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2022 Made in Arizona Tour

Join us on October 27th-28th for our 2022 Made in Arizona tour where we will explore unique manufacturing facilities right here in Arizona. Attendees will include state legislators, AMC and Chamber members and community leaders. A formal agenda will be shared soon, be sure to reserve your spot!


Date/Time Information:

October 27, 2022 – October 28, 2022
Program: All Day
Location: Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona
Resort: El Conquistador, Tucson
Call: 1-888-370-0980
Group Code: MIAO27
The cut-off date for making reservations and receiving the contracted rate is September 27, 2022.

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Series Sponsor: $5,000.00 (Limited to Two)
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Sponsorships are available, please contact Christina McDonald:


2022 Arizona Manufacturing Summit & Awards Luncheon

Join us for our 2022 Manufacturer of the Year Awards & Summit! Our event kicks off with a morning trade show and summit featuring industry experts and panelists discussing manufacturing issues and opportunities. Our awards luncheon recognizes dynamic leaders from Arizona’s manufacturing community with the following awards:

  • Excellence in Innovation
  • Excellence in Sustainability
  • Small Manufacturer of the Year
  • Medium Manufacturer of the Year
  • Large Manufacturer of the Year


Date/Time Information:

October 11, 2022
9:00AM – 11:30AM Summit and Congressional Panel
12:00PM – 1:30PM Awards Luncheon
The Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85016

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Honoring Arizona manufacturers

On October 3rd, the Arizona Manufacturers Council (AMC) hosted the 2019 Arizona Manufacturing Summit, which featured keynote speakers in the industry and concluded with an awards ceremony honoring standout leaders in manufacturing.

In her opening remarks, AMC Chair Dawn Grove highlighted the many manufacturing firms making waves in the state and recognized others for their creation of thousands of jobs, including Intel, Raytheon, Nikola and more…


Elisabeth Boucek

Elisabeth Boucek

Beth serves as the Director of Global Sales & Operations Planning for Delivery Systems & Services business within EMD Electronics. She has demonstrated more than 30 years of experience in the supply chain, operations and business leadership.

Beth’s career began with AlliedSignal’s Commercial Vehicle business where she spent 10 years in progressively increasing roles within Finance, Material Planning, and Product Marketing. She then transferred to AlliedSignal/Honeywell’s Aerospace sector where she spent the next 20 years in leadership roles in Integrated Supply Chain and P&L leadership. Her last several years was spent running the $250M segment of Honeywell Aerospace’s United States Air Force business, which included a $100M per year contract managing the supply chain for the Secondary Power and Logistics Program for Hill Air Force Base.

In her current position at EMD Electronics, Beth has global responsibility for DS&S’ sales and operations planning, integrating customer demands with factory capacity to optimize revenue and margins across the business.

Beth holds a B.A in Business Management & Accounting from Ohio University and a M.B.A. from Arizona State University. She is APICS certified in Inventory and Production Management and has taught lean manufacturing at the University of Tennessee.  Beth  regularly volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, St. Mary’s Food Bank and Andre House.

Laura French

Laura Franco French

Director – State Government Relations, TSMC AZ Corp.

Laura Franco French serves as Director, State Government Relations, for TSMC AZ Corp. French is the liaison between the leading semiconductor foundry and the state and local government as TSMC continues towards the opening of their new Arizona fab.

French brings over two decades of experience in community relations, government affairs, international relations and communications in the public and non-profit sectors. Most recently, she served as Senior Policy Advisor to Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. In this role she provided strategic counsel and built community partnerships on issues such as economic development, international affairs, Latino community affairs, water, refugee and asylee issues, as well as arts and culture.

French also previously served as legislative liaison at the Arizona Office of Tourism. Additional experience includes a variety of positions spanning Greater Phoenix Leadership, Unidos US and the International Republican Institute. Early in her career, French worked at CNN at both their Atlanta and New York bureaus.

James Kasselmann

James Kasselmann

General Manager and head of Manufacturing, Dexcom

James Kasselmann began working for Dexcom in September 2016 and is the site General Manager and head of Manufacturing at the Dexcom facility located in Mesa, AZ.  Prior to beginning at Dexcom, James served in a series of leadership positions in the biopharmaceutical industry from 2003 – 2016.  He was the site head at Gilead Sciences’ biologics campus located in Oceanside, CA.  He also worked for Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, where he oversaw the clinical production of biologic therapies for various cancer and anti-inflammatory diseases.  Prior to running the clinical production plant, he supported the Genentech campus in Oceanside, CA in several key leadership positions as the head of commercial Quality Control, Supply-chain, and Operational Excellence.  Prior to Genentech, James worked for IDEC Pharmaceuticals and Biogen in Supply-chain and Quality Control leadership positions.  James Kasselmann served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1982-2002 and completed his twenty-years of active duty service as a Lieutenant Colonel.  He and his wife Maureen moved to Arizona in 2017.

