NMMS18 Only 4 Days Away! Meet our Keynote Speakers!


Over 400 attendees from 28 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and Washington, D.C. will gather to connect with leaders in the manufacturing industry and introduce their company to large corporations. We have invited expert speakers to share testimonies, give insight on the future of manufacturing and tips on how to lead your team to their next big in.

John Evans, Vice President

Global Procurement
Ingersoll Rand
Sourcing the Future: Manufacturing with a Purpose

John Evans joined Ingersoll Rand in 2000 and was appointed vice president, Global Procurement in 2015. Ingersoll Rand’s family of brands includes Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane®.

John oversees a global purchase spend in excess of $9 billion and a supplier development team managing direct and indirect material suppliers. Previously John was president of Power Tools, president of Residential Security Solutions and vice president of operations for Climate Control Technologies sector.

Before joining Ingersoll Rand, John held positions at Leoni Wiring Systems, Marley Cooling Tower, Electro-Wire Products and Cummins Engine Company.

He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Kansas and an MBA from St. Bonaventure University.


Jim Warfield

Global Segment Manager
Caterpillar, Inc.

Jim Warfield serves as a Global Procurement Manager for Caterpillar Inc.’s Innovation and Technology Development Division in Mossville, IL. He has responsibility for hydraulics, powertrain, and suspension while leading a global team of over 100 experts focused on strategic component delivery and world-class category strategy development.

Before his role as a Global Procurement Manager, Jim was the Global Purchasing Product Manager with worldwide responsibility for medium wheeled products.

Jim joined Caterpillar in 1994 as a Grinding Specialist in Pontiac, IL. He quickly gained experiences and increasing responsibility in operations and purchasing. He has led multiple global teams including Aurora, IL US; Wuxi, China; Joliet, IL US; Kiel, Germany; and Shrewsbury, UK.

Jim is a graduate of Illinois State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. In his free time, Jim enjoys playing golf and coaching youth football. He resides in Peoria, IL with his wife Mindy, sons Spencer and Jameson, and dogs, Rex and Riley.







Sourcing the Future: Manufacturing with a Purpose

Manufacturing’s Fourth Wave

By: Asha Morton

The importance of optimizing your manufacturing to meet today’s digital ways is crucial. As technology advances and the times change, many companies are shifting their means of manufacturing to cater to current demand. Industry 4.0, also known Manufacturing’s Fourth Wave, is powered by developments that include smart manufacturing robotics, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things.

According to Flex Magazine, Industry 4.0 will bring with it what’s being called the “smart factory,” which will see cyber systems monitor factory processes and make decentralized decisions. It will also see concepts and products reviewed virtually to maximize efficiency and minimize risk—which will ultimately also lead to cost savings.

This shift in the supply chain will push industry leaders to work more efficiently while giving product designers more control. “Smart manufacturing streamlines time, effort and communication between each step, creating faster and more reliable service,” Flex said.

Ingersoll Rand is one of the companies implementing new technology that collects precise data and maximizes productivity. The global leader in reliable and innovative power tools introduced the INSIGHTqc controller to help manufacturers in heavy equipment and automotive, who require advanced fastening strategies to take control of their assembly processes quickly. This device saves customers time and money by providing a flexible and capable solution that can communicate operations data back to customer quickly and accurately.

John Evans, Vice President of Global Procurement for Ingersoll Rand, will present a discussion on Sourcing the Future: Manufacturing with a Purpose. John is an industry leader and is supportive of innovative ideas that advance the goal of global sustainability. He is an expert at driving solutions and has a passion for product and category management and creation.





Join us at the 3rd Annual National MBE Manufacturers Summit 2018 to hear keynote speaker John Evans discuss Sourcing the Future: Manufacturing with a Purpose.