expertise, and best-practice methods on PLM solutions. These solutions incorporate both business processes and a wide-ranging set of PLM-enabling technologies. 

CIMdata works with both industrial organizations and providers of technologies and services seeking competitive advantage in the global economy. In addition to consulting, CIMdata conducts research, provides PLM-focused subscription services, and produces several commercial publications. The company also provides industry education through PLM certificate programs, seminars, and conferences worldwide. CIMdata serves clients around the world from offices in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. To learn more about CIMdata’s services, visit our website at, follow us on Twitter @CIMdataPLMNews, or contact CIMdata at 3909 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, USA, Tel: +1 734.668.9922. Fax: +1 734.668.1957; or at Oogststraat 20, 6004 CV Weert, The Netherlands, Tel: +31 (0) 495.533.666. 

Adelante at ConX20

Adelante Shoe Co. was born of the desire to do things different; not just footwear or fashion, but for-profit business at large. Time spent working in Central America after college exposed the founding team to the dark side of profit maximization. Be it low pay, poor working conditions, or illegal practices; revenue pursuit at all cost leads to a profit over people mentality. The Adelante team fell into the fashion business sideways. No team member has fashion or footwear experience, rather each has cut their teeth in the non-profit or impact investing spaces. Determined to retool for-profit business and break free from stale industry standards, the Adelante team seeks to pave a new path.

Adelante is on the cutting edge of this movement. It was founded on principles of economic development and social mobility leading them to create the Living Well Line. The Living Well Line is a social impact methodology created to define the relative cost of living well in a given community anywhere in the world. The methodology works by balancing an econometric analysis of World Bank data with individual interviews to define the goods and services needed to live well in a specific location. Learn more at

Why Partner at ConX20?ConX20 gives you the opportunity to connect with global thought leaders and gain exposure to our 100,000+ IpX members, customers, CM2 Certification holders, and social followers. You will have dedicated access to attendees during breakfast, luncheons, and networking breaks. In addition, all will have access to the attendees during the Sunday welcome and Monday formal evening receptions. 

Partners will have premium options for keynote speaking, brand placement, venue marketing, monthly event marketing opportunities, and access for private customer events. Our extended networking breaks provide opportunities for cross-industry lessons learned whilst ensuring maximized exposure for your products and/or your services.

Check out our partnership levels by viewing the ConX20 Partnership Opportunities.
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Stay with us for the week! Attend a course and receive the event for free!
Events begin at 12:00, Wednesday September 23, and are scheduled through 5:00PM, Friday, September 25:

The award-winning Omni Interlocken Hotel provides a luxurious retreat between Boulder and Denver. Nestled against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, our hotel in Broomfield offers a wealth of on-site experiences. With stunning panoramic views of the mountains and valley, we desire to sweep you off your feet and into total tranquility with our golf, spa and dining offerings.
Omni Interlocken Hotel
500 Interlocken Boulevard
Broomfield, Colorado 80021
Phone: (303) 438-6600

Nearby Airports & Hotel Transportation ServicesThe Denver International Airport (DEN) is the closest airport. The airport is approximately 30 minutes/ 28 miles from the hotel.

The Omni Interlocken Hotel provides a courtesy van for guest transportation to the golf club and to businesses within the Interlocken Business Park and Flatiron Crossing Shopping Center. Car rentals are available through the concierge.

Options from the Denver International Airport
- Taxi Service: Approximately $70 one way
- Shuttle Service: Green Ride Boulder Shuttle. Prices are $34 each way per person. The shuttle operates 4:35 a.m. – 12:35 a.m. Reservations are required.

Options from Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport
- Complimentary Shuttle: Available 6:45 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. based on availability

- Omni Interlocken Hotel offers complimentary self-parking for guests.
- Valet Parking is available for $10 per night with in/out privileges.

Experiences Especially for ConX20 Attendees
2 for 1 Golf on Individual Play after 4PM
10% off Mokara Spa Services
A Variety of Area Attractions and Activities

Staying after the event for training? Visit for things to do in the city! 

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