Forecast: Opportunities in 2015

KCMN October Meeting

The Outlook for the US Economy – Jon Willis, Assistant Vice President and Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City  Jon Willis will give a presentation on the state of the U.S. economy and discuss the economic outlook for 2015.  In the presentation, he will discuss recent developments in labor markets and inflation with an emphasis on the manufacturing sector.

Transforming Your Manufacturing Company With Technology – Greg Deitch, President & Partner, Trabon Strategic Technology Group.     Greg will discuss the benefits associated with creating actionable insight from data can bring to manufacturing companies. While data is all around us, harnessing that data for business decisions can be a challenge. Greg will present examples and case studies where a platform for capturing data can produce tangible value and new opportunities

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
7:30-9:00 AM
Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas

Cost is $15 for members and $25 for manufacturing company guests. Due to an increase in service provider attendance, we are not accepting guest service providers at this time.   Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Sign up today BY CLICKING HERE, or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958, or


Jon Willis  Jon Willis is a Vice President and Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.  He joined the Economic Research Department in September 2000.  A native of Iowa, Jon received a B.A. degree in economics from Grinnell College in 1993 and a Ph.D. degree in economics from Boston University in 2001.  Jon conducts research on labor market dynamics over the business cycle and the relationship between the price-setting behavior of firms and inflation dynamics.  In addition to working at the Bank, he has served as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

Greg Deitch  Greg is a seasoned software innovator and leader. His projects have pioneered new uses for technology that led to business improvements in diverse industries such as healthcare, home building, hospitality and telecommunications. Greg joined Trabon in 2001 from Cerner Corporation where he was Director of Product Management. Prior to Cerner he held positions with Price Waterhouse Management Consulting and Olsten Kimberley Quality Care. Greg earned an MBA and a BA in Computer Science from Rice University in Houston, Texas.


Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center and Missouri Enterprise are our NIST Network Affiliate Sponsors. The event is open to area manufacturers and their suppliers.