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Carolyn Lee


Carolyn Lee is the executive director of The Manufacturing Institute, the education and workforce partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, the nation’s largest industrial trade association.

In her role, Ms. Lee leads the Institute in its goal of supporting the manufacturing workforce of today and growing the manufacturing workforce of tomorrow. The Institute does so through a variety of programs designed to excite, educate and empower—with a particular focus in four key areas: women, veterans, youth and lifelong learning.

Ms. Lee was raised in a manufacturing family. She saw from a young age the transformative impact manufacturing can have on communities, families and the men and women who build the world around us. Now it’s what drives her every day as she works to bring manufacturing’s powerful potential to more Americans. 


Prior to her role leading the Institute, Ms. Lee served in a policy role at the NAM and worked in leadership positions with the Telecommunications Industry Association and 3M and in the offices of former Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and former Rep. Sue Kelly (R-NY).

Ms. Lee lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and three children. 

Deon Clark


Deon Clark is the Owner of TCI Solutions, LLC; a certified veteran and minority owned business committed to providing the highest quality of consultation in three key areas: Workforce Talent Pipeline Development, Corporate Diversity - Inclusion and Engagement Strategies, and Educational Development Services for Teachers & Students.

Mr. Clark is a veteran of the United States Nuclear Navy and served as a Licensed Senior Nuclear Reactor Operations Instructor and HR consultant in the Energy sector. He is the creator of the Legacy Iᶟ Workforce Model, a talent development system that provides employers with qualified local talent. He has developed robust talent development pipelines for major Global and US companies such as General Mills, Core Publishing Solutions, Xcel Energy, Arizona Public Service, Omaha Public Power District, Thomson Reuters, Metropolitan Airports Commission and others. Through his Legacy Programs, Deon has provided student development training to over 5000 students across multiple states. He has provided high quality professional development training and consultation to hundreds of educators and industry professionals.

Deon earned his B.S. in Human Resource Management form the New School University in NY, NY. He earned his Senior Nuclear Reactor Operator Instructor Certification from Exelon’s LaSalle Generating Station in IL.

Steve Kalina


Steve Kalina is President and CEO of the Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association (MPMA), a trade association that represents hundreds of precision manufacturers around the state of Minnesota, primarily focusing on workforce development support and legislative changes.  Prior to his role with MPMA, Steve was President and Director of Sales of Dynamic Group, a contract manufacturer and long-time member of MPMA. Steve is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. 

Traci Tapani


Traci Tapani is Co-President of Wyoming Machine, Inc. Traci became an owner of Wyoming Machine in 1994 and has shared the position of President, with her sister Lori, since 1997.

Traci is actively involved in volunteer activities that promote math and science education, technical training, and careers in manufacturing. In 2014 Traci was honored by The Manufacturing Institute with the Women in Manufacturing STEP Award for demonstrating excellence and leadership in Manufacturing and in April 2015 Traci participated in the Upskill America Summit hosted by the White House. Since, then she has made many trips to Washington, D.C. advocating for strong workforce development policy and in May 2018 she testified on this topic before Congress. Minnesota NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) awarded Traci and her sister, Lori, with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Traci currently serves as Board Chair at the Initiative Foundation, serves on the board of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and recently completed a 3-year term as an appointee to the Minnesota Governor’s Workforce Development Council.

MPR Interview

Minneapolis Star Tribune

STEP Award

New York Times

Fall Conference Wednesday Evening Networking Social Event - not to be missed!!


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Industry / Innovation Tours

Conference Attendees will have the option of choosing which of the tours below that they would like to participate in on Thursday.


Stratasys manufactures 3D printers and 3D production systems for office-based rapid prototyping and direct digital manufacturing solutions. Engineers use Stratasys systems to model complex geometries in a wide range of FDM thermoplastic and polyjet photopolymers. The company’s extensive reach encompasses aerospace, defense, architecture, dental, automotive, creative, medical, and other industry sectors.


ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. At their North America headquarters in Maple Grove, MN, ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions manufactures high-precision measurement equipment. This tour will discuss the history of ZEISS and walk through the lean manufacturing process applied to build ZEISS coordinate measuring machines.


Minnetronix Medical designs, develops, and manufactures medical devices for patients and companies across the globe. The company specializes in creating Class II and Class III technologies in four areas: RF energy, fluid and gas management, optical systems, and stimulation and wearable devices.


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NCATC Member Schools are eligible to receive Free SIEMENS Software!

 Siemens Cooperates with Education is a global initiative that provides schools with the world’s leading automation software. Siemens offers comprehensive support to educators for hands-on training, curriculum, and deep product discounts to put the very same automation technologies used by industry into the hands of students.  

Siemens looks to organizations like NCATC and cutting-edge community colleges to elevate the technical expertise of the future workforce. Siemens is investing in advancing the Digital Future of the US through innovative projects, practical curricula, and real-world learning. Be the first in the US with access to PLCSIM Version 15 projects and downloads! 


Features of this offer include:

· SIMATIC STEP 7 Professional Software Single-user licenses – limited to 365 days each (20 unique license keys)

· PLCSIM, HMISIM, WinCC, Safety, Startdrive, ODK, and Safety licenses included!

· Access to PLC Simulation project downloads that do not require hardware

· Siemens Automation Curriculum downloads

· Hands-on instructor training and professional development: Earn CEUs, Digital Badges and Certificates of Completion for you and your students Free!

· Featured on the Siemens Partner School Website for industrial customers looking for Siemens-trained talent and training


Getting Started

If you're a current or new NCATC member interested in this unique offer 

you must be registered for the 2019 Fall Conference by September 10th. 

Participants will be notified by SCE via email to opt-in to this first-time ever offer of Siemens software.

Exclusively for NCATC Members:

Register for the 2019 Fall Conference and receive a 

FREE 20-license bundle of 

TIA Portal Professional Software.

Over $3,000 Value! 

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Exhibitor Information

Items provided by the Hilton

8 Foot Table

2 Chairs

 Wi-Fi Internet Access 

For electrical needs, A/V needs, shipping charges, etc., please click here

Exhibitor Set-up Times

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 

after 6 p.m. - 11:59 a.m.


Exhibitor Tear-down Times

Friday, September 13, 2019 

out by 5 p.m.

To ship packages to the hotel

Please address as shown below:

Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport 

Mall of America Hotel

3800 American Blvd. East
Minneapolis, MN  55425

Attention:  NCATC - "Exhibitor's Name

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Contact Person at the Hilton

Kelly Otteson, Convention Services Mgr.

Office Phone:  952.548.0996                     

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Conference Registration Fees


* One-year Membership (normally $600) plus Conference Fee, upon NCATC Board Approval,  

Membership year is September 2019 through August 2020


Conference Hotel



3800 American Blvd E

Bloomington, Minnesota  55425


NCATC has a block of rooms at Hilton Minneapolis / St. Paul Airport Mall of America hotel:

  • Special conference rate of $169 per night plus 14.5% tax (rates good for Sept 10, 2019 - Sept 13, 2019 on Hilton site)  These rates are also good three days prior and three days after the above dates but reservations for those dates must be made by calling 1.952.854.2100. 
  • Same rate for single or double occupancy
  • Complimentary in-room Internet
  • Complimentary self-parking
  • Make your hotel reservations online or by calling 1.952.854.2100

Special rate is good through Friday, August 30, 2019.  


Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport hotel offers complimentary transportation to and from Minneapolis  / St. Paul International airport.

The Hilton is in a prime location near Bloomington, MN attractions and the Light Rail to downtown Minneapolis.

Overflow Hotel



7901 34th Avenue South

Bloomington, MN  55425

Standard Suites are available for $189 per night plus 14.5% tax for 9/9/19 through 9/12/19 

(check out on 9/13/19)

Register online  


Call 952-854-1000 or 1-800-Embassy, tell them you are with the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers; Group Code is NCT