The Innovation Process –Turning Ideas into $$

KCMN March Meeting


In the fall of 2010, we featured speakers who touted the value of having an innovation program in place, and stressed the importance of keeping a pipeline to improvement open. This meeting will feature 3 speakers who will focus on the nuts and bolts of dealing with the product of your innovation program:

  • What is the best process for evaluating and utilizing new ideas?
  • How do I prioritize new innovations?
  • Key principles that are relevant to a successful innovation program.

Our speakers will discuss:

Drew Lericos, Director of Marketing, Robbie Flexibles

Drew will discuss Robbie’s structured Innovation Process which is used to set strategic direction for innovation, create and populate an ongoing innovation funnel and establish a means to review and commercialize all new product initiatives. A key objective is to ensure that limited resources are being utilized for the best overall benefit of Robbie and are aligned with major company goals.

Patti Streeper , VP, Corporate Innovation Group, Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Patti will provide a high-level overview of Hallmark’s consumer-driven innovation process and it’s linkage to their solution development process (stage-gate); including their funnel and pipe process configuration. Patti will also discuss the qualities of the people who make up successful innovation teams, which are the most important ingredient in the process. She will review key principles to successful innovation such as: knowing your customer and their expectations, and willingness to ask new questions, experiment, and adjust.

Jesse H Bechtold, CPA, CFO & COO, MAMTC

Mr. Bechtold coaches the Innovation Engineering Program to create, communicate and commercialize meaningfully unique innovations in products, services, markets, customers and process improvements. This system, based upon Deming’s rapid cycles of learning, is attributed by Proctor and Gamble with bringing innovations to market in 20% of the time and cost of alternative programs.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 7:30-9:00 AM

Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC) and Missouri Enterprise are the Network’s sponsoring organizations.


Our meeting sponsor is Brightergy Solar,  one of the leading solar integrators in the Midwest whose team designs cutting edge, high efficiency, and economic solar photovoltaic (PV) and thermal systems.  Brightergy Solar SolutionsThe event is open to area manufacturers and their suppliers. We invite you to join with us to continue make KCMN a strong, vibrant resource for educational and networking opportunities for the region’s manufacturers.