Closing Session: What the Future Holds for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals
Moderator: Thomas Wilk
Thomas Wilk is the award-winning chief editor of Plant Services, a Putman Media publication that focuses on smart solutions for maintenance and reliability. Wilk joined the Putman editorial team in 2014, and previously was Content Strategist / Mobile Media Manager at Panduit, breaking new ground for that company in the areas of digital content strategy and mobile app development. Wilk also worked as chief editor for Battelle Memorial Institute's Environmental Restoration team, and taught business and technical writing at Ohio State University. Wilk holds a BA from the University of Illinois and an MA from Ohio State University, and is an avid hiker and runner.
Larry Hoing, CMRP, CMRT
Larry Hoing is a past SMRP chair and has been actively involved in the organization since 2003. Hoing currently serves as the Head of the SMRP Government Relations task force on Workforce Development. In the past, Hoing has also served as the Board Chair for SMRP’s Certification Organizations (SMRPCO) as well as the Chair for the SMRPCO advisory council. Hoing’s background in reliability originated in the United States Navy. He obtained his Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP) certification in 2005, and his Certified Maintenance and Reliability Technician (CMRT) certification in 2014, and recently received his Business degree from Bellevue University. For the past 34 years, Hoing has worked for Wells Enterprises Inc., also known as Blue Bunny Ice Cream. Currently, Hoing is the Senior Manager of Asset Care, leading the Wells Reliability Journey and maintenance management systems for the past 18 years. He is passionate about reliability and helping individuals and companies learn and apply reliability-based principles to their work.
Nancy Regan is the founder and president of The Force, Inc., a company specializing in the training and application of Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM). Regan has over 20 years of hands-on experience facilitating RCM analyses, conducting RCM training and implementing RCM programs. Among the many projects she has facilitated is the CH-47 Chinook Helicopter, the U.S. Army’s heavy-lift helicopter. She is founder of RCMTrainingOnline.com, an online learning place dedicated to bringing accessible and affordable RCM training to the maintenance and reliability community. Nancy is known for delivering interactive, informative and inspirational presentations and training courses. Her simple, straightforward explanation of maintenance and reliability fundamentals show people how to overcome the organizational challenges that are in the way of creating an effective reliability culture. Nancy is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and holds a BS degree in Aerospace Engineering. She is the author of The RCM Solution, A Practical Guide to Starting and Maintaining a Successful RCM Program.
Blair Fraser is a passionate technology evangelist with a natural curiosity to think differently and challenge current thinking. He is the co-founder and Chief Customer Office at Quartic.ai, a company focused on providing machine learning and artificial intelligence solutions for industrial applications. Fraser is a passionate reliability and operational excellence professional with over 20 years experience in designing, commissioning, maintaining and improving manufacturing equipment and processes for the manufacturing industry. A Certified Reliability Leader (CRL) and Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP), Blair has dedicated his career to combining sound reliability principles and processes with the latest technology to improve asset performance and uptime for several process manufacturing facilities.