Innovation Conference at WTS20 highlights how technology and best practices drive business success

FastCap LLC president Paul Akers to present the keynote address
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. - Dec. 11, 2019 - PRLog -- Paul Akers, founder and president of FastCap LLC, will deliver a keynote address at the 2020 Manufacturer and Distributor Innovation Conference, a full day of training about how technology, best practices and lean thinking can power business success. Held in conjunction with The Work Truck Show® 2020, this conference teaches commercial truck manufacturers, upfitters, distributors and body builders of all sizes how to improve manufacturing efficiency and business results using the latest techniques and technology.

The Work Truck Show 2020 runs March 3–6 at Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Educational sessions, Green Truck Summit, and Manufacturer and Distributor Innovation Conference begin March 3. The exhibit hall opens March 4 and runs through noon on March 6.

Following Akers' keynote address, conference attendees can participate in a variety of general sessions. Each will include time for questions and group discussion.

During Selecting an ERP System to Add Value to Your Work Truck Operation, representatives from NTEA member companies will share their experiences choosing and using an ERP system, including identifying needs and adding value to their organizations. Software industry experts also will discuss selection strategies.

Attendees at Building and Validating Work-Ready Welders for Your Shop will learn about a new welder development and certification program specifically designed for the work truck industry. Presenters David Ehrlich, director of education, NTEA; Rob Myers, plant manager, Switch-N-Go; and Dr. Jason Scales, business manager, education, Lincoln Electric, will discuss the tools needed to train and qualify a work-ready welder.

Presenters Paul Kokalis, president, Fontaine Modification; Travis Eby, president, M.H. EBY Inc.; and Ben Winter, director of business development, Transfer Flow, will share real-world examples and best practices to effectively communicate and implement organizational change during the session Managing Organizational Change.

During the session Standing Out in a Competitive Commercial Vehicle Market, NTEA members will share how they define and leverage their unique value for customers and industry partners. Adam Keane, executive vice president, Allied Body Works Inc.; Kyle Stipe, engineering supervisor, Auto Truck Group; and Dave Zelis, head of sales and marketing, Buyers Products will lead the discussion.

For a full schedule of Manufacturer and Distributor Innovation Conference general sessions, visit ( Attendees also can continue their education at the event by choosing from dozens of Work Truck Show concurrent educational sessions March 3–5.

For more information or to register, visit (, call 800-441-6832 or email Join the conversation on ( and Twitter @WorkTruckShow ( with the official Work Truck Show hashtag #worktrucks20.

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