Expert Speakers, Exhibits, Networking, Breakout Sessions & More


Bay Area manufacturers will reconvene for the AMBayArea Summit 2022 hosted by the Association of Manufacturers Bay Area (AMBayArea) at Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland on Tuesday, April 26, from 1 to 7 p.m.

“We are thrilled to bring together our members and partners,” said Karen Burns, Interim Chair for the AMBayArea Board of Directors. “While we have continued to host valuable roundtable discussions virtually and provide member education via video, we look forward to returning in-person to our largest annual event.”

The 3rd annual event will provide the opportunity for manufacturers from every specialty and every region of the Bay Area to come together for a day of networking and professional education.

“We are proud to be returning as the Presenting Sponsor of the AMBayArea Summit 2022,” said Gene Russell, President and CEO of The Corporation for Manufacturing Excellence (Manex). “The challenges of Covid-19 have highlighted the extreme importance and strategic nature of manufacturing in the United States, and the most recent Russian invasion into Ukraine has elevated manufacturing even higher into the consciousness of society. AMBayArea is proud to play its part in reinvigorating California manufacturing.”

Panel Discussion

The event will open with Bay Area Manufacturing: The Next Five Years, a panel discussion moderated by Lance Hastings, President and CEO of the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA). Hastings works with state government to develop balanced laws, effective regulations, and sound public policies to stimulate economic growth and create new jobs while safeguarding the state’s environmental resources. Panelists include industry experts who will share their knowledge and experience with current and future regulations, sustainable business practices, emerging technologies, and managing supply chains, as well as offer insight into regional economic and labor market trends.

Breakout Sessions

Attendees can choose from six engaging breakout sessions including Real-World Cybersecurity Breaches in Manufacturing presented by Christie Fisher, Vice President of Service Delivery for ZAG Technical Services; Creating an Apprenticeship in 3 Easy Steps presented by Mark Martin, Ph.D., Regional Director for Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development – Bay Area; Building and Maintaining a High-Performance Environment presented by Robert Sher, CEO of Mastering Midsized; Plant Automation: A Case Study With Ramar Foods presented by PJ Quesada, Vice President of Ramar Foods and Michael Shabaka, Ph.D., Director of Sales and Innovation Excellence for Manex; How to Take Advantage of California Competes Tax Credits presented by Scott Dosick, Deputy Director for the California Competes Tax Credit for the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz); and B Corp Certification 101 presented by Jennifer Cantero, Director of Sustainability for Sensiba San Filippo LLP.

Hosted Happy Hour

The Summit will conclude with a hosted happy hour from 5:30 to 7 p.m. allowing attendees the chance to re-connect with peers and make new connections, as well as visit exhibitor booths hosted by local manufacturers, community partners, and service providers.

In addition to Manex Consulting, the AMBayArea Summit 2022 is supported by Gold Sponsors AB&I Foundry, City National Bank, Corteva Agriscience, EASTBAYWorks, and Sensiba San Filippo; and Silver Sponsors ALOM, Bank of America, Bay Area Community Colleges, Bay Area LEEDS, Bodycote, Champion Risk & Insurance Services, CMTA, Comerica, Contra Costa Community College District, East Bay EDA, Emerald Packaging, Employment Training Panel (ETP), Heffernan Group, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and ZAG Technical Services Inc.


Manufacturers can purchase tickets to the AMBayArea Summit 2022 at AMBayArea members are eligible for discounted tickets. For information about membership, visit

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About AMBayArea

The Association of Manufacturers Bay Area (AMBayArea) is trade group dedicated to ensuring that manufacturing thrives in the Bay Area. AMBayArea supports and promotes Bay Area manufacturing through Advocacy, Collaboration, Member Education, Purchasing Power, and Workforce Development. For more information about AMBayArea, visit The AMBayArea Board of Directors consists of leaders from local manufacturing companies and industry partners including Bay Area Community Colleges, California Bank of Commerce, Emerald Packaging, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Production Robotics, Sensiba San Filippo LLP, Southwire, The Corporation for Manufacturing Excellence (Manex), and ThermoFusion Inc.