Leading Reliability Conference Agenda

*This agenda is a work in progress and is subject to change.

Day 1: May 13, 2024

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

RDI Technologies Training: Advanced Features – Day 1 Salon A

Day 2: May 14, 2024

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Breakfast Salon G

8:30 am - 12:00 pm

RDI Technologies Workshop: A Hands-On Practical Guide for Utilizing a Camera for Asset Reliability Salon B

8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Eruditio’s Workshop: Unlocking Success – The Must-Have Leadership Development Tools Salon D

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Acoem’s Workshop: The Foundation of Precision and Reliability of Machinery – Salon C

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

RDI Technologies Training: Advanced Features – Day 2 Salon A

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

 UE System’s Ultrasound Best Practices Workshop Salon E

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch Salon G

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

RDI Technologies Workshop: Motion Amplification®: Our Latest Reliability Solutions Salon B

Day 3: May 15, 2024

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Breakfast Salon G

8:30 am - 8:45 am

Welcome Salon DEF

8:45 am - 10:00 am

Keynote “Navigating the Leadership Landscape: Labor Forecasts and Employment Demographic Trends “ – Admiral Robert P. Burke, Center for Human Capital Innovation – Salon DEF

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Group Discussion & Community Building Salon DEF

Let’s learn together! Join us for a large groups session where you can share topics that you want to focus on during the conference and build a group of peers to discuss them. Maybe you want to discuss the use of AI with the predictive technologies or how planning is critical to good scheduling, share your topic with the group and plan to get together later to debate, discuss, and decide. This is one of the best ways you can personalize your conference experience.

10:30 am - 10:45 am

Break & Exhibits

10:45 am - 11:45 am

Track 1 “Where to Focus Your Reliability Program Or: How I Came to Comprehend the Comprehensive” – John Waldron, Acoem Salon DE

Track 2“The Juice is Worth the Squeeze: Gallo’s Journey to Reliability” – John Lazar, E. & J. Gallo Winery Salon F

11:50 am - 12:50 pm

Lunch & Exhibits Salon G

12:55 pm - 1:25 pm

Track 1 – “Successes and Failures in Adapting RCM Strategies to a Facilities Environment VS Manufacturing Environment” – Bob Kempe, Utah Department of Corrections  Salon DE

Track 2 “Enhancing PATRIOT Missile Defense System Power: Motion Amplification Technology in Generator Testing” – David Aebischer, Cintel Inc. Salon F

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Track 1 When Life Gives You Lemonade, Sometimes You Have to Make Lemons” – Jason Wos, Constellium – Salon DE

Track 2 – “Navigating Challenges: Cooper Station’s Lubrication Program Development and the Investment in Reliability Leadership, People, Technology, and the Future” – Eddie Hudson, Cooper Power Station Salon F

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Break & Exhibits

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Track 1 – “Powering Up Asset Management: A Talk Show-Inspired Journey Through Maintenance and Reliability Implementation” – Shelley Penny, Tampa Electric and Shon Isenhour, Eruditio – Salon DE

Track 2 “Vibration, It’s Just Physics” – Jeff Hay, RDI Technologies  Salon F

3:20 pm - 3:50 pm

Track 1 Let Your Reliability Journey Be Audit Can Be” – Ali Slayton, 3V Sigma USA Salon DE

Track 2 “Case Studies on Advanced Ultrasound Applications in Challenging Environments” – Andre Jooste, Ultra-Tek  Salon F

3:55 pm - 4:25 pm

Track 1 “Unlocking Excellence: The Role of Mentorship in Achieving World-Class Maintenance Organizations” Trent McJunkin, Oshkosh Defense  Salon DE

Track 2 – “What You Don’t Know About Belts and Sheaves” – Stan Riddle, Acoem – Salon F

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Network Reception & Exhibits

Day 4: May 16, 2023

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Breakfast Salon G

8:30 am - 9:30 am

General – “Why Do Reliability Initiatives Fail – Moving From What To Do, to How We Do It” – Milan Heninger, Industry Leader Salon DEF

9:30 am - 9:45 am

Break & Exhibits

9:45 am - 10:45 am

Joint Panel “Customer Success Stories” – Ali Slayton, 3V Sigma USA, Bob Kazar, RTK Asset Management, Brandon Hughes, Reliability Leader, Chris Troutt, Cogent, John Lazar, E. &. J. Gallo Winery, and Milan Heninger, Industry Leader   Salons DEF

