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Thomas Dahbura is the President of Hub Labels, Inc., a Hagerstown, Maryland manufacturing company. Thomas is a second generation label converter, growing up amongst the ink, gears and grease of a narrow web operation his father founded in 1978 dating back earlier to El Salvador. Directly following his graduation from college, Thomas worked in Hub's customer service department and then moved on to operations, his area of true passion. Over the past 3 decades, Thomas' commitment to emerging production and application technologies has been instrumental in positioning Hub as a progressive and innovative prime label company in the North American marketplace.
Thomas graduated from Mount Saint Mary's College with a BS degree in Economics, Business and Finance. He serves on numerous boards, is a 30 year veteran of the national ski patrol and is an avid mountain biker. Thomas lives on a horse farm in Maryland with his wife and daughter just south of the Mason Dixon line.
Ryan Miller is the founder and principal of Critical Functions, an operational risk and resilience advisory firm that helps organizations protect their critical business functions from disruption and disaster and build their enterprise risk management program. Ryan previously served as the appointed Emergency Management Director for Howard County, MD.
During his tenure, Ryan managed numerous emergencies and disasters and was most recently responsible for response and recovery to the back-to-back disastrous flash floods in Ellicott City, Maryland. Committed to continuous quality improvement, Ryan and his entire team became certified to the green belt level in Lean Six Sigma - the only local emergency management office in Maryland to do so. The concepts were used extensively as the team systematically overhauled traditional and inefficient portions of their program from the layout of their Emergency Operations Center, to their post-disaster After Action Review (AAR) process.
Ryan is an Associate in Risk Management (ARM-E) and holds business continuity planning and audit certifications. He also teaches graduate-level disaster management courses at his alma mater The George Washington University and serves on the Governor of Maryland's Emergency Management Advisory Committee.
Bob recently retired from RSM US LLP after 43 years serving closely-held and private equity owned portfolio companies. He counseled owners and management in the develop and implementation of operational, growth and succession strategies. He currently is a board member of several closely held companies and not-for-profit institutions.
He was RSM’s Mid-Atlantic Consumer and Industrial Products Sector services practice leader, serving manufacturing, wholesale and commercial distribution, transportation and logistics and services industries with multi-state and international operations. He served on RSM’s National Steering Committee for Manufacturing and Distribution and the AICPA’s Global Manufacturing Conference Steering Committee.
In 2012, seeking to help a client reignite their Lean journey, he worked with Dave Rizzardo to establish the Lean Peer Group program and engaged his client companies as first program participants. Over the years, Bob has been involved with the World Trade Center Institute, Association for Corporate Growth, Regional Manufacturing Institute, Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership, National Association of Manufacturers, National Association of Wholesale-Distributors, Maryland Distribution Council, Greater Baltimore Committee, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants.
His volunteer board experiences include Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business Board of Sponsors, University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore.
Bob graduated with a BA in Accounting from Loyola University Maryland and is a Certified Public Accountant.
John King is the Continuous Improvement Manager for Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, responsible for training continuous improvement techniques including LEAN and 6 Sigma processes, and for implementation of large scale improvement projects.
John graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and from Loyola University of Maryland with an Executive MBA. Mr. King is a 6 Sigma Master Black Belt and a licensed Professional Engineer.
Mr. King is an industry veteran with over 25 years of experience in manufacturing, operations, supply chain, and quality management in a number of industries including consumer products, automobiles, aerospace, communications, and capital equipment manufacturing. Much of this experience has been in the areas of cost reduction and process improvement. John has made several presentations of the results of his work in process improvement and lead time management at both regional and national conferences.
Haresh Raithatha is the Chief Operations Officer for Strouse Corporation, a premier converter of flexible adhesive material providing unsurpassed design and manufacture of innovative, engineered adhesive solutions for sophisticated, design-focused customers globally.
Haresh has been in manufacturing for close to 25 years and has been leading operations for more than 10 years. He is a passionate supporter of efforts to prepare the workforce to meet the requirements of future manufacturing. He supports these efforts by being a member of the advisory board of Carroll County Workforce development and Carroll Community College - Design and Digital Fabrication (DFAB) Advisory Board. Haresh is a strong advocate of U.S. manufacturing and reshoring initiatives.
Haresh earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Aurangabad University, India in 1998 and received a master's degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University. Haresh is learning and practicing operational excellence for most of his professional life and applying lean principles but strongly believes in the power of the data and the need to adopt automation and quickly evolving modern manufacturing technologies to be important principles to exercise while applying lean principles in any manufacturing.
Sarah Sedlak is the Vice President of Business Development at SC&H Group, a CPA and management consulting firm based in the Mid-Atlantic, providing accounting, technology and business advisory services to primarily middle market companies. Sarah is responsible for the business development strategy and execution at the firm. Her goal is to ensure SC&H can meet clients’ evolving needs in core industry verticals including manufacturing, biotech/lifesciences, technology, professional services and nonprofit.
Sarah is very active in the regional business community and has been a member of the MWCC for years. She has participated in several of the Lean Peer Groups. Over the years, Sarah has worked with various business groups including the Regional Manufacturing Institute, the Maryland Technology Council, and TEDCO. She is also an avid participant of the region’s entrepreneurial eco-system, supporting various incubators and accelerators including Johns Hopkins Fast Forward, BWTech at UMBC and Betamore.
Sarah graduated from Washington and Lee University with a Bachelors of Arts Degree. She has served on numerous boards, including as a Founder of Business Volunteers Maryland’s GIVE Program. She takes a LEAN approach to continuous improvement in golfing and piano and lives in Baltimore City with her husband and young daughter.
Philip Tulkoff is the President of Tulkoff Food Products. He joined the family business in January 2005 as President/CEO. He is the third generation to run the business started by his grandparents in the 1930’s. Phil brings project and business management skills to the firm as well as an extensive knowledge of computer systems and manufacturer technology.
He earned his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University in 1983 and was employed by NASA and later a NASA contractor for the following eleven years. Phil worked as a thermal engineer designing temperature control systems for space shuttle payloads and satellites for the first five years and then transitioned into project and business management roles.
He earned his Masters in Business Administration at Loyola College in Baltimore in 1990 and co founded a computer consulting firm a short time later. Specializing in computer networking and custom database development, the firm provided services to small to medium sized businesses throughout the Baltimore Washington area. In early 2000, the firm was merged with a large accounting firm where his role as a partner was to provide enterprise software solutions to the non-profit industry.
Tulkoff Food Products has strong local name recognition for its horseradish and horseradish products because of their 85 year history in Baltimore. The company’s business is in the food service sector where they sell to all the major distributors who in turn sell to restaurants, hotels and caterers. The product breadth includes horseradish, garlic items, cocktail sauce, pesto, chipotle aioli, garlic spreads and a host of other items. Tulkoff also copacks for numerous national brands in the retail marketplace.