Leading aerospace companies have Ohio flying high. In fact, the Buckeye State is among the top five states in the country doing business with Boeing and Airbus. What’s behind this success? This special Supplier Innovation event will showcase Ohio’s significant supplier network; inform on how to be a part of this network; highlight emerging opportunities in the defense field; and bring together representatives from the aerospace industry, universities and federal labs while setting the stage to explore how Ohio companies can explore further defense and military integration.

The Aerospace & Defense Supplier Innovation event will:

• Highlight Ohio's significant supplier network;
• Inform attendees on how to access and do business within the supplier network; and
• Discuss emerging opportunities in the defense field.


• William Harrison, Director, Small Business Innovation Research, Air Force Research Lab
• Elizabeth Pyne, Director, Technology Transfer, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division
• Arveice Washington, Deputy Director, Department of Navy, Office of Small Business Programs
• Rob Klees, Vice President, Wright Brothers Institute
• John Sankovic, President, Ohio Aerospace Institute
• Peter Collins, Group Director, Strategic Planning/M&A, Parker Aerospace
• Bob Dirgo, Director, Innovation, Meggitt
• Jake Lofty, Chief Operating Officer, Projects Unlimited
• John Shannon, Director, Boeing Space Launch Systems
• Rebecca Reed, President & CEO, Reed Integration


1:00 – 1:45 p.m. - Registration & Networking 
2:00 - 3:15 p.m. - Panel Presentation, Commercial Aerospace Overview
3:15 - 4:30 p.m. - Panel Presentation, Gov’t/Defense Overview
4:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Networking


The 100th Bomb Group
20920 Brookpark Rd
Cleveland, OH 44135


$25 - GCP & Partner Members
$40 - Non-members


Hotel Accommodations: 

For out of town guests, we recommend the hotels listed below for your visit to Cleveland. 

Sheraton Cleveland Airport 
Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Airport


Kent State University   Parker


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