The GPAD Experience


This year’s exciting GPAD events include


  • Live presentations on new and upcoming equipment and software enhancements from industry leaders with question and answer sessions
  • Table-top displays of all sponsor companies during the breaks for additional and more detailed information – directly from the specialists
  • Networking and idea sharing with the top executives of other glass processing companies and suppliers
  • Nighttime events including a welcome reception and a Mississippi Riverboat Cruise aboard the Creole Queen
  • Informational and inspirational presentations from our thoughtfully chosen and widely popular keynote speakers
Final Night

IoT / Industry 4.0:  Buzzwords or Actual Value?

Keynote Speaker Joe Maukonen

IoT has been described as the network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data.

Industry 4.0 has been described as the fourth industrial revolution, a collective term embracing a number of contemporary automation, data exchange, and manufacturing technologies.  It had been defined as ‘a collective term for technologies and concepts of value chain organization’ which draws together Cyber-Physical Systems, the Internet of Things, and the Internet of Services.

The focus of Keynote Speaker Joe Maukonen’s discussion will revolve around the value that IoT / Industry 4.0 can provide to manufacturing companies in both the short and long term.  Joe will also discuss how IoT /Industry 4.0 has become a hot topic, the challenges facing existing facilities in moving towards Industry 4.0, and the potential pitfalls of a poorly-planned migration to the future.

Joe Maukonen—RoviSys

Joe Maukonen is president of RoviSys. RoviSys was founded in 1989 as one of the first control systems integrators in North America, RoviSys has evolved to become a leading independent provider of comprehensive process automation solutions and services across the globe. The company has completed more than 2,500 projects for more than 300 companies in nearly 100 industries. RoviSys’ experience across many industries enables Joe to provide a unique perspective on the potential value of IoT / Industry 4.0.

Joe is a graduate of the University of Toledo, and his broad experience as an electrical engineer, production manager, plant engineer, systems engineer and business development manager led to his rise as president of RoviSys.

joe maukonen
Joe Maukonen

Setting Goals and Obtaining Focus

Keynote Speaker Courtney Seard

Courtney Seard has worked with a diverse range of companies and individuals. From professional athletes, entertainers in film and music, to corporate giants like Microsoft and Zappos, no client is too big or small. Courtney is an expert in many fields, including Accelerated Business & Career Development, Life Transformation, Communication, Financial Freedom, and Health and Wellness. From a treacherous childhood, to a near fatal biking accident, the story of her life is astounding and inspiring, illustrating how hard work and determination can always overcome great obstacles.

In this fast paced presentation Courtney will discuss the science behind FOCUS and setting goals that WIN.

Courtney Seard
Courtney Seard


No GPAD event would be complete without a little bit of fun.  Join us at these two exciting social events that will give you an opportunity to reconnect with friends and engage with others in the industry.

Monday, March 13
Welcome Reception

Monday evening from 6-9 PM we’ll gather on the 8th floor terrace of the J.W. Marriott for a welcome reception.  Cocktails and appetizers will be served, and you will have an opportunity to meet and greet others in the glass industry.  In the event of inclement weather, the welcome reception will be held on the 3rd floor in the Ile de France Ballroom, Salon 3.

Tuesday, March 14
The Creole Queen Riverboat Cruise

Travel back to the time to when riverboats ruled the Mississippi as we take a ride on the Creole Queen, the Mississippi River’s hottest nighttime party!  Boarding begins at 6 PM and we’ll return around 9 PM.  The lively sounds of a jazz band will complement a sumptuous Creole style dinner set in an elegantly appointed dining room.


Please complete your registration and make your hotel accommodations no later than February 20, 2017.

J.W. Marriott Hotel
614 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana  70130  USA
1 + 504-525-6500

Downtown New Orleans