Rob Risany

Rob Risany, IoT Connected Analytics Executive in IBM Watson IoT, leads IBM’s Connected Analytics business in North America. With more than 20 years of experience in various technologies, from enterprise integration to data warehousing, business intelligence and advanced analytics, Rob is a hands-on practitioner as well as leader in helping others learn how to use analytics and IOT technology to disrupt traditional business models and create new sources of revenue.

Rob guest lectures at the University of Southern California and the University of Missouri, and is on the Industry Advisory Board of the University of Chicago’s Master’s in Analytics program (MScA)

Klaus Blache, PhD, CMRP

Dr. Blache has over 35 years of experience in various areas of manufacturing and lean applications. Included are areas such as lean implementation, reliability & maintenance, competitive analysis, continuous improvement processes, new facility planning and implementation, industrial engineering, ergonomics, and change management. He has published and lectured globally in numerous technical and management areas. His most recent book is The Relativity of Continuous Improvement.

Klaus is currently at the University of Tennessee as the Director of the Reliability & Maintainability Center ( and Research Professor (College of Engineering). Prior to that, three of his industrial assignments at General Motors were Manufacturing Engineering Director (Cadillac), Corporate Manager-Mfg. Maintenance & Reliability, and Manager-Corporate Industrial Engineering. He was also a Chairman of SMRP for two years. He can be reached at

Josh Mattson 

Josh Mattson is the Reliability Supervisor with Cloquet, MN USG Interiors, LLC.  working with-in  the Interiors divisions where they manufacture ceiling tile at their plant.  He has been with the plant for 15 years starting with the production department and moving into the maintenance department for the last 11 years.  Josh is a graduate from Lake Superior College with Diplomas in Machine Tool Operator and CNC Machine Programmer/Operator, starting his career with USG in May, 2001.  Through his years with USG Interiors, Josh has gained 6 years experience as a maintenance mechanic, 2 years as a maintenance supervisor, 3 years as a maintenance coordinator, Lean Bootcamp training, and a Certificate as an Airborne Ultrasonic Leak Inspector.   This last year, taking on his new role, Josh has focused on new technologies and best practices to bring to their plant’s reliability program, with Ultrasound being their biggest venture.  It has been a really exciting year with the new technology and practice with a lot of success and lessons learned.

Eric Holt

Eric Holt has over 15 years experience working in maintenance and reliability at Michelin tire plants in Lexington, SC.  During this period, Eric earned his Mechanical Engineering Degree from University of South Carolina and reached Michelin’s highest technical assessment level.  Before becoming a Reliability Engineer, he was involved in preventive maintenance, machine troubleshooting, job planning, expansion projects, and machine obsolescence projects.  Eric specializes in Predictive Maintenance, RCA, Planning & Scheduling, Asset Criticality Analysis, FMEA’s, TPM, and CMMS.  He is also a SMRP member certified in Level 2 Airborne Ultrasound and Level 2 Thermographer.

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 5 children.

Malcolm Osenton, CMRP

Malcolm Osenton has more than 30 years of experience in maintenance, reliability & engineering management.  He is currently the Sr. Manager of Asset Integrity for Mosaic’s phosphate business unit, responsible for asset reliability improvements across 10 facilities.   In his career, he has held leadership positions while working in the pulp & paper industry for 15 years, consulting engineering for 3 years and the last 14 years in the fertilizer Industry.  Malcolm is a graduate of the University of South Alabama with a degree in Civil Engineering.  He is a Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional and a Certified Reliability Leader.

Lorna Hall, CMRP

Lorna Hall is a Maintenance Manager for Jacobs at the Lockheed Martin Rotary Mission Systems Orlando facility.  She has been in the maintenance and reliability field for four years and was in the aerospace industry for over 13 years at Kennedy Space Center on both the Space Shuttle and Space Launch Systems programs. Her current assignment includes implementing an Asset Management program for the facility systems for Lockheed Martin.

Steve Toth 

Steve Toth is the founder and President of Delta Focused Improvement, LLC which specializes in maintenance and asset reliability improvements.  He has over 30 years of Maintenance, Operations, Engineering, Root Cause Analysis and process improvements in multiple industries.  Steve is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional with multiple certifications in key asset reliability technologies including Ultrasound.  Steve also uses ultrasound as the leading technology to provide an immediate boost to asset reliability and organizational performance.

Nick Duffield

Nick Duffield is a founder and General Partner at Lauras International USA which specializes in achieving rapid and sustainable productivity improvement in multiple industry segments.  Lauras has operations in the USA, Canada, and Mexico, and has affiliated businesses in Europe, the UK and Asia.  The Lauras Management Team has significant experience in streamlining World Class manufacturing companies.  Everyone has a track record of success in improving businesses from within – and Lauras specializes in helping businesses of any size implement rapid lean improvement programs with proven solutions and genuine sustainability.

Joe Anderson, CMRP

Joe has over 20 years experience in maintenance and management excellence in various industries and plants throughout the United States. He has published and lectured throughout the United States in these areas. He is a CMRP, CRL, CARO, MLT1, MLA1, LSSGB, IAM-55k, and was recognized as one of the top 50 leaders in the country by the United States Congress, being awarded the National Leadership Award.

Joe is currently the Reliability Manager at the Schwan’s Food Plant in Salina, KS. In his previous role as Reliability Manager at Smucker’s, he took the plant form 12% downtime to 1.5%, grew their OEE 13.5%, and realized cost savings of over $1,500,000. He can be contacted at with any questions or comments.

Joe Gierlach


3 year electronic technology course from 1981-1984
4 Years in the US Air Force – Aerospace Ground Support Equipment Technician 1984-1988
1 Year Shipyard Electrician Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME construction and testing of electrical, communication, and combat systems on the US Naval Aegis Cruiser program 1988
Nearly 10 years in the central Florida phosphate mining, chemical fertilizer, and co-generation mines and plants working as and maintenance electrician, instrumentation technician, process controls, DCS and DDS systems, PLC process design, installation, programming, and commissioning from 1988-1997. Also involved in the preventative maintenance program for plant equipment that included Infrared Thermography as a tool.
4 years at a steel pipe production plant as an electrician/instrumentation technician, PLC programming, troubleshooting, repair, and data highway maintenance, electronic and radio control repairs from 1997-2001
1 ½ years in a titanium mill as a plant electrician that manufactured raw material for the commercial aerospace industry (Boeing and Airbus), the US Military for combat aircraft components, and the medical industry from 2001-2002
Over 10 years at TEGG Corporation in Pittsburgh, PA as Manager, Director, and Vice President of the Operations department’s Technical Training and Support Division with a network of international electrical contractors in the United States, Canada, Bermuda, Australia, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway now numbering over 160.