Professional Development Meetings

On the second Tuesday or Wednesday of the month, the Ventura chapter gathers to hear the current status of  chapter business, as well as APICS-related topics and trends in national and international business from the experienced professionals invited as guest speakers. In these monthly meetings, attendees also have the opportunity to network with other professionals from multiple industries.

The PDM offers a great value at $25 ($22 if you register on-line, plus reduced prices for unemployed attendees) and occasionally low cost or free plant tours are arranged at local business.

Examples of recently presented PDM topics  include:
  • Lean & Green Manufacturing - Kirk Prather
  • How to Improve Almost Any Process – George Miller
  • Tour through the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf packaging plant in Camarillo
  • Getting users ready to implement a new system - Brian Bastow

You don't need to be a member of APICS to attend. Meetings are open to all - bring your boss, your coworkers, anyone interested in the PDM topics and the networking opportunities.

Join us for Cantara Cellars plant tour on Sep. 25

posted Sep 17, 2019, 8:18 AM by Victor Granados   [ updated Sep 17, 2019, 8:21 AM ]

Cantara Cellars Plant Tour
Cantara Cellars produces premium wines at our winery located in Camarillo, in the heart of Ventura .
Cantara Cellars began in 2002 as a private winery at Mike and Chris Brown’s Moorpark home. With their home located in the “Cantara” section of the Serenata development it only seemed fitting to name it “Cantara Cellars”.

Beginning with just 250 pounds of Chardonnay hand harvested from Mike’s parent’s vineyards in Lodi California, they fermented their first 18 gallons of wine! Over the next five years they carefully selected additional wine grape sources, increased their knowledge of winemaking, refined their wine style, expanded grape varieties, and increased production. This culminated with the opening of a public tasting room in October 2007.

The winery has consistently grown and now harvests more than 50 tons of 10 varietals each fall, from the area of Lodi, which has a fine Mediterranean climate perfect for grapes

After the plant tour, attendees will receive Cantara's premium appetizer plate and a drink ticket for a glass of wine or beer. 

Wednesday, September 25, 6:00 PM

Cantara Cellars
126 Wood Road, Suite 104
Camarillo, CA 93010
Phone: (805) 484-9600

Join us for our Aug. 28 PDM

posted Aug 20, 2019, 9:03 PM by Victor Granados   [ updated Sep 17, 2019, 8:22 AM ]

How New Trends and Technologies Contribute to Rebuilding American Manufacturing
Presented by Michele Nash-Hoff 
Learn how new technologies such as additive manufacturing, sensors, AI, IIoT, automation, robotics, and improved machine vision are helping American companies be more competitive to offshore competition. Learn how the trends of reshoring (returning manufacturing to America) and Lean transformation are helping to rebuild American manufacturing. Case study examples will be provided.

Speaker's bio: 

Michele is  president of ElectroFab Sales, a sales agency specializing in helping manufacturers select the right processes for their products since 1985. Michele is currently a director on the board of the San Diego Inventors Forum, Chair of the California chapter of the Coalition for a Prosperous America, and an authorized speaker for the Reshoring Initiative. Michele earned a B. A. from San Diego State University, a certificate in Total Quality Management, and a Yellow Belt Certificate in Lean Six Sigma. She is the author of three books, the latest being Rebuild Manufacturing - the key to American Prosperity, and has been a blogger since 2010. 

Meeting Details


Courtyard by Marriott
6:00-6:30 Registration
6:30-7:30 Dinner
7:30-9:00 Meeting

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