Bob Duffy

Vice President, SSE Inc.

Robert Duffy is the Vice President of Network and Cybersecurity Services and joined SSE as Vice President of Sales and Marketing in July 2020.  In addition to leading Business Development efforts for the company, he now oversees SSE’s Service Delivery and Client Engagement teams. This group of dedicated professionals provide support, technology expertise and strategic/compliance planning for more than 30 clients across multiple industries.


Miles Free

Director of Technical Services, PMPA

Miles Free is Director Industry Affairs for the Precision Machined Products Association, where he handles Regulatory, Government Affairs, Statistical and Financial reporting and providing Technical Assistance in all areas of manufacturing. Prior to joining PMPA in 2003, Mr. Free was Director, Quality and Development, at Republic Engineered Products. Mr. Free started his career at United States Steel, where he served in Environmental Engineering and Laboratory Supervisor positions. His career included leading the implementation of the Cold Finished Bar Industry’s first Quality Operating System awarded Q-1 status at Bliss and Laughlin steel as well as managing the technology and development function for the restart of Operations at Bar technologies and Republic Steel. He has created content using all forms of media, with numerous articles published,  over a million views on his blog  Speaking of Precision, and currently hosts two Podcasts for PMPA. He is a widely sought presenter on Problem solving, Quality, and Metallurgical topics.  Mr. Free holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Youngstown State University, and an MBA from Walsh University, where he taught Quality and Performance Management and Data Analytics in the MBA and Executive MBA programs.

Jay Hawreluk

CEO, AcuMax Index

James “Jay” Hawreluk has a BBA in Business Management from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Detroit.  From his involvement in a youth organization to his first full-time position at a bank, as a business owner and involved in sales and consulting, people have always fascinated him.

With over 20 years experience in the “people business” Jay now serves as the Founder/CEO of AcuMax Index since 2012 as well as being the author of Unraveling the Mystery of People – which now enables all people to improve their relationships, job satisfaction and overall life enjoyment!  From this book the AcuMax Index® Survey has been developed which accurately assesses an individual’s natural wiring and tells us how they are best motivated, process thought, preferred work style, how risk decisions are made and one’s communication style. 

Jay Hawreluk invites you to PMPA’s Management Update 2024

Connor Lokar

Senior Forecaster, ITR Economics

Few economists present their insights with the authority, accuracy, and humor that Connor Lokar brings to the stage.  From the intimate executive retreat to trade association keynotes, he delivers with charm and candor, rousing and enlightening all who attend his talks. 

As a millennial, Connor brings a new perspective to the world of economics, delivering ITR’s industry-leading accuracy to current C-suite executives while forging connections with the next generation of business leaders.  Connor specializes in construction but consults and presents to businesses across all industries, helping them grow revenue and remain profitable through an ever-changing business cycle. 

Connor Lokar invites you to PMPA’s Management Update 2024

Elizabeth Niedringhaus 

President, SSE Inc.

Elizabeth Niedringhaus is the President and CEO of Systems Service Enterprises, Inc. SSE has been recognized as a leader in IT and Training solutions; most recently in the top 200 of all IT managed service providers worldwide by MSPMentor. Serving the defense industrial base, manufacturing, and financial services sectors since 2009, SSE has a robust network and cybersecurity services practice that is focused on compliance. As an ISO 9001:2015 certified organization, SSE has not only the technical expertise, but also the disciplined processes and business maturity to deliver world-class solutions. With over 200 employees, SSE is headquartered in St. Louis and serves clients throughout all 50 states.

SSE, Inc. invites you to PMPA’s Management Update 2024

Michael F. Roizen

MD, Cleveland Clinic

Michael F. Roizen, MD, is the cocreator of the RealAge Test and the cofounder of RealAge, Inc.  He currently serves as both the chief wellness officer of the Cleveland Clinic and the chairman of its Wellness Institute. He is board certified in internal medicine and anesthesiology.   He is a five-time New York Times #1 best-selling author and an admired medical emissary, showing everyday people easy and effective ways to lead healthier and longer lives.

Dr. Roizen’s dedication to preventative medicine is reflected in his work as the Cleveland Clinc’s chief wellness officer – the first position of its kind in any major medical facility. He is the co-founder of YouBeauty media, the go-to health and beauty guide for women, as well as the popular website RealAge.com, which imparts health information that helps readers “live younger.” He has frequently appeared on Oprah, Today, 20/20 and Good Morning America, taking his expertise and good-natured advice to mass audiences.

Dr. Roizen has served as an editor of six medical journals and has published more than 175 peer-reviewed scientific papers. He graduated with honors from the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine and completed his residency at Harvard’s Beth Israel Hospital. He was a nine-year faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco, the chair of the top-10-rated Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Chicago, and the dean of the School of Medicine and Vice President for Biomedical Sciences at SUNY Upstate.

Lisa Ryan


Lisa Ryan is a Certified Speaking Professional(CSP), best-selling author of eleven books, and award-winning speaker.  Lisa’s enthusiasm is contagious, and she’s known for her energetic personality, quick wit, and signature “Grategies” (AKA gratitudestrategies) that spread joy and positivity wherever she goes. She’s even shared the big screen with some of the biggest names in the industry, including the legendary Jack Canfield, the man behind the”Chicken Soup for the Soul” phenomenon.  When she’s not commanding the stage and having fun with her audience, Lisa loves spending time with her husband, Scott, and their two spoiled cats.

Lisa Ryan invites you to PMPA’s Management Update 2024

Pete Tosh

Founder, The Focus Group


Pete Tosh is Founder of The Focus Group, a management consulting and training firm in Macon, Georgia, that assists organizations in sustaining profitable growth through four core disciplines:

  • Maximizing Leadership Effectiveness
  • Implementing Strategic HR Initiatives
  • Strategic Planning
  • Enhancing Customer Loyalty

The Focus Group has provided these consulting and training services to manufacturing & service organizations across the U.S., Canada, Europe & the Middle East. Pete has worked closely with the leadership teams of organizations such as Exxon, Brinks, Cracker Barrel, EMC, State Farm, Marriott, N.C.I. and Freddie Mac.

Pete frequently facilitates a variety of leadership development programs for organizations such as the American Management Association.  Employees from over 3,000 organizations have benefited from Pete’s experience and perspective.

Pete is co-author of Leading Your Organization to the Next Level: the Core Disciplines of Sustained Profitable Growth – and holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from Emory and Henry College and a Masters degrees in both Business Administration and Industrial Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.


Pete Tosh invites you to PMPA’s Management Update 2024

Melanie Webber

Partner, Fisher Phillips LLP


Melanie Webber is a partner in Fisher Phillips’ Cleveland office and serves as chair for the firm’s Women’s Initiative and Leadership Council. She represents and advises clients in all aspects of employment law, including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and leave-related complaints.  

Over her career, she has represented employers on traditional labor issues—such as union organizing campaigns, unfair labor practice charges and labor arbitrations—before administrative agencies that include the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC). 

Melanie believes in developing positive, proactive employee relations programs (including employee opinion surveys) with her clients and can guide them through employment practice, human resource and wage-hour audits.  


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