New U.S. Chief Manufacturing Officer Michael Molnar Chooses imX for First Public Address Sept. 12

Leading global futurist Carroll and retired Porsche AG CEO Schutz also to present at unprecedented summit on future of manufacturing

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Newly appointed U.S. Department of Commerce Chief Manufacturing Officer Michael Molnar <> will address manufacturing executives from across the country at the inaugural imX industry summit in Las Vegas on Sept. 12, 2011. He will share information about how individual manufacturers can participate in and benefit from the new national Advanced Manufacturing Partnership launched recently by President Barack Obama.
The Partnership “brings industry, universities and the federal government together to invest in emerging technologies,” and demonstrates the President’s commitment to “building domestic manufacturing capabilities to create the new products, new industries and new jobs of the future,” according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

“A healthy domestic manufacturing industry is vital to our nation’s economic recovery,” said Peter Borden, president of imX partner the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association. “Our leaders in Washington know it, and the industry knows it. At imX, we’re coming together to determine how to work collaboratively to strengthen a manufacturing base that will continue creating jobs for American workers and provide a solid foundation for sustained economic growth.”
Molnar has extensive industrial experience, with past leadership roles in manufacturing technology, advanced manufacturing engineering, metrology and quality systems. Housed within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), his new position makes him NIST’s central point of contact with the White House, the Department of Commerce and other agencies on technical and policy issues related to manufacturing. He begins his tenure as Chief Manufacturing Officer on August 27, 2011.
Manufacturing executives can apply to be an eXecutive Guest at the Sept. 12-14 invitation-only imX event at

Other Keynote Speakers: Day two of imX, Tuesday, Sept. 13, will begin with an impassioned presentation by Peter Schutz, author and retired CEO of Porsche AG. Having led Porsche to its peak performance during the 1980s, Schutz will share his thoughts on how the leadership of human resources will likely become the pivotal competitive edge for business.  His keynote address is titled “Leadership: Extraordinary results from ordinary people."

Jim Carroll, acknowledged as one of the world’s leading global futurists, trends and innovation experts, will deliver the Wednesday, Sept. 14 keynote address, answering the question “What do world class innovators do that others don’t?” In his motivational style, Caroll will outline what he’s seen other global innovation leaders concentrating on to ensure market success during these rocky times and will illustrate how to seize transformative opportunities.
In addition to the keynote presentations, opportunities for conversation, thought leadership and collaborative learning at imX will include a series of interactive Industry Panels, Learning Labs hosted by leading experts, intimate Knowledge Bar conversations, and a Gala celebrating the future of manufacturing in the United States.
The imX manufacturing summit is a collaboration among eight leading machine tool manufacturers and two national industry associations.
To apply to attend imX, or for more event information