Dedicated to giving you best practices to take back to the shop, ESPRIT World 2018 features talks from ESPRIT's leadership team, industry pros, and machinists and programmers just like you. Learn new tips and tricks to machine more efficiently, and get inspired to take your business higher.
CEO & Co-founder
President & Co-founder
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Douglas K. Woods joined AMT as its President in April 2009. A lifelong manufacturing professional, Mr. Woods leads the Association's drive to improve sales and market access for its members, while also providing services that lower their costs. He is dedicated to sharing his passion about the world's most innovative manufacturing technology and creating a leadership position for AMT on issues that impact the industry.
Mr. Woods currently sits on the board of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), which has oversight of America Makes (the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute). Mr. Woods' leadership has also allowed AMT to become a founding member of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago, in addition to involvement in the initial proposals for the Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Detroit. AMT and its members will continue in supporting and directing the institutes' initiatives.
In his time at AMT, Mr. Woods has overseen the development of MTInsight, a customized manufacturing business intelligence platform that utilizes immense data resources and distills the information into an interactive and user-friendly format to allow for strategic decision making and business planning. Additionally, under his leadership as both Chairman and President of AMT, Mr. Woods has led the effort in developing MTConnect, the industry-wide interoperability standard that has grown in usage and implementation across a wide scope of manufacturing operations and currently is the President of the MTConnect Institute.
Mr. Woods has spearheaded the Manufacturing Mandate initiative on behalf of the Association to bring attention to the need to incentivize innovation and R&D in new products and manufacturing technologies, improve global competitiveness, and build a better educated and trained “Smartforce.”
Prior to joining AMT, Mr. Woods held a number of executive positions at several machine tool companies, including President and CEO of Liberty Precision Industries, and President of Parlec Incorporated. He also held key management positions at Alliance Tool Corporation and its parent company, Cross & Trecker.
Mr. Woods was AMT's chairman of the Board of Directors in 2005-2006 and served on its Board of Directors from 2000-2008. He was also active in the National Tooling & Machining Association, served as President of the Rochester Tool & Machining Association chapter of the NTMA in 1998 and received the NTMA Distinguished Service Award in 2015. In 1994 Mr. Woods was named Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year for Manufacturing Turnarounds for the Upstate New York area.
AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology (founded in 1902 as the National Machine Tool Builders' Association) supports and promotes the U.S. manufacturing technology industry. The association provides U.S. builders of manufacturing systems with the latest information on technical developments, trade and marketing opportunities, and economic issues. It also gathers and disseminates information about world markets, promotes its members' products in those markets, and acts as a representative on manufacturing technology matters to governments and trade organizations throughout the world.
CEO & Co-founder, DP Technology
Dan Frayssinet earned a bachelor's degree in math and a master's in mechanical engineering at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquees in Villeurbanne, France. During school, he worked on numerical control and CAM systems before helping to develop ARCADE, one of the earliest computerized CAD systems, in 1977. Dan then took an engineering role at a CAD/CAM company in Chicago, where he met future DP Technology co-founder Paul Ricard. The pair discovered they shared a desire to make a high-quality, user-friendly CAM software and moved to Camarillo, California, where they started DP Technology. In the early days of the company, Dan sold software and hardware using a phone booth as his office. Today, DP Technology has 13 offices worldwide, and Dan focuses his time on strategy, company vision and major partnerships with machine tool builders.
President & Co-founder, DP Technology
After graduating from engineering school and pursuing an MBA with a marketing emphasis, Paul Ricard took an internship at a small software startup in Lyon, France. The internship turned into a two-year support engineering job and a transfer to the company's Chicago office, where he met his eventual DP Technology co-founder, Dan Frayssinet. Convinced that they could develop an interactive, automated and easy-to-use CAM software, Dan and Paul moved to Camarillo, California, and founded DP Technology in 1982. Their roles evolved naturally over time, with Paul taking the title of president along with responsibility for company operations. Today, Paul also serves on the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) board of directors, appointed in 2015 to bring a vital software-technology perspective to the organization.
CTO & Executive Vice President, DP Technology
Chuck Mathews, executive VP and CTO of DP Technology, is a 33-year industry veteran with a background in machining, software development, mechanical engineering and marketing, who contributes his passion and vision to DP Technology's management team.