Following the traditional welcome address from this year's conference chair, Daniel Reid of Emergent BioSolutions, you'll hear from Emerson Process Management leaders Steve Sonnenberg and Jim Nyquist. The morning session concludes with a presentation by our special guest keynoter, Michael J. Gelb, a leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development.
Daniel Reid received his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Cleveland State University in 2001, and soon thereafter began working as a control system engineer for a local integrator. After four years of software design, programming and commissioning for various pharmaceutical customers, Dan joined Emergent BioSolutions as the DeltaV administrator for a new greenfield vaccine production facility, where he currently serves as automation supervisor/principal engineer. He is chairman of the site's automation committee and member of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE). Dan lives in Lansing with his wife Karen and three children: Nolan, Mary and Simon. Aside from work and family obligations, Dan is (slowly) learning to become a potter.
Steve Sonnenberg leads the Emerson Process Management business which posted sales of $9.2 billion in fiscal 2014. He was appointed as Emerson executive vice president and president of Emerson Process Management in October 2008.
Sonnenberg joined Emerson in 1979 as a marketing analyst with the former Brooks Instrument business. His career progressed rapidly as he assumed a number of marketing and general management positions in Germany, London and Asia Pacific. In 2000, Sonnenberg was appointed president of Emerson Process Management Asia Pacific, and in 2002 he was appointed president of Emerson Process Management-Rosemount. Sonnenberg holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from Georgia Tech and a master's of business administration from the University of Virginia.
As president, PlantWeb Solutions for Emerson Process Management, Jim Nyquist is responsible for the company's Process Systems and Solutions, Reliability Solutions, Power and Water Solutions and Remote Automation Solutions businesses.
Jim previously served in a number of executive positions, including president of global sales, where he was responsible for the company's five world areas, Global Project Pursuit, and Marquee Account programs. He has also served as president of Emerson Process Management in Europe, and president of Emerson Process Management Process Systems and Solutions. Nyquist began his career as an application engineer at Fisher Controls in 1977. He holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University.
Our guest keynote speaker, Michael J. Gelb, is a leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development. He is the author of 14 books including the international bestseller How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci.
Praised by clients as a "One-man World-Class Leadership Development University," Gelb brings more than 35 years of experience as a professional speaker, seminar leader and organizational consultant to his diverse, international clientele such as DuPont, KPMG, Merck, Microsoft, Nike and YPO, as well as many professional associations, universities and non-profit organizations.