Manufacturing a Better Bottom Line

October 17, 2017 - Kirkwood Community College

An Event for the Manufacturing Professional

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Lower costs. Higher revenues. More profits. Sounds great, right?

Every organization understands the challenges of running an efficient operation. Your bottom line is a top priority, but how do you maintain a positive one? This event will give you actionable strategies you can implement immediately to improve your bottom line and create more success for your organization.

These strategies include:

  • Strategies to create a more efficient workforce
  • Cost-saving strategies for your organization
  • How to effectively utilize culture to drive performance

You’ll also be entered for a chance to win an Apple Watch or $100 to add directly to your bottom line.

Speakers and Topics:

Anne Barry

Anne Barry, VP of HR Operations at Aureon HR.

Topic: Gearing Up for Top Performance

Key Takeaways:

  • Current trends in performance management and how they can improve your workforce
  • Strategies to handle human capital management to improve your bottom line

Anne Barry is the Vice President of HR Operations at Aureon HR. She possesses more than 13 years of HR and leadership experience, currently leading a team of HR professionals who help managers and employees navigate their HR challenges. She’s best known for identifying unique employment-related challenges and working with her clients and team members to create a positive resolution. She earned her Master’s degree in Public Administration from Drake University.

Deonna Fritz

Deonna Fritz, Managing Director at Expense Reduction Analysts.

Topic: How you can Recover Hidden Cash Flow From Your Supplier Base

Key Takeaways:

  • Top 10 common procurement misconceptions
  • Top 10 best practices that define the path from good to exceptional

Focused on reducing expenses, Deonna's 20 plus years of senior management experience at a Fortune 500 company, coupled with best-in-class industry benchmarking data, helps all sizes of businesses and organizations achieve significant savings.

Susan Clark

Susan Clark CCMC, Project Manager, Iowa State University, Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS).

Topic: Shift Your Culture and Accelerate Performance

Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding of culture fundamentals and why it is a key driver of sustainable performance
  • Techniques to unite top leaders behind a roadmap for organizational improvement efforts
  • Plan for organization development based on a proven method and data connecting culture change to business outcomes

Susan Clark, CCMC, has been a Project Manager with Iowa State University – CIRAS since 2011. She brings over 20 years of experience training and coaching thousands of individuals and groups in various industries including manufacturing, private industry, academia, financial services, health care, non-profit, and government.

She is a Global Change Circle Member started by Human Synergistics International –the world’s leading culture experts.

She has a B.S. in Human Development, Counseling & Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island; an HR Management Certification from Villanova University; Organizational Culture Inventory® (OCI®) and Organizational Effectiveness Inventory® (OEI) Accreditations; and The Liautaud Institute / University of IL Chicago-SEMCO approach (Systemic Empowered Community) certification.


 Tuesday, October 17
7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


Continental breakfast will be provided.



 Kirkwood Community College

6301 Kirdwood Blvd SW
1196 Linn Hall
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


About the Sponsors

Aureon is a business solutions provider that offers unique and scalable business support services for organizations — small and large. Headquartered in the heart of the Midwest, and serving clients nationally, Aureon offers a comprehensive suite of support solutions, with a focus on Technology, HR, Staffing, Consulting, and Contact Center services. Aureon’s unique combination of talent, technology, and tools enable clients to focus on their core business. For more information, visit

To learn more about Aureon, please contact Janette Fiedler at or (319) 378-5996.

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Expense Reduction Analysts is a global firm located in 30 countries across five continents. They specialize in recovering cash flow through additional expense reduction. Deonna is going to reveal how ERA is able to find savings beyond what typical procurement groups can, and how you can take some of these strategies and apply them to your organization.

For more information about Expense Reduction Analysts, please contact Deonna Fritz at or (319) 240-1919. 

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The Center for Industrial Research and Service — CIRAS — is part of the College of Engineering and the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations at Iowa State University. Since 1963, CIRAS has been partnering with Iowa companies and communities to help them prosper and grow.

For more information about CIRAS, please contact Susan Clark at or (319) 329-9267. 

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