10:50 am - 11:50 am

Track 1 “Doing the Right Thing For All The Wrong Reasons… And Failing” – Shon Isenhour, Eruditio Salon DE

Track 2Ultrasound Innovations Unveiled: A Roundtable on Ultrasound Current & Future Innovations” – Blair Fraser, UE Systems Salon F

11:55 am - 12:55 pm

Lunch & Exhibits Salon G

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Roundtable Discussion Technology Roadmaps Salon DEF

In this session, attendees will learn what emerging technologies and services each hosting company is excited to share. You will get to ask questions, share feedback, and be the first to know what’s coming next!

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm


2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Track 1 “Tactical and Technical Execution: Building A World-Class Program” – Ehren Mackedanz, Bunge and Jen Knolls, Michael Foods Salon DE

Track 2“Leading Change – Engineering Organizational Excellence” – Milan Heninger, Industry Leader Salon F

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Break & Exhibits

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Track 1 “Why Your Maintenance and Reliability Team Needs a Hype Man” – Chris Troutt, Cogent Salon DE

Track 2“The Fragile Balance of Maintenance Reliability: A Therapist’s Reflection on Implementation Challenges” –  Tommy Qualls and Brandon Lewis, McKee Foods Corporation Salon F

3:35 pm - 4:35 pm

Panel & Closing Blair Fraser, UE Systems, Florian Bulder, Acoem, Jeff Hay, RDI Technologies, and Shon Isenhour, Erudition Salons DEF

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Beach BBQ

Networking Events

While the backbone of any conference is the content shared, there’s no doubt that the opportunity to network with your peers comes in at a close second! That’s why we offer numerous opportunities to network in both small and large groups at the following events:

Welcome Reception & Exhibits

Join us for a cocktail reception where you’ll be introduced to your fellow conference attendees. As you wander around the reception you’ll have the opportunity to meet our featured industry partners who will be showcasing their products and services and how their solutions can help you achieve results!

Beach BBQ

Join us Thursday evening for a Hawaiin-themed beach BBQ with a raffle, live music, and beach games! Don’t forget your Hawaiin t-shirt!

Leading Reliability Conference Testimonials

“A must-attend event for anyone looking to start or improve their maintenance and reliability!”

“I really enjoyed the 2021 Leading Reliability Live and In-person Conference. The speakers each led great discussions and also took time during the day to answer any questions and give out their contact information as a continued resource. There is great value in the contacts made during this conference and the opportunity to talk with our peers about the opportunities and successes we are seeing in our facilities. The venue was excellent and the conference organizers took great care of us. Thank you.”

“This was my first reliability conference, and it was a great experience. I not only enjoyed presenting, but also attending the other workshops. I learned a lot from really established professionals and hope to make improvements at my site with the useful information. I also was able to network with others and answer questions, as well as, get a few of mine answered. Overall this was an excellent conference that was extremely helpful and well put together.”

“What a great week of interacting with a huge variety of professionals that were all focused on reliability! The location, food, and sessions were all outstanding but the atmosphere while enjoying these is what will bring me back next year! Great job guys!”

“This was a wonderful experience. Some of the roadblocks I have while building the PdM program have been removed thanks to this conference. The networking and broad spectrum of speakers was a grand help.”

“The most important part of these types of conferences is the gathering with others who have a interest in implementing a Reliability culture within each of our facilities. This conference provided a lot of available tools and relationships to help improve and implement the reliability culture without our facilities.”

“The Leading Reliability Class was an amazing time! All industry members are experts in their field, and no matter your experience you will definitely take something away from it. No matter if you’re looking for the latest in greatest technology, or just looking to gain knowledge on Reliability Leadership this seminar has it all. Big thank you to everyone who made this visit a pleasure and I look forward to attending again in the future!”

“I got the most from the preconference session with eruditio. I was able to come back and implement some of the strategies immediately.”

“This was my first time attending the reliability conference, so I really wasn’t too sure what to expect. It was a very informative and educational conference. It was a great opportunity to network with folks from within my company as well as build relationships with folks outside of my company.”

“I don’t get the opportunity to meet many other vibration analysts outside of our company, so it was awesome to discuss similarities and differences with them. I loved the atmosphere and networking opportunities.”