Alana Langdon

Head, Government Affairs and Global Policy, Nikola Corporation

Alana leads Nikola’s external government affairs engagement, advocacy and global policy strategy with elected officials, regulators, government agencies, industry partners and ally organizations. In her enterprise-wide role, she is responsible for collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to cultivate broad understanding and support for advancing the deployment of zero-emissions vehicle technology and fueling infrastructure, and building a hydrogen economy.

Prior to joining Nikola, Alana worked for several years at Arizona Public Service (APS), as a Senior Community Affairs Representative for Strategic Partnerships and brings more than 20 years of experience working in various roles in the public and private sectors. During her career, Alana has advanced key initiatives impacting emerging transportation and clean energy technologies; corporate engagement and community giving programs, strategic partnerships, diversity/inclusion and multicultural relations; workforce/vocational training; regional/inter-regional governance and planning; regulatory rule-makings; federal, state and local policy development, community (re)development projects; political campaigns, issue positioning, grassroots coalition building; PR/advertising/media campaigns; and international economic affairs/trade.

Alana holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational and Intercultural Communication and a Master of Public Administration, with a focus on comparative administrative systems, from Arizona State University. Committed to continuous education, training and leadership development, in 2019 Alana was selected to participate with a cohort of female employees in an “Exploring Leadership Series” at Arizona Public Service and joined the Valley Leadership Institute’s Class 40 program. In 2015, Alana completed an Executive Education program, “Leading Economic Growth”, focusing on emerging economies and community economic health, at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government and Center for International Development.

Recognitions include: Valley Leadership’s Class 40, Phoenix Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40”, Arizona’s “Who’s Who in Business 2011” – Highest Ranking Women in Business, Arizona State University Alumni Association Woman of the Year and Arizona State University Homecoming Queen.

Community service includes working on issues pertaining to transportation, public safety, education, healthcare, international relations, workforce development, urban revitalization, accessibility/diversity/inclusion and autism awareness.

A strong believer in education and vocational opportunity, Alana supports and collaborates with various organizations dedicated to implementing programs serving youth from disadvantaged backgrounds and with special needs.

Nathan Trembath

Nathan Trembath

Nathan serves as the general manager of the Bristol Myers Squibb manufacturing facility in Phoenix. In his role, Nathan is responsible for leading all operations, functions and performance of the 280,000 square foot facility to deliver therapies for pancreatic, non-small cell lung and breast cancers.

Nathan is overseeing the expansion of the existing facility in Phoenix that will transform the site to play a key role in delivering sterile biologic drug product to patients globally. Nathan previously served as the general manager at the Bristol Myers Squibb manufacturing facility in Syracuse.

As a leader with over 20 years of experience in global pharmaceutical and medical device laboratory, quality and operations, Nathan’s diverse expertise includes non-sterile, aseptic and terminal sterilization; vaccine and biologics and device manufacturing. He has led complex manufacturing operational turnarounds and operations excellence deployment. Nathan brings outside-of-the-thinking, technical acumen and high-accountability execution to develop a highly skilled and engaged workforce committed to safety and quality.

Prior to joining Bristol Myers Squibb, Nathan oversaw best practices architecture for Quality, Manufacturing and Technical Operations at Merck where he led the adoption of industry 4.0 mindsets for strategic manufacturing facilities expansions in a $7B capital portfolio. His career spans leadership roles for Smith & Nephew, Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline in the U.S., Italy and Australia.

Nathan grew up in Australia and received bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and chemistry from the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.

About Bristol Myers Squibb

Bristol Myers Squibb is a leading global biopharma company focused on discovering, developing and delivering innovative medicines for patients with serious diseases. Our people are focused on helping millions of patients around the world in disease areas such as oncology, hematology, immunology, cardiovascular, fibrosis and neuroscience. Through the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization, we support community-based programs that promote cancer awareness, screening, care and support among high-risk populations in the United States, as well as China, Brazil and sub-Saharan Africa. Our employees around the world work every day to transform patients’ lives through science.