2023 Summit Keynote Speakers

Please join us for the 2023 Colorado Manufacturing Summit on Friday, May 12 at the Denver West Marriott. The Summit will bring hundreds of forward-thinking executives and managers from across the state together to explore the latest technologies, learn from industry experts, network with peers, develop new business opportunities, and discover new strategies to drive the future of their operations.

Find more information about the all-day event and the four break-out tracks on our events calendar. In the meantime, we are pleased to announce our two main keynote speakers for this year’s Summit.

Montez King

For the morning session, we will be joined by Montez King. Mr. King is the Executive Director of NIMS, the nationally recognized organization responsible for developing national standards and competency-based credentials in manufacturing industries. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the NIMS operation including administration, programs, and strategic planning. In October 2017, Mr. King was appointed to the President’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, formed by the Secretary of Labor “to identify strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships, especially in sectors where apprenticeship progress are insufficient.” Prior to his promotion into the Executive Director role, Mr. King was the Credentialing Director at NIMS and led all technical support, data analytics and quality assurance activities for global credentialing.

Before joining NIMS, Mr. King served as Training and Technology Manager for Magna International, one of the world’s largest OEM automotive parts manufacturers. At Magna, Mr. King oversaw training and technology development for the organization’s manufacturing training facility in the United States. He directed overall planning, development and implementation of their curriculum and instructions. He also directed the training, coaching, mentoring, and evaluating of all instructors.

Previously, as a CNC Programming Manager at Kenlee Corporation, Mr. King managed the development and implementation of all manufacturing processes, CNC programming, and fixture design for the aerospace and medical device industry. He led a team of manufacturing specialists in developing reliable manufacturing process and work instructions to produce high-precision parts and complex assemblies.

His academic background includes a B.S. degree in Information Technology and M.ED degree in Adult Education from the University of Phoenix as well as his 4-year apprenticeship in Machine Tool Technology at the Community College of Baltimore County.


Doug Headshot

The lunch keynote speaker will be Douglas K. Woods. Doug joined AMT as its President in 2009. A lifelong manufacturing professional, he is dedicated to promoting the world’s most innovative manufacturing technology and positioning AMT as a leader on issues that impact the industry.

In his time at AMT, Doug has led the effort in developing MTConnect, the industry-wide interoperability standard that has grown in usage across a wide scope of manufacturing operations around the world. Additionally, he has overseen the development of MTInsight, a customized manufacturing business intelligence platform, as well as an expansion of AMT’s Global Technology Centers and the growth of IMTS, the largest manufacturing technology event in the western hemisphere.

Doug sits on several industry boards, including the Reshoring Initiative; the MTConnect Institute; the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining.


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