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.

Agenda & Speakers:



1:00 – 1:45 p.m. - Registration & Networking 

1:45 - 2:45 p.m. - Panel Presentation, Commercial Aerospace Overview
Peter Collins, Group Director, Strategic Planning/M&A, Parker Aerospace (Moderator)
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• Bob Dirgo, Director, Innovation, Meggitt

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Jake Lofty, Projects Unlimited Inc.

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• Bryan Willhoite, Boeing Space Launch Systems

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• Rebecca Reed, President & CEO, Reed Integration
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• Christina Bloebaum, Kent State University

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2:45 - 3:00 p.m. - Break

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Panel Presentation, Gov’t/Defense Overview
Carlos Grodsinsky, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer/Senior Vice President Technology, Chairman – Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Council, ZIN Technologies, Inc. (Moderator)

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William Harrison, Director, Small Business Innovation Research, Air Force Research Lab

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Elizabeth Pyne, Director, Technology Transfer, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division

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Arveice Washington, Deputy Director, Department of Navy, Office of Small Business Programs

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Rob Klees, Vice President, Wright Brothers Institute

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Andrew Gyekenyesi, Chief Scientist, Ohio Aerospace Institute

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4:15 - 6:00 p.m. - Cocktail Reception & Networking

  Glenn Richardson, Managing Director, Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing, JobsOhio

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


OAIKent State University   Parker


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