Biographies

Nancy Regan

Nancy Regan 

Nancy Regan is a Maintenance and Reliability (M&R) speaker and trainer.  Nancy is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering.  In 1997, she became Team Leader for Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) at the Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, NJ, where she instituted the RCM Program on Naval Aviation Common Support Equipment.

She is founder and President of The Force, Inc. and has over 21 years of hands-on M&R experience including facilitating RCM analyses and conducting RCM training courses.  She has helped numerous organizations implement a true Reliability Culture.  Her many projects include the CH-47 Chinook Helicopter, the US Army’s heavy-lift helicopter and the Department of Energy’s Y-12 National Security Complex.

Nancy holds U.S. and foreign patents on a process for marking parts that she developed using her RCM experience.  She is the author of The RCM Solution, A Practical Guide to Starting and Maintaining a Successful RCM Program and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences.  Nancy recently launched RCMTrainingOnline.com, an online M&R training site.  She lives in Huntsville, Alabama with her husband, Dennis.

David Sliger

David Sliger is a Senior Director of Manufacturing at Nissan’s 4 million square foot vehicle assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi. In total, David has over 34 years of maintenance experience with 22 of those years spent with Nissan. Throughout his 22-year tenure, he has held various roles of increasing responsibility. Under his leadership, the maintenance organization was created along with the development of key strategies, including condition based and predictive programs for the new powertrain plant located in Decherd, TN. In May 2015, David accepted a new assignment as Director of Maintenance Operations at the Canton, MS vehicle assembly plant. While Director of Maintenance Operations, David led the maintenance turnaround in both OEE and cost. In his latest role, David has assumed responsibility for manufacturing operations at the Canton facility.
Following his service in the United States Marine Corps, David graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. from Trevecca Nazarene University. He is a triathlete and has completed two Ironman triathlons. He resides in Madison, Mississippi with his wife and youngest son. In his spare time, he enjoys running on the Natchez Trace with his German Shepherd dog. He can be reached by email at dksliger@gmail.com or his linkedin page.

Alan Knight

Alan Knight has been in a maintenance and reliability professional for more than 25 years and currently serves as the Senior Reliability Leader for Mueller Company overseeing reliability program implementation and improvement across the company’s product divisions. Over the last four years he has also held the position of plant reliability engineer for Mueller’s Albertville, Alabama fire hydrant manufacturing facility where he and his team have been successful at implementing a reliability program basically from the ground up. There is still much work to be done but the gains have been significant.

Prior to working at Mueller, Alan was a reliability engineering consultant with Allied Reliability Group. Alan has also held positions as a regional vibration analyst and program manager with Allied Reliability, SKF, and IVC Technologies, and also as a heavy equipment and plant maintenance mechanic. Alan is a veteran of the US Army and served during Desert Storm as an M1A1 tank turret systems shop NCOIC and mechanic. He currently resides in Ashville, Alabama.

Charlee Lipham

Charlee is currently a Condition Monitoring Engineer for WestRock. She began with the company as a Co-Op while she was pursing her BSME degree from Auburn University and graduated in 2016. Her main responsibilities include monitoring the integrity of small and medium A/C motors, gear reducers, centrifugal pumps, vacuum pumps, heat exchangers, agitators, turbines, blowers, industrial fans, vacuum drums, and other miscellaneous equipment. Her certifications include Vibration Analyst Level 2, Machinery Lubrication Analyst Level 1, Ultrasound Level 2, Thermal/Infrared Thermography Level 1.
 

Blair Fraser

Blair Fraser, Manager of Reliability Solutions Business Unit at Lakeside Process Controls is responsible for the operations and the business development of the Reliability Solutions services and products.

Blair has a passion for technology and solving problems using an innovative approach.  With a focus around what many are calling the next industrial revolution, Blair has spent the last two years on a technology journey which lead him from Waterloo, Ontario, Silicon Valley and to India to learn, experiment and share his knowledge of how the industry is applying these emerging technologies.

David Lindlow

David Lindow is a Senior Reliability Engineer at Lhoist North America. Lhoist is one of the largest producers of lime in world. He has 35 years of maintenance industry experience. Over his career he has had various roles from being a millwright, reliability / maintenance manager and work in various industries such as Forging, steel, chemical and mining. He currently holds certifications in CMRP, CRL, MLA l, and Cat ll vibration analysis. In his current role at Lhoist he has worked to build and develop foundational reliability programs Lhoist Alabama sites.

Dr. James Neale, PhD, CMRP

James is a Mechanical Engineer and CMRP with 19 years experience in a range of industrial applications form power electronics, food processing, pulp and paper, industrial energy efficiency and customized energy systems management solutions. The Waikato Energy Research Centre specializes in working closely with industry to deliver real tangible benefits in form of reduced energy costs, increased plant capacity and improved plant reliability. James’ work covers the full spectrum of opportunity identification, problem solving and high level research right through to project implementation and staff training.

James has been using airborne and structure borne ultrasound for over 10 years, working with multiple plant owners and operators over that time to establish and enhance condition based maintenance programmes. James has a PhD in computational aero-acoustics and is a happily married father of 6 children.