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
CTO & Executive Vice President
Vice President Americas
Dr. Holger Rudzio
DMG MORI Software Solutions
Manufacturing Staff Engineer
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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.
Vice President Americas, DP Technology
Don Davies is the vice president for the Americas and vice president of applications engineering at DP Technology. He has worked at DP Technology for 32 years, previously holding the roles of national applications manager and director of sales for North and South America. Davies serves on the Global Marketing & Sales Committee and Strategic Direction Committee for the Association for Manufacturing Technology, and previously served for three years on the Okuma THINC Partner Council.
Dr. Holger Rudzio
CEO, DMG MORI Software Solutions
Dr. Holger Rudzio was born in 1977 in Haan, Germany. Before completing his studies, Dr. Rudzio completed an apprenticeship as an industrial mechanic. This awakened his interest in the field, and he later completed an engineering degree at the University of Hannover in 2003, where he was honored for his excellence in engineering. His professional career started at the IFW in Hannover where he was responsible for the production planning and organization between 2005 and 2009. In July 2009 Dr. Rudzio moved on to Bobst Bielefeld GmbH (formerly Fischer & Krecke GmbH) to take over as the head of production. Due to his quick achievements in production efficiency and quality the board appointed him as the engineering director and authorized officer in April 2010, where he took over extended responsibility for all R&D and standardization projects. Even though Dr. Rudzio started his professional career in 2003 he never lost his thirst for knowledge and completed a second business degree in 2008 and a PhD in 2009. Since 2016 Dr. Rudzio is the CEO of the DMG MORI Software Solutions GmbH and is responsible for the digitization within the DMG MORI group.
Sales Engineer, CGTech
Mr. Sutkay has more than 25 years of NC/CNC/CAM programming experience. Prior to joining CGTech, he worked as a Senior Programmer at McDonnell Douglas, and at Ingersoll Milling Machine as a NC Programmer where he was involved in custom programming. Mr. Sutkay holds a B.S. in NC Technology and an M.S. in Industrial Management from Northern Illinois University. Mr. Sutkay is an expert in NC optimization software technology who has spoken on the subject of NC verification and software optimization at several seminars, tradeshows, and user meetings.
General Manager, ZOLLER Inc.
After his Engineering studies at the Cooperative State University of Stuttgart Dietmar Moll started at ZOLLER Germany in the inside sales department before he worked as a regional sales manager in Germany. In 2009 Dietmar Moll moved for ZOLLER to India. He worked there for 3 years as a National Sales Manager in India. 2012 he joined ZOLLER Inc. where he has been employed as National Sales Manager for 5 years. In January 2017 Dietmar Moll has been appointed General Sales Manager for ZOLLER Inc.
Application Engineer, ANSYS SpaceClaim
Waled Raban is a Southern California native that was born in Hollywood, CA and craves the spotlight. He studied mechanical engineering at San Diego State University and discovered that working in an office didn’t promote his spirited personality. Passionate about 3D CAD modeling, he used sales engineering as a platform to persuade fellow engineers to improve their processes. Waled is an ANSYS SpaceClaim advocate and enjoys solving everyday engineering CAD problems. He loves fishing and playing basketball when he’s not restoring classic cars. Grateful for his wife and two daughters, Waled tries not to make work travel a profession.
Manufacturing Staff Engineer, A-dec
David Christensen is a Manufacturing Staff Engineer at A-dec, Inc., based in Newberg, Oregon. A-dec is the world’s leading dental equipment manufacturer. Product includes dental chairs, stools, delivery systems, lights, and cabinetry. During his 39-year experience in the manufacturing business, David has worked as a machinist, lead person, and senior programmer. He also worked at Northwest Precision Manufacturing, as the production manager, and at Ellison Technology, as an applications engineer training customers on CAM software systems and the operation and programming of CNC machine tools. In his spare time David is an avid NFL fan and enjoys live theater and traveling with his wife Carla.